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.
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.
Was going to order the halibut tacos but my eyes were bigger than my stomach and ordered a beef/chicken taco/burrito combo instead. Everything we ordered was ridiculously salty - perhaps to cover the fact that the chicken and beef was dry, but the same went for all the other items on the plate - refried beans, chile rellenos, rice. Mentioned it to the server who said, "Yeah, we get that a lot."
Authentic Mexican this is not! If you want something fresh tasting, that takes you back to that vacation in Los Cabos etc, you are better off going to La Taqueria downtown but sadly they are a mostly take-out joint.
Other than that the drinks are great, the service is adequate, and the patio is hopping on any sunny afternoon. Is good value because they have an Entertainment Book coupon. I would recommend this place for drinks and appies but based on my experience with the entrees... meh.
I'm stunned by some of the poor reviews here. I've been to this restaurant a few dozen times over several years and I've always had a good experience. I can't comment how "authentic" the food is but I've ordered several menu items that have always been fresh/hot and tasty. Great guacamole and salsas. Certainly much better than the taco places at the malls which I think someone compared this to. The ambiance is fantastic, I've always found the servers friendly, and the patio is one of the best. The food is not inexpensive but you're also paying for the ambiance and the location (rents in Kitsilano aren't cheap). Do try the fajitas which are brought to the table on a sizzling hot plate. YUM!
On my most recent visits to this restaurant I ordered a salmon burrito ($14.50) and combo number 7 ($14.50) The salmon burrito is explains itself and combo number 7 is a veggie burrito with chiles rellenos, which is basically chile peppers inside a egg batter. Out of these two dishes that I got, the salmon burrito was so much better but combo number 7 filled my stomach more. For the next ten times I go, I will order the salmon burrito because it was so good. A nice thing about Las Margaritas is the all you can eat chips and salsa for free which I totally took advantage of. Anyway, to conclude this review, I would say is a mexican restaurant in Vancouver with a good atmosphere and good food for families although I could probably walk through Vancouver and find better Mexican restaurants than this but the main point is that this is a reliable restaurant and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.
Went to LM yesterday afternoon for lunch. The restaurant was half full, so two of us were comfortably seated prompty towards the back of the restaurant.
The meal started with free nacho chips and salsa, which were both delicious! Nachos and salsa seemed fresh.
I ordered the chimichanga and my friend had the 2 tacos, which were both served with mexican rice and refried beans. Overall, we were both satisfied with our meals. The tacos seemed kind of plain, maybe only 1 step above Taco Time or Taco Del Mar. The chimichanga was quite good, but probably not worth the $15 price.
We both left extremely stuffed. Ps. Try the strawberry margarita... delicious!
Would definitely go here again, especially in the summer time...the ambiance in this place is great in the summer, but get ready to wait in line!!
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 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.
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.
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.
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!
It had been my third time visiting Las Margaritas as an average Mexican restaurant near Kitsilano area.
I loved this restaurant because of the decent food cooked and the surrounding atmosphere. I ordered spicy wings ($8.85) as an appetizer and chimichanga ($15.05) as al la carte. The food wasn't that bad, but I had to wait 20minutes to get my appetizer and another 20 minutes for the main course. Although I was the third customer in the restaurant, I had to wait for a long time. The server didn't tell it would take quite a bit of time to cook food and was trying to avoid taking orders from customers.
The atmosphere of the restaurant had decorations of The Day of the Dead when I went there. Also, the entire interior of the restaurant was decorated with traditional Mexican style. Mexican traditional music was really loud so I couldn't hear myself think while eating the food. Yet, the sound made the decorative look better.
Value of my food was excellent for the main course which was (chimichanga) $15.05. Cooked chicken was filled in the burrito and there was bean paste as a side dish. Starter compared to chimichanga was not the right price because it was $8.85 for ten small chicken legs. A lot of spices were added into the food, yet they weren't hot.
I would recommend Las Margaritas to people who are eating Mexican cuisine for the first time in Vancouver. It has fair food and service although customers have to wait up to 40 minutes during the peak time. This restaurant might be hard coming as family because there isn't a good menu for children.
Las Margaritas is known for its authentic Mexican dining experience. The restaurant has an assortment of Mexican dishes to choose from to satisfy your cravings. The prices are fair, ranging from $6.00-$30.00. The service is great, however the restaurant can get very busy during peak hours. The traditional Mexican decor adds to your dining experience. The restaurant is decorated with authentic Mexican artwork and furniture accompanied with traditional Mexican music. During my visit to Las Margaritas, the restaurant was fully accessorized with Day of the Dead decorations. Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican celebration. In conclusion, Las Margaritas is an excellent restaurant and I would recommend it to anyone craving some delicious 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.
After many visits to this establishment i must say that the new owner has greeded me on each and every visit my wife and i have gone there.
After being seated we are offered chips and salsa gratis and order a pitcher of the house Sangria. The place is jumping and the owner manager is seating and busing tables like a pro. The front of the house staff move to the beat of his drum. Non wasted steps is the key to an efficient wait staff, and it shows here. Every time a table empties it is soon populated in short order!
The Mexican food served here is tried and true with good fresh main engredients in any menu item i have ever orderd. Western themed Mexican food is often very mediocre and inconsitant. Here Las Margaritas the food in bonus notchas ahead. Several of the starters such as the Tortia Soup and the fish tacos are done well with good flavours. The burritos and other soft tortia items are stuffed with good tasting beef, chicken ,pork or seafoods. The sauces are flavourful and show good workmanship from the kitchen.
Just about every meal I have had here has been good enough to make me want to come back. Over the last 15 years i've noticed the place even though old is still well taking care of. The floors and walls are clean. The areas above the tables are dusted on regular bases. The service wear is spotless and the cooks that make appearances from time to time from the kitchen are well groomed and look relaxed even when the restaurant is full house. The libations from the bar contain well blended premixes,the limes and lemons that were cut minutes ago and not days ago like most bars serve make the drink more appealing to me. I spend my dine out dollar wisely and on so many occasions have been dissapointed at simular eateries. Las Margariats has kept my attention for over a decade and a half and I am looking forward to my next visit to a place that is dependable, reliable and steadfast! OLE'
This restaurant is always a family favorite in our house. It was a family restaurant back when it was hard to find a place to take everyone for a decent meal. The menu is predictable and nothing particularly special but it has a nice vibe and is always noisy and full of energy. Not a romantic tryst but a comfy sweater.
Haven't tried anything off the menu which was awful just a little sameo sameo. Highly recommend that you try the Fiesta Platter - often this is enough for the whole family with an extra order of quesadilla. Worth waiting in line and a great place to take the gang for a birthday. Great patio.
My friend and I ventured out to Las Margaritas last night from North Vancouver. When we first arrived, it looked extremely busy and we didn't think we would get a table. We had a choice to sit inside or outside and with the amount of noise inside, we chose outside. After only a 15 minute wait we were seated at a small table against the wall. There were tons of other people around but it seemed very private and cosy. Our waitress came over within about 5 minutes to take our drink orders (I had a large mango margarita and my friend had a "blue"). I'm actually surprised at the reviews about the margaritas not being strong enough because HOLY mine was strong! After about 10 minutes she came back and took out food orders. I was going to have the veggie burrito, but decided on the halibut tacos that were on the specials menu, and my friend had the enchilada suiza. Food came very quickly and I was eager to dig in. I wasn't too pleased with the tacos, they were a bit bland and the halibut was a bit dry. I did have a bite of my friends and WOW that was yummy!! Definitely nice, authentic mexican food and the flavors were amazing. I definitely won't be having the tacos again though. Overall I was very pleased with everything. Service I would have to say would be my least favorite about the restaurant. Our server was very nice, but it was almost like she wasn't paying attention and not too friendly on the chit chat. I will definitely be coming back here again!
Hadn't been back to Las Margaritas for a long time, probably 6 years or so. I always thought they were a bit on the pricey side. But in search for a Vancouver Friday patio after work, we braved the lineup (50 minutes at least) and got a prime spot on the deck.
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. I remembered them as having good food, but had found other Mexican alternatives with better food at a better price. With some of those alternatives (Topanga's) raising their prices and shrinking their portions, I was quite happy with the LM experience. Good food, average prices but we had a good time eating and drinking into the warm Kits evening.
Will go back. Surprised to see as many medium to poor reviews here. Will see when I go back how it goes.
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.
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.