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Ole Ole Mexican Deli

831 12th Street
New Westminster, BC V3M4K4
Tel: (604) 540-7435

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Great mexican food for cheap
By aregma of Burnaby (116 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2007 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

Great tasting food, tried the tacos and enchiladas. Service was fine, nothing to write home about, my glass of water was never empty. Always seated quickly and my food comes out pretty fast.

Excellent refried beans, but they seemed to have changed their recipe, their old recipe from last year I liked better. Pretty good food for the price, I try to go there whenever I am in the area.

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Where can I get...
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 17, 2007 - 3:16pm [Dine in]

some good Mexican food in Vancouver? I've always been on the prowl for some good Mexican food, but except for Tio Pepe's on Commercial, they all seem to be lacking.
I came here with my sister, and we were the only ones in here. The owner was speaking Mexican to his buddy so I thought for sure we were in for an authentic meal. I had the mole chicken and my sister had the chicken enchilada. The food was not awful - the chicken was actually quite tender, but it was just okay. Not enough to bring me back there a second time soon. I also thought the prices were a little high.
The service from the owner was nice, but then again, we were the only ones in there.
I liked the neat sodas they offered.

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It's not a deli, it's a restaurant
By kawaii of Vancouver (51 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 1:31am [Dine in]

This place has it's own charm - but I don't see anything that says "deli" about it. It's like a homestyle restaurant with food that's comforting, authentic and delicious.

I am a fan of soft tacos - and the taco dishes at this place were excellent. They weren't the soft tacos I was expecting, but they didn't have a hard taco shell either. Whatever it was, it tasted really good stuffed with avocado and tomatoes. The rice and beans were fine, not the best I ever had but I was happy with it. The chicken soup was also good - a little thin but the taste was lovely

My friend adored the fried bananas dessert - although it did have an extra sweet sauce (caramel or something?) that seemed unnecessary and took away from the overall flavor. The caramel flan was also a great consistency, very enjoyable.

The two men that run it - I assume one from Mexico and another Asian man - are accommodating and helpful, but a little strange. They would probably benefit from hiring a professional waiter or waitress. The bathroom is surprisingly clean with newer tiles and fresh paint.

Anyways, if you come here for the food you won't be disappointed. A lot of love and care is put into making these dishes.

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Chicken Nachos to die for
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

My sister and I started going to Ole Ole right when he opened many years ago. We have since moved, but still return all the way from Vancouver and Mission for his chicken nachos. I have woken some nights dreaming about those nachos...they are that good.
The place is tiny, often full, often empty. The food is always great. At times I do find it a bit pricey, but I keep going back despite this. The owner is always friendly.
I do miss the chance to have a beer with my food, but those darn nachos are worth it!

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Good value, pleasant place
By irishgit of New Westminster, (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 31, 2007 - 3:59pm [Dine in]

Its either packed or vacant, and there doesn't seem to be much of a pattern to either. The food is excellent, the service (usually by the owner) is equally good. It has a kind of tawdry-funky ambiance which may not be to everyone's taste. No liquor license is a downside for those of us who like a beer with our mexican food.

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Delicious Refried Beans
By yummygal of lower mainland (18 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

Unlike the other reviewer I've never ever seen this place full or even half full or even quarter full. As for fresh... frankly this place is also a deli (although they don't seem to sell deli sized portions of food its confusing) and the food is all prepared beforehand ie. the meats are cooked and the sides are microwaved to reheat. A problem I find with mexican places in particular is that the meat well starts tasting a bit old as they precook it, as there doesnt seem to be that many patrons the turnover is pretty slow. I also find the food isn't good value for the money the portions are pretty small. However they have the most addictive refried beans its worth a visit for these, its salty, smokey and a creamy puree probably cooked with bacon but the taste is amazing. I also love chile rellenos and sometimes they have these for sale. I can easily cook fresher yummier mexican food at home though using recipes easily found on epicurious.com so now I don't bother ordering burritos/enchiladas etc while at restaurants because for some reason Mexican restaurants in Vancouver are just not that good.

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By far the best Mexican restaurant in the lower mainland
By dolphin22 of surrey bc (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 8:11pm [Dine in]

I will start this review by saying that I am Mexican. I absolutetly love Mexican food and I look for authentic mexican restaurants anywhere I go. Before I found Ole Ole it was just "ok" eating at other places, but when I finally was recommended to Ole-Ole I was thrilled.

I cannot put into words what the Steak Ranchero did to my dining experience and to my "real Mexican restaurant search". The steak was cooked to perfection and accompanied by an amazing enchilada. I have to note that the owner makes things from scratch, meaning that his dishes are authentic. His sour cream is real mexican sour cream, the cheese is full of flavor, his chorizo spectacular! The beans are beyond tasty, the avocado mixed with tomatoes and the rice absolutely delicious. The green enchiladas are extremely tasty too, I cannot have enough of them.

Pretty much anything you order from the menu will just leave you loving Ole-Ole. I recommend it a million times so, if you are looking for a true mexican restaurant, please visit Ole Ole. It is a small place, but incredibly large and rich in flavor.

My absolute respect to his owner, who will make sure you have a true mexican taste. And besides that, he is a kind and friendly man that will ensure you have a very pleasant time.

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Flavourful food
By stp of New Westminster (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 9:32pm [Dine in]

My hubby and I visit this little restaurant when we want something different than the usual food flair.

The owner always greets us with smile and calls every "friends".

While the decor needs a upgrading, the food is delicious, especially the guacamole! My hubby thoroughly enjoyed the Steak Milanesa, which was wonderfully flavorful. The people at the next table were raving about the homemade jalapeno hot sauce.

The portions were a good size and we did not need dessert. If you do want dessert -I recommend the deep fried banana - yum yum.

Unfortunately, as there is no liquor license, there is no beer to cool the taste buds but Coke is fine with us.

The restaurant holds up to 16 people. Sometimes it is packed and other times you can find a seat quite easily.

It was voted best mexican restaruant in New West for the past 6 (?) years.

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If you can get in...
By CYLISF of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 20, 2006 - 11:53am [Dine in]

If you can get in during the peak hours (there are only seats for about 14-18 people!) you're in for a treat. I've tried many decent Mexican restaurants over the years and was blown away by the quality of the food Ole Ole Mexican Deli serves.

The owner, a transplanted Mexican gent, is your host, server, and sometimes cook. He's usually quite friendly and coupled with the recently updated decor, you'll feel like you're having dinner at his home in Mexico.

The food, always prepared fresh, may take a little longer than you'd expect to reach your table given the limited number of patrons, but you will not be disappointed. The incredibly tasty entrees are served in aromatic, well presented, large portions. While everything I or my guests have tried has been excellent, the Oroyo Con Pollo is my favorite.

There aer NO alcoholic beverages and the stablishment is Cash Only or Debit (NO credit cards accepted).

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Ole!!!
By Good Eats of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 16, 2012 - 9:05pm [Dine in]

Authentic Mexican cuisine at its finest. To be perfectly honest, when my girlfriend introduced me to Ole Ole about 12 years ago, I did not expect much from this hole-in-the-wall restaurant. I could not have been more wrong. I was a fan after the first bite on that first night. The Chilaquiles ("Broken Sombrero") are out of this world. Raul's refried beans are some of the best this side of the border. Whatever you're craving...tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chimichangas, quesadillas...Ole Ole has got it and then some. The place is small but very welcoming. The service is always friendly and often times the owner will share some humour. Try a Mexican soda while you're waiting and be sure to save room for the Flan. You won't regret it.

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Trying to find authentic mexican food outside Vancouver
By Foodinspectors of Vancouver, BC. (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, December 9, 2012 - 11:48am [Dine in]

All positive reviews so we tried it out which prompted me to write my own review. Set amongst Pizza and Donair joints along 12th street New Westminster, if you are heading out with expectations in that range, you may like this place. Authentic in the sense that if you took a struggling Mexican restaurant outside the resort areas in Mexico and plunked it down in New West and voila - Ole Ole. Too authentic for me. Stale chips and salsa are 4.50 (not included as one would expect). No liquor license so Margaritas are out. Like I said, comparable to the other food places on this strip. What could have huge potential as one of the only Mexican restaurants outside downtown, it has a long way to go to earn my business again.

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Casual Home-Style Mexican Food
By ab1 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

I love Mexican food and it's hard to find good and cheap ones around here. What I like about this place is it has a local and casual feel. I love their nachos and hot chocolate. I prefer their beef and pork meals better than their steamed chicken. I also like the sides of rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole ( I think that's only on some meals).

This place isn't a fancy hang out, but it's affordable and good food. All their meals are typically the same style depending on what kind of meat you get. For example you would typically get the same sides on most meals. It's good though. It's a small place, but it's not a horrible place to try out.

Conclusion:
Even though this is a home-style food place, I could not eat at this place everyday. HOWEVER, it's a nice special place to visit about once a month. Don't expect a high class restaurant, but you would definitely not get fast food material like Taco Bell or Taco Del Mar. I feel full and happy every time I eat here.

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Best Mexican Food outside Mexico
By Jeff Branden of Surrey , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 6, 2011 - 8:13pm [Dine in]

A friend recommended this place to me and my wife and we were amazed at how delicious and authentic the food was. The owner, Raul cooked up some very tasty dishes that had true Mexican flavor. The service was top notch and for an incredible price. Don't be fooled from the outside of this small restaurant, it has a warm family feel to it once you get inside. On the wall we saw that this place has won many awards over the past 10 years now as the Best Mexican Cousine. Very Impressive. If you love Mexican food, you must try this place!

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Delicious Dishes, Perfect Prices
By flavour_saver of north burnaby, bc (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, November 26, 2010 - 12:29am [Dine in]

Ole Ole is a great place to get very some very tasty home style Mexican dishes at very reasonable prices. I'm aghast that anyone would say it's too expensive - the most expensive thing on the menu is $10! It's not a place you'll find foodies ooohing over presentation and hoping to be seen, but it is what your parents might have affectionately called a hole-in-the-wall. Just walk in and sit anywhere you like, the owner, a warm and friendly man, will greet you with a smile and the special of the day.

Tonight our table had: a plate of Nachos, 1 chicken flautas, 2 pork in a green chili sauce (today's special), 1 carnitas, and a quesadilla for the kid. The food arrived quickly and piping hot, and the owner even troubled himself to bring the kids meal first so the world's slowest eater might finish by the time we did. Everyone was delighted with their meal. We also had a couple coffees and hot chocolates, while the coffee was good the hot chocolate was outstanding - definitely order yourself a hot chocolate!

There are only one or two people working there at any time so you wouldn't want to take a large group - it would just be unreasonable to expect everyone's meal to be ready at the same time. I found it a little chilly and did keep my jacket on through dinner but I'm willing to assign at least some of the problem to the unbelievably cold winter we're experiencing.

I will absolutely return and highly recommend the restaurant to others. If you want hearty authentic Mexican food, you want Ole Ole.

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Great food. Great service
By nwmom of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - 10:02pm [Dine in]

I went in not expecting much and was delighted. I asked for a recommendation and was not let down. Food was fresh, fast, tasty, and reasonably priced. Highly recommend the fried bananas for dessert! The guy who was running the place was really nice. It wasn't the cleanest place or the most fancily- decorated, but it was comfortable and I felt like I was welcome to stay as long as I wanted.

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Authentic food
By martyvdb of New Westminster (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 7:17pm [Dine in]

Raul and his partner make excellent authentic Mexican food.
The price is reasonable and the food tasty.

The place may look meager, but the food and hospitality of this little shop is excellent.

If you are in the New Westminister area, and like real Mexican food, this place is a must visit.

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Great Mexican!!!
By Jinn of New Westminster (5 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 14, 2007 - 5:36pm [Dine in]

I have been told this is the place to go for good authentic Mexican cuisine. Their food is fantastic.

Only fault...sometimes I go there when they should be open and they aren't...not a bad idea to call ahead.

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A Masterpiece of Mediocrity ...
By Pirate69 of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 30, 2012 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Everything good I read about Ole Ole restaurant turned out to be untrue. Naively I walked in to this rundown looking joint anticipating a Topanga Café like experience in which a great hot plate arrived on my table, barely containing a lava-like flow of melted cheese and avocado sauce, and concealing beneath it generosity and abundance - there was no way of telling where the great burrito ended and the beans and rice began. This masterpiece defied you to eat it all - and after you did you waddled out of there stuffed and satisfied and suffering from chip and salsa overload - but the Topanga had become rather out of my price range and so I bought my friend to Ole Ole as a birthday treat.

The reviews - which had declared Ole Ole the best Mexican food in New Westminster told of an old man in charge there who was so very friendly - he turned out to be sad, tired and cadaverous - immediately he and I conflicted. I requested that my food not be microwaved - (what kind of restaurant microwaves their food?) - he told me it would take too long but he finally acquiesced - I had to pay $5 for chips and a salsa that was little more than pureed tomatoes - this old man then tried to tell us what to order - implying that when it arrived our experience would all be worth it because he was giving us such a good deal - this turned out to be a barefaced lie.

The hostilities between myself and the waiter, or owner, or what ever he was, continued. When I asked for extra cheese on my enchilada it really upset him - I felt that he regarded me as his enemy.

If what turned up on our table was authentic Mexican food then Mexico is a country I will increase my resolve stay away from - the food we received was something a child might throw together in their parents kitchen; a little plain rice, a scoop of plain beans - the enchilada that I ordered looked exactly the same as the burrito my friend ordered - on my “enchilada” beyond there being no extra cheese there didn’t seem to be any cheese at all! The food looked like it had been made with a cut rate Kraft Dinner-like noodle mix. Only the home made hot sauce we were given when I asked for bottled sauce was any good.

That this place stays in business at all - let alone being voted the best Mexican fare in New West - is a mystery on a par with the origins of the universe and those big ugly heads on Easter Island.

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Disappointed
By carmina of New Westminster, B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2012 - 6:36pm [Dine in]

Always wanted to try this cute little mexican restaurant. Disappointed because there was very little of the meat/cheese in the dishes we ordered. Loads of tasty authentic mexican sauces but I practically had to dig to find any meat. The ambiance and service was great. Would not go back.

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Save your money for Taco Del Mar instead
By steely_menace of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 3:37pm [Dine in]

I would not recommend this restaurant. It has was cold and has no atmosphere. There is better décor in a hospital cafeteria. I ate here with my jacket on.

The server berated me for ordering a burrito without specifying what kind. He gave me a long stare and then snapped “What kind of burrito?”. When I ordered a coke, he stated that it is self-serve and pointed to the fridge along the wall.

There was eight of us, but our order took a very long time. I had ordered a beef burrito, but got chicken instead. The burrito itself was nothing special. The side of beans tasted bland and side of rice was over-cooked. My co-worker ordered a quesadilla. It looked like two pieces of tortilla sandwiching some chicken and sprinkled with some cheese. He barely touched it.

I will not be going back here. Save your money for Taco Del Mar instead.

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