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Original Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$
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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Houston, TX
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113 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been going to the Original for nearly 30 years and rarely make a trip to the island without having one meal here. Food is consistently very good with good sized portions for the price. Service is pretty good. Parking, like nearly everywhere in Galveston, is on the street so you may have a short walk. They have a small... More 

Thank Robert77096
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love this place. Lots of food! You will not leave hungry 😊. I love the verde sauce and fajitas! Located on 14th Street. Recommended!

Thank GraceMorris
Burien, United States
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving historic district of Galveston and found this place and decided to try it out. Do not stop here unless you are very hungry for great food. We ordered 2 oringial dinners which came on the total of 4 plates (2 per person) of one of the best Mexican food that I ever had. I wasn't able to... More 

Thank Clarine D
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's been some improvement since my last visit, but not in the way I hoped. The meals are good, the service was above average, the prices are reasonable - BUT the food is bland and uninteresting. Too bad, because it has a lot going for it, otherwise, and it is a historic restaurant that deserves more. I can only say... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. Personally, I like "zing" as well. However, when trying to feed 1000's upon 1000's of people from all over the country, less is sometimes more. I consider "zing" like salt, you can always add it, but can never take it out. Thank you again for the honest feedback, and I'll see what I can do... More 

Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not sure why this place continues to receive high ratings. The food was bland, tasteless and served at room temperature. It has to be the worst Tex Mex we've had in a long time. The refried beans were runny, rice was mushy and tasteless. I ordered the taco plate. The taco shell was so stale and tough that I dumped... More 

Thank Liz B
Nicholas S, Owner at Original Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

My sincerest apologies for your experience. I have no excuses and I will check into what happened immediately. We get those high marks because we do try and provide a quality, and consistent product. I would love to buy you and your husband lunch if you would like to give us another try. Please email me directly at info@theoriginalgalveston.com More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best Original Mexican restaurant on the island! The staff is the friendliest and will help you order just what you want. Their chili rellenos are excellent!

Thank Tracy T
Ann Arbor, United States
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124 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our recent trip to Galveston, Texas we visited the Original Mexican Cafe. Their food is authentic and wonderful. We enjoyed the service of the Mexican staff which added to its authanticity. Thanks for a wonderful evening & great food.

Thank Peter A
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 March 2017 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 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Hitchcock, Texas
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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.

Thank Bayoudb
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 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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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, 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, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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?