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Gina's Mexican Cafe

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47 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
+1 250-753-5411
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Not bad....but if you are looking for an authentic Mexican, this is not the place. Fried beans and tomatoe salad is pretty much why it is called a Mexican Restaurant! The service was very fast though. Price, it's reasonable.

Thank Maylene L
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we have been going there since 1991. it is unique and well served. If you want 5 star go someplace else. If you want an experience in a friendly atmosphere this is the stop you should make.

Thank Hilford B
Duncan, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to really like eating here, but our last meal was sooooo bland. We were craving Mexican food and thought of Gina's. Four of us had four different meals and sadly, nothing was worth coming back for. No hot sauce offered and not even salt or pepper on the table. The food was served incredibly fast too, making me... More 

Thank gocowvalleygirl
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Hello valley gal.. I'm so sorry for your disappointment with your experience here . Our goal is to always serve fresh and tastey to our customers and I do hope you will come on in another time . sincerely Don at Gina's More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out and about doing errands when we realized we were both hungry and felt like eating something spicy, Mexican cuisine sounded good so we checked out "the pink place on the hill" and were NOT disappointed.

Thank Karen H
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We found this location on Tripadvisor and yes... it was great Mexican food and wonderful atmosphere.

Thank Dennel M
Lantzville, British Columbia
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2017

We have been friends with Gina's food, venue and staff for many years. Always consistent. We have celebrated many multi-generational events here.

Thank Carolyn S
Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

I've been to Gina's a few times over the years and the food is consistently amazing! I was thrilled with the tofu enchilada (as a vegetarian that made me very happy). Even the salad was AWESOME! It's one of my favorite stops anytime I drive through Nanaimo.

Thank LolaSpeaking
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Love the casual, friendly atmosphere where you can get great Mexican dishes in the middle of winter when you wish you were actually in Mexico. Very tasty fish tacos and chili rellano!

Thank Fishherder
Campbell River
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2017

The atmosphere is fun and vibrant in keeping with the colors of Mexico. Staff is friendly and will make suggestions in keeping with your guidelines if you have food allergies or special diets. Food is always fresh and is brought to you as soon as possible, so you not waiting long. They offer a variety of flavors in each meal... More 

Thank raeanneh2017
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

Went there with high hopes after reading some glowing reviews, so was kinda let down. The service was surprisingly mundane & taste was rather on the bland side... So, I wasn't thrilled, but I think it's a favourite with the locals since it adds a bit of variety, perhaps. I believe "Gina" herself has left so may be that's why...... More 

Thank Has S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-5411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?