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.
Don't try be fooled by overtly Mexican decoration of this place. Anyone with a little bit of knowledge about mexican food will know that this place is far from authentic. More like american or canadianized mexican food. The chicken in my santa fe quesadilla tasted bland and came much after I had ordered my chimichanga pacifico. Service was S L O W, even getting the menus was a task that took longer to complete than usual.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!!!!
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
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.
Their food is awesome! I have never had a meal there that I didn't like! And I have been there probably about 15 times!
The atmosphere is awesome as well. Feels like you are actually in Mexico.
I'll be back for sure!
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.
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.
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.
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!