One of only a couple of Mexican restaurants in Victoria. A very typical N American Mexican "funky" restaurant, the open section of which, overlooks the enclosed Market Square. This place gets very busy in the high season so bookings are essential unless prepared for a substantial wait.
Favorite Dish: Most dishes are fine and if you want anything to have a little more jalepeno in it you only have to ask when placing the order
I was told by the VIA train conductor that this restaurant has developed a reasonably good reputation, though he had never actually eaten here. Since railroad people seem to almost always have very good instincts when it comes to knowing where to find good food, I decided I would try this place for lunch.
The interior is an eccentric and brilliant (some might say gaudy) set of colors that are certainly a bright contrast to the winter weather in the Pacific Northwest. The afternoon sun happened to be coming in the west facing windows, and really lit the place up pretty well for a while.
The lunch menu isn't extremely extensive, but extensive enough to give a reasonable choice of food.
Of the places I ate in, this one had the most attentive waitress, and she regularly stopped by to make sure that everything at my table and nearby tables had everything they needed.
The view out the window isn't too much to look at (it faces street parking and a busy triangle of streets) it is possible to see the Jackson Street Bridge from the front window and may result in some interesting views of the tops of boats and bridge openings. The location is also very close to a number of shops, and is just south of Chinatown. It is also very close to the VIA train station.
Favorite Dish: Their "Seven Layer Dip" (C$9.29) hit the spot very nicely, and when I ran out of "Seven Layer Dip" and had leftover chips, the waitress brought me a small bowl of salsa to finish off the chips.
I also ordered a Mango Virgin Margarita (C$3.50) that also hit the spot quite nicely.
The $4 Cantina Specials advertised on the wall (and on the web site) seem like they would be a nice option as well.
By the time I had eaten here I had gotten used to the fact that restaurants in Victoria are just fairly expensive for what you get, and adjusted my expectations accordingly.
This place is located in Market Square. It has been voted the number 1 ethnic restaruant every year since voting began. Not just tourists visit the restaurant but locals too as it is a popular place to have a beer after work or during meal. They also offer the service Cafe MexiGO next door.
Cafe Mexico is a great casual restaurant that caters to groups, families and couples. It has a menu of typical Mexican dishes (burritos, enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas), plus a few staples like pizzas and hamburgers served up with a South-of-the-Border flair. They have many dishes that can accomodate vegetarians, and nothing has to be ordered too spicy. The service is always fast and friendly, and the nightly drink specials are great!
There is a nice patio at the back of the restaurant, sheltered in Market Square. In the summer it is a wonderful place to enjoy your dinner and a few margaritas! Inside the decor is great- lots of sombreros, and bullfighting posters!
I normally have a not-so-grande burrito, which is served with mexi-rice and refried beans. Nothing helps it go down like a frozen lime margarita!