La Palapa Grill & Cantina

★★★☆☆
  • 2710 Hammonds Ferry Rd

    Halethorpe, MD 21227

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  • 410-465-0070

About La Palapa Grill & Cantina

Hours
Mon. - Sat. 11:30am - 10:30pm;Sun. 11:30am - 9pm

Food

Food
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The best thing about this joint is the venue. Service is typically Columbia and the food is mediocre at best. Want some drinks?Great. Authentic Mexican food? Not. We had the Chips and Queso, which turned out to be so inauthentic that when I dipped a chip in, I could pick up the queso dish off the plate. Quite frankly, I wouldn't feed my dog at this place.

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★★☆☆☆

The best thing about this joint is the venue. Service is typically Columbia and the food is mediocre at best. Want some drinks?Great. Authentic Mexican food? Not. We had the Chips and Queso, which turned out to be so inauthentic that when I dipped a chip in, I could pick up the queso dish off the plate. Quite frankly, I wouldn't feed my dog at this place.

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This review is for La Palapa Too in Laurel. Soups were good, particularly the chili. The food is good, but a bit overpriced. The "specials" are particularly overpriced - I had the chicken mole - which was mostly an overbearing sauce over a rather sparse amount of chicken. Furthermore, the chicken was a bit fatty and not trimmed well. My wife's beef dish contained similar pieces of beef that were unnecessarily fatty. All the Mexican food standards (burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc.) are here and are above average, however refried beans and rice sides are rather bland. Salsa is not memorable - I have had better out of a bottle.

A major problem I had with this restaurant is they turned down my use of a coupon that they issued. I followed the instructions and met all requirements as printed, but its use was denied by the manager because only about half of my $50+ bill was for food. Management said that the coupon should state that the coupon was only for a food purchase, but it did not. This was embarrassing to me and to the server, who explained that there have been recent problems and complaints from other diners over this same coupon. After several emails, they have since offered to honor the coupon, so I give them credit for coming through in the end.

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★★★☆☆

This review is for La Palapa Too in Laurel. Soups were good, particularly the chili. The food is good, but a bit overpriced. The "specials" are particularly overpriced - I had the chicken mole - which was mostly an overbearing sauce over a rather sparse amount of chicken. Furthermore, the chicken was a bit fatty and not trimmed well. My wife's beef dish contained similar pieces of beef that were unnecessarily fatty. All the Mexican food standards (burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc.) are here and are above average, however refried beans and rice sides are rather bland. Salsa is not memorable - I have had better out of a bottle.

A major problem I had with this restaurant is they turned down my use of a coupon that they issued. I followed the instructions and met all requirements as printed, but its use was denied by the manager because only about half of my $50+ bill was for food. Management said that the coupon should state that the coupon was only for a food purchase, but it did not. This was embarrassing to me and to the server, who explained that there have been recent problems and complaints from other diners over this same coupon. After several emails, they have since offered to honor the coupon, so I give them credit for coming through in the end.

Pros: Mariachi band was nice...soup is good

Cons: Bland food, customer service, lacking high prices

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Food was below average, prices were unreasonable, service was so so, location is decent, ambience is ok, all in all not worth the trip. save your money and go somewhere else. Atleast you'll be happy you went out. FOod was so bad that they had to take it back twice. Once it wasn't cooked and I showed them non-cooked bloody chicken and the other time I saw hair in the food....ewww I had to leave after that....I still get nightmares from that night. The band on fri night is a joke, music was such a dump. Outside seating would be good only if chairs were not cheap..all plastic like the $2 ones from walmart. I've never had such a bad experience and I eat out almost every other day. You can check my other reviews.

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★☆☆☆☆

Food was below average, prices were unreasonable, service was so so, location is decent, ambience is ok, all in all not worth the trip. save your money and go somewhere else. Atleast you'll be happy you went out. FOod was so bad that they had to take it back twice. Once it wasn't cooked and I showed them non-cooked bloody chicken and the other time I saw hair in the food....ewww I had to leave after that....I still get nightmares from that night. The band on fri night is a joke, music was such a dump. Outside seating would be good only if chairs were not cheap..all plastic like the $2 ones from walmart. I've never had such a bad experience and I eat out almost every other day. You can check my other reviews.

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, food, prices all are BAD

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The food was above average. We had their burrito which was good but not my favorite. The margaritas were absolutely delicious. The price was just about right too. For the quality of food and atmosphere I would say it was a very pleasant dining experience. I recommend their top end Margarita as well. Very tasty....

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★★★★★

The food was above average. We had their burrito which was good but not my favorite. The margaritas were absolutely delicious. The price was just about right too. For the quality of food and atmosphere I would say it was a very pleasant dining experience. I recommend their top end Margarita as well. Very tasty....

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La Palapa has a large bar area and an equally roomy restaurant, with patio dining available in good weather. Their not-quite-authentic Mexican menu is extensive and everything is mouth wateringly good. There are often excellent cover bands, so you can eat your fill and move to the bar for some dancing. The drinks are worth the trip by themselves, especially the margaritas and mojitos. My favorite menu item is the chimichanga, but everything is excellent.

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★★★★★

La Palapa has a large bar area and an equally roomy restaurant, with patio dining available in good weather. Their not-quite-authentic Mexican menu is extensive and everything is mouth wateringly good. There are often excellent cover bands, so you can eat your fill and move to the bar for some dancing. The drinks are worth the trip by themselves, especially the margaritas and mojitos. My favorite menu item is the chimichanga, but everything is excellent.

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La palapa is a nice Mexican place, quite similar to El Azteca or Senor Toucan. However, on the evenings when the chef prepares his famous Borrego, then La Palapa rises to its true potential. Borrego is lamb shanks smothered in a delicious Guadalajara-style sauce. My only wish is that the Borrego was offered more often.

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★★★★☆

La palapa is a nice Mexican place, quite similar to El Azteca or Senor Toucan. However, on the evenings when the chef prepares his famous Borrego, then La Palapa rises to its true potential. Borrego is lamb shanks smothered in a delicious Guadalajara-style sauce. My only wish is that the Borrego was offered more often.

 

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