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Cafe Mexicana

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Carey's Lane, Cork, Ireland
+353 21 427 6433
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thought we would try is restaurant as like Mexican food the food was ok have had better but it was the rude manner a waiter came up and said a price of the top of his head when we walked out we thought it was expensive for 2 people I checked and we got overcharged by 10euro would never back... More 

Thank Anna O
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I felt so sorry for my hosts...regular diners here but a warning to all.. if you have to sit upstairs do so if you are in a group...otherwise no atmosphere cold food and inattentive service. The ground floor seating area was busy but we had to go upstairs...4 of us and it was grim. In fairness the food quality is... More 

Thank Patrick W
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We waited 40 minutes for our meal to come out, asked for our enchiladas to be HOT HOT which was far form even mild, no spice and lacking flavour.The restaurant itself is lacking atmosphere... The waitress who severed us was really nice and felt terrible for her as lots others were complaining about how long they were waiting for food... More 

Thank Tchickx
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hey Tchickx, Firstly, I must apologise for your experience in our restaurant. We try our best to provide the best quality food for all our customers when the restaurant is at its busiest, so I must apologise for the slow service. But we are glad you found our staff as pleasant as we do and would love if you came... More 

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there again with my family, food authentic Mexican, we all had a different dish, all of which were perfect. Generous helpings at affordable prices. No wonder its on the go soo long.

Thank Liam N
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi Liam, Thank you for your kind review! Looking forward to yourself and your family coming back for some more tasty food. More 

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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice food. You can choose how spicey you would like your food. Traditional spanish music. Food portions are very filling and big. Fine spices, small but cosy atmosphere. Nice staff. Lovely, I would score higher in all honesty, it's just that in comparrison to fine dining, I would say a 3. But it probably deserves a 3.8... So close! :)

Thank Tia S
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi Tia, Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the spices, music, food and atmosphere. Yes we are not a fine dining restaurant; but I think we do what we do well :) Love to have you in again and we take your comments on board. What dish did you have ? Sarah More 

Cork, Ireland
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just went in at the drop of a hat. No problem giving us a table. Service very quick and the food was fantastic. I absolutely love the place. Pity we were too full for grandma's cake.

Thank Helen D
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi Helen, Thank you for your 5 star view. Wow we are absolutely delighted with your comments. Hope ye enjoyed your celebrations. Hope to see you soon again. Sarah More 

Cork, Ireland
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69 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were given seats upstairs facing a corner. The waiter was arguing with another customer as we sat. It was incredibly hot inside. We ordered nachos to share, chicken burrito for main and my wife ordered a burger. The waiter got annoyed when we were unsure about the wine. Nachos arrived promptly and were very nice (the only pleasant part... More 

Thank LeoCork
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi Leo, I'm so sorry to hear about your experience in our restaurant. We, here at Café Mexicana, pride ourselves in our authentic Mexican food and friendly customer service. It is important to note, however, yourself and your wife came to our restaurant on one of the busiest nights of the Cork social scene (Jazz Weekend) but we assure you... More 

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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I went to Cafe Mexicana for lunch at approximately 1:30 p.m. The restaurant was relatively emply - perhaps 6 people 4 tables. I love mexican food and eat mexican food regularly. Nobody approached me as I waited to be seated. So, I sat at one of the many empty tables. I wanted to order quickly as I had to return... More 

1 Thank hotshotsolicitor
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi hotshotsolicitor, I'm sorry to hear about your recent experience in our restaurant. We here, at Café Mexicana pride ourselves in our excellent food and service. We assure you that this will not happen again and look forward to welcoming you back to our restaurant in the near future, we hope! More 

Cork, Ireland
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

What a total disappointing evening ! Food was stodgy and sloppy ! Service was appalling , waiting for one hour for starters without any apology or explanation , staff had no interest in providing any form of service !! To make it an even more unpleasant evening there was a horrendously pungent stink wafting from somewhere !! Farty pants smell... More 

2 Thank johncant
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi John, We are sorry to hear about your recent experience in our restaurant. This is the most random review we have ever had! We are normally complimented about the authentic smell of our Mexican spices by our customers so really don't know how the "farty pants smell" got there. My bad. More 

Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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447 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We called in on a Sunday evening to sample something a bit different. The restaurant is small with more tables than in can comfortably handle. There had obviously been a bit of a rush because the two wait staff cook an age to offer us drinks as they cleared tables. The food was ok but not really Mexican and certainly... More 

1 Thank 99ray
Sarah D, Marketing at Cafe Mexicana, responded to this review

Hi Ray, Thank you for your feedback! It gets quite busy in our lovely restaurant so we are happy to take on comments our customers have on board so as to make their experience even better then next time they visit us. We hope to see you again soon for more of our churrlos! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carey's Lane, Cork, Ireland
  • Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Munster  >  County Cork  >  Cork>  > Centre
  • Neighbourhood: Centre
  • Phone Number: +353 21 427 6433

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?