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Food and ambience

Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Mexican
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
Reviews (645)
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Reviewed 29 March 2024

It was wonderful to be here yet again later last year. The enchiladas were perfect and the atmosphere buzzed with joy. I come here every time that I am in Auckland and I am seldom disappointed. The staff are also friendly and unpretentious.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 17 February 2024 via mobile

Terrible service, small portions and watered down margaritas. Had to wait 15 minutes at the till to pay while they rang out two giant tables ahead of my single bill. Told the manager how unhappy I was and he still charged me full price. So...here is the crappy review I promised you buddy 🍻More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Bruce Glover, Owner at Mexican Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2024

Your review says more about you than the Mexican Café serving quality food service and drinks for the last 40 years.

Reviewed 11 February 2024 via mobile

Went with a friend for her 60th. We used to come here regularly in the 80’s when we were in our 20’s!! I was so so excited to taste those wonderful nachos again and it did not disappoint. So great and the decor is still...the same…felt like stepping back in time. Keep doing what your doing Mexican cafe!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 10 February 2024

We have been coming to the Mexican cafe for many years, apparently its now under new management and to be honest a huge disappointment. I will not return. The salads were not fresh, slimey lettuce, dried out refried beans and burnt food was what we...were served. The table next door had the same issue. The Manager was new, the waitress was new. I questioned a few things about the changes in menu and the way drinks were served.... The response was its always been this way... Umm... No, and considering i have been to the Mexican Cafe multiple times over the past 20 years and you have only worked there 4 months i think i know what i am talking about The only redeeming factor last night was that you didn't charge us for the one burnt meal but really even that was insulting when we walked out not being able to eat half of what was on our plates. I really hope this feedback helps. I won't be back but maybe this will help you improve your service for new customersMore

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Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

We grabbed a late lunch here on a Friday. We ate outside and spoke with another couple who said it’s been there for 40 years! While the food was good, the service was pretty slow. We asked for extra napkins as the ones provided were...small and thin and only got 2 more. There was a tiny serving of salsa along with the chips but when we asked for more salsa, that was an additional charge!?! Very different from what we are used to in America. There were small birds flying in and out all over the balcony, which seemed pretty unsanitary, seems like they could have put up some sort of netting to prevent that.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

Great service, excellent food and atmosphere. I was able to modify my vegetarian food to make it a healthier version, less cheese and sour cream and more salad with no dressing. We were also able to book a table for 4, which was great.

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2023

We have been going to the Mex for over twenty five years. The service is always great and the food superb.

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 December 2023

This was the companies 3rd group dinner at Mexican Cafe and once again the food was great and the service excellent.

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Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

We used to frequent the Mexican Cafe in our youth , 30 years ago. It is just as good now as it was back then. Thank you for a fabulous night/meal.

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 9 November 2023

have been going here for the past few years, and though the quality of the food is not bad, the quantity surely has lessened. i wouldnt call it value for money anymore.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 8 November 2023

Best mexican food in Auckland without a doubt. Staff are friendly and attentive with excellent service lso.

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Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023

Awful! Margaritas are weak! Partner had the loaded tortillas and I had the so called loaded potatoes skins; flavourless cheese sauce , little wedges of greasy potatoes and all of it cold.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023 via mobile

Nice little place that we stumbled upon by accident. Food was good, staff friendly without being smarmy, prices mid range, happy atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023

I celebrated my birthday here this year and was extremely looking forward to it as I have had good experiences here in the past. I don't know if it has changed ownership/management but this time it was appalling. The staff were rude and unfriendly and...everything took a long time to come despite the restaurant not being busy at all. None of my friends and I minded waiting, however we are extremely annoying and appalled by the staff.!More

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Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023

Brilliant service and food was really good. Staff were friendly and polite. Had a great evening. It was 2 years since my previous visit and the standards were still right up there. Awesome night thanks

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Date of visit: October 2023
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MEXICAN CAFE, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Mexican Cafe offers takeaway services.

Mexican Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4