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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
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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Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015

I suppose that different people have different sizes of appetite, but portions here are always too large for me to finish. Many options for vegetarians. Ask for the hot sauces if you would like more spice.

Thank Historical_Travels
Colchester, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

We had a recommendation for this place, and whilst in the Nanaimo are for 3 nights, we felt we had to go and see for ourselves. We were not disappointed. Delicious food and amazing margaritas. I hope to be back!!

Thank moono1
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

I read the reviews about Gina's and we went there fully aware. The food is very tasty and worth any lineup. Margaritas were very good as well. The lack of airflow and stifling heat inside the restaurant were uncomfortable after our day at the beach and we ate quickly and left. Improve the air and comfort and I'd give Gins's... More 

Thank tallones
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147 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

Found the food platter to be rather lacking. Not much food and it lacked something (can't put my finger on it). Further I thought the price for what you get to be rather high. Had a dinner at a mexican restaurant in Bellingham Washington recently and the comparison was startling - the platter contained more food than we could literally... More 

Thank billandwendy
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, Bill and Wendy. We assure you that our team does its best to provide freshly made food with locally sourced ingredients delivered with festive Mexican flavour and flair. We would be pleased to discuss this with you personally to allow us... More 

Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

I'd like to go back and try more of their food it looked really good. We had the nachos this time. The only thing I didn't like about it is that it was soo hot in there!! And the tables are small and close together. We will go back in the fall probably :) The enchiladas looked AMAZING.

Thank J S
Ladysmith, Canada
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263 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2015

We love this place. Real Mexican food, always fresh ingredients. Good size portions for the money, it is always worth it!

Thank fishingguy2015
Nanaimo, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

I've been patronising Gina's Restaurant since it first opened I think 25 years ago. It is my favourite restaurant in Nanaimo for so many reasons. In all that time I have never had a bad meal, no easy feat over 25 years. The food is prepared fresh everyday and not spicy unless you request that. The atmosphere is fun and... More 

Thank BarbaraBennett2015
Qualicum Beach, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2015 via mobile

I have visited Gina's multiple times over the years.. With friends, family and out with my husband. They have great service, very tasty food and an eclectic and fun atmosphere! I love the salsa, and the nachos, and the enchiladas... and pretty much anything I have tried. We live out of Nanaimo but if we were closer than we are... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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244 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

We were a group of five and we were generally satisfied with our dinners. The portions were good and the menu offered many choices. The coffee was fresh, the service attentive, but having been to Mexico a few times, I expected the food to taste more authentic and in my opinion, this menu was more "Tex-Mex". The complimentary fresh salsa... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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188 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

We always like to stop in Gina's when we pass through Nanaimo. It's easy to find and the food is always decent. The portions are huge, service is fast, friendly and efficient, and the view is outstanding. We showed up with a large party at dinner time and they were more than accommodating, even when we asked to all pay... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
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?