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All reviews fajitas guacamole chorizo beans chicken steak mexican food hole in the wall parking lot is small pico de gallo cactus molcajete chips cilantro corn
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I ate here by default on a Sunday night as most everything was closed. We were warned that it fills up fast and that the parking is difficult so we got there around 5 and the only available tables were outside. The...outside dining was under cover but was still hot and lots of flies…not the restaurant’s fault. We both ordered quesadillas…my husband got the bacon and mushroom and I got the corn and zucchini quesadillas. They were wonderful! The chips were warm and the salsa was tasty but not too hot. I had a real margarita which was good…just not enough lime flavor for me. All in all, a Mexican restaurant with a real Mexican atmosphere and not just the typical (American) Mexican fare.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Service was wonderful! The atmosphere was exactly what I expected and the food was very tasty and fresh!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 7, 2022 via mobile

Wow! Another great order of fantastic shrimp tacos. I put some extra pico de gallo and green hot sauce to knock my socks off!!! Love ‘em.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed April 5, 2022 via mobile

Another great meal at one of my top ten restaurants. No white tablecloths here but just good food. I had the Molcajete that was “muy rico”!!! It was steak, cactus, chicken, cheese, onions and chorizo cooked in volcanic rock $$&@@&! Part of my family had...the chicken soup that they said was excellent. This is the best “hole in the wall” Mexican food around. BTW, it was during a tremendous thunderstorm so it had to be good.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

We were traveling and stopped to get some authentic Mexican food and we were not disappointed. Food was excellent and the service was great. I highly recommend this place.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 20, 2022 via mobile

I shared the fajitas for two. We had the chicken fajitas the meat was delicious the portion could have been bigger but the toppings that it came with came with were plenty. One of our family members had the shrimp tacos. From what they told...me the food was delicious but also the portion could have been bigger. The parking lot is small so also it is hard to park there especially on the weekends. The complimentary chips were delicious and the homemade salsa that we had in the green bottle and the red one were outstanding. The restaurant also gets crowded and since it is not a very large place it is best to get there early enough to make sure you get seat but they also do have seating outside if you prefer. The decorations in the restaurant will also very nice overall we were very satisfied with this place and definitely will returnMore

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 24, 2022 via mobile

This was my first time trying a Birria Burrito and was I surprised! Real Mexico fixed a burrito with slow cooked pot roast and put beans, rice, cheese, cilantro and other veggies with it!! Excellent flavor but didn’t cut in half easily as shown by...picture. The guacamole grande was very good also with the combination of taquitos and cheese quesadillas. Hard to park here but great food.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

you will be lucky to find parking in their gravel lot in front of the place. this place was hopping and we were lucky to get a place as someone pulled out. we were seated immediately. our food was great and reasonably priced. the place...is small but appears clean and our waitress was friendly.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 10, 2021 via mobile

Had the best shrimp tacos ever. I ordered them on flour tortillas with extra pico de gallo, Wow! Be sure and ask for their green hot sauce, just a little bite, and that will put them over the top! Will be back.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed April 20, 2021 via mobile

This restaurant is hit and miss. The menu offerings are traditional and varied, many items you can't find other places. Tonight we had a party of 6, 3 had great meals, 3 didn't. My taco salad had very little meat or beans, no cheese, and...a bagged iceberg lettuce mix for the salad, with a modest dollop of sour cream. It had almost no flavor. I would encourage you to visit when they are slow, not during the dinner rush as the service was obligatory at best. I have been other times when both the service and food was better, but the hype is a little overrated.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 19, 2021 via mobile

We were passing through NW Columbia on our way out of the Lake Murray area and were happy to find Real Mexico. My wife enjoyed her burrito and I loved the grilled chicken with pineapple/avocado salsa. Good lunch specials for the quality. Our daughter enjoyed...her quesadilla, and she can be picky at times. Food was ready right when the promised. As many have said, tiny parking lot. They may need a better piece of land to match their popularity. Great family visit!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 11, 2021 via mobile

Some Mexican restaurants claim to be authentic when a good deal of them taste like canned or boxed food. This is NOT the case at Real Mexico! The food at Real Mexico is real deal, authentic Mexican. To say that it is consistently outstanding is...an understatement. We've been eating this delicious fare for years now. The true definition of a good restaurant is consistency. Real Mexico has high standards for the food they serve you. Just as good today as it was 8 years ago.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

Patron margaritas on the rocks were excellent, they seemed to be from scratch instead of a mix like many Mexican restaurants have started doing. Grande Guacamole appetizer was wonderful; probably one of the best guacamole I've had, served with cheese quesadillas and chicken taquitos. Shrimp...avocado salad was awesome. El Pollo Loco with chicken and shrimp as well as the Seafood Fiesta with salmon, shrimp and scallops were phenomenal. Chicken and steak fajitas were great. There is outdoor dining and everyone was wearing masks.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed February 6, 2021

FABULOUS!!! This is the best text-mex Mexican in Columbia, hands down! Their food is amazing! Service is good, covid protocols followed. Parking incredibly limited so get there early

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed November 21, 2020 via mobile

This place was recommended by several locals in the area. We love Mexican food so we were pumped to go here. Atmosphere is ok, typical local authentic Mexican restaurant. Chips and salsa are OK, nothing spectacular, I actually first thought the salsa was from a...bottle. It wasn't, but shouldn't have to ask. We ordered Fajitas, tamale, and the kids had a taco and chicken fingers. The chicken fingers looked gross,, like they were old.. Fajitas were underseasoned and the steak and chicken were not what we are use to. The steak was not high quality steak and the chicken was also not high quality. We are use to strip of actual steak and chicken breast. This was not that, far from it. Prices are good, drinks are cheap, but would not go again if we were ever in the area again. We are from south florida so we are use to high quality Mexican food, maybe this is great Mexican food for the area, but wouldn't be back home. The food is very affordable and was ok, not horrible so if your looking for an ok affordable place this is good. Maybe we just had our expectations too high when everyone said it was the best Mexican they had ever had.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Pat C
August 20, 2017|
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Response from ShirleyT649 | Reviewed this property |
No is the simple answer. There is not usually a long wait. While busy they move things along. It is always worth the wait. If you really can't wait there are outside tables under cover.
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Response from A1n2thony | Reviewed this property |
Yes and unlike a few nearby restaurants sold alcohol was well!
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Real Mexico Restaurant Y Tienda is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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