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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
Closed now
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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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ate here last time in Nanaimo, and couldn't wait to go again this time. Eclectic surroundings, authentic Mexican, great food! Don't miss it!

Thank Jon_Braithwaite
Victoria, Canada
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love this restaurant. I have been coming to this place for about 30 years and never had a bad meal. They have the best halibut ceviche I have had anywhere. Highly recommend this quaint place.

Thank elke26
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe feels and the food tastes like real Mexico. The staff were excellent and friendly. The menu offers lots of options and the food we had was very good. I'd go back again.

Thank Dan A
Nanaimo, Canada
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Best Mexican food in the mid island area. Very friendly environment, and the staff are all very nice. If we lived closer to downtown we would be regulars.

Thank TomHlavac
Toronto, Canada
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126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

The food was good (average), no complaints; but the premises are very nice, and the cafe is quite popular, full of appreciative patrons.

Thank Charles C
London, Canada
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

At my table we had a variety of dishes. The chicken burrito (for instance) was just cut up chicken in a dry flour tortilla with a bit of unremarkable sauce on top. It was not grilled cooked or otherwise prepared as are the good Mexican restaurants we visit. There was no sign of sauce or anything else inside the burrito.... More 

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

We are sorry to read that your experience at our Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo was not to your liking, Gillian. We assure you that our team works their best to provide flavourful, freshly made menu items for all of our customers' meals. As well, we have a wide assortment of spice to add further heat and flavour when our visitors... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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194 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We had an early lunch here and I chose a plate recommended by the server which consisted of beef in a tortilla with cheese, refried beans and rice. The beef pieces were tough and tasteless and even the cheese and beans had little zest. We ordered a carafe of margaritas which were watery and disappointing.

Thank 29carfrae
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Carefrae, we're so sorry your time with us was disappointing. I'm sure if you had made mention, your distress, we could have made good on your needs . Hopefully you will give us another chance. Please feel free to call me, Don, 2507535411, and we can help to assuage your concerns . More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We live in Parksville and our only Mexican Restaurant closed a while back. I asked for recommendations for a Mexican Restaurant on Facebook and everyone said Gina's! Food was excellent and our server Debbie was fabulous!

Thank Jenny M
Nanaimo, Canada
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016 via mobile

I attended Gina's Cafe for the first time on Saturday night. We were seated right a at and about thirty seconds the waitress came by and asked if we're ready to order (strike one). All we had was water for our beverage, nobody ever came by to refill my water (strike two). We were almost finished and the first waitress... More 

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

Heya Norm, we're really glad you liked your meal, as we always try to serve a fresh and tastey experience . Your expectations on the sevrice end of things , though disappointing will serve as a wonderful training tool as to what is really important to our customers, and for that we thank you . We look forward to your... More 

Nanaimo, Canada
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

We had someone with us in a wheel chair and we sat on the outside covered area a it was the only place they could get the wheel chair into. I also had my young child with me which there was no place for him either. The food was good, service took a bit of time... they were very busy... More 

Thank Heather 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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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?