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Original Mexican Cafe

₱₱ - ₱₱₱Mexican, , Vegetarian Friendly
1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
+1 409-762-6001
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers 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 4 days ago

We went for breakfast - had breakfast enchiladas and chorizo with eggs. Food was fresh and hot - Coffee was good. Service was great.

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have been here before and we’re not disappointed. The food is fresh and tasty and not greasy. We ordered a large guacamole and not only was it delicious, there was enough to bring some home. I typically Judge a Mexican food restaurant by the...More

Thank Travelingmelinda
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much...and the owner DOES eat there :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s pretty cool that it’s been around for almost 100 years, so I want to start by saying I’ll give this place another shot some other time. They had been slammed all day (Cinco de Mayo,) and maybe they weren’t churning out their best by...More

1  Thank TexasDebP
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Do not be fooled by the obscure appearance of this place and do Not pass it by. You will be more than amazed once you step inside. Original is a great place for authentic Mexican cuisine. Everything we had was top notch. Prices for dinner...More

Thank Greg R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit to this Mexican food restaurant. The staff was friendly and attentive to our needs. They have very well seasoned fajita meats. Over-all, it was a very good food experience.

Thank Adam C
Reviewed 17 April 2018

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

2  Thank Scott T
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

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 7 April 2018 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

3  Thank TravelLife15
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 7 April 2018

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 4 April 2018 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 April 2018 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 28 March 2018 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
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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, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Large groups
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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