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Original Mexican Cafe

1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
+1 409-762-6001
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“enchiladas” (76 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (35 reviews)
“taco” (13 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were encouraged to try this restaurant after a poor experience and unfavorable review. We did. We were really upset that we spent our money here once again. The food is just bland. Very flavorless.More

1  Thank Scott T
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Well, I guess we just aren't for you. We've been in business for 100+ years and in that time we've won countless awards for our food. I find Mexican food to be like BBQ...its very personal. I guess we aren't your preferred taste. Thank you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading some reviews we had to go try it but sadly were beyond disappointed. The salsa was water like with no flavoring; margarita was more like margarita flavored slushie; the servers were good but struggled with communication and the food was just average. Definitely...More

2  Thank TravelLife15
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm so sorry you had that experience. We do strive to make everyone happy with their meal/drinks/entire experience. The salsa is what we've served for over 100 years and I feel is a personal preference....kinda like bbq sauce, everyone has what they like. The rest,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had many people recommend we give “The Original” a try. While we had a good dinner, the food was pretty average/typical Tex-Mex style food. The only item that stood out was the enchiladas. Everything else, including margaritas, was as you would expect from a...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredible green chili enchiladas! The hot sauce is fresh and awesome! Queso is the best and chips are very fresh!

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is truly an original Mexican restaurant! The atmosphere is great, and the service is very good. It seems like a place to locals frequently and with good reason. Parking is about a half a block away or on street if you can find a...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This long-established restaurant has a well-deserved reputation for good Tex-Mex and other Mexican dishes. We had lunch there and were very pleased. The shrimp, chicken, and beef fajitas were very good. The others with me also enjoyed their dishes.

Thank RonaldGHanks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The salsa was too runny and spicy. I got Della’s plate...nothing special. Rice, beans, enchilada and taco was just okay. Hubby got Menudo and was good. Sons taco salad was big and not too bad. Margarita was water downed and too much ice. Service was...More

2  Thank bacm
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Took a 2 day excursion to get to the beach area for some mental clarity. Stopped in the Original Mexican Cafe to try it out. Food was great! Mole chicken enchiladas were delicious! My daughter absolutely loved the kids chicken crunchy taco and ate it...More

Thank mytripsAJ
Reviewed 22 February 2018

There were some really tempting, reasonably priced lunch choice's to choose. I picked Della's Platter, and it was a lot of very tasty food for a very good price. Our large group was served quickly and efficiently, so we were a happy group.

Thank MA9065
Reviewed 21 February 2018

This is a nice little stop if your looking for good Mexican food. The service was excellent and the food was very good. I ordered a combo plate that came out quick and on 2 plates. Word of warning (not a complaint), the salsa is...More

Thank Steven P
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Response from Sherri H | Reviewed this property |
sorry , I never saw any advertisement for that when I was there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
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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