Pepitas serves Spanish and Mexican dishes. This location is on the corner of 4th and Burrard.
Dined here over 10 years ago and recall it being the best mexican/spanish I'd ever had in Vancouver. Always wanted to go back but it's not convenient. Finally just tried it again but it wasn't as good as I remembered.
We ordered the combo for two. It looked a bit bland on paper but wanted to try a selection anyway. Well it was a bit bland. Not terrible, just nothing to get my taste buds going. I think there would probably have been some tastier menu items, we should have tried them instead.
Service was good enough, our drinks were refilled in a timely fashion.
We arrived in the early evening so were the only ones dining for most of our meal. Obviously the place wasn't too happening from that standpoint, but as people came in things got a bit more party like and the servers were injected with some more life. The view of the street is kind of OK as it's on the second level of a building.
I think the most dissapointing thing is our combo, two pops and tip added up to $50. For that money I can think of so many tastier options I could have had. I guess I just don't like the bland mexican food, or maybe not traditional mexican food in general. I've eaten at tex-mex places in Texas before and it was 10x better than this. As others noted, it's just bloody hard to get spectacular mexican food in Vancouver.
If it was closer I would go back and try some other dishes before passing final judgement.
Granted, I'm not a big fan of spanish/mexican cuisine, so I'm not a tough critic for this catagory.
Stopped for lunch on sunday after the midday lunch rush and my friend and I were the only guests in the restaurant.
Ordered the taco salad with chicken and the seafood flauta. Both were very good, tasty, fresh and well made.
Our server was friendly, polite, and prompt.
I'd like to rate 3 1/2 stars for each food and service, but I can't. So I'll give 4 overall, and 3s for the rest.
Being a former resident of Kits, I used to go to Pepita's once every couple of months. Always busy, good food with big portions, and live music on the weekends. Checked it out again this past Saturday with a buddy of mine. I'm reminded of the saying, "the more things change, the more they stay the same"
Food - Good. Always big portions and pretty tasty. Any of the chicken entrees are pretty good, and if its meat you're craving, the carne asada is always a nice choice.
Service - Surprisingly good, especially for the weekend. Our server came back often to offer us drink refills and to ask us how everything was.
Ambiance - Love the decor! Tons of Mexican stuff everywhere, and even the tables have tiled placements. The live guitarist / singer played a variety of mexican/spanish songs.
This place was DEAD when we arrived. We continued to be the only customers through the whole evening. I guess it was a Monday night, but still, don't know how they stay in business. Had the enchiladas. The salad was pretty so-so and the refried beans were blackbeans that look like they had been scooped out of a can. Not awful, but far from great. Unlikely to go back.
The first time we ever went to Pepitas was a friday night, and they sat us RIGHT NEXT to the loud Mexican music performer. I liked the music, but after 2 minutes of it blasting 300 decibles into my ear it was driving me crazy so I asked our waitress to be moved to an empty table a little farther away. She said she would check and see, and pretty soon I saw another couple being seated at the table so I guess the answer was no. Although we never did get an answer.
The night was downhill from there, including more poor service, yucky overpriced margaritas, my boyfriend's quesidilla was almost inedible to him, the music slowly driving me insane. I did enjoy my chicken fajitas, but it was quite expensive and the experience was not a positive one. I won't go back.
This is a great little Mexican place...my girlfriend and I went there for dinner and I had only been there a couple of times, but the owner recognized me and gave us a free shot of tequila to start off...he totally made me feel welcome! I started with the chorizo appy and then had the flautas...both were awesome. I have a dairy allergy and it was no problem for the cook to make my order without it.
I also noticed on the menu they had CORN TORTILLAS too...for all your gluten-free people, you can actually eat here! They can pretty much replace any flour tortilla meal with corn...amazing.
We had a few Coronas and enjoyed the live music, also performed by the owner! This guy is so friendly, welcoming, and all-around awesome...eat here if you want to have a good time with a good crowd.
I thoroughly enjoyed the food here, and will defiantly come back to try more of their dinner menu!
I started with the gambas, then followed that up with the lamb entree, and it was unbelievable.
The great food combined with the live music on the weekends makes this a great place to visit!
I had a great experience at pepitas on the weekend. The staff is very friendly and they have live music. The food was great and big portions! They have a great mexican beer selection and lots of yummy fruity drinks too! Overall a great time and I will go back for sure!
We both really enjoyed our meals. I liked the (overwhelming) Mexican decorations...there wasn't a band playing when we were there - but a mexican CD instead. My BF was also happy to watch the hockey game on their screens. We will be back
I have been to Pepita's on Burrard many times. The food is as close to the real Mexico as you can get here in Vancouver - the burritos, tacitos and enchiladas are very flavourful and a wee bit spicy. This restaurant has live music on the weekends and a very lively ambiance when the patrons get up to dance. I have found the service to very accurate and personable - a definate plus when it comes to making the decision of who gets my money. As close to Mexico without getting on a plane!
Have been here two times. Went there with a large group the second time. The food is standard mexican fare except costs more than any other mexican restaurant i have been to in Vancouver. 20% gratuity was added to the bill because we had a large group. I always find this practice to be a joke. I suppose restaurants do not want groups larger than 6 to spend money at their establishments. They forgot my wife's meal and eveyone was almost done by the time she got it. The live music was entertaining. Wouldn't reccomend it. Andale's on broadway is at least as good if not better for cheaper.
Went for dinner with a girlfriend, had an e-coupon, but wasn't the reason we wanted to try it out. Came in a greeted with a "hello... sit anywhere you like", it was a little strange for us, but whatever. It was Friday and 7:30-ish and they had about 4 tables inside. Service was acceptable, nothing outstanding, but we got what we needed when we asked for it. Food was ok, I've had better Mexican elsewhere, but it was decent enough to go back. Given the Vancouver real-estate costs and general expensiveness of things these days, I didn't feel ripped off by the prices. It was a reasonable price for what we got. I kind of liked the cheesy decor, reminded me of mexican resorts trying to be too mexican, it was cute anyway. Overall an ok experience, I might go back.
My boyfriend and I went here for dinner one evening. We had an entertainment coupon so we were required to order drinks, but we would have done that anyways. The ambiance was kind of cheesy but it wasn't terrible.
The food was not that great. Everything tasted kinda of bland and boring. We both ordered the burritos, I had the vegetarian one and he had the meat one. We were both dis satisfied with our meal but, our waitress was really nice to us. I would come back here again if they improved on the quality of their food because I feel that this place definitely has potential.
we attended Pepita's for lunch and is using a discount coupon from the Entertainment book. The value of the coupon in big bold numerals is $10...when we got to the restaurant the menu had 3 conditions attached to the coupon that were not mentioned in the Entertainment book. 1. beverages had to be bought with the entree, 2. certain seafood menu items were excluded and 3. the coupon was only valid for $6 with lunch not $10 as advertised.
Our server was pleasant, the food only mediocre -- never going back, I thought the idea of the Entertainment book was to introduce patrons to your establishment?
For a restaurant that bills themselves as Mexican and Spanish, I did not see anything that resembled a Spanish dish on the menu - I would say that this is JUST Mexican food. I often find that Mexican restaurants throw in paella (which is technically a Spanish dish), but Pepitas didn't even do that.
The restaurant was pretty dead at noon on a Saturday, and the server was slow and unfriendly despite having only two tables (ours included) to serve.
The food was tasty enough, but didn't seem too authentic... standard chicken fajitas; I could make better.
I'm glad I had a 2 for 1 coupon, because this was not worth full price!
Pitcher of margaritas and some really good food. The guacamole was awesome, and the portions were huge! We all took home containers and totally got our money's worth. The service was really friendly and I thought the decorations were a little over the top, but it actually added to the fun. Definitely will go back.
Just had our first experience @ Pepitas. Portions are generous & tastey. Fun Ambiance with talented musician to add to you meal on a Friday night. Will definately go back again. Just a tip. If you want to order their specialty drinks best to order a pitcher to get the best deal.
I went to Pepitas the other day for a large birthday party. I remember going years ago and having a good time, but since then many excellent Mexican restaurants have opened. From the start I was disappointed with the sangria, which tasted like soda pop. The margaritas weren't much better. The appetizers were fairly tasty, the cavice and guacamole in particular were very tasty. The bill was extravagantly expensive despite the average quality of the entrees and the non-authentic tasting drinks, which I could have made better myself.
We probably won't be back for any birthdays, but if you have to go, stick to bottled beer.
I am always interested in finding good Mexican food, which is how I ended up at Pepitas. I should have taken a cue from the completely empty restaurant on a Thursday night. Our server was incredibly rude and disinterested in doing her job. The food was better than the service, but that doesn't say much. Overall I will highly recommend people NOT to waste their time here.
I'm pretty new to the Kitsilano area so my friends and i have been making
extra effort to try out as many new places as possible. The food is not very
authentic, the portions are small, the drinks are watered down, but the wait staff
was very helpful. If you are looking for a good, cost effective mexican spot in
Kits, i'd try andales first, then shortly after las margaritas. Definately not the
"party upstairs" hype that was presented.