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2.5
  • Food3
  • Service2.5
  • Value2.5
  • Ambiance3
  • Reviews9

Tacos Mexico Rico

309 West Pender
Vancouver, BC V6B1T3
Tel: (604) 688-7426
Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Tacos Mexico Rico is so authentic you'll think you are in Mexico. Serving up hearty portions of mexican favorites in a lively atmosphere.

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Maybe a little TOO authentic
By Rasputin45 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

Ok, I never thought I would be saying this about a Vancouver Mexican restaurant, but I've been to this hole-in-the wall place a couple times for lunch, and I think it's a bit TOO authentic. They have a large selection of authentic-sounding meats (barbacoa, tongue, chorizo, etc) for tacos, sopas, burritos, etc, and the place is pretty much always medium-full of Spanish speaking people so who am I to judge? BUT to my palate the meats just aren't as tasty as the ones at Dona Cata or Salsa & Agave. Also maybe it's due to the language barrier, but I feel like the service level leaves a bit to be desired sometimes. I'll go back because it's one block away from my work, but it's not my favorite place.

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Tacos Mexico nasty
By diningdandy of downtown vancouver (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 27, 2007 - 6:40pm [Dine in]

Terrible service, food made us sick and tasted microwaved. Not very authentic. The ambiance was a mexican soap opera on the small t.v that hung above us. Chips were broken end of the bag pieces and their sauces were cheap out of the bottle sauces. Would never go again.

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good for lunch
By omnibus of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I went here for lunch a few days ago. The salsa and chips before our meal was good. The salsa was a bit spicy but very tasty with the cilantro and onions.

I liked the casual feel of the restaurant. Our waitress was friendly and attentive.

My burrito was steaming hot and didn't seem or taste like it came out of the microwave.

I'll be back again for lunch since it's good, convenient, and not crammed with the downtown crowd during lunch time.

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Bad Food, Bad Service!!!
By lunchtime of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 12:05pm [Dine in]

Deberia ser uno solidario con los restaurantes latinos???, claro que SI, debemos apoyar lo nuestro..,. pero no se puede ser tan descarado y mediocre !!! que pesima comida, un burrito de pollo al cual le ensenaron una foto para ver si asi agarraba el sabor !!!!, la senora recibe el dinero, y prepara el burrito sin lavarse las manos, tomma la lechuga con las manos sucias de dinero. El burrito dentro de la caja de anime va al microondas directamente... que horror!!!
Definitivamente este lugar es IRREPETIBLE, y lo mas insolito es entrar a la pagina web y ver comentarios tan viejos, quizas de uno o dos anos atras, y las personas tuvieron la misma percepcion que yo tuve hoy.

Definitivamente, tienen que cambiar... te aseguro que han durado alli mucho tiempo porque en esta ciudad cada dia llega gente nueva, no porque alguien sienta deseos de volver alli.

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please dont microwave my takeout styrofoam!
By renegade of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 21, 2009 - 11:46am [Dine in]

I stopped in to get take-away a few weeks ago, and they kept trying to microwave my takeout - IN the styrofoam containers!!

I kept having to stop them, it completely freaked me out, using styro is bad enough, but not knowing not to microwave/melt it leaves me wondering what else they're doing.

This place has amazing potential, but the microwave has GOT to go and they need to be conscious of what their customers are saying.

I'll go back to give them a 2nd try in the hopes they make a few changes.

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Go to Taco Bell Instead, it is a lot better!
By solidape of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 30, 2008 - 8:58pm [Dine in]

I spent a lot of years in Los Angeles and ate at many a Mexican friends home where their mothers cooked some of the best mexican food that I ever tasted. Most of these friends were immigrants from Mexico so I am assuming that what they ate was what they eat in Mexico.

Anyways, Tacos Mexico Rico should be ashamed of calling itself Mexican, I dont know what part of Mexico they are from but they are not ANYTHING like my friends mom's food. Their food sucks so much that I think I would prefer having Taco Bell rather than go there again. The service is horrible, the ladies there think they are doing you a favor by giving out the food instead of serving. The beans are so watery that it makes me wonder if thats their way to save on the bean budget.

Here is the thing that pisses me off: THEY STICK THE FOOD IN THE MICROWAVE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. I am sorry I have eaten at enough Mexican places in Los Angeles and have never ever seen my food go into the microwave. In case you're wondering I have walked through many a kitchen as some of those we had to walk in via the backdoor (hole in the wall joints in Whittier) and none had a microwave.

Go to Salsa and Agave a few blocks away instead if you want Mexican food. For the price and quality their food is a lot better and so is the service. Maybe they microwave their food too but for some reason it bothers me to have someone microwave my food at a restaurant right in front of me. I am one of those people that dont like microwaved food, not because of radiation or crap like that, but I feel that it dries up the food, especially the tortillas which are ruined by it.

Try eating Microwaved tortillas if you want to know what I mean, its like having a microwaved rubber steak.

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Very satisfied
By stickyfingers of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 8:38pm [Dine in]

An former coworker from Mexico told me the most authentic Mexican is Tacos Mexico Rico. I happened to be d/t and decided to drop in.

The restaurant is very clean and spacious definitely not a hole in a wall. I was greeted by a very kind lady. I ordered the beef enchilada. It came with complimentary chips and salsa. There should have been more chips and the salsa certainly gave a kick to the tastebuds. Some people might find the salsa too spicy but it was fine with me.

The enchilada with rice was excellent, the sauce was savory and mild and tender chunks of beef was tender.

The full meal with a can of soda was less than $11. A great value. As I as stepping out, a person was checking out the menu posted on the window. I told him the food was excellent. He took my advice.

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Just like in non-touristy Mexico
By eastvanstones of East Van (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:37pm [Dine in]

I'd have to disagree with other review. This place is a bit of a hole in the wall, but it is the real deal. Authentic Mexican made by a small family.

A few of us from work found this place a year or so ago, and we make a point of going back at least once a month, and we all crave it leading up. The chicken enchiladas with verde sauce are exactly like they are in a local place in small town Mexico. Others have had the burritos and salads and are always happy.

The atmoshpere is good too with the cheesy Meican soaps and gameshows on the TV, and the servive is decent - the woman who runs the place is always smiling and happy, even though her english is limited.

This is the real deal, not some "Vancouverized" fusion mexican place. A hole in the wall thaty serves awsome authentic Mexican. Nothing more, nothing less.

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good enough
By cindym of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 6:52pm [Dine in]

i've eaten here many many times.

to begin, please people, don't get confused, you may find the food a bit non-mexican, but the thing is that the owner is from El Salvador, but she lived around 10 years in mexico, so the food has her salvadoreño style.

besides that fact, me, being mexican, i can tell that most of the food tastes like mexico, you can't expect the 1005 mexican flavor, cuz here in canada, the taste of vegies is a bit different, and it happens with some other ingredientes

it's a cool place. good to go and watch soccer matches.

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