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Original Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
+1 409-762-6001
11:00 - 22:00
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All hours
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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Galveston, Texas
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Menu has most of the standard items you expect in a Mexican restaurant. Food quality and flavor were average though portions were very large and the prices low - it's possible to eat a filling dinner here in under $10. To start the salsa was very watery and the chips rather oily, though this may have just been a bad... More 

Thank KKTSkiing
Seabrook, Texas
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great restaurant for families and we had the best fajitas we have ever had. We will be back again!!!!

Thank nignatovich
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I can honestly say I did not have one complaint. Since the time we walked through the door til the time we walked out, everything was just perfect. We will definitely be back!

Thank Megan O
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here for breakfast with husband and daughter. I highly recommend this place for authentic Mexican food. I ordered eggs a la Mexicana and it came beans and potatoes, I was very pleased. Hubby was very impressed with the barbaoca. Daughter even complimented on her food, which doesn't happen often. Salsa was full of flavor!!

Thank jlongoria
Keller, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

family of five, none of us liked food, service was ok as we were there mid afternoon difficult parking

Thank Sandra H
Huntsville, Texas
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66 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is a favorite of Galveston locals. The food is authentic, not overly expensive, and plentiful. It is one of my favorite, all-time Mexican Restaurants and it has been around for many years.

Thank marycathyjoneslmp
Arlington, TX
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474 reviews
401 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good chips n salsa, really like the black bean dip, too. Split generous beef fajitas for 2 with grilled jalapeños, more than we could eat but so yummy. Friendly and on top of it service.

Thank BeachbumAggie
A TripAdvisor Member
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love coming here. The happy hour margaritas are soooo good! And the food is delicious! We make it a point to come here when we visit Galveston.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Conroe, Texas
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have enjoyed this "locals" restaurant for many years. It is one of those that many tourists do not know about, so it has been one of those special places that we and islanders have kept to ourselves as off-the-beaten-path. Sadly, at our last visit the food was somewhere between horrible and less than mediocre. Do not get the chicken... More 

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

I'm very sorry for your experience, and appreciate your feedback. I do hope you'll give us another shot, understanding everyone has an off day. I would hope 100 years of service has earned some credit. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions or concerns.. More 

Lometa, Texas
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This is a go-to spot if you're visiting Galveston, especially on the weekends when they serve breakfast! The food is fresh and homemade, and the service is always friendly and fast. My favorite is the breakfast enchiladas with a sangria margarita!

Thank Robin B

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
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?