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La Casita

101 W Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC V6B1E1
Tel: (604) 646-2444
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Large groups only
  • Service: Catering
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night
  • Hours: Mon - Tue: 11:30AM - 10PM, Wed - Thu: 11:30AM - 11PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 2AM, Sun: 12PM - 10PM
  • La Casita serves authentic Mexican dishes including flautas, quesadillas stuffed with chorizo and more.

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Authentic!
By cherrybomb143 of Surrey, bc (218 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 5:15pm [Dine in]

Ever since I was spoiled with great Mexican food on my travels, I've often looked for restaurants in Vancouver serving up really good Mexican cuisine.

Finally, I got to give La Casita a try and am happy to say it's fairly authentic and delicious! Food actually deserves 3.5 stars. The tortilla soup was just right and came full of goodies, unlike other places that just give you the broth and a few strips of tortilla. Fajitas were flavourful and the spices used in the enchillada remind me of Mexico - not really sure what it is, but definitely not found everywhere. Mole sauce may have been a tinge too sweet, lacking some of the richness of the spices, but still very good.

Prices were reasonable for the amount of food - I'd say two small eaters can easily share 1 combo platter. Drink of the day (watermelon juice) was only 2 bucks and alcoholic beverages are fairly reasonable at 6 dollars.

No complaints on service.

Will definitely be back!

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Charming!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 1, 2007 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

I arrived for dinner at La Casita on Friday at about 7pm. It wasn't packed, but it was pretty busy with only a few tables free. The restaurant had a charming look to it. Very homey - even had an 80's yellow fridge in the dining area just outside the kitchen. I love how they turned a closet into a "semi-private" dining space for 2 (LOL)! I had no expectations going in and came out pleasantly satisfied with our choice.
The complimentary chips and salsa were good, but were small and was polished off in no time. I ordered a chicken chimichanga and my 2 other dining companions had enchiladas and steak tacos. My chimichanga was very good and I would've rated food a '4', but my friends' meals were quoted "okay". The dessert churro went straight from freezer to deep fryer right in front of our eyes - didn't look completely appetizing when the cook plopped the cooked churro on a lingering side plate. We waited staring at it for about 5-7 minutes before the server dipped it around in cinnamon sugar with his bare hands (sans pre-washing).
I really liked how all the entrees gave the option of size. You can order depending on how hungry you are. Entrees came in small, medium, large and solo (no sides). Very good idea.
The service was okay. Our server was friendly, but lacked paying attention to some things - got a simple drink order wrong, forgot some things ordered on the side, etc.
But all-in-all, it's a pretty decent place serving some good food (in my opinion). I would return for some more grub.
P.S. Looks like they have a great private party room downstairs.

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Decent Mexican food.
By teddyandturtle of Vancouver - Kingsway (84 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 25, 2010 - 3:12am [Dine in]

I came here a couple months back with my boyfriend and 3 other friends of his. I remember the downstairs area being very crowded because of a UFC game. I had the vegetarian quesidillias and a whole bunch of them got tacos and burritos. We were pretty stuffed from dinner and the service was nice too, cause it wasn't busy maybe. They came back to refill waters without asking but they weren't especially attentive.

Pretty good value if I recall.. it was about 10 bucks per entree. I would go back. But seems like the place has gone kind of downhill from the reviews before me. So maybe I'll go back.

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Great Value for Gastown
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 6, 2009 - 11:34am [Dine in]

La Casita is a family run Mexican Restaurant meets sports bar meets "place to hang out on the weekends with the guys". The portions were substantial and being that we weren't quite satisfied with our dineout meal that evening, we wandered into La Casita and were warmly greeted by the manager and waitstaff.

We were, admittedly, half-full, but it was the weekend and after flipping through their large menu, we decided to split combo #4, and two drinks that the waiter recommended, the Casita Sunrise. It was like a tequila sunrise, but with pineapple and orange juice, and (if I heard it correctly, 2 oz of tequila). Personally, I don't think it was two ounces of tequila, but it could have been the food that made me full, and not boozy.

Combo four came with two chorizo and mushroom quesadillas, a salad, and six hot wings. M really liked the quesadillas. He said that the flavour of the mushroom and chorizo really came through. I would like to note, and I appreciate that the tortillas were home-made. Home made tastes better!

I was actually getting a little full, and liked that the salad wasn't a plain green salad. It was a marinated slaw of sorts, and I love that they had fresh avocado garnishing the plate. The chicken wings were average, although I liked that there was extra hot sauce on the table for you to add as you pleased! Another bonus was that the food, although filling and rich, was not greasy. Finally, a Mexican restaurant that is not all about greasy fingers and shiny lips!

Service was great, considering that we had just come from a higher end restaurant with no service but almost triple the price tag!

We were really too full at this point but we finished the entire combo nonetheless. For under $30 and full bellies, we would love to visit La Casita again, perhaps to watch UFC? I was told that there was a larger group area downstairs, with karaoke and televisions.

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Sorry, no
By Norman of Vancouver East (75 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

The servers are nice. The decor is really downscale. The food is not the sort of thing I want to eat again, not really bad, just not good. I had the chicken fajitas, and the only word I can use is "gummy". I have had better at a hole in the wall in the U.S., but then maybe they demand better because they have more Mexican restaurants. I will not go there again.

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Walked In - Stumbled Out
By Okaliswan of New Westminster (75 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 28, 2007 - 10:39am [Dine in]

Walked into this place on a whim. My buddy fell in love with the waitress so we stayed. We were amongst the first in the restaurant so got immediate service. The level of service dropped as the crowd gathered and we had to wave down friend's new girlfreind for everything from drinks to napkins to chips. You get the picture. On the plus side, the food was very good. My plate wasn't spectacular but it tasted authentic, and that's what I crave in Mexican food. Bud had the special of the day which he raved about (no doubt becasue it was served by his Hispanic Goddess). What I was really impressed with was the $25.00 marguerita pitcher. This baby held 6-7 stiff servings of delicious margueritas, and if you know any thing about margueritas, you know 7 is the minimum number that can be drunk by a human being. They are impossible to resist. I give this place an overall Outstanding because the food was good, the atmosphere relaxed, and the drinks killer. Paaaarty on Cordova. Woo!

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Big Satisfying Burritos...Service, not so much...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 17, 2012 - 7:51pm [Dine in]

We slipped in on a packed Friday night without a reso and sat at the bar (4 of us). We liked the vibe here and we were all famished. Usually we find that sitting at the bar gets you the bartenders undivided attention and therefore, decent service. But here we had to flag someone down to get drinks, then again to take our order, then again to re-order drinks, and then again to get the check. We ordered 3 beef burritos baked with queso and an enchiladas plate, and we all had margaritas. The good news, the food was served in a timely manner, piping hot and was very satisfying, if a little pricey for what it is. The bill for 4 with no appies, 2 drinks each, no dessert was over $175.00 before tip. I'd forego the margaritas if you're on a budget because that's the major gauge here. My teenagers would love the food here, I'll bring them next time.

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Solid mexican
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 10:07pm [Dine in]

Vancouver isnt as known for their mexican as they are for their sushi so its nice to find a place that has really solid mexican food. Nothing was amazing but the mole sauce i had on my enchilada was very good and so was the cerviche... cervich? An appetizer that came with a ton of seafod in lemon sauce it was really good. I found it a bit pricey for mexican food which is suppost to be on the cheap side but still really enjoyed my meal. Service was nice and so was the ambiance

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Will not be going back....
By chloeegan of vancouver, bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

Had reservations in their private room starting at 5:30. People showed up and waited ....and waited. Wait staff finally came and took drink orders, which took a long time to arrive. Just before 7 the owner (or manager) came down and informed us that we had to out of the room by 7:30 ...7:30?!!!! That left us a whole 2 hours for an office christmas party. After complaint he said he would move us upstairs for 25% off the bill. Upstairs we were spread all over the place, service was slow, food was not consistant, and overall of poor quality. One of our staff was asked to leave by the VERY RUDE manager for posing the question as to why we were asked to vacate the party room for a very small UFC party where HE was partying with the new customers. I left shortly after and was CHASED DOWn by wait staff saying I had to pay my bill. I did not go back and pay since I had already left $$ with other staff to pay my part when the group bill came later.Not going back, will tell my friends not to either.

One upset Vancouver employee.

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Not outstanding, but not all that bad
By punkrg of gastown (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 28, 2008 - 9:33pm [Dine in]

For having been to Mexico many times in my life, I can say that in general, typical mexican food could never be considered upscale but it's good, fun fast food every once in a while... In that sense La Casita is pretty Typical...

Cheezy run down decor, just like in any respectable real Mexican restaurent, it even smelled like mold a bit in our corner, again just like in real mexico! But I don't think this is done on purpose... They make their own Corn tortillas, which is great, but unfortunetly, they are way too thick, so it's more like eating bread... Their salsa is ok, but I have had much tastier & the rice & salad that accompanied my Quesadillas were pretty blend... I was also surprised that they didn't put any lime on the table... Any respectable Mexican restaurent puts lime on the table, as Mexicans put lime in everything!

Overall, I don't think I will go again, but since it's just around the corner from my house, I might go back one more time to give them another chance & try something else.

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Not good
By kera45 of North Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 16, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

We asked for some water plus our Margaritas. Glasses of water were filthy and we did not try water from glass, I had to order bottled water instead. Neither place look clean nor our waiter. Margaritas were not blended and it was so lemony.
We ordered a Tortilla soup. It was so watery and did not taste anything. Their chimichangs was done so greasy and it was dripping oil. We did not finish our food and left.

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Packed Gastown Mexican has potential
By Scott Qwerty of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 1:50am [Dine in]

Ate here a week and a half ago (the Sunday evening before Remembrance Day), and they appeared to be understaffed and overwhelmed. The nachos were a little strange: a plate of chips with some uncooked white cheese on top in the middle, and a runny, refried bean-like substance that we were told was "beef salsa".
We had to ask for the free basket of chips that was promised in the menu, and it was eventually, grudgingly brought to our table.
The mains were decent; nothing too exciting. Pretty standard Mexican fare.
The tables were jammed unbelievably close together, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Vancouver could use more eateries where you get to know your (dining) neighbours, so we had a fun chat with the foursome next door. (We were all headed to Rogers Arena for the Neil Young concert after dinner.)
This place has a crowded, lively room; if they can sort out the staffing issues and make the food slightly more exciting, this could be a really great spot.

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Best Mole in Vancouver - Hands Down!!! Possible the worst service too!!!
By grantrmca of Mount Pleasant, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 15, 2009 - 2:11am [Dine in]

I have been here three times, twice for lunch with a friend and once for dinner. The waitress at lunch is so nice. The night I took my friend out for his Birthday, I was embarrased. The owner or head waiter was so arrogant, he gave us our menu and then took off. When I tried to signal to him that we were ready order, he ignored me, when he walked by, I said excuse me, again ignored. That was not so bad, except the same thing happened about 4 times and it was not even busy yet. Finally someone took our order and the food was really good. On this Saturday night we were the only people in the place over 40. It seemed a trendy place for the young, god love them for it... If this were my place I wouldn't have amatuer staff with attitude turning people off because the food is well worth the visit.

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Absurdly overpriced
By adamibaker of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 4, 2013 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

Absurdly overpriced.

$17 + tax for a *basic* burrito. That's some beef, rice, beans, salsa and chips, and some greens. So, about $21 with tip. I would have expected $5-8.

Tortilla soup (adequate, but spare with avocado and tortilla) and two flautas (good flautas, but nothing special), a special (small) margarita was about $22 with tip. The food is of average quality and reasonably authentic taste, but nothing more.

Service was friendly and speedy. I waited almost no time at all for my food, even though nearly every table was full on a Friday night.

I ate a *lot* of Mexican restaurant food in 5 years in San Francisco, so this review is basically me reflecting on that experience. I know how hard it is to find good Mexican food in Vancouver, but I'll never come back to this place. It would be a three star restaurant at half the price.

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Shrimp Cocktail & Mole Wings
By Magnus of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

Me and my friend went to watch a Canucks game and eat one night and we found some wild new stuff. The Shrimp cocktail and Mole wings were outstanding.We enjoyed cold Mexican beer and delicious Margs and they also served us deadly green salsa as well as red with our chips before our food arrived, what a treat! We are definatly going back to see what else we can find on that fun menu and location.

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Straight up, terrible.
By Bina_Meow of vancouver (main) (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went here for lunch in Gastown today, and it was downright terrible! We started off with a pitcher of the strawberry margarita, which was as thick as a smoothie and bland tasting. Our server also rimmed one of the glasses with salt, and the other one with sugar. She apparently couldn't tell the difference! We then both ordered the mushroom chimichanga, which was obviously stuffed with CANNED mushrooms. They were soggy and awful. Both the beans and the rice were also extremely bland, they were basically only edible after dousing them in hot sauce. The room seemed cheap, instead of napkins they used straight up brown paper towel. I'm all for recycled products, but make them look good! There was also only one bathroom upstairs, and it was less then clean. I'll most definitely not be going back to this Mexican restaurant!

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Not a good idea
By digester of Raincouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 29, 2010 - 5:24pm [Dine in]

Quite possibly the worst service I have ever had. From an insufficient amount of menus and a 25 minute wait for drinks, to a server who barely touched our table and when she did brought an unpleasant grimace. My favourite part was when the server had the cahones to ask us if "everything was alright" because we only tipped her what was sufficient enough for a house tipout. The food was authentic, I give them that, but I can always ask my latino friends to cook me something.

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Not great at all
By giggles of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 3, 2009 - 11:33am [Dine in]

Chose this restaurant despite the mixed reviews on here because we wanted to be fair and thought this place might still be decent. First off the place has a strong odor of Mr. Clean combined with that dirty bar floor smell. The food was very mediocre, okay but nothing to rave about. Certainly not worth the price. The service was also distateful. The server was unfriendly, she mixed up our order and when we told her about it she argued back, saying what SHE wrote down was correct. Um... no, maybe YOU wrote it down wrong? To my surprise however the place was filled up by 7pm. Why?? If this place used to be good before it clearly isn't anymore. The only good things about our meal were 1) the company I was with and 2) complimentary nachos we got while waiting for our meal.

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What a disappointment
By lilleeb of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 1:13am [Dine in]

Heard good things, and from the outside this place looks cute. We went there on a Tuesday night for a quick dinner, and we wanted quick because of early starts the next morning. Didn't think that would be a problem on a Tuesday night. It wasn't busy.
From the start the server wasn't very friendly. I am not sure if she put out order in straight away either. The wait for the food got longer and longer and she kept avoiding us. Finally, only because we were in a rush I had to go up to her and ask. No apology, just ït's coming'". Food took almost an hour (only two of us went.) We ordered a the chimichanga meal and a chicken burrito. The chicken tasted as if it had been microwaved and was smothered in cheese. Nothing tasted fresh, everything was greasy, sloppily presented and way overpriced. We didn't finish our food and the server did not once ask how it was. Don't bother going here there are much better Mexican restaurants in Vancouver.

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exotic experience
By lubiy of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 3:56am [Dine in]

Overall, It was a pretty exotic experience. The food was just fine but not as good as I thought. My friends and me ordered 4 different foods and we all pretty enjoyed them. The dishes were quite big! However, the poor service disappointed me a lot. They forced me to pay 15% tips when I tried to pay with my interect. Oh well...It might be a little expensive for their foods for us...

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