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Las Margaritas

1999 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6J1M7
Tel: (604) 734-7117 Reserve Online
Fax: (604) 734-3528
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Banquet
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Gluten free, Patio, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30AM - 10PM, Fri - Sat: 11:30AM - 11PM, Sun: 11:30AM - 10PM
  • Under new ownership since 1994, the long standing Kitsilano dining institution attracts many faithful diners with it's Cantina-style look and menu. Las Margaritas has rebuilt and expanded their 60 seat patio which has been voted one of the best in Vancouver.

    At Las Margaritas you'll find what's been called the city's best salsa and margaritas, as well as the largest tequila selection in B.C.

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Big Disappointment
By dontdinehere of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

The food was bland and boring. The slop that they call refried beans would be likened to a jar of Heinz baby food. There was nothing good about this place. I think of spice and garlice and flavor when I think of Mexican, there was absolutely no flavor to the food at all. I recommend almost anywhere but this place.

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Big Disappointment
By dontdinehere of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 8:21pm [Dine in]

The food was bland and boring. The slop that they call refried beans would be likened to a jar of Heinz baby food. There was nothing good about this place. No one at our table would ever return to this retaurant. We waited an hour to be seated and even though I was pretty hungry by the time we got our food I could not eat it. Very very over priced for what you get. There was no guacamole or salsa sauce served with the tacos. A little bit of sliced iceburg lettuce tomatoes with more refried bean slop.

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Mexico!
By bcholly of Pitt Meadows, BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 2:53pm [Dine in]

I've been to Mexico a million times and Las Marg's is my hometown substitute for when I can't get away. I LOVE Las Margaritas. I was just there last weekend and the food was great. The homemade salsa and chips can't be beat. I ordered the burrito and it came with beans and rice. I also had a peach margarita but it was a bit on the sweet side. Next time I'll have lime.

The service was solid. I would like to say outstanding but in reality they are not falling all over you here. It's neither great nor terrible. Some people judge by the "water glass test" and I was never empty.

The ambiance is awesome. When the patio is open and the music is playing you can just imagine having a bite to eat before heading back to a warm sandy beach. If you don't like it well I suggest you don't visit the real deal.

Definitely coming back again soon.

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Canadian Mexican food.
By Basilseal of North Vancouver District (30 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 10:29pm [Dine in]

This is not a authentic Mexican restaurant, just a candianized version of a Mexican restaurant. Nothing wrong with this, just do not expect to get the same food as you get south of the border. They start you off with complementary taco chips and salsa; the salsa was very good, the chips so-so. This time I had the prawn tacos which came with a side salad and beans; nothing wrong with this as it was quite tasty. No problems with the service. The patio has a nice ambiance.

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Thank goodness for good margaritas!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:50pm [Dine in]

Couldn't imagine if a place called Margaritas had bad margaritas...thank goodness they were good! Foodwise - I've given up hope of finding excellent Mexican in Vancouver, however, I thought the food here wasn't bad at all. The sopa de tortilla, chiles rellenos, and my tamale enchilada combo was pretty tasty.

Service was good. The ambiance was fun, but I couldn't help but notice that it felt more of a Red Robin-type chain, then an authentic Mexican restaurant. Lots of very young servers.

Prices were fair. But with our Entertainment Book coupon, it was a good deal.

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We are never coming back for dried out overspiced couscous looking rice & nuked refried beans stuck to the plate like glue
By scarlet of Delta (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

Today a friend and I decided to check out Las Margaritas because we had heard positive things about this place. We were seat promptly. The free nachos and salsa they gave in the beginning were alright. My friend ordered a taco salad it was okay but they charged $2 extra for beef in the salad and another $2 for beef in his burrito. I had the 4 chimis for $6.55 which came with a teeny tiny guacamole which were okay tasted.

But it was our entrees that made us never want to return, both our entrees came with dried out rice if you can even call it rice, it looked more like couscous that was cooked in tomato juice and had chilli powder sprinkled all over it. Also the refried beans were rock hard and stuck to the plate. We complained to the server who substituted the dried out beans with black beans which looked like they came straight out of a generic can with no flavour whatsoever the chef seemed to warm them up and cover them in feta cheese to make them look presentable.

My salad was just pieces of lettuce covered in feta. Apparently feta is suppose to add flavour to bland tasteless food. I did not know Mexican food consisted of feta cheese til I ate at this location. Well the server did not make the food the chef did, so out of pity we left her a tip, and before leaving we filled out a survey to let them know what needs to be improved.

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Old favorite still reliable
By Scott Qwerty of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 4:02am [Dine in]

Jaz was in town and she loves Mexican, so a bunch of us hit Las Margaritas in Kits and got our nacho on.
This place has been around forever, and I get here probably about twice a year. So whatever 2 X forever equals is how many times I've eaten here.
It's always a good vibe here: the walls are an eclectic mix of Mexican kitsch, the lighting is just right, and the place is always bustling. (Seriously, this has to be one of the most steadily busy restaurants in Vancouver.)
In the summer, they have one of the best non-view patios in the city!
All the appys are pretty good: we sampled the house nachos, nachos locos and mini-chimis. All delicious.
Jaz had the combo #3 for her entree (burrito & enchilada) - enjoyed it but couldn't finish the rice and beans.
Just too filling.
I went for the hard shell taco dish and it was excellent. Not the most flavourful I've had, but solid and satisfying.
Did I mention the frozen, slushy margaritas which are the best in the city?
So awesome, and don't be shy about combining flavours.
Parking's not great, and watch out for that horrible 4th & Maple intersection, but overall this is an old standby that is living up to its legend.
Fun place for small groups and/or out of town guests.

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Dryed Out Chicken
By sm3333 of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2012 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

After a few visits it becomes obvious that its not the food that people come for but the patio and margaritas. The Taquitos should be avoided and are extremely dry, almost all the meat at this restaurant is dry and only saved by adding way to much salsa, salt or sour cream.

Bottom line avoid the chicken....

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There's no way anyone should wait 80 minutes for re-fried beans with cheese melted on it.
By freaknob of Vancouver (downtown) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 9:47am [Dine in]

I've been there twice in the last few months. There's nothing culinarily interesting going on at this place. The server either had way too many tables or was hanging out having laughs in the back because we only saw her a couple of times in the 80 minutes we waited for our sad meals. You won't see any fresh local ingredients or interesting interpretations of Mexican grub but instead everything looks and tastes pretty much the same whether it's deep fried or re-fried beans with cheese melted on it.

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Average but Good Service
By Balmy of Burnaby (51 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 3:34pm [Dine in]

I came here with a couple friends. Since we were in the area, we decided to go there. This is my first visit to this restaurant.

Food was average. Lots to choose from but I decided to try the chicken taco just to compared it to others that I have eaten elsewhere. It was served with refried beans, two slices of oranges to keep my taco upright and rice. I have had better elsewhere, but it was decent. Very yummy nacho chips and salsa that was provided when we were seated.

Service was good. The server checked up on us regularly. Price is slightly higher when compared to other Mexican restaurants. Ambiance is warm.

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Always Delicioso
By KitsKid of Kitsilano (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 30, 2009 - 5:18pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Las Margaritas for years now. I don't go often but I girlfriend and I went the for lunch the other day. It was around 12:30pm and it was busy. We were sat right away by the owner and brought the fresh chips and salsa, always good, made fresh. Simple.

The menu has always been huge- tons of dishes to choose from. Which is nice. I had the Tamal that comes with beans and rice but I subsitituded the beans for salad at no cost and my friend had the beef burrito. The value of this place is much like a greek place - big portions, variety and fairly priced. My tamal was really good - typical central american fare. One of my favorites by far.

I find that a lot of people harp on places like this saying that the food is mediocre at best, yah that may be true with the usual taco, burrito, enchilada - a lot of times those dishes are much milder and not nesseccarily in heat, I find even in seasoning - to please the masses. If you try some more 'typical' latin dishes you find that they have more exciting flavours ie the tamal which is delicious!
Our server was really nice, quick (enough )as it was busy but attentive. Our food came up hot which is great and fresh (fresh quac, salsa, lettuce, tomato etc)

Always a pleasant dining experience both for Lunch and Dinner time. Even as a young kid we used to frequent this place as a family and have been enjoying the place for years.

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Mediocre Mexican
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 1, 2008 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

I've been to Las Margaritas a number of times, and each time it's not by my choice.

The food there is pretty average. Nothing on the menu particularly stands out in my memory.

The service is *almost* non-existant. After you place your order, you won't see your server again...and if you can, have fun trying to flag them down.

Value is ok. I find their menu to be a bit more than their competitors Pepita's and Andales.

Ambiance is ok. Very noisy (visually too).

This place is ALWAYS packed..and always requires long waits...definately not worth it.

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A trip to Mexico for my burrito?
By diner40 of Vancouver (89 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 11:25am [Dine in]

Went here last night prior to heading down to watch The Fireworks.
Needless to say the place was packed and very loud in fact I've been to High School cafeteria's at noon time that were quieter. I was waiting for my dining partner who was still working but along shortly so ordered a pitcher of their Sangria. If you enjoy your Sangria sweet, sweet like Kool aid you may like this. Not impressed with the Sangria and for $25.00 a little on the steep side. Dining partner finally arrived and we ordered our meals, I had the Burrito my partner two taco's. We ordered at 7:10pm, the food arrived at 8:00pm, granted it was busy but how long does it take to slap some already cooked Mexi-rice, refried beans and a smallish burrito plus two taco's on a plate? Our meals weren't exactly huge and for the 14.00 price for the burrito , pricey. I figure they probably spent about 3.50-4.00 making that meal so there is plenty of profit margin. My dining partners taco's were reported to be good. Our server was busy but a very pleasant person who came by a couple of times to give us the countdown to the arrival of our meals, she did a good job and I tipped accordingly. I must admit Mexican food is not really my first choice. To me it all tastes the same no matter what you order, a burrito tastes like a soft taco, tastes like an enchilada etc. etc. etc. Just slop on a plate all mixed together and LM's slop on a plate pretty much tastes like everyone else's. Overall just okay
no ewww's or ahhhh's like at the fireworks and in my opinion not really a good bang for the buck.

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Insanely expensive for beans
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 9:48pm [Dine in]

I have been here three times, only because it is so close by. I am always blown away by the prices considering that most mexican food is cheap given the kinds of ingredients used.

I got a fish burrito once (weird) and this chicken breast dish another time (absolutely disgusting), so the next time I stuck with nachos and booze. Nice place to be, good side dishes (not worth the money though).

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Dissapointing
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 3:33pm [Dine in]

Coming from LA, I was looking for a decent mexican restaurant where I could go regularly when I feel like drinking too many margaritas. This is certainly not the place, and in fact after trying it twice I haven't been back since.

Walking into the bar, the atmosphere is great-- cool mexican signs and a real nice feel to the place. Immediately we ordered margaritas (lime, of course, the "real" way to order them). I was SO DISSAPOINTED to find them super sour, and very weak on the tequila. Truly undrinkable. The pitchers of sweet blended margaritas are slightly more drinkable, but still no alcohol in there to speak of, and they are very expensive! I think a place that can't make a decent regular margarita should be forced to change its name to something else other than Las Margaritas. The other drinks I've ordered there were also bad.

The food is VERY mediocre, not worth the prices they charge at all. I drive by all the time and don't know why people eat there. The only thing I can think of is that they've never had delicious, reasonably priced mexican and don't know what they're missing.

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Nice to try...
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 5:46pm [Dine in]

They have some killer salsa but other than that, the food was not that impressive. Beware of a lot of refried beans... it covered a majority of space on our plates and its good until u get into the 5th bite and starts to become boring and heavy.

Service was great. Servers and hostesses were really friendly.

Ambiance was very authentic and warm. Good place for a low-key date. The patio is especially nice in the summer months.

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A break from the average west coast entree!
By zilla of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I visited with two friends on a Thursday night, wait for a table was about 40 minutes. There is a great culture and vibe here that is nice to take in.

We had a pitcher of Pina Colada ($29) which produced 6 full glasses in total; definitely a good buy. The Chimichangas were huge, very meaty with lots of sauce. Outstanding fresh guacamole. The portions were generous with the perfect amount of mexican rice & refried beans (also both very good). You cant find any food like this in the city, definitely a great place for a night out but make a reservation!

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Consistent food
By 8there of Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

I've been coming here for years, and the one thing I can say about the food is that it's consistent. You know what you get when you come here. It's decent food, but not like authentic Mexican. I don't drink, but the last time I was here most tables had margaritas or beer...maybe that makes the food taste better! Anything smothered in melted cheese and sauce usually tastes good. The service was questionable. Our server seemed a little scatterbrained, but service wasn't super slow, except when we wanted to pay. She picked up our credit card, and forgot she had it in her pocket and walked around with it for 10 minutes before she came back and said she had forgotten about it. It was very busy when we got there, quite noisy and bustling, definitely not the place for a quiet romantic meal. Go for the ambiance, but don't expect stellar food or service.

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Great Margarita!
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 11:02pm [Dine in]

We tried Las Margarita's for dinner the other night and enjoyed a great dining experience! We were warmly greeted by a hostess and quickly shown to a lovely candlelit table. The restaurant's ambiance was great, a little loud but otherwise really nice. Our server was super, very friendly and helpful. Melon Margarita was awesome, one of the best I've had. The complimentary homemade chips and salsa were great, delicious salsa! My Finace loved the Pork Enchilada special and I quite enjoyed the Vegetarian Fajita Burrito, Mexican rice was good, as was the house salad the dish was served with. Portions were quite large, I certaintly left with a doggy bag! Overall, a really great Mexican dinner, we'll be back!

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Underwhelming
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 11:39am [Dine in]

I've been here several times. Everything's pretty much consistent. Nothing is stellar here, but on the flip side, this place does not flop either. The food is not 'authentic' Mehican, but it's still enjoyable - especially compared to some of the other Mexican alternatives in town. It's always busy during the peak times (dinner, weekends + holidays). Lunch seems to be manageable as I've never had to wait to be seated during lunch hours.

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