La Perla Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 734 South 5th Street

    Milwaukee, WI 53204

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  • 414-645-9888

About La Perla Restaurant

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Sun-Thu 11am-10:30am, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

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We took our daughter there to celebrate an event and it was a big disappointment. First they wanted to seat us in a back room all by ourselves. The room was freezing cold. We got a table in the main dining area (bar) which was at least warm and there was activity.

Service was super slow and indifferent. The chips for the salsa were stale. Food was OK but nothing special. Our daughter wanted the fried ice cream for desert and they were out of it. She got regular ice cream but we were still charged for the fried version. Refiles on the diet soda where $2.50 each. Don't think I saw that anywhere else. We used a Groupon coupon and still spend over $40 for 2 adults and 1 child. That was with a $20 discount! No alcohol either!!

I would say don't bother. There are plenty of other options within walking distance with much better food and service for the same or less money.

1 star is being generous.

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★☆☆☆☆

We took our daughter there to celebrate an event and it was a big disappointment. First they wanted to seat us in a back room all by ourselves. The room was freezing cold. We got a table in the main dining area (bar) which was at least warm and there was activity.

Service was super slow and indifferent. The chips for the salsa were stale. Food was OK but nothing special. Our daughter wanted the fried ice cream for desert and they were out of it. She got regular ice cream but we were still charged for the fried version. Refiles on the diet soda where $2.50 each. Don't think I saw that anywhere else. We used a Groupon coupon and still spend over $40 for 2 adults and 1 child. That was with a $20 discount! No alcohol either!!

I would say don't bother. There are plenty of other options within walking distance with much better food and service for the same or less money.

1 star is being generous.

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Good Food! Me and my entire family go there to eat. Very good Tasting. Food is a bit pricy but overall very good. And dont forget have a good Mexican beer with your meal!!

5
★★★★★

Good Food! Me and my entire family go there to eat. Very good Tasting. Food is a bit pricy but overall very good. And dont forget have a good Mexican beer with your meal!!

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We had a party of 7 and made reservations at least a couple weeks in advance, and we still had to wait for an hour n 1/2. We were practically shoved into a back corner/closet kind of thing. The food was good, but I've defineetely have had better. This is like a college kid restaruant, and not for people looking for a decent meal

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a party of 7 and made reservations at least a couple weeks in advance, and we still had to wait for an hour n 1/2. We were practically shoved into a back corner/closet kind of thing. The food was good, but I've defineetely have had better. This is like a college kid restaruant, and not for people looking for a decent meal

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OK, The 2 most wonderful women in my life
and I want to sit on the roof top. She came up
out of breath...we were ready to order. Guac, cheese
Ques, and Mango Salsa. 45 min for a wait. Margs were
Neon green. Never going again. We knew that
Botanas would be better but tried. Never again!

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★☆☆☆☆

OK, The 2 most wonderful women in my life
and I want to sit on the roof top. She came up
out of breath...we were ready to order. Guac, cheese
Ques, and Mango Salsa. 45 min for a wait. Margs were
Neon green. Never going again. We knew that
Botanas would be better but tried. Never again!

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Food is just okay. This establishment makes its money on the Margaritas (they are good). There are better places for Mexican, but this place has an energy that I enjoy. The tortilla soup is really good. I like lunches here better than dinners.

2
★★★★☆

Food is just okay. This establishment makes its money on the Margaritas (they are good). There are better places for Mexican, but this place has an energy that I enjoy. The tortilla soup is really good. I like lunches here better than dinners.

Pros: Fun environment; great margaritas

Cons: Food is just okay

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When I moved from Chicago to Milwaukee one of the things I told everyone I would miss was the great Mexican food. I would have to say that at least 9 out of 10 people I asked for a recommendation said "go to La Perla, it's the best!"... So eager to try Milwaukee's best I went... the food was pitiful at best. The atmosphere was a like a frat house and the Margaritas were watered down. Now to be fair, maybe I'm just too old for this place considering I am out of college for almost a decade now... but for me I won't be back nor will I probably ever go back to any of the places at 5th & national...if you not just trying to take care of your pre frat party needs and your over 24 yrs old, do yourself a favor and pass on this place and go to Cempazuchi instead.

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★☆☆☆☆

When I moved from Chicago to Milwaukee one of the things I told everyone I would miss was the great Mexican food. I would have to say that at least 9 out of 10 people I asked for a recommendation said "go to La Perla, it's the best!"... So eager to try Milwaukee's best I went... the food was pitiful at best. The atmosphere was a like a frat house and the Margaritas were watered down. Now to be fair, maybe I'm just too old for this place considering I am out of college for almost a decade now... but for me I won't be back nor will I probably ever go back to any of the places at 5th & national...if you not just trying to take care of your pre frat party needs and your over 24 yrs old, do yourself a favor and pass on this place and go to Cempazuchi instead.

Pros: low prices

Cons: Everything else, Bad food, bad service, rude crowd, dirty tables...need I go on?

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Had a great time! Loved the atmosphere, food and service. Can't wait to go back! I am new to Milwaukee and some people from work took me there. Tuesdays' may be La Perla night!

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★★★★★

Had a great time! Loved the atmosphere, food and service. Can't wait to go back! I am new to Milwaukee and some people from work took me there. Tuesdays' may be La Perla night!

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Best time -- busy place but worth the wait. best margaritas and excellent combo platters. new bar attracts great crowd. I had only been there for lunch before; dinner was awesome and a lot of fun to sit, drink and watch the different scenes. then plenty of food to take home for breakfast.

2
★★★★★

Best time -- busy place but worth the wait. best margaritas and excellent combo platters. new bar attracts great crowd. I had only been there for lunch before; dinner was awesome and a lot of fun to sit, drink and watch the different scenes. then plenty of food to take home for breakfast.

Pros: good food. great service. everyone having good time

Cons: crowds

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I have passed this place couple of times and it seems to be crowded all the time. so i ASSUMED the food must be good. What a mistake !!!
I ordered some roast pork dish. When I got the dish I didn?t even feel like eating anything else for the whole day. The supposedly Roast pork looked white in color then they have added a gravy which was yellowing in color. Yeiks !! it was horrible. White colored meat in yellow source ?????
My boyfriend took a bite out of my dish and he didn?t want to continue. His dish however was below average however edible.
Will never go to this place

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★★☆☆☆

I have passed this place couple of times and it seems to be crowded all the time. so i ASSUMED the food must be good. What a mistake !!!
I ordered some roast pork dish. When I got the dish I didn?t even feel like eating anything else for the whole day. The supposedly Roast pork looked white in color then they have added a gravy which was yellowing in color. Yeiks !! it was horrible. White colored meat in yellow source ?????
My boyfriend took a bite out of my dish and he didn?t want to continue. His dish however was below average however edible.
Will never go to this place

Pros: Large portians (if you can eat bad food that is)

Cons: Bad presentation of food, bad taste, cannot be categorized as Mexican

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This is not mexican food. If you want mexican food, try "Azteca" or "Botanas," but don't expect to get anything mexican from La Perla. This joint mostly caters to the suburban crowds too fearful of the South Side to venture very far from what the television tells them is mexican cuisine. In fact, I'd say La Perla fails even by a Chi-Chi's standard. The tables and seating are crowded, there is no shelter from the cold winter air that fills the restaurant each time the door opens, and the table tops are too small to accomodate the troughs La Perla uses to serve the function of a plate. Pop a Lean Cuisine in the micro and play some Thalia and you'll have a more authentic experience at home.

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★★☆☆☆

This is not mexican food. If you want mexican food, try "Azteca" or "Botanas," but don't expect to get anything mexican from La Perla. This joint mostly caters to the suburban crowds too fearful of the South Side to venture very far from what the television tells them is mexican cuisine. In fact, I'd say La Perla fails even by a Chi-Chi's standard. The tables and seating are crowded, there is no shelter from the cold winter air that fills the restaurant each time the door opens, and the table tops are too small to accomodate the troughs La Perla uses to serve the function of a plate. Pop a Lean Cuisine in the micro and play some Thalia and you'll have a more authentic experience at home.

Pros: Everyone knows about it, because La Perla does TONS of advertising.

Cons: The food is disappointing, the atmosphere is creepy and not enough tequila can distract me from the fact this is a gringo version of Mexican.

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EVERY ONE TALKS ABOUT LA PERLA. WELL I DECIDED TO TRY IT MY SELF. OH NO!! NEVER AGAIN YOU WAIT FOR MORE THAN 1 HR TO BE SEATED. ITS NOT REALLY FAMILY ORIENTED MAYBE IF YOU ARE INTO GOING OUT FOR SOME DRINKS "STANDING UP" LA PERLA IS THE PLACE BUT NOT FOR YOU LITTLE ONES.

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★★☆☆☆

EVERY ONE TALKS ABOUT LA PERLA. WELL I DECIDED TO TRY IT MY SELF. OH NO!! NEVER AGAIN YOU WAIT FOR MORE THAN 1 HR TO BE SEATED. ITS NOT REALLY FAMILY ORIENTED MAYBE IF YOU ARE INTO GOING OUT FOR SOME DRINKS "STANDING UP" LA PERLA IS THE PLACE BUT NOT FOR YOU LITTLE ONES.

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Excellant authentic Mexican. Some unique dishes not found elsewhere. If you like seafood, one of the few Mexican restaurants with good Mexican sea food dishes. Service is great. Very busy, but not overly crowded since the outdoor dinning.

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★★★★★

Excellant authentic Mexican. Some unique dishes not found elsewhere. If you like seafood, one of the few Mexican restaurants with good Mexican sea food dishes. Service is great. Very busy, but not overly crowded since the outdoor dinning.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

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thanks LaPerla. Love your new dishes. the new rooftop patio is beautiful too. I'll be bringing my girlfriends back again this weekend!

2
★★★★★

thanks LaPerla. Love your new dishes. the new rooftop patio is beautiful too. I'll be bringing my girlfriends back again this weekend!

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The salsa is extremely mild and the place looks like a fast food restaurant. The food is not very good either.

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★☆☆☆☆

The salsa is extremely mild and the place looks like a fast food restaurant. The food is not very good either.

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La Perla used to be an outstanding restaurant, full of charm and delicious, hip Mexican fare. The restaurant burned in a fire, however, and took some time to rebuild. We went back there recently and were surprised how bad the food had become. The service was spotty, the salsa was terrible, and the entrees were poorly balanced and barely palatable. We've heard similar reports from other long-term La Perla diners, and, regrettably, the joke is that the chef must have died in the fire.

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★☆☆☆☆

La Perla used to be an outstanding restaurant, full of charm and delicious, hip Mexican fare. The restaurant burned in a fire, however, and took some time to rebuild. We went back there recently and were surprised how bad the food had become. The service was spotty, the salsa was terrible, and the entrees were poorly balanced and barely palatable. We've heard similar reports from other long-term La Perla diners, and, regrettably, the joke is that the chef must have died in the fire.

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La Perla has been around so long it seems to have made people jealous that it keeps attracting great crowds, puts out high quality service and food and works really hard to come up with the best and most innovative ways to promote themselves and our city.

I and the hundreds of people who eat there every day and week HIGHLY recommend it for what it is ---a great place to take a date, a family or a large group for an amazing time.

Ride the pepper or their shuttle or sit on the patio by the fireplace. You'll love it just like we do!

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★★★★★

La Perla has been around so long it seems to have made people jealous that it keeps attracting great crowds, puts out high quality service and food and works really hard to come up with the best and most innovative ways to promote themselves and our city.

I and the hundreds of people who eat there every day and week HIGHLY recommend it for what it is ---a great place to take a date, a family or a large group for an amazing time.

Ride the pepper or their shuttle or sit on the patio by the fireplace. You'll love it just like we do!

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The food was very good. The service ruined the experience for me. I felt like the staff could hardly wait for me to leave, so they could seat someone else at my table. If you are going out to eat and not socialize, this is the place for you. I feel that La Perla is merely a cash cow and nothing more.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food was very good. The service ruined the experience for me. I felt like the staff could hardly wait for me to leave, so they could seat someone else at my table. If you are going out to eat and not socialize, this is the place for you. I feel that La Perla is merely a cash cow and nothing more.

Pros: good food

Cons: noisy, bad service, crowded

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Ordered their "SUPER" drink with dbl Jose Tequila & Gran Marnier(sp???). It was fair, but nothing like the ones we used to get at PJ's Sports Bar in Reno,NV. The shrimp soup was SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

Ordered their "SUPER" drink with dbl Jose Tequila & Gran Marnier(sp???). It was fair, but nothing like the ones we used to get at PJ's Sports Bar in Reno,NV. The shrimp soup was SUPERB!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: Food, Service, ParkingDrinks Weak

Cons: , Drinks Weak

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Beware seekers of the best mexican foods - this place is trendy in atmosphere but only average in tastes. If you're looking for good-looking trendy people enjoying good drinks (the drinks are good - but you're in Milwaukee, there are dozens of places for that) then you'll be happy here. And it is not that the food is bad, it is just nothing special and it is a little steep for the quality.

If good food is your main priority then pass this place up and go to one of the "less pretty" places right around the corner or down the street.

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★★★☆☆

Beware seekers of the best mexican foods - this place is trendy in atmosphere but only average in tastes. If you're looking for good-looking trendy people enjoying good drinks (the drinks are good - but you're in Milwaukee, there are dozens of places for that) then you'll be happy here. And it is not that the food is bad, it is just nothing special and it is a little steep for the quality.

If good food is your main priority then pass this place up and go to one of the "less pretty" places right around the corner or down the street.

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La Perla's original margaritas are the best I've had anywhere. A real adult drink!

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★★★★★

La Perla's original margaritas are the best I've had anywhere. A real adult drink!

Pros: reasonable prices, good food, the best margaritas

Cons: parking, parking, parking

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it's an ok place. not a place to go to celebrate. i'd say u go there if u r busy or something. Foodwise i had better at El Rey.

2
★★★★☆

it's an ok place. not a place to go to celebrate. i'd say u go there if u r busy or something. Foodwise i had better at El Rey.

Cons: parking, crowd, service

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After being seated outside on the "patio" which we had specifically asked not to be seated in, we froze outside throughout the night. The food served looked like it might have tasted good, had it been served hot. The waitstaff was very friendly, unlike those who greeted us. But the mood of everything was ruined by all of the young children that were seated around us.

1
★★★☆☆

After being seated outside on the "patio" which we had specifically asked not to be seated in, we froze outside throughout the night. The food served looked like it might have tasted good, had it been served hot. The waitstaff was very friendly, unlike those who greeted us. But the mood of everything was ruined by all of the young children that were seated around us.

Pros: waitstaff, inexpensive, margaritas

Cons: slow service, food quality

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Avoid eating at La Perla if you're in pursuit of *real* Mexican food. I'm a Texas resident and a married-into member of a Mexican-American family. This food is NOT representative of Mexican food.

The sauces are heavy on tomato paste and salt. They lack flavor or creativity and reminded me of my mom's "hotdishes" (casseroles for the non-Minnesotans).

Skip La Perla and come on down to Texas (or West St. Paul).

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★☆☆☆☆

Avoid eating at La Perla if you're in pursuit of *real* Mexican food. I'm a Texas resident and a married-into member of a Mexican-American family. This food is NOT representative of Mexican food.

The sauces are heavy on tomato paste and salt. They lack flavor or creativity and reminded me of my mom's "hotdishes" (casseroles for the non-Minnesotans).

Skip La Perla and come on down to Texas (or West St. Paul).

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La Perla's atmosphere will make you feel like you are in Mexico enjoying their fine cuisine. The ambiance is very relaxing after a long day at the office and the decor is, well, rather sexy. All of this and you probably do not even have to pay with a credit card. Rummaging around in your purse or wallet will be enough to foot this bill.
And remember, don't forget to ride the red pepper and have your picture taken before you make your way back to the car.

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★★★★★

La Perla's atmosphere will make you feel like you are in Mexico enjoying their fine cuisine. The ambiance is very relaxing after a long day at the office and the decor is, well, rather sexy. All of this and you probably do not even have to pay with a credit card. Rummaging around in your purse or wallet will be enough to foot this bill.
And remember, don't forget to ride the red pepper and have your picture taken before you make your way back to the car.

Pros: atmosphere, inexpensive

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I was skeptical the 1st time I ate @ La Perla. I was amazed @ the quality of the food and low price. The atmophere is fun and inviting. La Perla quickly became one of my mot favorite retaurants in Milwaukee.

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★★★★★

I was skeptical the 1st time I ate @ La Perla. I was amazed @ the quality of the food and low price. The atmophere is fun and inviting. La Perla quickly became one of my mot favorite retaurants in Milwaukee.

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yep... it was crowded and noisy, but I had a good time and enjoyed my food... the drinks were good too! oh, and the service was pleasant.

2
★★★★☆

yep... it was crowded and noisy, but I had a good time and enjoyed my food... the drinks were good too! oh, and the service was pleasant.

Pros: Good Food & Drinks, Fun Atmosphere

Cons: Gets pretty crowded, & Noisy

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Dined with friends as a celebration. Give me a break! The place was overcrowded, noisy, cramped, and the food was terrible! We were seated on the "patio" in plastic furniture. The wait staff kept bumping my friend in the head when they passed by. The person clearing the table was rudely reaching across us while we were dining...it was just a horrible experience. I won't ever go back to waste money on food that awful!

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★☆☆☆☆

Dined with friends as a celebration. Give me a break! The place was overcrowded, noisy, cramped, and the food was terrible! We were seated on the "patio" in plastic furniture. The wait staff kept bumping my friend in the head when they passed by. The person clearing the table was rudely reaching across us while we were dining...it was just a horrible experience. I won't ever go back to waste money on food that awful!

Pros: None!

Cons: Bad food, Bad service, Too pricy for quality

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La perla is the perfect place to go with family or friends for great food and drinks. The staff is friendly and always on top of things. This is one place you will never leave hungry. The portions are big and the chips never run out. If you're looking for authentic mexican food and a great time La Perla is the place to go.

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★★★★★

La perla is the perfect place to go with family or friends for great food and drinks. The staff is friendly and always on top of things. This is one place you will never leave hungry. The portions are big and the chips never run out. If you're looking for authentic mexican food and a great time La Perla is the place to go.

Pros: great food, great prices, huge portions

Cons: waiting

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My friends and I went to La Perla for dinner before going to Summerfest. The service was slow, the food wasn't very good and the margarita's were watered down. We sat on the patio and as we walked through the restaurant to leave, I was suprised by the noise in the dining room. I don't know how anyone was able to carry on a conversation. I was very disappointed and won't go back.

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★★★☆☆

My friends and I went to La Perla for dinner before going to Summerfest. The service was slow, the food wasn't very good and the margarita's were watered down. We sat on the patio and as we walked through the restaurant to leave, I was suprised by the noise in the dining room. I don't know how anyone was able to carry on a conversation. I was very disappointed and won't go back.

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advertising can do a lot. and kudos to this restaurant for bringing plenty of crowds to the south side. but c'mon.... the food is mediocre. the place is very crowded. the margaritas are poor. pass on this place. head over to acapulco, tres hermanos or La Fuente

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★★★☆☆

advertising can do a lot. and kudos to this restaurant for bringing plenty of crowds to the south side. but c'mon.... the food is mediocre. the place is very crowded. the margaritas are poor. pass on this place. head over to acapulco, tres hermanos or La Fuente

Cons: mediocre everything, long lines

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I had heard good things about La Perla from many people, so I decided to give it a shot. Boy, was that a...

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I had heard good things about La Perla from many people, so I decided to give it a shot. Boy, was that a...

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La Perla doesn't even come close to La Fuente or Botanas. Their food is so so. Sometimes it's hot,...

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★★☆☆☆

La Perla doesn't even come close to La Fuente or Botanas. Their food is so so. Sometimes it's hot,...

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La Perla used to be one of my favorite restaurants but it's gone downhill. It used to be this little whole...

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★★★☆☆

La Perla used to be one of my favorite restaurants but it's gone downhill. It used to be this little whole...

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La Perla has emerged as a kingpin of some of the great Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. Much advertising on various local buildings has caused the word of mouth. Sometimes you may have to wait, but it is worth it. There is less wait

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★★★★☆

La Perla has emerged as a kingpin of some of the great Mexican restaurants in Milwaukee. Much advertising on various local buildings has caused the word of mouth. Sometimes you may have to wait, but it is worth it. There is less wait

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I decided to go to La Perla Restaurant since it is so widely advertised on the radio. It seems like a rather run down, ad hoc, place. I ordered a soda and a burrito. My burrito was soggy and it wasnt very tasty albeit a bit spicy. I

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★☆☆☆☆

I decided to go to La Perla Restaurant since it is so widely advertised on the radio. It seems like a rather run down, ad hoc, place. I ordered a soda and a burrito. My burrito was soggy and it wasnt very tasty albeit a bit spicy. I

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I decided to go to La Perla Restaurant since it is so widely advertised on the radio. It seems like a rather run down, ad hoc, place. I ordered a soda and a burrito. My burrito was soggy and it wasnt very tasty albeit a bit spicy. I

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★☆☆☆☆

I decided to go to La Perla Restaurant since it is so widely advertised on the radio. It seems like a rather run down, ad hoc, place. I ordered a soda and a burrito. My burrito was soggy and it wasnt very tasty albeit a bit spicy. I

 

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