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Original Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
+1 409-762-6001
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Tampa, Florida
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant was recommended to us by our shuttle driver and we were not disappointed! Great food and lots of it. Small and friendly.

Thank alfiesdad2417
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92 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed meeting new friends and having a good meal. Shared the deluxe nachos with my honey. Service was good.

Thank Melanie R
Longview, Texas
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170 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Even when surrounded by great seafood restaurants, sometimes the Tex-Mex gene calls the true Texan. When this happens in Galveston, the right place to go is the Original Mexican Restaurant, serving since 1916. Tucked away next to UT MEDICAL Center, we drove past this place for years with a jaded eye, but when we finally went in we thoroughly enjoyed... More 

Thank texmarc
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are many Mexican places to try, and I really don't think the Original is all that good. Food is mediocre, the queso was watery, but as a pro it is close to the UTMB campus if you work there. You'd be better off going to a place like Salsas.

1 Thank Steven H
Houston, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Galveston. Lots of choices, consistently good and great service!

Thank Mmckinnie
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Friday night. The restaurant is quaint and fits right in the little neighborhood. There was no wait to be seated. My skinny Margarita was ok. The frozen sangria swirl was much better. The food was excellent and huge portions. The server was attentive and polite. We will definitely visit again when we're in the neighborhood.

Thank Marci K
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful place great food with excellent service, highly recommend , was in town for a cruise stumbled across this place decided to give it a try and was not disappointed authentic Mexican food at a great price

Thank Jfbishop
Norman, Oklahoma
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Got chips and queso, nachos, enchiladas and a chimichanga. Nothing disappointed. The chimichanga came with both sour cream and guacamole sauce - incredible. It was delicious. The nachos were also perfect - crispy and again, full of flavor. I ordered take-out, and it was quick and packaged perfectly. Definitely will return.

Thank Keaton F
Munroe Falls, Ohio, United States
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2017

Was at this restaurant as it is one of our favorite haunts in Texas. Tried an item I had not tried before. Was not disappointed. I think there is not a bad item on their menu and their service matches.

Thank Dale H
Galveston, Texas
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016 via mobile

Tortillas are out of a box and not homemade. Rest of the food is nothing special and on the expensive side. A lot better Mexican food is available in Galveston.

2 Thank Somchai T
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback....as a point of clarification, all of our tortillas are homemade, I know because I watch them prepare them everyday. I'm sorry you didn't care for our style of restaurant. We are very proud of what we have and have 100 years worth of business to stand on. Thank you again for.taking the time to review... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Galveston Island  >  Galveston
  • Phone Number: +1 409-762-6001

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