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“Reliably good Americanized Mexican comfort food, huge portions.”

Celia's Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #17 of 408 Restaurants in San Mateo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
menlo park ca
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Reliably good Americanized Mexican comfort food, huge portions.”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Don't come here looking for nopales, plantains or blue corn tamales. This is the food we Gringos called "Mexican" 40 years ago & Celia's does it very well. Enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, chile rellenos, etc, with large sides of refried beans @ rice. Choice of corn or flour tortillas on the side.

Freshly prepared tortilla chips and a flavorful medium-heat salsa are great. Hot sauce is available if you want to spike your salsa. Good margaritas. They are sometimes heavy with the melted cheese, so if you don't want that, speak up. Only fail I've had here in years of steady patronage is the Tortilla Soup - watery broth & not much flavor.

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Consistently Very Good”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

I hadn't been to Celia's for a long time (moved from the area), but when a friend suggested we eat there I immediately agreed. It didn't disappoint. They allow substitution without an extra charge and are happy to accommodate your requests. The food, of course is the draw, and it doesn't disappoint with healthy portions of delicious favors and reasonable pricing.

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Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Comfort food”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Good basic Mexican comfort food! Good service, party size available, and easy to get to.

Visited April 2012
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Balboa Island, California
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Very good Mexican food.”
Reviewed June 30, 2012

Colorful, airy restaurant. Like the decor. Enjoyed the Chile relleno with rice beans and corn tortillas and butter. Great service, too. Wonderful tortillas chips and great salsa. Nice Mexican music too.

  • Visited June 2012
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Olympia, Washington
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Best Mexican food anywhere”
Reviewed May 28, 2012

Everything Celia's serves is top-notch. But my favorite is their freshly made chips and salsa. They have just the right amount of cilantro and peppers to keep me coming back for more. The number 4 on their menu is my usual order...taco and enchilada with beans, but I tell them no rice and simply have them add more beans. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  • Visited August 2011
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