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  • Value3.5
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  • Reviews12

Los Compadres

4280 Hastings
Burnaby, BC V5C2J6
Tel: (604) 569-1922
Fax: (604) 569-1922
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Service: Takeout, Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, All day breakfast
  • Features: Television, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 12PM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 12PM - 10PM, Sun: 12PM - 9PM
  • The richest and authentic taste of mexican food offered to you with our strict selection of fresh and first quality ingredients allow us to prepair our platters just before you taste and enjoy them in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere

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Mexican comfort food
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 20, 2011 - 11:11pm [Dine in]

A few of us settled in here for a quiet dinner. I had read the reviews before but I made sure to come in with a clean palette.

The decor is fairly basic, but seems to keep with the typical pseudo-Mexican flavour I have seen at other similar restaurants around town. It's clean with the local music lingering in the background.

We started with a plate of nachos which goes a little tex-mex it seems, with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, cheese and seasoned beef. The "freshness" left some of the chips a little soggy but otherwise it was a nice starter. Around the table came a chicken burrito, enormous in size and filled with rice, beans and the usual crisp vegetables. It lacked overall flavour given the amount of rice and beans combined with the lightly seasoned chicken and needed salsa for additional flavour. They ran out of mole so instead my gf went with the green tomatillos verde sauce. That was quite good but may not be for everyone given the slight bitter/tart/spicy undertones. I went with the chori-tacos which came with a plentiful amount of sausage meat and an overflow of mozzarella cheese, so much that it left a good helping of oil in the dish. Aside for that, it wasn't too salty and plentiful to boot.

Service is spry considering the lone wolf up front. He was able to describe certain dishes and ingredients in detail and made choosing easier. Timely checkups for water top-ups and dish clearing too.

It's a bit out of the way, but it's a nice find nonetheless. Shame to see the lack of patrons in here as we walked to and fro the huge queue outside Anton's a few doors down.

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MASSIVE Burrito & Excellent Service
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 6:55pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went here for dinner and were both AMAZED at the HUGE portion sizes and friendly service. We now know where to go when we have the craving for AUTHENTIC Mexican food!

Food: I had the pork burrito and my husband had 4 tacos (some beef and some chicken). The food came extremely quickly (as the restaurant wasn't all that busy) and the burrito was MASSIVE! That thing could have fed 1 hungry man - or 2 women! My husbands hard shell tacos were delicious as well. We both liked how they made their own tacos (rather than using store bought taco shells which are usually stale and disgusting). Their beef was especially delicious - very flavourful and tender.

Service: The service was truly incredible. I believe the man who served us was the owner - and he was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about their menu items. We were nicely surprised at the end of our dinner when he gave us each a large piece of Mexican candy.

Value: FANTASTIC! The prices here are significantly lower than other UNauthentic Mexican restaurants in the lower mainland.

Ambiance: The restaurant was very clean and nicely looked after. I enjoyed how the restaurant didn't have a cheesy vibe (as many other Mexican restaurants can have).

The only thing I wish this restaurant had was a LIQUOR license! I would have definitely enjoyed a good beer with our dinner!

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Bad and Bad
By ishneka of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 1:52am [Dine in]

Straight to it:

I ordered the Enchiladas Platter (Rojas). The rolled tortillas are suppose to be made with chicken inside, however, you can ask them to make this vegetarian version.

The salad served with the meal was pretty plain and seemed to be put there to fill empty space. The bean and cheese-filled tortillas were lacking in flavour. My friend was equally disappointed with his Chile Relleno for similar reasons. Overall? It reminded me too much of a microwaveable frozen meal.

For dessert, we shared the Gansito which is a cake soaked in milk and topped with icing.

The highlight of the evening was the dessert, which cheered us both up.

Now for the experience, Everything was normal, nothing extraordinary, until the bill came at which point our whole experience went downhill. The waiter had failed to mention that their debit and credit machines were not working, so they were only accepting cash. Apparently there was a sign. The front of the restaurant is made of sliding glass windows which were slid all the way to the left with 3 feet of window still standing with a bunch of event posters, articles and pictures. The sign was hand-written on a piece of paper and taped among these posters, which made it very easy to miss especially when the window is off to the side. When we were sitting at the table, my friend joked that it would be funny if the restaurant was cash-only because between the two of us we only had $20 in cash. So we glanced over at the counter, to be safe, and saw the visa and debit signs and ordered our food. When we went to pay our bill, the waiter told us about the situation. My friend checked his car, and found a few coins, and then I told the waiter I was gonna check my hiking bag in the car, but he looked uncomfortable. So I asked my friend to park in front of the eatery, and found some hidden cash - $5. Our bill was $40 not including tips. So my friend left to get cash from the bank while I waited. The whole time the waiter kept looking and I felt so awkward and a little embarrassed even though I knew it wasn't totally my fault. My friend returned with cash, we paid our bill, and the waiter didn't even utter a word of "Thanks" nor did he show any sign of appreciation for all we did, or any remorse for his mistake. I may have returned to try this place again, just to give it another try because the reviews were good, but this experience made sure that I will never return.

Lesson: Always check available payment methods, and make sure they are working before ordering!

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They now have a liquor licence..
By Apollocanada of Burnaby (31 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 27, 2012 - 9:12am [Dine in]

My cousin and I had driven by here many times..and past it while heading to Antons. Should have tried this place earlier but a groupon led us here. We arrived at opening for lunch and were greated by a very polite,smiling fellow named Nick who enlighteded me about there restaurant.He had purchased the equipment and furnishings from a previous Mexican fare restaurant at this location..He was so proud and hospitable about his new place, We really hope it will be a success. Bright cheery Mexican atmosphere,with the Mexican blankets adorning the place and soft music..Actually reminded me of a restaurant we tried in Puerto Vallarta a few years back..and loved. The Burrito Cynthia ordered was huge,and she said it was awesome. I had the tortillas with Chorizo and Cheese...was delicious..basic, and tasty.Oscar was the waiter who brought our food,pleasant young man also..now that they serve liquor , Corona and Nachos will have me here during Hot summer nights..on occasion. Apparently they have authentic live music also,not sure which nights. Menu is reasonably priced..we will definetly be back. Johnathan and Cynthia.

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Exactly what I wanted.
By Liamer of Port Moody, Greater Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 6, 2011 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

What a find. This is Mexican food. I am so happy I found it. The tortilla soup is amazing and the tacos al pastor were exactly what I wanted. Right down to having a Mexican coca-cola. Took me right back to the beach. Dont miss out on this sweet little place. I'll keep going back and taking my clients there for great authentic Mexican fare.

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A surprise find
By aj67 of Burnaby (28 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 21, 2010 - 3:18pm [Dine in]

As we drove down Hastings, we noticed this Mexican restaurant. We decided to try it out.
Being 2 pm on a Saturday is was not busy, but the staff greeted us and were friendly and helpful.

I had the 4 soft tacos. 2 chicken and 2 beef. The salsa/sauces they gave us were great. Home made and very tastey. We loved the green sauce, spicey but with such incredible flavour. I could not get enough of it.

Rainbowcrab had the beef burrito, and it was HUGE, and although there is a lot of rice she said it was full of beef and the rice had a wonderful flavour.

The prices were very good.

We are very excited about discovering this place and plan to go back a lot!

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When you want the taste of mexico...
By jkebe of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

This IS the place to go. My husband and I popped in for a quick dinner tonight and were very impressed with the authenticity of the food. This isn't your "smothered in cheese and salsa" mexican food. It's food like you could actually get IN Mexico. We had chicken soft tacos, a burrito and the tamales that were the nightly special. It was all amazing.

The ambiance rating seems low but the restaurant really does channel a true mexican eatery. It was fun to sit and watch telemundo while eating some exceptional food. They even had Mexican softdrinks to choose from along with the regular soda fare.

We'll definitely go back again!

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¡Gran valor!
By Food_Neighbour of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Gigantic, delicious burrito for nine dollars. Excellent value.

Make no mistake, this is a no-frills, no-strings kind of joint. The guy behind the counter is covered in tattoos and the menu seems like it's in a constant state of flux (at urbanspoon.com they don't have burritos listed, in the restaurant they offer them...whatever), but the quality and price of the food can't be beat. Honestly, do yourself a favour and get takeout one day for lunch or dinner and prepare to be impressed.

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Great little place
By Duende of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Los Compadres doesn't appear much to the outside. It's pretty simply decorated. But their food is fantastic. It's not the typical "fast food" place, and uses authentic Mexican foods rather than what you'd see in a similar place like that. They use fresh cilantro, which is a big plus.

They are also expanding their menu soon, which is good news.

Los Compadres is fairly new (just east of Antons) and hardly gets any business. I wanted to rate it well and encourage others to check it out, because this is my new neighborhood favorite haunt and I hope it sticks around.

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The biggest and most delicious burritos in town
By pollita of burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 11:55am [Dine in]

Los compadres have the biggest and most delicious burritos in town!! Chicken, beef, pork or vegetarian, these burritos are the best I have tasted in Vancouver. They also have soft tacos, specialty nachos and other yummy mexican dishes. Their prices are very good and the service is very friendly. I absolutely recommend this place.

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Worst Mexican food I ever had - don't waste you time nor money!
By skarpa of Burnaby (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

Since the restaurant is in the hood me and my wife decided to give it shot one Sunday around lunch time.
The ambiance was as expected from a cheap restaurant and the service was good and attentive. Unfortunately the food was way below expectations and we didn't expect a lot knowing that to find decent Mexican food in Vancouver Metro is rather impossible. We have traveled in Mexico several times and love their street food. The chicken tacos were bland tasting and lettuce was the quesadilla's major ingredient. The red salsa was made from un-ripe tomatoes. The food is also not cheap. We definitely won't go back and wouldn't recommend it to anyone we care about.
It's a shame because the place is in a tough location (previous tenant Taco Del Mar survived only a few months there) so good food it their only hope to attract customers. Any taco stand south of the border beats them by a mile.

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Good Enough
By hansolo of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 10:44pm [Dine in]

We went there one night and we were pretty much the only ones in the restaurant. There were a couple take out orders. The chicken fajita was a little small and not really filling. I'm glad I ordered the extra 4 tacos. If I were to order anything from here it would be the tacos. We also had tamales, which seemed to be good also. My wife had a chicken burrito that was a little dry. The price seems to be reasonably priced at just under $10, portions could be bigger. The beans were just refried beans you might get out of the can. We might return for take-out as it is a neighbourhood restaurant and it'll do if we're craving for Mexican.

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