La Casita serves authentic Mexican dishes including flautas, quesadillas stuffed with chorizo and more.
The nacho's here are the most original I have ever had... Yeah Yeah, here's some cheese, here's some tomato - pffttt.... these guys are loaded with beans and cheese, and the actual chip is SOOO good. So crunchy... I love the hot sauce at the table provided, its perfect all around, such a great add on to the nacho's... Everything else Ive tried is great, Im looking forward to sampling more on this menu. I agree the service is a little slow when it gets busy, I think they are still getting there S^*t together.... Keep it up!!
Well I tend to go mostly on Saturdays at lunchtime and I find the service is really good and fast. The staff are pleasant and check up on you frequently.
*Only once I had a tiff with the place because I showed up right when they were suppose to be open and some server with braces told me to come back in 20 minutes (because they were not ready, however, I looked inside and they were all sitting around and eating.) THAT really pissed me off. So I was already hungry, had my heart set on mexican with my friend, show up when they are suppose to be open and we had to wait.. That is ridiculous!
However, the food portions are great. I tend to order medium or large with their meals and never leave hungry.. I'm full for hours. And this has to be my favorite Mexican restaurant.
Regardless of that one bad experience I will still keep going there. Just watch out for the waiter with braces, he's a knob.
I was at La Casita for the first time last Friday. It was excellent! Service was friendly, courteous and prompt. Although, this seems like the kind of restaurant where you shouldn't be afraid to wave some help down if you need it ;)
The unblended margaritas were very good and decently priced. The homemade tortillas were amazing and the salsa was a fresh change. My entree was available in; small, medium & large. I had the large and got what I deserved, suitably stuffed!
We had the free chips'n'salsa, 3 margs and 2 large entrees for $56, tip and tax included.
The apparent authenticity of most the dishes in addition to the creative way the windows were dressed to transport you from the neighborhood you're in to another place entirely were very pleasing! Oh, and we both liked the music, festive but not in-your-face!
We will definitely go back and have already recommended LA CASITA to numerous friends!
The nachos there had this bean sauce on it that was OUTSTANDING! I LOVED it! The marguritas also had it going on. The server had good suggestions, and food came promptly. The place could use a makeover though, very average setting. Kudos for effort though, decorating almost everythink like cactus, including the seats.
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.
I was there with my friends Veronica, Ryan, Cam, Jenny and Ann the other day. The first impression of mine was a pleasant surprise. The décor is so cool and totally reminds me of Mexico. We managed to get a table on the main floor. I need to say the place was packed and some people behind us had to wait in line to get seated. The waitress immediately brought us some chips with delicious salsas for free. She was so sweet and helpful. What can be better than that?
I got beef tostada, tortilla soup and horchata, but my friends got burritos, blackened cod fish fillet, chicken fajitas, chiles rellenos meal, enchiladas, beef and chicken quesadillas, and something else .. I don't remember exactly what :) Oh my god! It was so delicious! I had a bit of everything and was stuffed. Price wise food is very affordable.
I will definitely come back and totally recommend you to come and check the restaurant out! Oh, they offer a birthday person free meal. And, they have super margaritas .. a huge glass of margarita. Soooo good! I took a picture of me sipping on it :)
BBF forever! Love ya all Veronica, Ryan, Cam, Jenny and Ann!
Me and my girlfriend stayed at the Fairmount Hotel in Vancouver downtown. I have to admit that Vancouver is a beautiful city with lots of places to visit, but there is that one place that stands out for real: La Casita. We were wandering around Gastown and decided to have a lunch there. We were pleasantly surprised about La Casita: Mexican vibe in the heart of Vancouver. We had a lunch specials, tacos and margaritas. The best Mexican food you can ever imagine! I totally recommend La Casita. Arriba! (I don’t know what it means, but it sounds cool .. haha)
La casita is the best Mexican restaurant in Vancouver period. My friend Victor had a birthday and he invited us to drop by La Casita in Gastown. Jeez! That was something incredible – tequila, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos and that other Mexican stuff I have no clue about, and, of course, a lot of awesome people. Best party ever! You know what? Victor didn’t have to pay his share since his was the birthday boy. Oh man, he knows where to party!
I have been going to La Casita for 7 years and every visit I have had truly wonderful service, the food has been great and every customer is treated as a friend.
Caz is a super owner and keeps a watchful eye on the bar and floor service.
All the ingredients are fresh and the 2 sauces served with complimentary chips are awesome. I especially like the green salsa. I always order the chicken tostada and have never been disappointed. I can't comment on the bar, but I do know the wine is always cold.
The value for your money is great. Portions are plentiful and there always is a vegetarian special. The decor and ambiance remind you of a small cantina in Mexico, I expecially like the black and white old Mexican movies.
My boyfriend and I were really hungry and wanting to check out this La Casita we keep hearing about from our friends. We walked down to the corner of W. Cordova and Abbott and I knew from a distance that we were at the right place. Totally cool decor. The place is just alive and glowing. Really felt like Mexico!
I absolutely LOVED IT! I'm a pretty picky eater, but when I like what I'm eating, I can seriously throw down! La Casita is definitely a place to go when you're hungry. I left absolutely stuffed and happy! The portions were huge and the price was right. I thought it was cute how we were surrounded by all different kinds of people: some families with young children in highchairs, some young couples sharing appies and a huge fishbowl margarita in a cool glass, elderly ladies having a girls' lunch, and a table of guys eating nachos and drinking beer. Everyone was having a blast!!
I’ve been eating at Mexican restaurants in Vancouver for over a decade. In the past ten years many of these restaurants have closed. Others have opened only to close shortly thereafter. And for those Mexican eateries that have hung around, the food is either average or worse. They seem to be trying too hard, and in the process lose the point of Mexican cooking—rustic ingredients and rich flavour. So I gave up on Mexican food for a while. That is until recently. I found myself hungry in Gastown—historic, trendy, and currently experiencing a twentieth centrification. It seems an unlikely spot for good quality Mexican comfort food Or so I thought.
I walked into La Casita’s on an afternoon just two days after New Year’s. I did not have high expectations. But since the calendar marked beginning of a fresh year I thought it time to give Vancouver’s Mexican culinary scene a fresh start. What immediately became clear was the simple clean décor. The interior of the restaurant is nothing like the posh, overdone and ostentatious presentation of its Gastown culinary cousins. It is reminiscent of a typical, unassuming eatery you might fine in a small Mexican town—minimalist in design yet rich in personality. And La Casita is definitely full of personality. The staff are very warm and inviting. They greeted me with a smile and affection that I considered genuine. I thought perhaps it was because I was the first customer of the day. However, the authenticity of warmth carried over to each person entering the establishment.
Shortly after I arrived a steady stream of what seemed very hungry patrons began to flow into the restaurant. We were quickly treated like valued regulars.
I decided to dive in headfirst. I ordered the steak and egg chilaquilles. It is basically shredded steak, marinated, then fried and mixed with scrambled egg, cheese and taco chips, topped with a light sauce. Everything was cooked to perfection and so full of flavour. This is clearly Mexican comfort food at it is flavourful best. The portions are generous without being exhaustive. As soon I was finished my meal, I could not wait to come back. The quality of the food far exceeded the moderate pricing. I could not wait to come back. So I did, and very soon afterwards.
Two nights later I revisited La Casita. It was very busy so I sat at the bar. The staff were friendly and warm as usual. I sat at the bar. That night there was a special of steak salsa verde, with Mexican rice and soft tortillas. Again the shredded sirloin steak was flavourfully marinated and cooked perfectly. The salsa verde added even more flavour. It was something I will definitely try again in the future. This dish defines Mexican comfort food, something your Mexican mother might make, if you has a Mexican mother. I was already planning my third trip, before I even finished, and at that moment I noticed that La Casita offers 2 buck taco night whenever a Canucks game falls between Monday to Thursday. This gave me an excuse I really did not need.
The Tacos did not disappoint! They make you feel warm and comfortable and satisfied. And a shot or two of La Casita’s high end Tequila added to the feeling of being well taken care of. I will definitely be visiting La Casista again soon and frequently. Maybe I’ll see you there…
I enjoy good food and tend to eat at home a lot but when I do go out I can count on good service and good food at La Casita.I have been going for years and while there are other restaurants in the area I find this to be great value. Whether I dine alone, on a date or with a group everyone always leaves satisfied with the overall dining experience. Also although close to the touristy area it is not too busy to get a seat but enough people in the restaurant to know that it has a following. They have a terrific selection of high-end tequilas.
Attended La Casita today with a party of 9....
I tried to make reservations, but they were not worried about confirming them, so we showed up as they opened with plenty of room for us. It is a quaint location with outdated decor - but it fit the overall ambiance.
The servers were understaffed but attentive as best they could with water and paper towels as napkins.
They were efficient and able to handle the workload of 9 orders - as the restaurant filled up very quickly.
We all ordered different items and they all were assessed as good, hearty, excellent portion sizes, tastey and well made. We were happy with the food and some of us got to bring home leftovers (yay!). The few people that had the lime (on the rocks) margarita found it VERY yummy, however a pitcher was reasonably priced (26$ for about 7-8 portions). Overall we were surprised and impressed at the quality of the food and would definitely go back whenever we are downtown and have a craving for great Mexican.
The prices were not that low, but I didn't mind since it was in Gastown. However, I was rather surprised when the food came, and the beans and the rice were only lukewarm. The decor was supposed to be atmospheric, but it looked run-down and didn't feel that clean. Overall, very disappointing especially with the food temperature even though it was a pretty slow evening.
Food was not really good. it was too bland. The server was very rude too. they asked me pay more tips. we were only 4 people and on the menu I didnt see any rules like that. however they said its legal in B.C which is not ture. I was going to pay 7 dollars which was already over 10% but they wanted more. I am never gonna go there again. It is totally not worth for your money.
it was saturday night about 8pm.....we didn't have to wait for a table. we ordered margaritas by the pitcher ($25)...yum. appies (flautas, wings & guacamole) all good. the main dishes varied thoughout the group......we all love mexican and agreed that the food was not exceptional, but good. being able to choose the size of your portion is a plus. i would def visit la casita again to try something else on the menu.
the timing of the food was a little slow between courses.......could have been planned since we were drinking pitcher after pitcher!?!
a member of our party was treated to a free b-day dessert, which was a nice touch......and the whole restaurant got in on the singing.
however, i was disappointed at the end of the night when the waiter brought us our bill. he had already added a 15% gratuity. the menu stated that a gratuity would be added for parties of 8 or more (we were 6). when asked about this the waiter seemed offended and replied "was ther something wrong with the service?" i said no, and mentioned that i would have prob ended up tipping him more than that.
he then decided to add a tip line to my visa receipt when he brought it to me...........pretty bold i thought since he had already secured a tip for himself. again, i was just a little disappointed, and maybe a touch insulted.
overall, if you like mexican, give this place a try.
I celebrated my birthday last night at La Casita and it was really nice. I had a strawberry super margarita and a Combo #8, both were stupendous ,i just love Mexican....s.Chicken fajitas are my favorite and these awesome .Also loved the service, David was so nice and took care of our every need .Hes so cute xoxo.Definatly will be back , cant wait
I can't beleive this place has been here for 5 years and we just came about it on our way to a concert. It's a good spot to grab some dinner before either a game or a concert, only a 15 minute walk to GM or BC.
As soon as we walked in we were quickly greated by staff, we got seated by the window, which basically, in that area is dinner and a movie lol, we promptly got a good sharing of homeade chips and salsa, which were totally satisfying. The server told us about the food and drink specials, but we decided to get one of there combination plates on the back of the menu, and shared a pitcher of fresh Lime Margaritas, all I have to say is YUM YUM
Food came in about 20 minutes which during that time we got to listen to the salsa music and enjoy the atmoshphere, the one thing negative I could say is that the music was a bit loud. . . .but we were right below th speaker.
So the food was great I had a Chile relleno, which is a stuffed pepper, and a flauta, which kind of reminded me of a big french fry rolled in a tortilla and fried with this green salsa, cream & feta on top, totally good. My friend had a quesadilla and a chimichanga, he loved it, totally filling food and at a great dollar value. The place was really busy right up until we left. . . . .oh and ps when I was heading downstairs to go the washroom, there's an awesome party room you can rent out, it even has a 62' tv. I'll be heading back for sure!!!
I lived with many mexicans in my life and have have good home cooked mexican meals. This place comes very close. Also the prices are reasonable.. there's a lot of expensive mexican in vancouver.. for beans and rice?? I don't get it. I'll pay for good food but a la casita you get both good food and good value. I can never finish my plate I leave happy every time. Oh and the cooks are mexican... always a plus and not always the case here in vancouver.
I have now been enjoying La Casita's food for over a year - and have never been disappointed. The execution of their flautas is always appreciated - crisp on the outside and wonderfully fluffy inside...I recently had the tacos Al Pastor - it took me right back to my favorite roadside taco joint in Mexico City.
Others have written about the poor service they have had - I have not experienced bad service. Slow perhaps, but only when they are smokin' busy and then it is understandable. I always get a smile from the wait staff when I enter, and my beer is always cold.
Footnote - the room downstairs makes for an excellent casual Christmas party location!