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Original Mexican Cafe

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has been in the same location for 100 years and is a Galveston original. Their tradition of serving authentic recipes has proven history. Our cousin used to live on the island and recommend this as one of the "locals" hang outs, and was it ever good! In all my travels, I have never had chicken as moist and... More 

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Hitchcock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Best beef enchiladas on the Islanda. Full of spicey meat and covered in a great chili gravy and plenty of real cheese. Chips are always fresh accompanied by a great salsa. Sometimes they will bring a bowl of bean dip, as well.on weekends they serve breakfast. Frequented by local-not a tourist trap.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spring Break is not complete without a visit to the Original Mexican Cafe! The fajitas pleased my husband, which is not a small feat! Very tender beef and chicken! I ordered the House Salad, expecting a few Spinach leaves thrown in with Iceberg lettuce! The Salad was delightful and very fresh!! Chili Con Queso with chopped jalapeños-fresh on the side... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Original Mexican Cafe is a fairly large restaurant located in the historical area of Galveston. The salsa is great! The chips are always light and fresh. The staff is always friendly. My friend and I love to come here and snack on chips and salsa and eat the Al Carbon Mixed Meat (Chicken and beef) Nachos. They are to die... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Family owned and operated and you can tell. Great atmosphere, lots of food, great chips and salsa, great service. Order a combo plate and it came out on 2 plates!

Thank mstessie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

this place is just good simple easy just good ive been coming here for years almost the same staff...ive had food to go and its good too.its not a fancy place but wow its great food great drinks its perfect just a nice local place to meet friends.its the best !!!

Thank john c
Tampa, Florida
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended to us by our shuttle driver and we were not disappointed! Great food and lots of it. Small and friendly.

Thank alfiesdad2417
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed meeting new friends and having a good meal. Shared the deluxe nachos with my honey. Service was good.

Thank Melanie R
Longview, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Even when surrounded by great seafood restaurants, sometimes the Tex-Mex gene calls the true Texan. When this happens in Galveston, the right place to go is the Original Mexican Restaurant, serving since 1916. Tucked away next to UT MEDICAL Center, we drove past this place for years with a jaded eye, but when we finally went in we thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

There are many Mexican places to try, and I really don't think the Original is all that good. Food is mediocre, the queso was watery, but as a pro it is close to the UTMB campus if you work there. You'd be better off going to a place like Salsas.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?