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Cafe Mexico

1425 Store St
Victoria, BC V8W3C6
Tel: (250) 386-1425
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Cafe Mexico is a casual, fun restaurant located near the west entrance to Market Square. They offer an extenisve menu of Mexican classics, drink specials and desserts.

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Decent Mexican Food
By djj_rome of Richmond (57 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 28, 2007 - 11:18pm [Dine in]

Decent Mexican food in Victoria. The food is pretty good comparable to the Mexican joints in the Lower Mainland. The decor is not that great, gives off the Mexican feel though.

I would go back when on the island for a decent mexican meal.

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I won't go back
By unclespeedo of Victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 5, 2006 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

Maybe I don't know what it takes to make a great Mexican restaurant but if this is it I'll never eat Mexican again.

The food seemed very generic and maybe this is some peoples idea of what mexico is but if I was mexican I'd be a little embarassed at this representation of atmosphere and food.

I spilled my Daiquirí which didn't bother me because it tasted horrible but what really bothered me was this happened in front of the waitress who laughed and continued to walk over the mess for the remaining 20 minutes we spent waiting for our bill.

I would not reccomend Cafe Mexico to anyone unless they need a good laugh

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No flavour
By joannemuriel of Victoria, BC (42 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 7, 2006 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

This is another place that's gone downhill. I remember when the food tasted like something. Now, it tastes like nothing, unless I add tons of hot sauce! They own the little place next door, which is very yummy, but has enough salt to stop the heart of an elephant. It's been brought to their attention, but it seems to be an ego thing with the manager there now (rather than responding to customer service feedback and requirements) as she is taking the salt thing personally. I won't eat at Cafe Mex at all and the place next door, I will eat there if I feel I can handle the salt.

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mmm mmm good
By westcoast8 of Victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

Could be the best mexican restuarant in victoria...need I say more? the restuarant is very funky on the inside and offers a nice selection of mexican cuisine! I love the tortilla chips they have here too they offer them with sour cream, salsa and guacamole! so good...

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Great food, kid friendly, casual dining
By beachcomber of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, April 5, 2007 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

We're very fond of Cafe Mexico and have been there dozens of times over the years. The food is tasty and affordable and very authentically Mexican. Their taquitos are beyond compare. Sure the margaritas aren't stellar, but they have a good selection of beer on tap. The colorful decor and casual kid-friendly service make for an enjoyable family dining experience.

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Ole Victoria
By Gems of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 4:45pm [Dine in]

We enjoyed a family meal here; it was a predictable menu and something for everyone. Portions were good and the food enticing, and overall, a pleasant meal. We ordered nachos (loved the guacamole), fish tacos (halibut), chicken and burritos. Drinks were good and what we expected. The sides were substantial - nothing like rice and beans! For dessert, deep-fried ice cream for the kids. We have been here once before, and were not dissapointed - we will be back.

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Ordinary all around
By jasked of Victoria (12 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 9, 2008 - 6:01pm [Dine in]

The food and service here are fairly average. Prices are a bit high and servings are a bit small, as some have stated. Decor is either tacky or fun and funky, depending on your slant. Food tends to be on the bland side, but that's typical for Mexican in Victoria. If I'm nearby and want Mexican I'll consider it.

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Boring and Overpriced
By dell111 of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 26, 2007 - 5:00pm [Dine in]

Was here for lunch. First thing I noticed was how tacky the place was. They had crap hanging from everywhere and it makes the space feel claustrophobic. The food is standard fake mexican food. The one thing I couldn't believe was how over priced it was. My friends got those mini burrito things that they serve at 711 too and they were 9 dollars for 6 extremely small ones. My chicken quesadilla was small as well and it was 13.00 dollars! I got nothing on the side as well. At cactus club a quesadilla is around 8 or 9 and is much better. I dont get how you can get off charging for guacamole and sour cream and salsa at a mexican restaurant. All in all I will never step foot in Cafe Mexico again.

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I wish there was a place like this in the Lower Mainland
By arsenic_girl of Burnaby (32 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 22, 2007 - 12:03am [Dine in]

The food was absolutely delicious! I agree, the margaritas were not good... but the food blew me away. There is nothing like this in Vancouver, unless you count Las Margaritas, but that doesn't feel "authentic" to me. I will definitely return the next time I am on the island!

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Awesome
By hobo of victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Recently my husband and I visited Cafe Mexico. What an awesome experience!! We walked into a very busy bustling restaurant filled with mexican ambience. We started with 2 margaritas and their freshly made chips and salsa...delicious!!! Looking at the sizzling fajitas at the table next to us made up my mind to order the same ... I wasn't dissapointed. My husband ordered the pollo alambres equally as tasty as mine... The portions are quite large so it was hard to finish the dessert we ordered DEEP FRIED ICE CREAM but we had to it was sooo good. It's a great place for Mexican food and we would highly recommend it. They use 100% canola oil ... No MSG No Lard. MUY BUENO!!!!

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Very poor quality of food, suprisingly small portions
By alex1628 of Victoria (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2007 - 9:14pm [Dine in]

I am a huge fan of mexican restaurants, however I was very disappointed with my experience at this particular establishment. One thing that distinguishes this mexican restaurant from others is that they do not offer complimentary salsa and chips which is usually the standard. This aside, we ordered the 8.99 order of jalepeno poppers only to find that the order is made up of only 4 small fried poppers, the same poppers that you can purchase at Costco in a bulk pack for around $10. My group was disappointed in the food quality as well as the quantity and I was embarassed for having suggested this restaurant. The refried beans were not properly prepared and instead looked as if they had been poured directly from the can and heated up. Most people in my group left their plates mostly full at the end.
On top of this, the service was poor - and I agree with the other comments as I had a similar experience when I inquired about the suprisingly small portions and the waitress laughed and walked away. Hopefully by posting this I can help someone else refrain from having the same lousy experience.

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Could be better
By Diner_Victoria of victoria (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 7, 2007 - 12:53am [Dine in]

Decor is tacky as has been noted in another review. Seats are very uncomfortable.

I have had bad food there, the waitress asked me how my food was and I said it's making me feel sick - she giggled and walked away. I went up to the bar to pay my bill and the woman (owner I think) had the good sense not to charge me. I think a lot of restaurants in Victoria are having a hard time finding good staff.

Good salsa. Skimpy servings of guac and sour cream. Had a few items, but the only one that I know will be good is the chilli flautas.

Margheritas are not drinkable.

One step up from Taco Time, two steps down from Adrianas

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Stereotypical but good
By Johnny5 of Victoria (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 10, 2006 - 3:55pm [Dine in]

This restaurant is outfitted like a stereotypical Mexican village (or something like that). Pinatas and stuff like that hanging from the ceiling. I've had great food every time I've been there, and wouldn't hesitate to go back.

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North American Mexican
By glenalan54 of Saanich, Victoria (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 9:30am [Dine in]

I am a sucker for the tacky North American-Mexican look of Cafe Mexico. From the wooden floor up the walls to the sombreros hanging from the ceiling. The place is casual and can be fun.
It's a hoot to look around while listening to Mmexican music in the background and my friend and I once asked to wear sombreros while we ate and they were ok with that.

The food: The salsa is great. Order that as an appy while waiting for your meal. In the early days one used to get a free bowl of chips and salsa, but now it costs a small fee.
The prices are much higher now as the place has been around for years and the portions are smaller than they used to be. But the food can fill you up depending on what you order.
The fare is North American Mexican. Take it for what it is and you will not be disappointed. If you want true Mexican food there are a few places to go other than here (see my other reviews) but if it's a filling meal in a causual atmosphere near some great shops in a historic building then give Cafe Mexico your business.

The service can be "hit and miss" but over the years we have received quite good and quick service.

I like Cafe Mexico for the reasons I've outlined but they are pricing themselves out of my budget range.

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horrible overpriced food
By suzeque22 of north vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 7:04am [Dine in]

This was the worst mexican food I have ever had in my 50 years on this planet. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Prices were ridiculous and service mediocre. I ordered a margarita which was watery and I couldn't taste any tequila. The taquitos would have been better frozen from the grocery store, those are better than what I received. Small amount of rice & beans (which btw costs nothing). The only positive comment I have was that the chips were good. Don't go here really it was bad.

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Casual
By MariaEsylviano of victoria (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 11:51am [Dine in]

I really enjoyed relaxing and sitting at a window while chatting with my Guest at Cafe Mexico. The food came in good time and It was enough for me (I don't know what other reviewers have had or how much they can eat but I was quite full) I had "Tacos Mexicana" and they were great. Nice fresh tortillas and salad and nothing to hot. The service was great in general and the server was nice, and there was only one time when it took a little long to get an extra I ordered. I would recommend Café Mexico to any family, couple or casual Business occasion looking for a nice upbeat evening out.

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Decent all-around
By prime99ca of Victoria, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

We're local regulars. The food works for the kids, as does the atmosphere. Overall food quality is decent, and prices are reasonable (especially given the location). On occasion have had outstanding service, never terrible. I've yet to see a place with so many knick-knacks be so clean. The cleaning staff get an outstanding rating from this reviewer!

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Yum!
By hilary of Victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 10:18pm [Dine in]

The salsa, chips, and guacamole are fresh and delicious, and everything else is pretty standard. Some people at might find the decor a little tacky but I think it's great. It's very colourful and energetic, so combined with the Mexican music they play, it's good atmosphere. The service is usually pretty good and it's a fun place to go with large groups. The deep-fried ice cream is the best!

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Fun place, basic food
By bcsaltchucker of victoria (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 22, 2006 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

Well this place isn't going to receive any award for fine dining, but sometimes you just like to have 'comfort Mexican food' and this place hits the spot. Lets face it, there is almost no decent Mexican food in Canada, so this place will suffice - much better than any chain store slop. At least the fod is fresh and plentiful. The deep-fired icecream is delightful, and the food is very very inespensive. The decoration is cheerful and earthy, nothing wrong with that once in a while.

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tourist trap food
By hindumagic of victoria (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

I've eaten here twice. The first time was a few years ago and forgettable while the most recent visit prompted me to write this review after reading some of the other reviews posted here.

The food is poorly done all around: with portions on the small side, unremarkable seasoning, and badly prepared (our fajitas were seriously overcooked), the food here is very overpriced.

The service was lacking - it took our server ten minutes to bring us our first drink order. They missed bringing some requested extra tortillas for our order as well.

The ambience is the only thing that redeems the place, which isn't saying much.

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