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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
we arrived at about 1030pm on Friday night. They close at 11 so I guess the hostess/server were bothered by us late diners.
The room had a good vibe to it and the food was okay. Not very mexicany, in my opionion. The dry chicken dish looked sad and tasted even worse. They served it with a salad that looked like it came out of a package, some black beans and a weird sauce. The chipotle prawns were good though; they were juicy and had a nice kick to them. The mango and jimica salad wasn't good at all. Too much dressing, barely any mangos and LOTS of lettuce. Their ceviche gave me a tummy ache. Loved their pineapple margarita!
Popular mexican restaurant in the trendy Kits neighbourhood. Not authentic mexican or spanish food, but tasty nonetheless. This place is always packed with people, and they offer a huge drink selection, and some solid entrees. Checked out this place recently on a weekday, and we still had to wait 20 minutes for a table just before their closing time.
Food - Good. They give you a complimentary basket of tortilla chips and salsa. For the entree my significant other ordered the crab special, and I sampled the chicken chimichanga. Both meals were solid and decent portions for the pice.
Service - Okay. Only one waittress for our entire section, but she was working pretty hard and fairly fast and efficiently. Always checked back to see how things were and if we needed anything.
Ambiance - Great. Best thing about the restaurant. The decor is really nice, with a definite latin american feel.
Went here last night for dinner. The place was packed but we were seated very quickly.
Complimentary nachos were given and they were good! The salsa was spicy, so it gave a zing to every bite. Ordered margaritas, and the pineapple margarita was delicious, but the mango was a bit too sweet/syrupy.
The food took a very very long time to arrive, but when it did, it was mouth-watering. I ordered a fajita burrito, and couldn't finish half. The mexican rice was average...salad was good. Liked how there were fresh apples to add to the taste. My friend had the chicken burrito, and the refried beans were yummy! I thought they would actually be whole beans, but they turned out to be a mash. I didnt think they were salty at all - more on the sweet side even.
The service was pretty slow, but refills of water came by often.
I liked the vibe of the restaurant - colourful and warm, just what a mexican restaurant should feel like.
I would definitely go back for some more refried beans and fajita burritos!!!! Try the fajita burrito! It's delicious!!!
While probably not the spot for the most authentic Mexican cuisine, I found this place to be pretty good. It's a nice alternative to other franchise large restaurants. A place I wouldn't feel too weird bringing my family to.
Food is pretty straight forward and simple. Had no problems with the service either. Prices are decent.
There were no line ups when I went on a Tuesday night, so I didn't have any issues with that.
I'll probably be back if I'm in the neighborhood.
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.
In regards to Tex-Mex food, this restaurant is probably the one for Vancouver West enders. Kind and gentle hostesses greet you when you walk through the tight entry point; ceiling fans and rustic garage-like styling no doubt generates the appropriate vibes. The owner of the place, a tall and dark Mexican man in this late 40s, is incredibly hospitable as so is his service staff. The food here is standard Tex Mex fare with LOTs of choices for entrees and surprisingly value-driven appetizers. Try their daily Ceviche with house-made tortilla chips; Meaty L.A Burrito; or a big serving of Steak Fajitas with all the fixins. Big Platters of food ask for big pitchers of beer or Sangria - or if you prefer, one of their speciality Margaritas. Always busy on the Weekends...
Which is good, if that is what you're looking for. Try the Mexican beer.
I'm not a fan of beans in general so I can't say if their refried beans are good or bad. The street tacos were alright, lots of fillings. The vegetarian fajita dish is humongous.
Service is friendly.
I like the spanish signs that label kitchen (cocina) and bathrooms (can't remember the word for bathroom). Overall the restaurant has a cozy feel to it.
Personally I like the Mexican food I've had in California better but then again California has a higher population of Mexicans than Vancouver.
May return to see about this margarita thing (problem?) that other reviewers are talking about.
Very brief review ...
1) Ambience was really cool. It looked like a real cantina.
2) The bar tender was very friendly.
3) The waiter acted he had done us a big favour by just showing up at our table.
4) Burritos were tasteless, and the fried beans had too much salt. Mixing the two didn't help.
5) Food was not worth listed price.
6) I could only recommend this place for a drink or two.
The food here is decent. I ordered the fish tacos and found them to be flavourful enough.
The ambiance is quite loud and seats are not that comfortable but overall, the furnishings are not a surprise.
However, I will never return to this restaurant ever ever again. Upon entering the restaurant, my friend and I were waiting for the hostess to finish talking with one of the other hostess/waitress. The hostess did see us enter the restaurant as she made eye contact but did not smile. These two men come in after us, push past us and register their names with the hostess, I then came up to the hostess after and said, we were here before those two men very politely. She gave me this bitchy look, shrugged her shoulders and put me on the list after the two guys who barged in front of me. No apology and no acknowledgement. I was so angry b/c I knew she knew we were ahead of those guys and upon looking back, I can't believe I didn't walk out and still waited for a table. I should have walked out, the food was not worth the rudeness or the wait.
Las Margaritas management need to teach their host staff manners. Just remember, women are also honest paying customers and make up half of Vancouver's customer base.
The food was not bad but not good either. It was definitely not worth the price. After dining there, I was left wondering what could have been that I made my own salsa, gucamole and chicken AND beef burrito. Mine were definitely tastier, fresher, and more satisfying. The snooty blonde waitress didn't help one bit.