Vallarta's serves up authentic homemade Mexican and Salvadorean cuisine.
Really I have no idea how I missed all the reviews for this place. Didn't even know Vallarta existed and worse yet - I drive by here on a regular basis. Shame on me.
With various knick knacks on the walls, dim lighting, a couple of long rows of tables parked and a window case, decor is obviously of little focus. Surely this means the food must be good.
The menuboard is a little comical, looking just like a fast food outlet. The choices however are not. Tortas, pupusas, tamales! Finally, no gringo crap. The menu is small and simple but decisions were difficult in which case the fellow there chimed in for suggestions. I knew I wanted a couple of pupusas and my girlfriend wanted the torta but I went with his suggestion of the beef burrito. The pupusas were fantastic. They were filled with a blended cheese, bean and pork mix. The thick tortilla was fluffy and just crispy enough on the outside. My girlfriend's torta took a while but was filled with seasoned pork which had crispy fatty pieces - flavour! It was served alongside a heaping of rice and beans. My beef burrito was a behemoth in itself - as big as my forearm and spanned the diameter of the plate. Filled with a ton of seasoned beef slices (not ground beef here), rice, beans, cheese and who knows what else. It was topped with salsa and cheese and served alongside a basic shredded lettuce and tomato salad. Even the horchata was a nice touch and different from the usual horchatas we've had locally - this one with a prominent yet mellow tamarind flavour over the usual cinammon zing we get. Excellent meal for cheap.
Service is more of less self serve but dine-in patrons will have their food served to them at their tables. Their english is a bit pedestrian but the smiles and friendliness are genuine. A brief chat with the fellow there mentioned that the old lady doing the cooking is El Salvadorian while he is Mexican. Isn't this what you want?
There is no "Texico", "texmex", etc here and without any pretension either. I wish I knew more about Mexican cuisine but still...you know you'll always get good food when an old woman with her vault of home-tuned recipes is making it. Recommend.
This little place serves up some really good Mexican food.
Have tried the Asada Tacos (soft beef) and the Chicken Enchiladas and both were really good. A friend always gets the Burrito and unless you have a big appetite you will probably take half of it home. Most dishes are in the $10 range and worth the price.
If you go at lunch and they are busy your order may take a while but the food is good and the owners are really nice. Great Mexican option in East Van.
They do have amazing Mexican food, I thoroughly enjoyed my meal, when it came time to pay I went through the process and added a tip and then after thought that was a lot higher than expected to pay and took a look at the menu and they have the wrong prices on the menu. I ordered Nauchos with chicken and on the menu it specifically states Naucho's with Bean, cheese and chicken 10.00, I showed the gal there and she said nothing when I asked her why did she charge me 15.00 for it she just looked at me and turned around and left, it was a bit awkward. I asked her when she came back and she said sorry it is 15.00 now. So yes I am very disappointed that they made no effort to refund the difference, so needless to say for a 5.00 rip off, I will NOT be returning to this restaurant just for the pure principal of their disappointing customer service.
They lost a great customer over 5.00 dollars.
so buyer beware.....make sure you check with them first and the prices to avoid disappointment in the end.
This place is in my neighbourhood and it has never failed to impress. A first visit might make you think that the wait time is a bit long but I have learned time and time again that the reason for the wait? They make FRESH food everytime. For instance... most Mexican restaurants scoop tortilla chips out of a bag. At this place the make them fresh! What a great idea! The tortilla soup is a great dish. chicken stock and fresh tortillas all seasoned perfectly. They use the real Mexican style cheese not shredded mozza out of a bag. The nachos are priced for 1 person but enough for 2 people. Its not a big place and sometimes the TV is playing Mexican soap operas a little too loud... but wow do they ever do wonders in that kitchen. Muy bien!
I was told to check out this restaurant by a friend, who claimed it had some of the best, real Mexican food he had ever tried in the city. With so many Mexican places in Vancouver, I was not sure this was going to be true. With such high expectations, I was afraid I might be disappointed, but thankfully I wasn’t. They serve generous portions and the prices were good. The tamale was served in typical Mexican fashion and had great taste. I would’ve ordered one more but the size of the serving was large and I was very satisfied. I had also ordered a burrito and it was DELICIOUS! It was also quite large, and came with some rice, but that was great as it tasted so good. All the staff was nice. Vallarta’s is the restaurant to visit not only if you want Mexican food, but good quality delicious food in general!
I always come here whenever I'm in the area since their food is freshly made on the day of. Reasonable prices (the most expensive meal you'll pay for 1 person is just $14.99) for all menu items. The staff is really nice and they always smile and are genuinely kind. My personal favourite menu item would be the "Burrito de Carne" beef meat burrito) as its huge! It also comes with rice too. On the plus side, it's only $12.50!
Stopped in for a quick lunch on a recommendation. We had: Tortilla soup ... thumbs way up ... lots of chicken with homemade tortillas loads of cilantro very good. Chicken toastadas and a tamale. The toastadas were fabulous, nicely spiced and presented. The tamale came wrapped in a banana leaf and was tasty. Overall *** stars.
Great authentic food at a good price. Their soft beef tacos "Asada Tacos" were amazing, filled with seasoned grilled beef and fresh veggies with homemade sauce on the side. My husband had the Enchilladas and loved them, they come with rice and salad and homemade refried beans. The tamales were huge and cheap, so if you order with a meal be prepared to be full. Two people can eat here for under $30 easily, however if you have drinks then that's going to go up. Great family restaurant and worth checking out. There is free parking in front and the ambiance is casual but worth checking out. They only take cash or debit.
I lived in Mexico for 5 years and I will say this is as good as it gets in this City.
If you want a taste of Mexico go to Vallartas!! Try the Tostadas. Muy Buenos
The corn tacos are served with cilantro,onions, queso fresco. They are simply
the best! They have Fantas and cidral ( an apple cider drink ) that they drink like water)
The hot sauces taste the way they should not like that junk we get at superstore.
Tried this resaurant after returning from Puerto Vallarta. What a lovely surprise. The tortillas were soft and melted in the mouth. Even my 8 year old loved the pupusas. The tacos were filled with flavourful meat, topped with lovely fresh cheese and cilantro.
The menu seemed to be only part of what was available. Above the cash desk was a lit section showing other food items available.
The furniture was a bit rough but the painted windows on the walls made me long to be back in Vallarta.
We love Mexican food and found Vallarta's by accident. Very happy accident! Huge portions and very authentic cooking. Lots of Hispanic folks eating there so they're doing something right. Service was a bit slow but the wait was well worth it. The kindly old Mexican lady doing the cooking is obviously not a line cook but you can taste the love. Highly recommend.