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Gina's Mexican Cafe

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47 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
+1 250-753-5411
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11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

This place is quirky, wonderful, delicious and just plain great! From the eclectic exterior paint job, to the fantastic food, this place is a "must visit"! Prices are extremely good, portions are great, service is super friendly, and you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Tubber273
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2015

We went here with a large family group of all ages and everyone enjoyed it. The atmosphere was fun and the food was delicious. They have a good selection of food at reasonable prices. The staff was very friendly.

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Thank christina h
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

I have been to Gina's several times now, over 3 years, only because it is one of our friend's (a non-foodie) favourite restaurants, and every visit I have been disappointed. Before striking it permanently from my list (sorry friend!), I'm posting a review so others don't waste their time. I'd be happy to ignore the tacky 'Mexican' decor and old... More 

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Thank K. S
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Dear K.S, We are sorry to read that your experience at our Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo was not to your liking. We assure you that our team works their best to provide flavourful, freshly made menu items for all of our customers' meals. As well, we have a wide assortment of spice to add further heat and flavour when our... More 

Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

Had a fun time with our friends but the food was bland and had no seasoning. Corn kernels were probably frozen (which can be okay) from a bag but nothing was done to enhance their sweetness or taste. The chile relleno was pathetic, no batter -- a poblano chile filled with a huge gob of cream cheese in the centre.... More 

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Thank Elizabeth M
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Elizabeth, We are sorry to read that your experience at our Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo was not satisfactory. We assure you that our team works their best to provide flavourful, freshly made menu items for all of our customers' meals. Several of our staff in the kitchen and servers have been with us for over 20 years. If you... More 

Cuautitlán Izcalli, Mexico, Mexico
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015

One of the locals recommended me to visit this place since I come from Mexico. The place is picturesque, colorful and loaded with Mexican memorabilia. The food.... well the food was not bad but it was not very Mexican either which is understandable; however I enjoyed the visit. If you want a definite change from the day to day routine,... More 

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Thank Marco P
Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

The atmosphere was very nice and the setting in a house turned to restaurant very cozy. The restaurant was packed with local people which reassured us that the food was good. The food was very good and we ordered 2 combo dished and 1 salad which was a lot of food for 2 adults and 2 kids.

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Thank Holly H
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

While the colourful exterior may deter some that would be a grave mistake for your tastebuds. Very homey feel to the small interior with a quick and friendly staff. The chips and salsa are some of the best I've had outside of Mexico itself. Fish tacos were great and the large group margaritas very tasty.

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Thank mj l
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

Horrible. Won't ever go again. Food was not good.... I remember when it was awesome but that was along time ago. It was sweltering, cramped and they stuck us by the kitchen. The staff were busy and I get it, but to be so rude! They just weren't interested in being friendly. Not the fun place it appears to be.... More 

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Thank Jessica b
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

We are sorry to read that your experience at our Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo was not enjoyable for you, Jessica. Our local staff does their best to provide friendly service and make everyone feel welcome, so we appreciate the feedback and will increase our effort towards this goal. If you have not enjoyed the food at our Mexican cafe, please... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015 via mobile

I have been to Gina's numerous times and every time is great. Lots of choices for vegetarians. Highly recommend the veggie burrito.

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Thank Chad K
Maputo, Mozambique
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

We were a table of four, everyone enjoyed their meals well enough. Everyone except for myself had been there previously. They commented that they felt the food didn't have the same personality as they remembered from their previous visits in the years past. We really quite enjoyed the Margeritas!

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Thank Polar_Canadian
Don R, Owner at Gina's Mexican Cafe, responded to this review

Dear Polar_Canadian, We are sorry to read that your experience at our Mexican Cafe in Nanaimo was not satisfactory. We assure you that our team works their best to provide flavourful, freshly made menu items for each and every one of our customers' meals. If you are displeased with your meal, please let us know while you are at our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 11
Cuisine
Mexican, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 20:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Skinner St, Nanaimo, British Columbia V9R 5G9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver Island  >  Nanaimo
  • Phone Number: +1 250-753-5411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?