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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 - 21:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Fort Worth, Texas
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went here while on vacation. It looks like an old house and you can easily miss it when driving by. The food is great and plenty of free parking in the area. My wife ordered the vegetarian tacos and I had the combination fajitas. This place is really good and is nothing fancy. It just great Mexican food. Best place... More 

Thank Jason M
Clinton, Missouri
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When you look at the outside of the Restaurant it looks like an old house. The food here is fantastic. It has a lot of flavor without being extra hot. We try to eat here. Every time we come to Galveston. Great breakfast too.

Thank Cynthia W
Dallas, Texas
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Have eaten at this restaurant on numerous occasions over the years when visiting Galveston. Food has always been Tex-Mex but on this occasion the food was questionable. I had enchiladas and the enchiladas, beans and rice all tasted the same, no flavor at all. My husband had taquitos which were also very bland. The salsa was good but that was... More 

Thank Lynn O
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

I'm so sorry for your experience. We are the same as we've been for the past 10+ years. Obviously, something wasn't up to par. I promise to fix it and make any further visit up to your expectations. Thank you again for letting me know. More 

Moorpark, California
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729 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 365 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We're from Southern California and go into withdrawal if we don't have Mexican food once a week. The food was very good here, similar to what we're used to eating, except the prices were lower here. The portions are really generous too. Hubby's combo platter was actually served on TWO platters because it wouldn't all fit on one. That's a... More 

Thank Linda C
Houston, Texas
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The walls of this restaurant are covered with "Best Restaurant" awards...I cannot imagine how they do it. The cheese enchiladas were barely, thank goodness I guess, filled with cheese that had a very weird, off putting taste. The gravy was not even the right color and certainly had no flavor. The tamale had very little meat and that it did... More 

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Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

I'm very sorry for your experience. Everyone has a personal taste and expectation. We obviously did not meet yours. We will work harder to meet and surpass the expectations of our future customers. Thank you for your feedback. More 

Richmond, Tx
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building has been here since 1916! The food was great- We had a variety of different plates and everything was served hot and tasty. Good service. Loved the guacamole.

Thank LBS_girlfriends
Houston, Texas
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is my go-to for Mexican food on Galveston Island. For the longest time I had made an effort to stop here during my many trips to Galveston. Now whenever I go to Galveston, I have to make a stop to satisfy my Mexican food cravings. The food is always fresh and tasty, from the flautas to the queso... More 

Thank Joe M
Houston, TX
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115 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

We've been going to the Original for nearly 30 years and rarely make a trip to the island without having one meal here. Food is consistently very good with good sized portions for the price. Service is pretty good. Parking, like nearly everywhere in Galveston, is on the street so you may have a short walk. They have a small... More 

Thank Robert77096
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Love this place. Lots of food! You will not leave hungry 😊. I love the verde sauce and fajitas! Located on 14th Street. Recommended!

Thank GraceMorris
Burien, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We were driving historic district of Galveston and found this place and decided to try it out. Do not stop here unless you are very hungry for great food. We ordered 2 oringial dinners which came on the total of 4 plates (2 per person) of one of the best Mexican food that I ever had. I wasn't able to... More 

Thank Clarine D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
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?