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Real Mexico Restaurant Y Tienda
92/100 (540 ratings)
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Vegetarian Friendly
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"One of the better if not the best Mexican food restaurants in Columbia. Free chips were fresh and warm and the salsa was good. I had the steak..."
Tony Flowers
"This place is amazing. Drive out of my way just to eat there amazing. We started out with the spinach and poblano pepper dip posted on the door and..."
Jen Cohen
"Real Mexican food. We travel over an hour to come here pretty often. This is the only "real" Mexican restaurant in this state that we have found so..."
Lori Davis
"Probably the best Mexican food in all of South Carolina, and likely a few states beyond that. Let's just say East of the Mississippi. Barbacoa tacos..."
Ben Snow
"Our server today was excellent and the food was the Real Deal!!! It was soooooo good! This IS the place to go for Mexican food!!!! ..."
Allison Abbott Chatfield
"We always love coming here for the tacos and salsa! Our 3 year old especially loves the food and atmosphere. The barbacoa consome is one of the best..."
Ellen Morrisson
"This place was awesome. Great staff, they were polite, attentative, and kept us full of food and drinks. The food was authentic and cooked..."
John M McLees
"Our favorite Mexican restaurant in Columbia, and on our list of top 5 favorite restaurants in the area. The food is hot, fast and delicious and the..."
Liz Yturria
"My husband & I used to frequent a place by the name of Tacos Al Carbon in Lake Worth, FL. Since moving to South Carolina last year we haven't found..."
Rosaye Suprius
"I eat here every time I come to Columbia! I will NOT ever miss an opportunity to eat here! Definitely worth the..."
Dwight Decker
"Great food!!! The TortAs are amazing and the tacos are great. This is the best spot for real Mexican..."
Daniel Robinson
"Absolutely the most authentic Mexican restaurant around! I’m from Texas and I know good Mexican food and this is the good stuff! The staff are..."
Heather Garza Fagan
"First time we've been here, very good authentic Mexican food. It's small but worth the wait. Great wait staff. Great..."
Patricia K Pierce
"Everything from their drinks and food was awesome, the staff was friendly..."
Terri Hayes
"This was fantastic. When we are back in the area definitely will be back. The staff was..."
Melanie Lorenz
"Great food, great atmosphere, great service and a reasonable price. My personal favorite local Mexican..."
Michael Steven Coffey
"Good food at a good price.  Four friends and I went here for lunch and we were all pleased.  They bring out chips and salsa as an appetizer which..."
Will S.
"Food is Very Good.Prepartion of the food is differ for other Mexican restaurants.Service is good. Recommended for those who wants to try..."
Karrie Bree
"Ordered takeout so I can't comment on the service. However, the food was very good. The fajita burrito was something different from other Mexican..."
Tsmartucci
"Hidden Gem! I loved every bite !! There were so many people we almost didn't get a Table. I'm glad we came. Mole enchiladas proved to me they were..."
Cecilia
"I live right next-door and this place is absolutely amazing. The quality of the food and the service is always second to none. This is probably the..."
Ra'na H.
"The Yelp 100 Challenge officially kicked off Tuesday, 9/1/15, at Real Mexico. Real comes up #1 in the Mexican Category on Yelp in Columbia, so it..."
Lunch Men
"This has been my 2nd time here, I just ordered shrimp tostadas and they are absolutely amazing. Salsa has a slight kick but flavorful. Very authentic..."
Corey Stevens
"Busy Place. Fast service, good food. Just which sopapilla's were the puffy donut type and not the flour tortilla with cinnamon and sugar like they..."
Bilko
"I've been here before.... I chose this place based on the Urban Spoon 93% like rate and when we got close I remembered having lunch here about six..."
Jack Edward Holdford
"Delicious fish and shrimp tacos, for real. giid service, nice locals only place, in and old 7-11. only once in several years did we have bad..."
Marc Cardwell
"Very good and will endorse the "Real" within their name. Huevos ala Mexicana and Fish Tacos were very good and reasonably priced. Will come back when..."
D-Man
"Love the tacos! The tortas are huge. If you want dessert, save some room for the churro..."
Liliana Figueroa Garcia
"Fantastic! Very friendly and welcoming. Everyone in our party was very pleased with each order. We eat at a lot of Mexican restaurants and this is..."
Vegetarian
"Absolutely nothing not to like.... Real Mexico is my kind of place. The prices are good, the food is great and it has that hole-in-the-wall feel that..."
Karyyk
"Great food, great people. Their food is always top notch. They always use top quality products in their foods and do not put lard in their beans. The..."
Shirls
"Wonderful, authentic mexican!! Great service, great prices, great food; you cannot go wrong with this..."
Accadian
"Love this place! The are super friendly and the food is fantastic! Kid friendly and reasonably priced, Real Mexico is a must try. Chipotle chicken..."
Aaron
"REALLY GOOD!. My friend took me there the other night and I was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful this food was. I felt like I was sitting in the..."
Anna
"Very good. I think the food is really good and an excellent value. I live in Texas and eat Mexican frequently and this food compares very favorably...."
Ilene
"Amazing authentic Mexican food and the margaritas are spot on with house made mix. And the staff are so nice and hospitable. Will look no further for..."
Jilly Bean
"I don't think I will be going anywhere else soon! Great prices and excellent..."
Meagsandbacon
"The food was really good u can tell it's..."
Elizabeth
"This place is awesome! Chile relleno is the best I have ever had! $2.99 margaritas FTW. If you speak Spanish they really take good care of..."
Julian
"Really good. I normally don't like to stop at a new place without a review, but I was desperate to avoid Cracker Barrel so I gave them a shot. Glad I..."
Wes
Cecilia's Mexican Restaurant
91/100 (447 ratings)
Restaurants
Mexican
Vegetarian Friendly
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch
Dinner
Tapas
Fajitas
Tacos
Burrito
"Very good service and good Mexican food. The restaurant and restroom were clean. The prices were also very reasonable. I had a chicken chimi and it..."
Charles D Bruce
"I found myself hungry and trying to avoid driving into a rough thunderstorm one evening. Remembering that I was close to Cecilia's I decided to..."
Hasenpfeffer McElroy
"Came on review from Urban Spoon. Very good overall. Clean. Generous portions . A little spare on the chips . Food..."
Eric
"Great Food!. I've been here a few times now, everything I have tried is mucho deliciouso! They give loads of food for your money, even lunch..."
Nancy
"BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN COLUMBIA. Period. Low prices. Amazing food. Huge portions. Great staff with Excellent service. A++ all the way..."
TheHungryDad
"Very good quality. Second time here in few years , must admit I need to frequent it more often.Went for lunch got the chicken fajita with a..."
Foodie4thought
"Great place!!. Not much to the place but the food is definitely worth it. We went a few months ago and in the summer. The restaurant does get very..."
Kathy
"Best authentic..."
Michael Strickland
"Quite simply the very best Mexican you will find this side of the rio grande. The food and service are both top..."
Blake Moore
"Beyond Fantastic!!. Born and raised in Southern California. (About 100 years ago..) I was raised on REAL Mexican food. We moved to S. Carolina,..."
Tom And Lois
"Great food, great service. Cecelia and her husband/chef are the sweetest people and the food never..."
Lisa
"Ole'. This is not your standard tex/mex joint. This place is very authentic and the guy in the kitchen really knows what he is doing. This is a..."
YYZ
"Found Cecelia's using Urban Spoon. It had a high rating and we weren't disappointed! I loved the salsa, especially but felt the chips were heavy with..."
Pamela
"The General Rules. Don't be put off by the simple decor and strip mall location. The General, the chef of Cecilia's (and her husband), prepares some..."
FoodSnob
"Really good...they make their own taco shells... What more needs to be..."
Terrence
"The Best Mexican Food in Columbia! Everything is fresh and homemade. Real Chile Rellos & they are great. The best Mexican potatoes. Lots of veggie..."
DaddyOBest
"Little place hidden away in a strip mall. Fabulous food and a great value. This was our first time here and we plan on being regulars. Must try the..."
Brad Stoltz
"Best We have ever had. Cecilia's has the best authentic Mexican Food in the area. Today was our second visit and it was totally awesome. We are..."
Auldsn2usc
"Hidden Gem. I'm from Columbia originally so I remember the years of Little Mexico where the chef here came and went, and the quality of the food came..."
Erin Elizabeth Smith
"Order the shrimp cozumel. It's the best thing on their..."
Devin Waldrop
Publico
90/100 (429 ratings)
Restaurants
Mexican
Gluten Free Options
American
Healthy
Bar
Southwestern
Vegetarian Friendly
Fusion
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Dinner
Late Night
Lunch
Brunch
Shrimp
Toasts
Tapas
Queso
Tuna
Burger
Tacos
"I went for my first time yesterday with my boyfriend and two of our best friends. I loved it! The food was wonderful, our server was extremely great...."
Victoria Williams
"We decided to try this spot during restaurant week. It also happened to be Taco Monday. We have found the best guacamole in town since our TX days...."
Shaphonya Deane
"Went on a Sunday and caught the bunch crowd but we got seated and served quickly. The food was great and the price was good too. Nice place all..."
Beryle Watt Brown
"Stopped in to eat while running and it was the best move I made all day. Incredible staff; waitress recommended the plantain pork nachos and they..."
Kyle Hendrix
"Absolute favorite place in Five Points! Atmosphere, food, service, and margaritas are on point!! Shout out to L.A. Friendliest behind the..."
Marnie Dominick
"Finally tried Publico and loved it. Took advantage of their deal 5 tacos with 2 sides for $20. It was a great way for 2 people to sample several..."
Yan Dia
"I just discovered here about 2 weeks ago at work and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't addicted. Huge selection of fresh food that's always good and..."
Elena DeVour
"Great place for food and drinks! Great gathering place also to meet people and make new friends. Our Waitress Carly was amazing kind and helpful...."
Victoria Pescatore
"After my son's USC campus tour we stopped here to eat for the first time. The service is excellent and the food is phenomenal! I definitely..."
Tomova Attles
"Everything I had was great. The service was awesome. The server told us the kitchen was closed and we were going to leave but they asked us to stay...."
Veronica Amber Parker
"Charlie and Darrien were wonderful. The food was outstanding and the service was top..."
Mathis Coxon
"I came Saturday morning with a friend and her 22 month old and it was great! We sat out back on the patio so the toddler could sit in a high chair..."
Laken Rodriguez
Carlito's Cabo
87/100 (442 ratings)
Restaurants
Mexican
Fast Food
South American
Southwestern
Peruvian
Dinner
Lunch
Tapas
Burrito
Beef
Tacos
"Amazing! Mitch and I enjoyed a lot of really good Latin food when we lived in Phoenix, but this Peruvian food would rival the best of it! They were..."
Nathana Clay
"So excited to try this restaurant and it was worth the wait! I've never had Peruvian food before but I knew from (food network 😂) What to expect...."
Susie Cleek
"My family's absolute FAVORITE place for fish tacos, carnitas and chicken soup and so much more! Everything is fresh and delicious. I highly..."
Roxanne Medina-Fulcher
"I have really enjoyed their quesadilla plate and the lomo saltado. I can't wait to try everything else on the..."
Chelsea Titus
"Great food, great prices, and great service! I really enjoyed my visit and will..."
Letitia DenHartog
"The only Mexican food I will eat in Columbia. The staff is very friendly, the restaurant is very clean, & the food is fresh and made to order. I..."
Danielle Leigh
"Lomo Saltado. Get it! Grandmas recipe. Absolutely to die..."
Eric Clay
"This place is really awesome! Food is great always super clean and friendly service! One of my..."
Pat Hanson
"Amazing food! We Drove 1 hour to eat their pollo a la Brasa and were not disappointed, the food was worth the drive!! Great service, friendly people...."
Blanca Parciak
"New location is clean, fast, and tasty. The beans are the best I've ever had, and the carnitas tacos were awesome. I'll be back,..."
JoAnna Chandler
"Street tacos were amazing! I had the carnitas and chicken; both were great. Felt like I was eating tacos back at home in California. Great..."
Robin B Clay
"I love their carnitas, it's the only place around here that makes them like they do in Southern..."
Robin LeAnn High
"I had heard rave reviews about the pollo de la brasa and they were all true! It was perfectly seasoned, smokey and delicious. We will be back...again..."
Sherry Wohlgemuth
"Very friendly staff with delicious food and good prices. I had carnitas street tacos with their red hot sauce and some of my friend’s chicken..."
Robyn Allen
"Better than any taco place I’ve had in como so far. Get the crunchy beef taco! Sara is always the nicest human being cooking with her husband(I..."
Kora_Z33
"Amazing food!!! I can't say enough about this place. Carnitas Tacos are the..."
Mandy Crane
"Staff is very friendly and helpful, the dining area, kitchen, and bathrooms were spotless, and most importantly the food is GOOD! Our food came out..."
Indiana Jones
"Delicious food with a big variety of dishes, friendly staff, great..."
Pablo Serna
"The daily special is a staple, carnitas tacos with rice and beans. Order it with double tortilla, lime, and hot sauce for an extra special meal. The..."
John Holmes
"Absolutely delicious! We did an online virender and when we got there it was ready to go. Fast, fresh, and super yummy. I highly recommend!!..."
Gloria Landis
"The staff is always nice and their food is delicious. They keep a clean place too. I definitely..."
Stephen Terry
Las Margaritas
86/100 (361 ratings)
Restaurants
Southwestern
Gluten Free Options
Vegetarian Friendly
Mexican
Latin
Vegetarian Friendly
Gluten Free Options
Lunch
Dinner
Fajitas
Tapas
Salad
Burrito
Beef
Tacos
"Beyond the attentive wait staff and tasty complimentary salsa, the one dish that stands out for me is the burrito cochinita pibil. It's a burrito..."
Kristian Hellwege
"Best Mexican food and margaritas around. This is one of those restaurants where I don’t have a favorite dish because there are so many good things..."
Robyn Walther McCullem
"By far one of the best Mexican restaurants I have been to. The service was a little slow but they where supper busy and our waiter was very..."
Angela Caruthers
"We have made this our “ go to” for a few years now- never disappoints.. congenial staff, great food. Oh, reasonable prices, too. We’ve had as..."
Jim Matteson
"Came from Illinois to visit our son, he suggested we go to Las Margaritas for the best Mexican dinner in town! He was right. Great food at a..."
Jeff Underhill
"Delicious food and the staff was friendly. We are new to town and when we asked where we should go for Mexican food, everyone said “Las..."
Ashley Burk Switzer
"Once again, Las Margs delivers an absolutely delicious lunch! Best Mexican cuisine in Columbia! Highly..."
Nate White
"My daughter and I stopped over to have a drink and appetizer on the patio yesterday. The weather and view were beautiful. The appetizer was..."
Toni Little Barnes
"Ordered arroz margaritas to go and was full of chicken, shrimp and steak!!! Best mexican food in Columbia by..."
Eddie Umfress
"Order the expensive premium margarita. You only need one! Love this..."
Heather-Leigh K. Ba
"It's my first time eating Mexican food. My son eats hamburgers very well. The combination of meat and vegetables is very good and delicious. I want..."
LEE'S PAPA
"The food was decent not mind blowing authentic. The atmosphere was great, seems this is the place where people go to drink margaritas and hangout...."
David Langkiet
"This was our first time eating dinner at a restaurant in 2 years. Since it was nice outside we decided to try this place and sit on the patio. When..."
Tricia Duff
"Came here with a few colleagues to celebrate their graduation. Service was great and good was good enough. I especially enjoyed the margaritas..."
Sharon Murza
"Great service, lovely view outside on the patio, and amazing food and margs. I would definitely..."
Jen B (Jae)
"The food was good and fresh. The menu had some unique items. Inside was very big and nicely decorated. It was very loud though, since they had..."
Lindy Herbel