Cuisine type

  • Mexican,


  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Mexican Foods,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Throughout Vancouver there’s a yearning for more food options: healthier, more innovative, more sustainable. Since 2009, Bandidas Taqueria has been meeting this demand, providing a vegetarian menu with Mexican zest. If you’re looking for gluten-free alternatives, a vegetarian menu or just delicious, spicy fare, this is the place to go. Inclusiveness is part of the restaurant’s mission.

Owner Aiyana Kane hails from California, where there’s a rich tradition of Mexican cuisine; and with Bandidas, she and business partner Jackie Avery are bringing it north to a city not known for its Latin food options. Add a vegetarian focus, with vegan options for every dish, and you’ve got a winning combination. Situated on Commercial Drive at the corner of 12th Avenue, the restaurant has been a quick success, and it gains customers with each passing month.

Aiyana says that her core customer base is vegetarian and vegans, but as time has gone by Bandidas has been embraced by local residents of all stripes. The varied menu and down-home atmosphere are quite welcoming — and having heaping portions of nachos on the menu doesn’t hurt, either.

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This vegetarian Mexican joint is a big hit with burrito experts. Even devout meat-lovers should give this Commercial Drive eatery a try. Bandidas’s creative flavour combinations are incredibly tasty, and the prices are great for the portion sizes. Try the Ronnie Russell burrito: roasted yams, pumpkin seeds, purple cabbage, guacamole, black beans, salsa and cheese. Que rico!

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Bandidas is a popular vegetarian Mexican joint on Commercial Drive. They serve some of the best brunch in town – think eggs Benny with cornbread, guacamole, roasted yam and potato hash and pinto beans. Kids will love everything from the menu to the art on the walls to the toy area.

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