Cuisine: Mexican
Price Point: Mains from $15 - $35

Welcome to a taste of Mexico.

Fresh, authentic and seriously tasty Mexican food is served up in a colourful and vibrant atmosphere at La Mexica. There’s a private courtyard, spaces for large groups and cosy corners for more intimate dining.

From light bites to grande dinners, there’s something to suit all tastes. Try tasty tapas dishes like chimichanga (deep-fried flour tortilla burritos) or tacos with pico de gallo and a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian fillings.

For the main course, it’s hard to go past classic fajitas, quesadillas and burritos. But meat lovers must try the Mexican steak with corn and slaw salad or the delicious chargrilled pork rib stack. Little ninos are well catered for with a great kids’ menu offering quesadillas, pizza and nachos.

Don’t forget to check out La Mexica’s exciting programme of events, performances and salsa lessons.

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La Mexica Cantina & Restaurant
109 The Strand
Tauranga 3110

Open Hours:
Mon Tues: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed-Sun: 11:30 am - 8.30 pm

Phone: 07 928 0833
Website: www.lamexica.co.nz

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La Mexica Cantina & Restaurant
Location: Tauranga
Cuisine: Mexican
Mains: $15 - $35

Reviews

Kitrina Lendrem

Had a very nice meal. Well priced, delicious and nutritious. Left very full and satisfied

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Johann Schryvers

This place was a gem had the best tacos could not stop at one !! the jalapeño poppers fired up of taste buds and was washed down with the best passionfruit margarita will definitely be coming back

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Jill Gillespie

Quiet, rustic surroundings. Welcoming staff.

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Vicki Nogaj

We were made to feel very welcome and the staff tried to accommodate one person with Coeliacs disease; despite having a non-Coeliac friendly menu (this needs to be noted Gluten free options are available but nor recommended for Coeliac sufferers). The majority of our group loved their meals and the price was great value! They found out it was my husband's birthday and gave him a free dessert with a candle! A great experience overall.

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Staffs are very friendly and accomodating, food is great!

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Was very impressed with this place! Food was amazing, super flavour and most of all tasted great! We even order dessert cause who can say no to churros! Would highly recommend this place.

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I’ve had nachos at a lot of places... this place does the best nachos I have ever had!!! Seriously I want them again right now.
The rest of the food was also amazing. Definitely recommend eating here.

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Aimee Kennedy

Had a lovely time, our waiter was outstanding and even gave me a complimentary dessert for my birthday. Food was fab

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Carol Blackmore

Fantastic food, well presented, exceeded my expectations. Will definitely eat here again. Thankyou

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Robert Vance

food was great and service was amazing. glad we came out to dine!

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Great place to eat. Generous sized meals and fabulous margaritas!!

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Jasmine Pearson

We hosted an out-of-town visitor to dinner and he couldn't stop raving about the food. The portions are HUGE, and the food is colourful and fresh and delicious. Try the chicken wings, or one of the Mexican Slaw salads. The staff were also friendly and welcoming too throughout our meal. This is a great place to have dinner.

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Annette Otto

Booked to go on my birthday - My family are big eaters but real foodies so I was very scared that this will be disappointing to them. Wow, did they do a great job! I recommend the passion fruit margarita for something a little sweet to drink. Portions are H.U.G.E so be hungry! Fajitas, tacos, ribs, jalapeño poppers all are so good! You won’t make a mistake. My massive foodies will be the first to go back!

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Heather Parnell

A fun way of eating is the first thing that springs to mind. I am new to Mexican Dining and enjoyed how colourful, appetising and fun the whole experience was. For a starter I tried the Chimichanga. Wow!!! Piping hot, delicate yet crisp outside cut in half to reveal a tasty chicken mixture and a bowl of swirling tomato and cream sauce for dipping. Even though this was filling I couldn't resist trying the "Make your own Fajita' at the table. I went for a mixed grill which included vegetables, chicken, beef and prawns served on a sizzling platter. A board containing all the accompaniments such as black beans, coleslaw, yellow rice, the swirling tomato and cream sauce and the fajitas themselves came too, ready for me to construct my own. I loved the flavours. My partner started with Tortilla chips and Guacamole which was super creamy with a pleasant 'kick' to it. For his main he went with Chicken Nachos which were beautifully presented and super tasty. Generous quantities for sure. I musn't forget to mention the Margaritas we drank. Mine was berry, very flavoursome and the rim coated with sugar and cinnamon was sensational. My partner went for Passionfruit and that 'hit the spot' for him. The staff were very welcoming and attentive. It was a hot night when we went so sitting outside in the breeze with the buzz of the Strand and great food made for a very enjoyable dining experience. Thank You

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Kitrina Lendrem

Had a very nice meal. Well priced, delicious and nutritious. Left very full and satisfied

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Johann Schryvers

This place was a gem had the best tacos could not stop at one !! the jalapeño poppers fired up of taste buds and was washed down with the best passionfruit margarita will definitely be coming back

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Jenny Dawber

Awesome place to spend a leisurely lunch over the long weekend...friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, great views of the harbourfront and the food was brilliant; tasty and plenty of it! We'll definitely be back.

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Jill Gillespie

Quiet, rustic surroundings. Welcoming staff.

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Vicki Nogaj

We were made to feel very welcome and the staff tried to accommodate one person with Coeliacs disease; despite having a non-Coeliac friendly menu (this needs to be noted Gluten free options are available but nor recommended for Coeliac sufferers). The majority of our group loved their meals and the price was great value! They found out it was my husband's birthday and gave him a free dessert with a candle! A great experience overall.

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Carolyn Mooney

The service at La Mexica was warm and welcoming. The entrees - especially the prawn tacos - were divine! For my main, I had the chicken chimichanga, which was delicious. The only complaint is a very minor one: the margaritas could have done with a bit more blending! All in all, it was a lovely dining experience. Thank you.

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Staffs are very friendly and accomodating, food is great!

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Was very impressed with this place! Food was amazing, super flavour and most of all tasted great! We even order dessert cause who can say no to churros! Would highly recommend this place.

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I’ve had nachos at a lot of places... this place does the best nachos I have ever had!!! Seriously I want them again right now.
The rest of the food was also amazing. Definitely recommend eating here.

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We love Mexican food, I've been in Mexico a couple of times, so we know what to expect. Service was good. We ordered the Mexican platter (Great jalapeño poppers), pork ribs stack (not good), beef chimichanga (average). Drinks were REALLY good (good tequila)... The worst part, the churros. The churros were raw, really bad! We did not eat them, but we had to pay for them.... Not the best experience.

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Aimee Kennedy

Had a lovely time, our waiter was outstanding and even gave me a complimentary dessert for my birthday. Food was fab

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Niki Ririnui

The food was great, but we went for a lunch booking and the drink orders were a little slow since we only had an hour, plus there was a muddle with the bill which took a while to sort out but still a favourite.

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Carol Blackmore

Fantastic food, well presented, exceeded my expectations. Will definitely eat here again. Thankyou

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Robert Vance

food was great and service was amazing. glad we came out to dine!

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Great place to eat. Generous sized meals and fabulous margaritas!!

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Jessica McNeill

Great restaurant enjoyed my meal, awesome kids meals

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Jasmine Pearson

We hosted an out-of-town visitor to dinner and he couldn't stop raving about the food. The portions are HUGE, and the food is colourful and fresh and delicious. Try the chicken wings, or one of the Mexican Slaw salads. The staff were also friendly and welcoming too throughout our meal. This is a great place to have dinner.

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Annette Otto

Booked to go on my birthday - My family are big eaters but real foodies so I was very scared that this will be disappointing to them. Wow, did they do a great job! I recommend the passion fruit margarita for something a little sweet to drink. Portions are H.U.G.E so be hungry! Fajitas, tacos, ribs, jalapeño poppers all are so good! You won’t make a mistake. My massive foodies will be the first to go back!

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We had a great meal in a warm friendly environment.

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Great place to go. nice food, especially the pork ribs. definitely will recommend to all.

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Very fun place to dine. Great food. Very big portions. Awesome staff.

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Food was delicious! We went to a lunch time first table booking on a Wednesday, table of four. Restaurant was just opening so quiet. Took a while 30 mins for food to get to table but it was well worth the wait. Chicken Burito Yumo! Chef very friendly.

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Ngarui Grant

Awesome place to visit with great food, service, and atmosphere... even got given some discount vouchers for our next visit which was awesome

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Carlene Orr

food was fantastic and the service even better bring an appetite.
will definitely be back.

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Tania Ririnui

Great service & delicious food

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Great service this is the 3rd time I have booked a 1st table at LA Mexica. Service are so lovely and accomadating. We will be definetly be back thanks once again!!!

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Friendly staff, tasty food, prompt service: what a lovely way to spend an evening! A recently-discovered love interest (thanks, Tinder!) and I came in on Tuesday evening to commemorate our one-week friendiversary -let's face it, any excuse for food, right? It's the first time we'd eaten out together, and as such ordering was... complicated. Do we share? Do we order our own? Fortunately, the waiter was very patient, came over to check on us early on, but gave us plenty of time when we said we needed more, without leaving us wondering where the heck he was. Cool! Food arrived quickly, and it was DELICIOUS. We ended up sharing the starter platter and some vege nachos (neither of us are vegetarian, but let me tell you they are GOOD) both sharing starters, but neither of us left hungry. There were plenty more things on the menu I would have liked to try, but there's only so much one can shovel into one's mouth each day! Thank you again for a nice night out.

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Stewart Gauld

I booked my family in at La Mexica Cantina & Restaurant for my Dads birthday. I booked for four of us. The evening at La Mexica was AMAZING! The Mexican food was delicious! Everything was fresh, great value for money and the meals were large! We were all VERY hungry and the food came out very fast! To top off such a fantastic night at La Mexica, they surprised my dad with a chocolate mud cake for his birthday (free of charge)!!! We all highly rate the experience at La Mexica Cantina & Restaurant.

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We ordered way too much food as we expected small portions.
Fave on the menu has to be the tacos for sure. Very tasty and filling.

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Niki Ririnui

Great food, generous portions and gotta love those margaritas!

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Te Ara O'BRIEN

Awesome kai will visit again

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Our time at La Mexica was absolutley lovely. My cousins/work colleagues love to enjoy going out for dinner. Firstly the service were lovely and chilled. There were not many people in for dinner but they let us stay and enjoy a beautiful dinner. I would definitly be back not only because of the food but the ambience and how the staff were so accomadating.

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Stacey reeves

Great meal. Big portion sizes. I took the kids and they loved it. Nothing was too spicy will be going again for sure!

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Great restaurant. Good food and friendly staff.

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Jina Hudson-Grove

Great food, huge portions. Service was average though.

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Great experience. Service was excellent and meal was amazing. Meal portions very generous and full of flavor. Highly recommend.

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Kerry Thomson

I had the chicken quesadilla and shared a side of Patotas Fritas. Really tasty food, large servings and fabulous Margaritas to wash it all down with. Will definitely be going back there.

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The food here is amazing, mainly for the size of the meals, very generous. Unfortunately it was St Patrick's Day, so the pub next door had what they would call music, to us it was just noise. Spoilt the meal slightly, but that is not La Mexican Cantina's fault.
The service was laid back, we were approached for our order and we hadn't been given any menus. But we were happy overall and would consider dining again.

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Niki Ririnui

Lots of food options and generous portions, delicious too!

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Bernie Roodt

The staff at La Mexico were very accommodating with our request to have our meal ready when we arrived. We needed to be at a function by 6pm, and shortly after our arrival our meal was presented. The Mexican slaw salad was very tasty and there was plenty to eat on the plate! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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Naomi Tanner

Really nice evening

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Great menu, friendly and attentive staff, epic cocktails! We had the sliders, quesadillas, fajitas and churros. The fajitas arrived on a hot plate still sizzling! Thanks guys :)

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took the first table. food was just as expected really great. service was fast.

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Excellent service and delicious food. Will definitely visit again. Really appreciate the manager accommodating a change in our reservation due to circumstances beyond our control, most thoughtful. Thanks for a lovely evening

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Great Mexican fare and family friendly environment. The presentation of the food was excellent and our girls had a good selection on the kids menu. Will definitely go back again.

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Whare Ngatai

Beautiful meals. Very large servings. Nice, chilled atmosphere. Plus there were free Salsa lessons at 8pm! Weird but fun

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Jenny Dawber

Lovely location and yum food

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We really enjoyed our meal and the service was decent. My wife loved the tacos and kids enjoyed the nachos. I had the Mexican chicken salad which tasted nice and fresh. The churros were a bit dry, but were well presented. We will be back!

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Excellent food with amazing flavors and the service was perfect - we will definitely be back

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Kylie Stowe

Really great food, perfect place for Sunday night family dinner. We will be back!

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