La Cita

4.6
416 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
"La Cita" the meaning for "a date" is exactly who we are! We are a great place to enjoy great food, family and friends. Our traditional delights are made from scratch including our pastries. If you have never tried our "Molcajetes" which are served on a hot lava rock with chicken, shrimp and steak with our housemade chipotle, or our Plato Placero which is served with chorizo, spiced pork, chicken and salted beef, you are missing something special! We are a BYOB establishment, so feel free to bring your favorite bottle! Come meet our family and enjoy our tradition!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 416 people are saying
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vipayackle
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at La Cita - loved that the menu had traditional Mexican dishes along with some unique and seasonal specials. It’s byob so I felt like we had a great meal for a great price. I saw some people complained about wait times in prior reviews, but everything was running quickly on a busy Saturday night with friendly service.

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vipjules
Philadelphia
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Service was much better, the wait wasn'tas long - they seem to do a lot of take out business ehich interferes with guests dining in. Food is great, we celebrated my daughter's birthday.

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MelissaS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Food was dry. When asked for Tres

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vipmoish
Philadelphia
155 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Appetizer was good, ordered skirt stead for my wife, this and tasty, i ordered snapper with veggies, it came with skin on, curled up with the skin on the inside, difficult to get the meat off of the skin and enjoy the fish, not my cup of tea. Not in a hurry to go back.

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vipSinigirl
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistent and delicious!

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vipjules
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food is amazing however we waited over an hour for our food which was frustrating. They had a lot of take out orders to fulfill but wish we had have known prior. Food is very tasty and it saved the night

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing authentic Mexican food with the best hot sauce!

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KTMLZL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We have been here two times in the last month. The first was better than the second but not excellent by any means. There is only one waitress and she also has to handle takeout orders. So the service was slow. Food was better the first time. Second time was tasteless, and over cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time here. Yareli pwas so sweet & friendly. She made great recommendations. Everything was absolutely delicious! We’ll go back again to try the other dishes.

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JenniferS
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

No seasoning to the food. Wasted $100 on dinner for 3. Took 2 hours to get food and eat. Won't go back.

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vipFoodieDeb
Philadelphia
168 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh food. Love that it’s BYO

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AnthonyT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic food, clean and pleasant atmosphere, was very happy experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
14 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very loud but very good!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food wish they had booze

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vipYatinK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and amazing service. Great place.

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vipFoodieDeb
Philadelphia
168 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding! Great service. The three of us ordered different meals and we were raving about all of them! Can't wait to go back and try more.

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BonnieN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious real Mexican food. Fresh ingredients, skillfully prepared.

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vipDnG2013
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always fabulous and service is always great!

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vipStepsite
Philadelphia
344 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here at least 150 times prior the pandemic and just returned to the area after a year away. Our return meal was fantastic. This family-owned restaurant stays true to its roots by serving traditional Mexican cuisine. It’s prices are reasonable and it is BYOB. The ceviche was delicious and the guacamole is always a standout. We had a shrimp empanada special that was elevated. We both had red snapper, one from the standard menu and one a special. We thoroughly enjoyed both - with came with a salad or soup as well as sides of black beans and rice. Our server was very nice and attentive. Just simply another very nice dining experience at La Cita.

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vipJesh
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, service was a little slow but for the taste of food wait was worth.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great value for your money! The service was amazing! Our waitress came to our table regularly to check on us and was very attentive. Guacamole and enchiladas were great, and the churros were the best I’ve ever had. I have never been here before and will definitely be back.

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herbk
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food
Excellent Service
Excellent Value
Excellent Parking Lot

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KellyM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

La Cita never disappoints! We’ve had several celebrations there and the staff is always very accommodating. The server took the cake I brought for my father and sliced it up in the kitchen- very helpful! I highly recommend them and appreciate their restaurant tremendously.

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vipElizabethB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was super fresh and tasted excellent.

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vipSaulB
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

All good except the meat in the fajita was loaded with FAT.

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SandyL
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! Food was absolutely delicious and servings plentiful. Enough for leftovers the next day! We had the sampler for an appetizer, 2 taco samplers, enchilada and 2 fajitas. I loved the vegetable assortment with my fajitas and they were perfectly cooked - as was my steak. Margarita mixer is so good - especially if you like the tartness of fresh squeezed lime. We sat outside and they have a very nice set up. Will definitely return.

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RacqelP
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a girls night out there on 5/30/21 and we had the BEST TIME EVAH!!!! The food was spectacular, atmosphere perfect and the staff were attentive, pleasant and just all around amazing!!! I will be going back with my family and this will become our fave go to restaurant. I can't recommend it enough!! Oh, the fresh margarita mix that may make there was off the chain!!!

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vipmichaela
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Best Mexican food in the area. Delicious Guacamole wit homemade chips. Have to order the pickled habanero. It adds a nice kick to your meal. So delicious.

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Shellbell
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and so was the service. Will definitely go back soon!!

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LYDIA
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sample plates allows for a variety of authentic flavors to share! Great fun for date night!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so accommodating and friendly during my visit. They were very courteous and the food was authentic and amazing to say the least. I was very satisfied and full from the Birria tacos. This place is a must try. Its good to have authentic spots with Top Tier food and Customer Service! Will be back!

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carmen234
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was fresh and definitely worth the wait!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Mother’s Day and last minute reservations they accepted us in food was amazing definitely will return

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JW1225
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Be prepared to walk at least a block as there is next to no parking. The restaurant itself is small, with about 8 tables crammed together, (so much for social distancing), with seating for about 20 or so inside. We showed up on time for our reservation and with most of the diners just starting or in the middle of their meals they could not provide us with a wait time. They did offer to seat us outside however since it was in the low 50's, windy, with off and on rain we declined and left.

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vipaudbenrnc
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our absolutely favorite Mexican restaurant. All food homemade and fresh, no chain restaurant nonsense here. Wait staff is helpful and courteous. Love the homey atmosphere

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Great authentic food!! Nachos and empenadas are a must!
Margarita mix made perf margaritas!🍸

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LisaG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The margarita base is perfect! Nice option for a byob. The Pollo Encanto was fresh and flavorful. Will definitely order again. The pace was great. We were not rushed through our meal.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I moved from the Las Vegas to South Jersey, and so far every Mexican restaurant I have been to has been pretty disappointing. My husband and I decided to try this place, and I am very happy we did.

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vipStevenG
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here many times and this was another great experience. Delicious food. Good service. And I love the outdoor seating area. I hope that remains long after COVID is gone.

One suggestion is that I would love if they could add nutritional information to their menu for those of us who are interested in that stuff.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Cita using the Order Online button. La Cita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 375-2194.

La Cita is rated 4.6 stars by 416 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.