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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” (36 reviews)
“beef” (21 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1401 Market St, Galveston, Galveston Island, TX 77550-2532
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Tried this place 4 years ago on the recommendation of a local and I really enjoyed the food. Came back and ordered a huge bag of to-go food for our balcony. Sunset and guacamole, added a good rum and it was perfect. Good food, above...More

Thank GrandIsleDreams
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is my FIRST negative review. On Monday, June 11, 2018 we had a group of 12 teachers in Galveston attending a conference. After we finished eating, a male manager came to the table and said “ since we were finished eating we needed to...More

Thank Sheila M
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

I am mortified....this is NOT how we treat our guests.....ever. I will have a talk with the server, the waiter, as well as the GM. I hope you WILL give us another chance, and I would love for it to be my treat should you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was super average Mexican food. A lot of cheese, almost on everything. The tamale was good but smothered in cheese. The mozzarella sticks that were part of the sampler were not cooked all the way through. Service was good and efficient. It wasn’t a...More

Thank wheniwhoop
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 4 weeks 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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 6 May 2018 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 5 May 2018 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 30 April 2018

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

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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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, 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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