La Penca Azul

★★★★☆
  • 1440 Park St

    Alameda, CA 94501

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  • 510-769-9110

About La Penca Azul

Hours
Daily 7am-3am

Food

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I love, love, love the food here. I could drink their salsa as it soooo good. The service is always top notch. After being a frequent patron for the past 12 years ( Both La Pinata & La Penca Azul) I can honestly say I am still in love

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★★★★★

I love, love, love the food here. I could drink their salsa as it soooo good. The service is always top notch. After being a frequent patron for the past 12 years ( Both La Pinata & La Penca Azul) I can honestly say I am still in love

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Some of the best Mexican food around this side of the bay. They also have a food truck on High at the service road!!

4
★★★★☆

Some of the best Mexican food around this side of the bay. They also have a food truck on High at the service road!!

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So, the chips and salsa are really good here, and the atmosphere is fun...

The service was slow throughout the whole meal. It took a long time for us to order, and a long time to get the check. Then, it took a long time to get them to take the payment for the check - over 15 minutes before they took our cards.

I ordered the vegetarian chimichanga. The menu said the veg option would be full of onions, zucchini, etc. It was mostly just rice inside (which I already had on my plate) . There were itty-bitty pieces of veggies, but it was nothing like I was expecting.

All of the food we ordered was standard Mexican-American fare. Pretty good but nothing unique - and in huge portions.

One of my dinner companions got the hamburger. A strange place for a burger, I know - but he said it was pretty good.

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★★★☆☆

So, the chips and salsa are really good here, and the atmosphere is fun...

The service was slow throughout the whole meal. It took a long time for us to order, and a long time to get the check. Then, it took a long time to get them to take the payment for the check - over 15 minutes before they took our cards.

I ordered the vegetarian chimichanga. The menu said the veg option would be full of onions, zucchini, etc. It was mostly just rice inside (which I already had on my plate) . There were itty-bitty pieces of veggies, but it was nothing like I was expecting.

All of the food we ordered was standard Mexican-American fare. Pretty good but nothing unique - and in huge portions.

One of my dinner companions got the hamburger. A strange place for a burger, I know - but he said it was pretty good.

Pros: Good chips and salsa, nice atmosphere, half orders are HUGE!

Cons: "vegeterian" choice is rice, disorganized service

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A great place to hang out with a bunch of friends or take your special little lady to. Their food is amazing. I always get the Steak Fajitas. I've made it a personal mission to try all 200 tequilas they serve before the end of 2009. I'll keep you guys posted on that.

2
★★★★☆

A great place to hang out with a bunch of friends or take your special little lady to. Their food is amazing. I always get the Steak Fajitas. I've made it a personal mission to try all 200 tequilas they serve before the end of 2009. I'll keep you guys posted on that.

Pros: Great food, Great Service, Great Environment

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Tequilas are what *really* make dining at La Pinata special. Not many Mexican places have that many tequilas--and a staff that knows something about most of them. And their selection expands as they find new high-quality products; their recently added "Hacienda de los Diaz" is a flavor to remember; the best 'reposado' I have ever tried.

With respect to food and other aspects of the Pinata experience: this is a place whose biggest problem is its high quality; the quality brings large crowds, which can (but doesn't always) make for erratic service and other customer-volume-related unpleasantries. These flaws are more than canceled out by the portion sizes and the fact that LP is open past midnight on weekends!

2
★★★★★

Tequilas are what *really* make dining at La Pinata special. Not many Mexican places have that many tequilas--and a staff that knows something about most of them. And their selection expands as they find new high-quality products; their recently added "Hacienda de los Diaz" is a flavor to remember; the best 'reposado' I have ever tried.

With respect to food and other aspects of the Pinata experience: this is a place whose biggest problem is its high quality; the quality brings large crowds, which can (but doesn't always) make for erratic service and other customer-volume-related unpleasantries. These flaws are more than canceled out by the portion sizes and the fact that LP is open past midnight on weekends!

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Won't go back anytime soon. Music is so loud you have to yell to be heard across the table. Asked if music could be turned down so we could have conversation and was told no... food is good, but you can hardly carry a conversation here.

3
★★★☆☆

Won't go back anytime soon. Music is so loud you have to yell to be heard across the table. Asked if music could be turned down so we could have conversation and was told no... food is good, but you can hardly carry a conversation here.

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I have been to this La Pinata many time as it is really close to my house and most of the time the food and service are great. However, a few times that I have gone the service has been terrible; the waiter bringing the wrong food, hair in my boyfriend's enchilada, the wrong drinks, etc.

4
★★★★☆

I have been to this La Pinata many time as it is really close to my house and most of the time the food and service are great. However, a few times that I have gone the service has been terrible; the waiter bringing the wrong food, hair in my boyfriend's enchilada, the wrong drinks, etc.

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This La Pinata by far has the best service. I have been to hayward and san leandro but over both would have to reccomend alameda. The waitress are super friendly and everyone makes sure you get everything that you want and need.

Wonderful food as well. One of the best mexican restuarants in this area

5
★★★★★

This La Pinata by far has the best service. I have been to hayward and san leandro but over both would have to reccomend alameda. The waitress are super friendly and everyone makes sure you get everything that you want and need.

Wonderful food as well. One of the best mexican restuarants in this area

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I go here every once in a while. It's very busy and the bartenders are only nice to their friends, it seems.
The drinks are strong, however, and tasty.
The food is average. I do like the whole fried fish.
Don't order the micro-waved nachos and flautas that turn to rubber shortly after being served.
The place is packed every night and day.

1
★★☆☆☆

I go here every once in a while. It's very busy and the bartenders are only nice to their friends, it seems.
The drinks are strong, however, and tasty.
The food is average. I do like the whole fried fish.
Don't order the micro-waved nachos and flautas that turn to rubber shortly after being served.
The place is packed every night and day.

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I have never had a bad dish at La Pinata III. Nor have I had a bad drink. The service is quick, the food is delicious, and the atmospher is fun. For those of you who swear by menudo for a hangover cure then this is a must. The burritos are filling and the margarita's come in large and small. It's always a good time at La Pinata III.

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★★★★★

I have never had a bad dish at La Pinata III. Nor have I had a bad drink. The service is quick, the food is delicious, and the atmospher is fun. For those of you who swear by menudo for a hangover cure then this is a must. The burritos are filling and the margarita's come in large and small. It's always a good time at La Pinata III.

Pros: Good food, good people, good value

Cons: Always a wait

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We got much better service at the locaiton in Fremont & didn't have to stand in a crowded hallway for an hour for a table.

1
★★★☆☆

We got much better service at the locaiton in Fremont & didn't have to stand in a crowded hallway for an hour for a table.

Pros: good food

Cons: CROWDED! with nowhere to wait for your table when it's busy

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This place is always packed. The food is average, but the margaritas are the best in town. The bar is very comfortable and a nice place to eat dinner. Especially if you want a late meal.

PROS: hours
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4
★★★★☆

This place is always packed. The food is average, but the margaritas are the best in town. The bar is very comfortable and a nice place to eat dinner. Especially if you want a late meal.

PROS: hours
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Good variety of really good food and a vast selection of Tequila and other drinks.
Service is good, the place is usually packed on the weekends so be prepared for long wait times, so try for reservations. While you wait you could stop by the taco bar and order a drink and snack. Browse their cool collection of Tequilas. Samples are available from the drink menu.
Parking is sometimes a challenge, and their Nopalitos on the breakfast menu are canned or out of a jar, tastes preserved. They previously used fresh cactus, what happened. Tacos at the bar are overpriced .

PROS: Good breakfast, chicken soup, location, & good size drinks.
CONS: Nopalitos not fresh, parking,

4
★★★★☆

Good variety of really good food and a vast selection of Tequila and other drinks.
Service is good, the place is usually packed on the weekends so be prepared for long wait times, so try for reservations. While you wait you could stop by the taco bar and order a drink and snack. Browse their cool collection of Tequilas. Samples are available from the drink menu.
Parking is sometimes a challenge, and their Nopalitos on the breakfast menu are canned or out of a jar, tastes preserved. They previously used fresh cactus, what happened. Tacos at the bar are overpriced .

PROS: Good breakfast, chicken soup, location, & good size drinks.
CONS: Nopalitos not fresh, parking,

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Don't ask for a menu. You don't need it. LIsten up kiddo's all you have to say is "one Famoso please". That's right the "Famoso" burrito is the size of a human head and if you finish it you will experience the "famoso sweats". For an extra buck I recommend asking for carne asada.
For under $7.00 you get pure happiness. Tell them T-BONE sent you and you may get seated quickly.

2
★★★★★

Don't ask for a menu. You don't need it. LIsten up kiddo's all you have to say is "one Famoso please". That's right the "Famoso" burrito is the size of a human head and if you finish it you will experience the "famoso sweats". For an extra buck I recommend asking for carne asada.
For under $7.00 you get pure happiness. Tell them T-BONE sent you and you may get seated quickly.

Pros: Inexpensive, Quick Service, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Parking can be tough, Get's crowded

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When the chips and salsa are addicting - you know anything on the menu will surely win you over. Generous portions of consistenly delicious food in a spacious atmosphere with fast and friendly service are all reasons why this place is an absolute crowd pleaser. And those crowds do flock so plan on getting there a little early.

2
★★★★★

When the chips and salsa are addicting - you know anything on the menu will surely win you over. Generous portions of consistenly delicious food in a spacious atmosphere with fast and friendly service are all reasons why this place is an absolute crowd pleaser. And those crowds do flock so plan on getting there a little early.

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we live in alameda. we go here once or twice a week. sometimes theres a 10 minute wait when its busy.sometimes its a bit noisy.the food is consistently good,basic fare. last nite i tried a 'special' entree.it was so-so.my best advise...stick with the basic items.enchiladas,combo dinner,dont get fancy. they do the basics well, and the special entrees are so-so.its not a gourmet restaurant.its good basic mexican.my margarita last nite was ok,not potent.my date was ok, a little dull around the edges.(smiles)

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★★★★☆

we live in alameda. we go here once or twice a week. sometimes theres a 10 minute wait when its busy.sometimes its a bit noisy.the food is consistently good,basic fare. last nite i tried a 'special' entree.it was so-so.my best advise...stick with the basic items.enchiladas,combo dinner,dont get fancy. they do the basics well, and the special entrees are so-so.its not a gourmet restaurant.its good basic mexican.my margarita last nite was ok,not potent.my date was ok, a little dull around the edges.(smiles)

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My husband and I lived in Alameda for 4 years and ate at La Pinata at least once a week, if not more often. It was a mainstay especially when we had our first baby - the take out is just as good as eating in the restaurant! Chips and salsa are incredible. The fajitas are to die for - they are so big you could never finish it in one setting. I could get about 3 meals out of one order. They have onions, peppers, tomatoes, lots of cilantro - it's making me hungry just thinking of it! And the rice and beans are amazing! The hours also are great - 7 AM to 3 AM, so anytime you're hungry - you're all set!!!

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★★★★★

My husband and I lived in Alameda for 4 years and ate at La Pinata at least once a week, if not more often. It was a mainstay especially when we had our first baby - the take out is just as good as eating in the restaurant! Chips and salsa are incredible. The fajitas are to die for - they are so big you could never finish it in one setting. I could get about 3 meals out of one order. They have onions, peppers, tomatoes, lots of cilantro - it's making me hungry just thinking of it! And the rice and beans are amazing! The hours also are great - 7 AM to 3 AM, so anytime you're hungry - you're all set!!!

Pros: Great hours, Incredible food

Cons: Crowded on weekends

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Great value for the food you get. Quick and good service. The chips and salsa are excellent.

2
★★★★☆

Great value for the food you get. Quick and good service. The chips and salsa are excellent.

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This place is fabulous. The food is delicious and the drinks are plentiful. It is my fave mexican place, and I am picky!

2
★★★★★

This place is fabulous. The food is delicious and the drinks are plentiful. It is my fave mexican place, and I am picky!

Pros: inexpensive, good parking, local spot

 

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