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Cinema Taco

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110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After touring around the area we found ourselves ravenous and went searching for something to eat. The Mall as it is knows is a very fun place to visit itself with unique shops and outdoor eating areas down the entire street (it is closed to through traffic). The restaurants on the street place menus on the windows/doors so you can... More 

Thank Beth W
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198 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location--along the walking shopping/dining area. You can dine in or carry your food outside to the reserved tables. Staff were (colorfully decorated) friendly. That's where the positive comments end The inside is dark and unattractive. Outside appears ideal until you start eating. Then squirrels surround the table and keep angling closer trying to get your food. (Also saw a... More 

Thank davoscjims
Charlottesville, Virginia
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94 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

Cinema Taco has great fresh Mexican staples like tacos and burritos. The wait can sometimes be a little long, but well worth it. We go there for lunch occasionally and keep coming back.

Thank gamblefamilytravel
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Empanadas are probably one of my favorite foods. So when I was visiting Charlottesville, I happened to notice Cinema Taco in the downtown mall was serving them. I figured I would give them a try! Boy, did I regret it. The flavors just weren't there. They were dry and the pastry, hard. Maybe they should stick to what's in the... More 

Thank SimplyBekah
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145 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2016

Not just your regular Mexican food place. They give it some style with their own take on their sweet potato empenadas and their mountain nachos. Try their fish tacos and other treats.

Thank Clone99
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83 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We needed a quick lunch with outdoor seating since we had our dog with us. While walking on the pedestrian mall, we saw a family eating tacos with soft corn tortillas. We asked their opinion of Cinema Taco next to the Jefferson Theater. They highly recommended the Baja Fish Tacos. We enjoyed those (fish prepared for us, right out of... More 

Thank TravelBugVA
St. Louis
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

Hand crafted food. Proprietary sauces. Flavorful and some HOT! Authentic Mexican sodas. Traditional soft corn tacos with slaw, queso fresco and lime. Seating in the lobby of an old cinema with charming architectural features. Do not miss.

Thank shy_kitten
Raleigh, North Carolina
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105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I came across this place and hoped I had found a gem. A little hole in the wall Mexican restaurant attached to The Jefferson and right on the downtown mall. The sole employee was nowhere to be found when we arrived, though was nice enough when he popped up. He provided some recommendations, we ordered and the food was ready... More 

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Lyndhurst, Virginia, United States
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82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My husband had been here before & we have tried eating here but as others have pointed out they have some odd hours. Really wanted to try the sweet potato burrito but they were out. So had the vegetarian with pineapple salsa & guac. It was tasty & a lil messy. But good burritos are usually a lil messy. Drinks... More 

Thank Deanna J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Had burritos before going to the Jefferson. Filling and tasty fare. The Chupacabra hot sauce is great!

Thank DC_BandB_Guest

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin, Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville

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