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.
Me and my girlfriend went there couple of months ago, the food was ok (hey, it's american mexican food, relax !), the margaritas were amazing, pina colada, amazing as well. We went back for a couple of drinks weeks later, sat at the bar and really really enjoyed the barman that day, drinks were really amazing. So we decided to invite a friend and make him discover those drinks while eating nachos.... 10 minutes after we arrived the waiter came and told us he'd be with us in a moment... 15 minutes later, after talking endlessly with the tables he was "serving", he comes back and ask us what we wanted... with ATTITUDE ??? I want to f***ing order what do you think ? We ordered some drinks and i hope i was just pissed about the service but the drinks were not so great anymore. We ordered some nachos when he came back after 45 minutes. A Sip, and sip sip sip... and sip sip sip later, our drink are far gone and the waiter is no where to be found... I much time does it take to make nachos ? How about more drinks ?? Finally after an hour and 10 minutes of waiting and waiting and having the right to only have one drink, my girlfriend is starting to really be terminated. We ask for either the food and service, or the freaking bill. Politely, another waitress ask us to wait a couple more minutes, and the food would appear. No way, CYA!!
I came here once and ordered the veggie burrito - it was alright, tasted like something I'd make at home. There were way too many refried beans on the plate, they tasted kind of dry and mushy. Won't go back.
this is a great place to eat, and speccially to drink the best margaritas ever, they really have a great ambience that makes it a fun place to be. i particulary love it, love to go with my friends and have a great time in this place, have great food and drinks.
Went here for a friend's suprised party. They don't take reservations, so you have to get their about 30 mins before to get a table. We were 16 ppl, so that is fully understandable.
Food: My partner and I shared a fajita and a mussel. The fajita was standard fare, with adequate sauce and a tasty steak and shrimp filling. It's hard to screw this dish up. The mussels were nice and plump, but the sauce missing depth and flavour. We also shared a pitcher of Pina Colada, which was rich, frothy and very tasty with the right amount of alcohol.
Service: I read the reviews below and was worried. But actually, the service was fantastic. The drinks were always refilled, never ignored, and no attitube problem. When it came time to pay with an entertainment book coupon, the waiter was very patient. So I was happy.
Value: It was $53 all in for me and my partner. The fajita was almost $20, so I found that overly expensive for a place of this caliber. Also the drinks were quite expensive, at 8-$10 a serving.
Ambiance: Perfect for our loud and large crowd. We didn't feel out of place. It has a nice Westerny feel to the place.
Overall, a good night out at Las Margaritas. Set your expectations right (they don't serve really Mexican), and you will come away happy.
This is where I come when I feel like Tex-Mex food. I love my Mexican fare and this place doesn't dissappoint. My favs here are w/o a doubt the tacos (w/ chicken or salmon, it doesn't matter). Nicely cooked meats topped off w/ a good handful of cheese, what's better than that? Personally, I like the refried beans instead of the black beans, although last time, the refried beans were a tad oversalted. They've got an awesome patio as well to enjoy the delicious food. Service varies from server to server, though generally, I find the waitresses to be slightly better than the waitors (could it be cuz i'm a guy?) But overall, I always feel like it's worth the trip from Richmond to satisfy my taco cravings.
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....
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.
I have never dined at Las Margaritas and received my food within 30 minutes time. When I went in for lunch the other day I expected my order to arrive quickly for once because there weren't many people in the restaurant. However, it took about 45 minutes. I was starving. The only good thing is the service and the margaritas.
If you want good Mexican food go to Don Guacamole's on Robson St for much better and faster Mexican food.
The food at Las Margarita's is always delicious, and actually tastes like the Mexican food you would get in California. In a city that has no reputation of good mexican food, this place is a gem. What impressed me the most, however, was their amazing mojito. It was truly the best I've ever had in Vancouver.
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!
I have nothing good to say about this place, unfortunately. I have been about 3 times (I guess I was trying to see what all the hype was about, never should have gone back after the first time). I have never encountered a friendly person that works there - in fact, they all look down-right miserable. The food is bland. Absolutely no flavour. Their prices are okay but for the food they serve, a little high. Their drink prices are outrageous (especially for their margaritas) and the restaurant is cluttered, dingy, and often smells like terrible cleaning products.
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....
I am white by the way, but this food is BORING and comparable to a restaurant version of Taco Time. The service is good, the ambiance is good, but the food is not Mexican and the servings are super sized which is a waste and just adds to the obesity problem. Where is the spice? the Mexican flavours? They bring 4 kinds of hot sauce to the table and not even that makes up for the lack of kick in the food. I cook a lot and have plenty of authentic Mexican recipes and they all taste better than this nondescript crap. People come because the servings are huge, you get free chips and salsa and they are not going to be challenged in any way by something that is different or authentic. At least Lolita's is interesting.
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.
Terrible service terrible food terrible restaurant
Overall terrible experience
Over 20 minute wait when hostess said "right away"
Food was cold, salad was limp. Presentation was poor
The bathroom was a sight to see. It looked like a blender of margaritas blew up in there-- Absolutely filthy.
Thank god for tequila in margaritas--this is all they have going for them.
After looking at their website--- I see they are going down hill with less awards over the past few years.
The food was good. Not orgasmically great, but not terrible, either. Appetizer portions were small.
Service was fine once our order was taken, but it took a while for that to happen. Not sure why. The waitress seemed to be pretty on the ball otherwise.
The food doesn't have an authentic taste at all - and this place is big-time over-rated. For mexican food go to Las Pepitas instead (it's close by on Burrard). I won't be returning to this place any time soon that is for sure.
A dos equis and some killer tacos... so good.
some of the staff is awesome while some shoud be working at KFC. Other than that, the patio rocks in the summer, but cover your plate or drink as the trees tend to "shed" unexpectedly.
Also, great selection of Tequilas!
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.
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.