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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Mexican, Latin
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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All reviews fajitas guacamole taco pineapple chicken seafood steak mexican food hole in the wall tiny parking lot el pollo loco parking is limited from texas prices are very reasonable molcajete margaritas chips
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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
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
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
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
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
Reviewed October 2, 2020 via mobile

This is my favorite Mexican food in Columbia. I ordered, curbside, a fantastic order of Shrimp Tacos on flour tortillas, rather than corn, and extra pico de gallo. They are so good!!! Naturally I added their homemade green hot sauce, not extremely hot, to round...out a fantastic taco. Love this hole in the wall !!!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed May 31, 2020 via mobile

It’s the kind of authentic hole in the wall my family always enjoys and it didn’t disappoint. We ordered guacamole, fajitas, Mexican salad, kid tacos, and a beef burrito. The guacamole was fresh but not the best I’ve had. The meals were tasty but typical...of other Mexican places. What really set this one part was the dessert. We had fried ice cream and a churro. Both absolutely delicious! Make sure you save room for dessert!More

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed May 21, 2020

Positive reviews brought us to Real Mexico and we were rewarded. My child had the chipotle chicken tacos and I had the fajita salad. Both came with plenty of chicken and even more flavor.

Date of visit: May 2020
Reviewed May 1, 2020

Hands down, this restaurant has the most amazing food! I've been here twice for lunch (so far); their portion sizes are huge and the flavor is spot on. My last visit, I ordered the Grande Fajita Quesadilla with steak for my meat. I was so...impressed! If you go to dine in during the lunch hours, be prepared for it to be packed, but don't lose hope because they'll get you seated quickly. During the shutdown this past month and a half, they ran curbside service and did an excellent job! You will not be disappointed with their food or service.More

Date of visit: April 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020 via mobile

Went for dinner. Very busy place. Short wait for a table. Food and service are excellent. We hope they relocate to a larger place with a bigger parking lot.

Date of visit: March 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.
July 23, 2017|
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Response from A1n2thony | Reviewed this property |
Yes and unlike a few nearby restaurants sold alcohol was well!
August 3, 2016|
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