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.
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.
I went to Las Margaritas yesterday night for dinner. It was super packed and for 3 people, there was a 15 minute wait.
Food: I ordered the Chicken enchiladas! It's a hugggeee portion. I didn't end up finishing my beans OR rice. But the enchiladas were really really good. It took about 40 minutes to get our food out after we ordered but we understood because it was so busy and our server was nice enough to
Service: Our server was obviously very busy and was running around a lot. But I really appreciated her coming to refill our waters. It took about 40 minutes to get our food out after we ordered but we understood because it was so busy and our server was nice enough to tell us ahead of time.
Value: My meal came to about $16...so I thought it was pretty good for such a huge portion.
Ambiance: Everything is in SPANISH! There's a lot of nice, cute decor and it's a little cramped but at the same time it's cozy. Really like it there!
I stop in here for their black bean soup and quesadillas [off the appetiser menu] once in a while. I don't find them overly expensive compared to a lot of other restaurants and also don't expect too much. However, I have always liked the food I have tried and will be happy to continue dropping in once in awhile.
This isn't intended to be an 'authentic' Mexican restaurant-it is basically California style. I do enjoy my visits there and have always had pretty decent service.
I usually have a glass of wine with my food and haven't tried any of the other drinks so can't comment on those.
I've gone three times now.. and each time I ordered a margarita and each time I was charged for a margarita but each time I could've sworn it was a virgin ... weak drinks!
The vegetarian dishes are a good price and filling. The service is pretty good - servers walk by often so its pretty easy to get more weak drinks ;-)
If your in the hood - not a bad choice...
Las Margaritas is a bit of a trek for me, but I took my girlfriend there because she liked it in her youth. I also went there another time with family. I expected an above-average experience.
Food: Below average. The portions are big, but the food itself, especially the tortillas, is a bit bland. On the second time around, the food arrived late and was barely warm at all. The food does the job, but it certainly isn't as good as it was hyped up to be.
On the plus side, the Margaritas are good... they ought to be! The right mix of sweet and sour.
Service: Poor. The first time we went, just the two of us, it was OK. The servers seem to be hired more on their looks (ooh, a latino guy!) rather than talent. On our second trek, with the family, they did a very poor job. Our food was very late, and we had to wait a long time to get extra napkins, etc ... Yes, I understand the restaurant is busy, but the experience put the entire family off of the place.
Value: A bit pricey for rather average food. I could get the same stuff at a family-owned place for much cheaper.
Ambiance: Lots of weird trinkets. They are trying to be more hip than authentically Mexican. Very loud, but very laid back. Kits is a nice neighborhood, too.
My bf and I had planned to go to Las Margaritas for Dine Out Vancouver, but found out, after we were seated, that they only have that menu in place for reservations on Mondays to Thursdays, as the weekend did not allow reservations. As I'd imagine for a Saturday night, the place was packed and we were told to wait 30 minutes or so to be seated. With the shoulder-to-shoulder-of-people-around-you busy atmosphere of the restaurant, time moved quickly and we were soon seated.
Not long after that, we were given complimentary tortilla chips with salsa. They were so tasty, as the chips were warm and the salsa refreshing fresh. The service we got was quick and prompt, and at times intrusive. I was asked how the food was when I was about to start eating. Fortunately, that only happened once.
For drinks, I ordered an iced tea, and the bf ordered a 7Up. We got refills as soon as it became empty. We ordered some jalapeño poppers and two combos, mine being a beef burrito with chicken taquitos with refried beans (paste), salad, and rice as sides. BF got the chicken burrito and soft taco combo. The food arrived quickly, and when we dug into the food, we found out that it was rather fulfilling. We bagged some of it home as we were so full from the food. Portion size is really good. The food tastes decent, although not quite the authentic Mexican fare I was hoping for.
I have been here a few times over the years as I live close by. The last time wasn't a very good experience but I thought perhaps it was just a one time thing. Side Note- Yes, the grumpy bartender was there. I ordered a margarita on the rocks at the bar waiting for a table and he pulled it out of the bar fridge. I said, did you just pull it out of the fridge? and he replied, I just made it, I make two at a time. Ugh, It tasted like a drink that had been sitting in a beer fridge. Does it really take that long to make a lime margarita on the rocks??
Thinking this was a one off experience, I went back last night. Same attitudes from the staff total indifference. Asking for suggestions we recieved responses such as, I don't know I don't eat seafood. Other people seem to like it? People like to order this or this? Not helpful at all. Our entrees came while we were still eating our appetizer. The salsa and chip are fantastic but it ended there, the rest of the food was boring and plain. Hum drum.
As for the margarita that I had last night? It must have been the one from the bar fridge....
It appears that they have new help and hence the problems. We were a party of 4 and ordered a drink each. The server was prompt to bring the drinks but thats where it sort of ended. He was not back to get our food order for about 15 minutes. After we gave our order we wanted to get another round of drinks and for that we had to flag down the server. Also, after the food showed up no one came by to make sure whether everything is good or not. And it wasn't. The server brought out the wrong dish. Urgh... Not happy 'bout that at all. The place is not cheap and the service definitely lacks but the interior is not too bad. I thought the place might be a little too bright and it had no music playing either. Quite strange.
The burrito had too much rice in it as well.
It was quite busy for a week night and hence might be the reason for the slow service.
Will give it another shot.
Friday Aug. 31/07 was my daughters b/day and it was her restaurant of choice, I was delighted as it was on my list of restaurants to try.
We had a great server who was friendly and very prompt. Margarita's was good. When our main course arrived, the dish I ordered was the Halibut served with mango salsa, the waitress hadnt even put my plate down in front of me, i could smell the fish from that distance.....not good. When she finally placed it in front of me, not only did the fish smell really strong but the salsa looked like something out of a blender with chunks of over ripe mushy mangoes, this was so tasteless. The rice on the side tasted like dehydrated rice you add water and place in the microwave to fluff up, tasteless as well. I made an effort to get past the look and took a couple of taste, little fish and little salsa along with the rice not in that order and I couldn't even take another bite. Oh and trust me, I like food and am really not a picky eater. Needless to say I had to send the food back, of course the server was very polite and asked if there was something else I would like, my first thoughts was are u kidding me? but I smiled and said no thankyou I will stick with the Margaritas which at that point we had ordered a pitcher(6 shots..ha). My daughter was being really really nice she made an attempt to eat her steak burito with refried beans and rice but she only ate the steak and half the burito. She didn't say much but I think that's because I was complaining enough for the both of us. Normally, my daughter eats everything off her plate as she appreciates the fact that someone else is cooking for her for a change.
I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unless they were my worse enemy.
The promising decor greeted us with expectation of authentic food. Upon seating we were welcomed with a basket of warm and tasty totilla chips & salsa. Food expectations increased another notch. My wife and I ordered the Specials of the day(lunch): Dungeness Crab Enchiladas and accompanying margaritas. The waiter forgot about the margaritas--which I hoped that she had forgotten it for good--as when it arrived it brought a string of disappointments. The margaritas was the worst we have ever tasted, the food arrive hot, and that was the only thing good about the dish--the temperature! and to our shock, the rice accompanying the enchilada was over seasoned instant rice! the crab enchilada was worse than frozen dinners!! I wished we had stay home instead.
the food was good, service was great, ambiance very relaxing. large portions. however, i thought an extra 2 bucks just for guacamole was a little steep.
Every time I am in Vancouver, Las Margaritas is my go-to place. I come here frequently for the really good Mexican food. They offer good prices for healthy, wholesome, richly flavored food. The Chimichanga and the Pollo Loco are by far my favorite dishes. This is not the place to take family or kids, so leave them behind! My friends like to hanging out here for drinks and a little something to eat, like the tortilla chips with the best salsa I’ve ever tried. The ambience is loud and cheerful, and the staff is so welcoming. Highly recommended.
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.
Just finished eating here and I had to write a review right away... I've had margaritas elsewhere and they are so much better than here. You could hardly taste the alcohol and it was overly sweet. I got the beef burrito and boy was it sure salty!! Even the refried beans were salty. My bf's dish, the l.a. Burrito hardly had any meat in it and was filled with mainly sourcream and more sourcream. For this price i would go to steamrollers, which is alot tastier and healthier. The ambience is good thou, service decent not outstanding.
this place is disgusting... i had the chimichanga and it was soaking wet and gross. my wife had the quesadilla and when she opened it there was nothing in it!
do yourself a favour and go to the grocery store and buy some pita shells, go home toss in some chicken and cheese and then put the whole thing underwater and try to eat it.
and for all of this mess we paid $40 with one drink
i feel like ive had my wallet stolen and had to eat from the garbage bin in tijuana
Las Margaritas is a nice looking restaurant but lacks any real flavor of Authentic Mexican food. It's a western (or White Man's) interpretation of Mexican food.
Our burrito and enchilada meals meal tasted pretty bland and lacked a real zing or texture that's commonly found in many authentic Mexican dishes. At least the place looked pretty decent or tried hard to capture the essence of our southern neighbors.
Our server was decent and performed a competent job to meet our needs. But overall, we walked away pretty disappointed, especially when you can get a better meal at Taco Bell. At a cheaper price too!
Seriously? How hard can it be to serve up decent, standard-fare Mexican food? Las Margaritas is a disaster. The hostess that 'greeted' us was beyond vacant, our server was disinterested and clearly not keen on his job and the food was comparative to mall or Taco Bell quality. When our server brought our meals he gave a robotic "Carefull, the plates are hot" and guess what? the plates were barely lukewarm. That pretty much sums up the hollow service. The margaritas were okay but I think a bit chintzy on the tequila. The restaurant feels shabby and a bit dirty - I wonder how much effort goes into cleaning it up every morning. I remember going to Las Margaritas a few years ago for lunch and having a fantastic Mole special and really great service - I was with 2 friends and it was a very spontaneous visit - we were actually surprised because our expectations were low. Based on this last visit and the comments on this site I suspect that nice lunch was an anomaly. Won't be back. cheers.
Went here last night, my girlfirend and I always drive by and there is always a line up so we decided to check it out. The place is so tacky, the decore really needs to be toned down a bit.
They started the meal off with salsa and nachos, the salsa was fresh and amazing! The rest of the food not so much, just seemed like everything was slapped together. The ingredients were fresh but the ensemble was not that appealing.
We also shared a pitched of sangria and as the past people have reported it was way to sweet.
All in all the place was okay, nothing special and I definetly do not know why there is always a line-up at this place.
I ordered the Enchilada, I got a burrito instead. It was just dry tasteless chicken in a tortilla shell. Refried beans were just too much after the first 2 bites. The yummiest thing? The free nacho chips and the salsa. Margaritas are also okay. They messed up my bill, charging me for the 13 dollar burrito instead of the 8.25 enchilada I actually ordered. Waitresses didn't come to take our order for like 20 mins. I won't be back.
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.