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Cinema Taco

Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
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Albany, NY
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438 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The woman at Cinema Taco was very nice and quick. This is not a sit-down restaurant so much as a grab-n-go sort or place. The beef was not ground finely, more chunky and tasted like steak. Very good for a speedy bite before my flight home.

Thank eluper
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Maybe it was because we were half starved when we got there. Maybe it was because hello, TACOs, how can you go wrong? Maybe it's because it was for real just delicious, but wow! my sweet potato and onion with rice and black bean burrito was THE BOMB! And just $8. It was gigantic. Washed it down with a beer,... More 

Thank hollywagnermail
Raleigh, North Carolina
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116 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Average food with set up like a cafeteria or a sandwich shop. In other words, you go down a line and they add ingredients. Nice kids working the place, but the nachos and the salads were ordinary overall. Given the number of restaurants in the area, I would say hold out for something better.

Thank MyRiverSong
Mooresville, North Carolina
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

After touring around the area we found ourselves ravenous and went searching for something to eat. The Mall as it is knows is a very fun place to visit itself with unique shops and outdoor eating areas down the entire street (it is closed to through traffic). The restaurants on the street place menus on the windows/doors so you can... More 

Thank Beth W
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224 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

Great location--along the walking shopping/dining area. You can dine in or carry your food outside to the reserved tables. Staff were (colorfully decorated) friendly. That's where the positive comments end The inside is dark and unattractive. Outside appears ideal until you start eating. Then squirrels surround the table and keep angling closer trying to get your food. (Also saw a... More 

Thank davoscjims
Charlottesville, Virginia
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Cinema Taco has great fresh Mexican staples like tacos and burritos. The wait can sometimes be a little long, but well worth it. We go there for lunch occasionally and keep coming back.

Thank gamblefamilytravel
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

Empanadas are probably one of my favorite foods. So when I was visiting Charlottesville, I happened to notice Cinema Taco in the downtown mall was serving them. I figured I would give them a try! Boy, did I regret it. The flavors just weren't there. They were dry and the pastry, hard. Maybe they should stick to what's in the... More 

Thank SimplyBekah
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146 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

Not just your regular Mexican food place. They give it some style with their own take on their sweet potato empenadas and their mountain nachos. Try their fish tacos and other treats.

Thank Clone99
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88 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

We needed a quick lunch with outdoor seating since we had our dog with us. While walking on the pedestrian mall, we saw a family eating tacos with soft corn tortillas. We asked their opinion of Cinema Taco next to the Jefferson Theater. They highly recommended the Baja Fish Tacos. We enjoyed those (fish prepared for us, right out of... More 

Thank TravelBugVA
St. Louis
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

Hand crafted food. Proprietary sauces. Flavorful and some HOT! Authentic Mexican sodas. Traditional soft corn tacos with slaw, queso fresco and lime. Seating in the lobby of an old cinema with charming architectural features. Do not miss.

Thank shy_kitten

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 110 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5220
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville

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