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Little Mexico Cantina

3131 Chatham St., #150
Richmond, BC V7E2Y4
Tel: (604) 272-5123
  • Cuisine: Burgers, Mexican
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Sun: 11:30AM - 9:30PM
  • Located in historical Steveston, B.C. a few short steps from Garry Point, this family owned and operated Mexican restaurant is a great place for lunch or dinner. Marcia and Peter will make your dining experience pleasant and relaxing.

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Worst Worst
By money_9 of New West (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 11:57pm [Dine in]

This place has become a complete disaster of what it was with the previous owners. I was a regular customer of the place before the ownership switched. I still gave it few tries after the switch, but tonight was just intolerable. On a sat night we went around 830and were seated, ordered drinks and appetizers. The drinks and food came before 910 and around 930 we decided we want to order more and the server tells us that the kitchen closed at 9 and we can't order. We were not notified at all about the kitchen's last call or closing time at all. At this point, we were frustrated and asked to speak with the owner and she came after 5 mins and said they were "out of food". I have never been said that in a restaurant ever before. I told her we were not told at all that the kitchen closed at 9, and she just apologized and left. I would never go to this place again. The food quality and taste is definitely different than the old owners but I still decided to give it a few tries before judging the new owners . The owners can't modify their food at all, i asked them to make the quesadillas spicy and well done to which the server replied,"the chef won't make any changes to the recipe and we can bring u the hot sauce on side." They need to go get a lesson in customer service before owning a restaurant. Very frustrating and disappointing, totally ruined our night. Never going back again.

Cleary don't go there and expect to have a late night dinner on the weekends especially.

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Little Mexico in Steveston
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 7, 2007 - 5:41pm [Dine in]

A good place to go after the movies at Silver City....only 10 minutes up the Steveston Highway. Arrived at 9.15pm and were not rushed at all. They are open to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. The nachos grande ($8.95) were a huge plateful of nachos covered with about 6 toppings - a meal in itself. The burritos ($8.95) were tasty and the tiger shrimp with zuchini had a nice tangy flavor but a bit pricey at $14.95.
Pleasant and friendly service and the atmosphere as good as being in Mexico.

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Mediocre, mediocre, mediocre
By makeup_girly of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

It is interesting that my prior review of this restaurant has been removed.

Essentially, I remarked on their tasteless and greasy food, sticky menus, and other apparently unhygienic practises (labels on the fruit were still stuck on my fruit in the sangria we ordered).

Three of us went and ordered a couple of appetizers and 4 entrees, as the portions were not enough for the guys in our group.

This is not a place to make a point of going. If you are hungry and want something "Mexican" then go if you wish. But I wouldn't recommend it.

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wd go back JUST 4 the home made sour cream
By ting of Richmond, Vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 26, 2005 - 8:47am [Dine in]

Authentic family run Mexican restaurants are rare in Vancouver - this was a nice delight. The small room is decorated with Mexican flair, the color of Sangria reflected everywhere. All sauces are made from scratch, and the mole sauce in their Thin Mexican Pizza was not too sweet or overpowering. Even their black beans and pinto beans (sides) were marinated with some Mex spices I haven't experienced before. Portions were just right, leaving me room to enjoy the free nachos and Mex rice. A delightful change from Shrek sized portions they serve up elsewhere, such as stuffed, gigantic 10 inch burritos chock full of canned beans.

Now this is real Mex - unlike the Taco Bell, Las Margaritas, Pepitas pretenders.

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Won't return
By Jorge Eduardo of Vancouver (West End) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Not terrible. But pretty bad food. Why would you set up shop next to a peer and not serve any seafood ? Sigh.
I was expecting some good fish tacos. Or some Mexican style shrimp.

No dice. Beef, chicken or pork only. The meat was pretty gross. On the plus side the plates are big and delivered quick.

Went for dinner and the place was dark. And not 'moody nice' dark, just 'too dark turn a light on please I want to see what I am eating' dark.

There are piñatas hanging from the ceiling. Don't go here.

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Skip this place- go to Que Pasa!
By michli of Richmond (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 16, 2009 - 1:41pm [Dine in]

Went here on a recommendation of a friend's friend. I live in Richmond and hadn't heard much about it, which should have been my first clue that I should be skipping this place!
The service was horrible- staff were constantly trying to give people the wrong plate at various tables! We requested water a few times before it came. The waitresses seemed totally clueless and the owner was not even close to being pleasant.
Most of the food was just ok. The guacamole was horrible! Tasted like it was from an old container of something super preserved, found out the chef used tons of mayonnaise in it! Can you say disgusting? The somewhat stale tortilla chips came out in woven baskets that are totally unhygenic.
And the patio sucks because the surround is so high you can't even have a view of Steveston!
SKIP THIS PLACE!
Anyways, if you are in Richmond and are craving Mexican- head to Que Pasa's cafeteria (off No.5 & Steveston Hwy)...it is yummy, cheap and has a nice vibe with the friendly lunch ladies and the pinatas all over the place. You can get a much tastier burrito for about $3 vs. the $12 ones here.

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By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 15, 2009 - 5:50pm [Dine in]

Not a bad place in Richmond to go... fajitas are nice - very homemade ish (vegetables cut a bit differently/shape), yummy fresh salsa and free chips, and margaritas made with fresh juice, no sugar. Nice! I like Don's Guacomole on Robson and Las Margaritas more though... Service is great and geniune.. support small businesses!!!

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NEVER AGAIN! Adios...
By hollahops of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 18, 2010 - 2:56pm [Dine in]

My family, friends and I have frequented the Little Mexico Cantina in Steveston for years. Every year I have my birthday dinner there, and after our experience last night (for my bday dinner) - I don't think (actually, I KNOW) we will never step foot in there again, or recommend the restaurant to anyone.

As mentioned, I have my birthday dinner there every year, so was very disappointed that we had such a terrible experience at a restaurant I CHOSE to have my bday dinner at this year.

The food was ok, but the service is the culprit as to why I will never return. For a small family-owned business, you would think that the OWNER would treat her patrons politely, not imitate them or snap at them. The menus and tables were sticky and not clean. There was a choice of 5 wines on the menu, but when my mom tried to order one - she was told they only had 1 available. She asked the waitress to tell her more about it, and the waitress replied, "well, someone order a litre last night so it must be good". My brother got his appetizer after his entree, and when the owner brought the appetizer out in entree size, my brother explained that he had ordered the appetizer. She accused him of ordering a larger portion (which he hadn't), then the server came along and told her that it was another table's order in her hand (and she didn't apologize).

We noticed that other tables had the nachos and salsa. For as long as we can remember going there (over 10 years), they always brought complimetary nachos/salsa before your meal. After our entrees arrived and we noticed most of the other tables with salsa/nachos, I asked the owner if we were going to get some as well. She asked if we would like to order some, confused I replied "oh, I thought you gave them to each table?" (an honest assumption after 10 years and looking around at all the other tables in the restaurant with them). She rudely snapped back, " they are only a dollar". Surprised I said, "it's ok, I was just curious. You used to give them out". All she had to say was that they recently stopped doing that. Instead, she continued to badger me and defensively proclaim how they haven't raised their prices and my fajitas that were $12.95 would cost over $16 elsewhere. I sat there in shock, and tried to diffuse the situation by explaining that it wasn't an issue, I understood, and was just asking, She continued to banter and glare at me, trying to imitate me. Such odd behaviour for an OWNER of the restaurant, especially to act that way towards someone (and their family) who had frequented their restaurant for such a long time.

To add insult to injury, we weren't thanked or acknowledged by the owner as we left at the end of our meal - other than her rude "Adios" as we walked past.

Their food is not fantastic, but I tried to support their small business for the last several years...but after being made to feel very unwelcomed and disrespected, I will never return.

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Watch out for the BILL!
By Kim30 of Richmond, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2009 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant two nights in a row and BOTH nights they added the hand-written bill up wrong. The first night we went with our family and when the bill came we were surprised as it was more than we expected. When I pulled out my cellphone and used the calculator we noticed it was off by over $20! We let them know and they didn't apologize or anything, just corrected it. The next night we went with other friends and the bill was off by $15! Again, we let them know and they simply corrected it, no apologies. Ridiculous! I believe that they count on people drinking a few too many margaritas and not checking the bill (which is hand-written, and messy at that). I went back the 2nd time because the food was good, but we won't be ripped off again! BRING YOUR CALCULATOR!

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Cough..cough!
By brit of Steveston (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

Great authentic Mexican food, but it will be nice when they finally get in line with restaurants on the dock and stop allowing smoking on their patio. The tables are close together in a confined space and when one lights up...everybody smokes, including kids.
Time to "butt out" Other than that, the food is ver good.

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Fantastic restaurant!
By evengrace2 of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 20, 2008 - 7:42am [Dine in]

We often eat at Little Mexico and I feel compelled to speak on the great food, great service and great atmosphere. The taquitos are positively "crave-worthy" and the homemade salsa beats any I have eaten before. The service is consistently prompt and polite, and often the servers and owners will recognize us by name. This is what we pay to go out to eat for!

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A little taste of Mexico in Steveston
By posinbot of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 7, 2008 - 11:41am [Dine in]

What a great little restaurant in the middle of nowhere! We have looked high and low for authentic mexican cuisine in and around Vancouver, and all we can find are the typical places that serve the americanized version of mexican (ie... tacos, burritos filled with cold "mexi" spiced ground beef...and nachose piled high with cheap tasteless cheeses... how delicious *barf*). This little restaurant is different, serving up traditional mexican dishes!! no spicy "mexi" rice with ground beef here! Hurray! The food is great, the ambience great, and the service great! No greasy american mexican here! Ask for the cornbread... it is incredible! And if you are up to it, try the banana cheesecake, it's to die for.
We highly recommend this restaurant for anyone searching for authentic mexican cuisine! There is nothing like this in Vancouver!

**If you are searching for "american mexican".. you are better off trying taco del mar, or taco time.

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food as far from "Mexican" as Richmond is from Mexico
By kumquaticus of Richmond , BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 9:18am [Dine in]

Little Mexico Cantina claims on their website:

"These are families who cook the same food as their mothers and grandmothers — a menu is inspired by the cooking of northern Mexico and southern California."

I spent 25 years of my life in Southern California, and the food served at this restaurant resembled nothing I had ever experienced at countless Mexican restaurants throughout Southern California and U.S. border states, such as Arizona.

I was pleased, however, to be served the traditionally complimentary chips and salsa, and not terribly surprised to find the salsa uncharacteristically mild. It was comprised only of chunks of very very lightly flavored stewed tomatoes, topped with a sprig of cilantro. it was tasty and juicy.:)

My husband and I ordered the chicken fajitas and Mexican pizza. The chicken was chunky and tender, but very bland under the sauce that dressed it, which was more like the sweet and sour sauce one might find in a Chinese restaurant. A small dollop of cheese, sour cream, and "guacamole" accompanied the "fajitas," but the "guacamole" was just mashed avocado- no spices, onions, tomatoes, etc.. All in all, edible, but not worth 12.95. As for the Mexican pizza, the menu description was this:

"MEXICAN PIZZA - Best in town! 10" thin crispy crust covered with mole sauce, chorizo. Feta & Jack cheese, onions, tomatoes and sasame seeds."

What I got was thin cripsy crust topped with mole sauce, a tiny sprinkling of what actually looked like cheddar and jack cheeses, garnished with a little bit of chorizo. Completely absent were the onions, tomatoes, and sesame seeds, although, there was a sparse scattering of green onion slices across the pizza. The flavor was decent, but not at all substantial enough to be worth 10.95.

When someone that I'm thinking was the owner came by to ask, "how is everything?" i replied that i expected a bit more for my money. She just shrugged me off, mumbling something like, "this is how we've done it for years..." Later she asked if we enjoyed the chips and salsa, stating that no one serves a free appetizer. Ha. Complimentary chips n salsa are pretty much standard!

If you're looking for a very bland, slight resemblance to Mexican food, and are not that concerned about value for price, give this restaurant a try. It won't make you sick, and maybe we just ordered the wrong things.

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Good Food
By pdq of Yaletown, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

We've been to this restaurant twice in the last month. The first time the service was poor but the food was excellent. The second visit was mid week and the owner waited on us and the level of service was much better.
The second visit we sat on the patio which is secluded from the street by a fence. The inside of the restaurant is decorated festively and has a definite Mexican feel.

The broken Sombrero was very tasty. The Mexican pizza is also very good. The Margarita and Virgin margaritas were both wonderful.

We will dine here again and hope we get the owner as our waitress.

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Delicious Food and Cozy Mexican Ambiance
By jschaap of Richmond , BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 1, 2010 - 2:44pm [Dine in]

This small restaurant located near Garry Point serves delicious food and feels as if you have walked into a family owned business in the heart of Mexico! With a ceiling covered in pinatas and traditional mexican music playing, you are shown to your seat and served fresh salsa and tortilla chips. I would recommend starting out the evening with one of the restaurant's famous lime margaritas (excellent) or a refreshing Mexican beer. They have a long list of yummy appetizers and dinners that can be altered to fit any diet (i am vegetarian). The "special dessert" or famous "deep-fried mars bar" is an excellent way to finish of the meal (if you have room).
The service is also good but since there is usually only one waitress and the owner trying to serve everyone, I recommend coming on a week night as it is less crowded and you receive a little more attention.
Overall, a great spot to eat and possibly one of the best mexican restaurants!
Gracias Little Mexico Cantina!

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Family Friendly
By wing0125 of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 5:33pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant for the second time since we first discovered it. If anything, this restaurant has excellent food, and excellent service. It's really good for being family friendly, as we have a baby who makes a fair amount of mess when he eats right now.

Our main criteria for restaurants though is.. will we get sick? In that respect, this restaurant passes with flying colors! Nothing overly goopy. No enormous portions to take the place of quality. Just good food, and good cheerful atmosphere.

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okay food, not great service.
By OTL of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 31, 2007 - 1:04am [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant twice now. The first time the service was better, but then they weren't as busy. Both times the food was just okay, not great. The second time I went, the service was not so awesome. One person came to ask us if we wanted anything to drink, we said water. A few minutes went by, that person got things for other people yet no water for us. Someone else came up and asked us if we wanted anything to drink. Then we got water. We didn't get our chips and salsa (which is free/included) until our meal finally came out (took a long time to come), and I asked if the chips and salsa were included. I noticed that a couple that came in after us was served their food and chips and salsa before us. A couple after us did not get chips and salsa either. Yes they were busy, but the food just isn't good enough to make me want to go back and deal with the crappy service. Our server was nice and pleasant though, no one was rude or anything.

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how can a mexican restaurant screw up mexican food
By shortgirl of delta (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

a group of 10 went to this little hole in the wall restaurant for our girlfriends birthday. what a disappointment. the food was horrible, greasy and cold. the service was even worse than the food. the waitresses were rude and ignorant. i would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. the menus and table had food and all sticky all over them --- needless to say nobody left a tip and nobody will be returning and word is being spread all thru richmond and elswhere -- what a disappointment -- don't know how a mexican restaurant can screw up on mexican food but they did -- stay away

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Go to mexico!!!
By goodfooder of Richmond (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 6, 2007 - 12:52pm [Dine in]

The sevice was poor, I felt as if we were ignored all night. I would have died of thirst if I not asked 2 times for another drink. The food was cold and bland. I'll go to Mexico the next time for the real deal.

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A delightful experience
By Foodman of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 24, 2005 - 10:15pm [Dine in]

As I walked in I notice the carfully decorated and painted walls, but more importantly the smells that elude to a soon to come experience for the taste buds. My meal consisted of a taco, Burrito and a chilli stuffed with cheese, spices, and then battered with egg, it also came with two types of beans, and rice. It was a full meal for about $12. For dessert i had what appeared to be a tortilla shell deep fried, and then dressed up with caramel icing sugar, and ice cream, also very reasonably priced. I was originally gonna rate The Little Mexico Cantina as outstanding, but after rethinking while typing here, i decided that 5 overall is what they deserve.

From what i understand the origins of all the sauces come from family recipes, from several generations back, and are made fresh everyday.
They also offer a hot sauce thats remarkably hot, so let this be a warning to those who like it hot, get it on the side.

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