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.
Again as with all of our reviews,we write one on many visits,not one. I have eaten here thirty or so
times in the past ten years. The results are consistant.
When people think " mexican " in Kits they think of this restaurant. There is no reason for that as
there is atleast five more within a walk or short drive.
This is the reality. Average service,never poor,never good. Busy with line ups on a regular basis.
Once seated you will find it hard to communiate because of noise. Extra charge beyond the first
tiny portion of chips ans weak drinks over and over.
This restaurant reminds me of a "earls" or any other food chain business. It's just standard and
average. Food Factory for inexperinced folks.
My opinion, there is better Mexican in Kits. Where? Topanga.
I just had to respond to the comment about the weak margaritas. I have had the exact opposite experience. My boyfriend and I were in a few months ago and ordered a pitcher. It's pretty steep at 27 bucks but went for it anyway. We couldn't believe how strong it was. We actually still talk about it! I really enjoy this place. The food is good, the patio is great and in my experience the drinks are stiff. The only downside is having to wait for a table for a while but they do give you that handy little pager.
Love the margaritas -- I had mango. It's a very loud atmosphere but perfect for a night out to throw back some drinks with friends. I loved the salsa that came with the complimentary tortilla chips. The food itself was all right. I ordered their ground beef enchilada. It was incredibly salty and filling, I was only able to finish half of the enchilada. My coworkers ordered the tequila chicken salad which I wish I had chosen instead. I would definitely give this place a try again, just for the margaritas and salsa!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have been coming to Las Margaritas for years (sigh- about 15, yikes). I try and get there at least twice a year. I've come in small groups and in large. I have NEVER had a bad experience at this restaurant. I will say that the hostess staff has changed over the years-sometimes you get someone keen on customer service, and sometimes you don't. There can be a long wait sometimes as well. If you are wanting a table around 6pm on a weekend, come early! I've tried different items on the menu over the years, and all have been good, but my favorite is the salmon pesto burrito. It's baked with sauce and cheese. It comes with a small salad and black beans with feta. I will agree that sometimes the margaritas taste virgin, but trust me, after 2 you realize there is plenty of alcohol in them. I also love the salsa here too, and have even come by to get take out of just the salsa. I've never had a problem with the wait staff- they have always been helpful and quick. As for the atmosphere, it's meant to feel like a cantina, and has always seemed clean to me. It may not be "authentic" Mexican, but it's better than the Mexican I had in old town in San Diego, so that's saying something!
Went to this restaurant with five other family members and could not hear a word that they were saying. The noise level from blasting music, loud patrons and traffic was overwhelming. The food was horrible, I ordered chicken enchiladas and they were dry and overcooked. The whipped cream on my chocolate cake was sour. The only positive note was our server, she was prompt and friendly. I can't recommend this to anyone.
This place is always bustling with people. The menu has so much to choose from and the food is always good. I love the enchilada suiza and their nachos. The margaritas are really good as well.
The only thing that they need to change is the hispanic bartender who's always there and looking absolutely miserable. Everytime I wait at the bar for a drink, he's completely aloof, unattentive, never smiles and if looks could kill he would kill someone. I go there atleast once every month or so and always see him. It's the most annoying thing, half the time he ignores you and when he does finally acknowledge you, it's like he's in a hurry and doing you a favor. Absolutely Ridiculous!
My friends and I went here to celebrate because 1 of my friends just got engaged. My first time dining here all I could remember was the amazing food and the good service. When I returned a week ago, the grub was still impressive but we got a not so impressive server.
We were told we were to wait 45 minutes to be seated since it was busy that evening. It didn't even take 20 minutes and we were seated. The chips and salsa is always good in my book. I ordered the salmon burrito because it sounded interesting. To my surprise it was actually really good. 2 of my friends who tried it said they'd rather have what I was having than what they were. I tried my friend's beef enchilada and it was okay. Nothing very special about it. I did like the strawberry margaritas. It was very refreshing. Then we had the churros for dessert. Their churros is the perfect end to a satisfying meal.
On the other hand, the service, in my opinion could have been alot better. Our waitress kept passing by us and I found it hard to get her attention because she was busy tending to the other tables nearby. It took so long to get a glass of water and it seemed she'd rather be somewhere else than serve us. She did smile at us on the rare occasion.
Nothing special about the ambiance. It just felt like a regular dining place to me. Overall 7 out of 10
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.
Las Margaritas was pretty cool when I was in my early 20's and didn't know any better. The food tastes exactly the same as it did then -- probably because most of it seems to come out of a can.
I agree with the majority of the other "reviewers" regarding the service. Stop "posing" and acting like the gods/godesses that you aren't!
For better mexican: try Mouse and Bean, Mexi-cali, the place in the Granville Island Market or make it yourself. (Now that I think of it -- the food from this place screams Old 'el Paso leftovers!)
The deck is good, so if you're going for some drinks after work -- the nachos might prevent a hangover.
Wow -- I really used to love the place :(
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!