La Mexica on The Strand Guide

Mexican and Latin food lovers in Tauranga and surrounding areas can enjoy a wide range of delicious and authentic Mexican food at the La Mexica on The Strand which is overlooking the water front. The restaurant is located at 109, The Strand, Hamilton, Tauranga in New Zealand, close to the coast.

The Bay City Cinemas, Harbourside City Backpackers, Tauranga Domain and Tauranga District court are located in the vicinity of the venue. Cameron Road, Durham street and Grey street are some of the roads near the restaurant. The restaurant is open from 10 am in the morning to 3 am on all days of the week. So with such late night opening it’s your one-stop party and pokies gaming venue in Tauranga city.

About the La Mexica on The Strand 

The cantina can be hired for holding a wide variety of functions like birthday parties, engagement functions, hen nights, reunions, work gatherings or business meetings. It has a tequila room for hire and the area in front or rear can also be used for staging the function. One of the main advantages of using the cantina is that the function room can be hired at no change, and there is also no minimum spend required to hire the room. The cantina can accommodate up to two hundred people at a time for functions, though arrangements will be made for smaller groups of 10 to 15 at the venue.

For groups hiring a room for their function, a tapas menu with drinks and nibbles can be arranged. The restaurant has a license for alcohol till 3 am, making it ideal for late night functions. For other groups a three course menu can be arranged. Depending on the requirement a vegetarian, gluten free or dairy free menu can be provided.

Additionally margarita tasting, mixing lessons and salsa lessons can be arranged for the groups. A DJ will also be provided at no cost. It should noted that the cantina is booked 4-6 weeks in advance for functions on Saturday during the peak season of September to February.

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The Food and Menu at La Mexica on The Strand 

The kitchen at the venue is open from 11.30 am to 8.30 pm and offers a wide range of Mexican dishes. Some of the dishes are tacos which are six inch flour tortillas with pico de gallo. Different types of tacos are beef, pork, chicken, fish, vegetarian, prawn.

Also available is Mexican ceviche, which is a classic ceviche with fresh fish cured in jalapeno and lime juice. Beef, pork and chicken sliders are served with slider bread, aioli and cold slaw. Customers can have calamari which is a deep fried squid on a bed of enslada. Tortilla chips can be had with different salsa dips like guacamole, tequila, picante.

Other items on the menu are chicken wings, potato fritas, chimichanga a type of tortilla, jalapeno poppers, a small Mexican platter, fajita, a platter with vegetables, steak, prawns, chicken, mixed, pork ribs steak, dripotle burito, Mexican slaw salad, Mexican steak, quesadillas.

Some of the sides are fries, picante, salsa, tortilla, guacamole, ensalda, rice and beans. Desserts are churos, chocolate cake, knickerbockers glory and banana chimichanga.

This venue is very kid friendly and special deals can be had for the little ones on select days.

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Best Happy Hour on the Strand in Tauranga

On Fridays, there is a great happy hour between 3 pm and 7 pm, when drinks are available at a lower rate and it’s the best happy hour on the Strand Tauranga.

Pokies and Gaming at La Mexica Cantina Tauranga

This venue has 18 pokies to play plus a TAB for a few bets. It’s a popular pokies gaming venue in Tauranga.

Opening hours

7 Days from early to very late (about 3am).


Phone 3-547 7336


Map and address

La Mexica Cantina and Restaurant
109 The Strand, Tauranga, 3110, New Zealand

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