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La Cita

4.7
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350 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 350 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.6
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4.4
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4.7
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vipRichardK
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

excellent mexican food and a superb mexican shop next door that is worth a visit!

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LisaD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place will come back again and again!!!!

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DebbieG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to be back! Insanely good food and a great new outside spot.

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LynnM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time !! Server was very helpful. The food was great. I want to go back soon and try something else.

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vipKimfoodie
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, but took a long time, and wasn't very hot. Guacamole and chips were tasty. Overall we enjoyed it would come back.

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mimstrtek2
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great. I like my food a little more seasoned but the folks I was eating with said that traditional Mexican food is typically a little bland. They said it was delicious. I think it was pretty good. Convenient location, nice covid outdoor setup, great service and very good food. No complaints overall.

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anon
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The food was decent but nothing worth wild. Our waitress didn't speak any English and seemed to be confused about any questions we had. We waited almost an hour for food, and the food arrived cold and wrong.

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NikiK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

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Fiona
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the outdoor dining in the back. Very beautiful setting and easy with kids. The food is excellent.

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BarbaraA
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first time at La Cita and we loved it!!!!! Outside dining do to Covid, but we were the only ones there on a Wednesday night. It was my hubby's birthday and we couldn't have been more pleased. It took a very long time to get wine glasses, but I felt for the server who has to traverse the parking lot to get to the tables.
The food was outstanding and our server guided us with our choices so we could try a few different things.
Too much food, so enjoyed a great leftover lunch today. I can't thank them enough. We will be regulars.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Great service and very nice outdoor setting with tent and beautiful flower boxes.

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vipDarcyD
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and the food and service are always outstanding. We love the outside dining area.

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ReginaldB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed the food; authentic Mexican food. We ate outside under a tent due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The staff was attentive and ambiance was comfortable. It’s BYOB for alcohol and I recommend insect repellent when dining in the evening.

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JenniferC
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal this evening. The waitstaff was very attentive and polite. The food was great, truly authentic Mexican food.

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LauraK
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our experience at La Cita. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. We will definitely eat here again!

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Cartay
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our only vomplaint was that dessf pite havi g reservadd tions and empty table we were not acknowledged or seated in a timely fashio .As someone handicapped with limited mobility this was as n issue. Oh, safety¹ procedures regarding Covid was outstanding(although menu must be scanned & iij would not have known how to do this if my daughter were not there,l.
Food and portions were great. SERVER WAS VERY PLEASANT. IT WAS A NICE OUTDOOR SETTING WITH MUSIC AND PLANTERS AS WELL AS LIGHTING. SO ALTHG TOGETHER IT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE THAT BEGAN POORLY. (SORRY CAP LOCK WENT ON)

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Authentic Mexican food. Lives up to its name and great oasis-like outdoor setting. Happy we tried it!

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vipNikkiman
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Cita has done a fabulous job adapting and overcoming the obstacles thrown at restaurants due to Covid 19. Safety precautions are followed and service was incredible, as usual. Actually, even more incredible as it is super hot outside and the wait staff is hustling! Masks worn, precautions taken, menu is scanned...

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vipGilH
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside in their new and improved space with beautiful planter boxes and lanterns. The food was especially good and we enjoyed the complimentary Sangria fruit.

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vipStevenG
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another great meal. We both tried items we haven't had here before and everything was delicious.

To be honest, the service was a bit below par this time but I believe they may have been shorthanded. Not a big deal at all but it wasn't as smooth or quick as on previous visits. Nothing at all that would keep us away from the fantastic food here.

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RyanK
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Was a very pleasant outdoor dining experience during the time of coronavirus. Quiet and nicely done. The food was good and service excellent. Will return.

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NikiK
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great out door experience. Friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A belated birthday celebration for a friend and I. We had a 6:30 reservation and it looked like they were a little unprepared but a table was eventually secured. Great service and food, so much delicious food. We shared the guacamole and fundido, both were very good. I had the taco sampler for my main course and my friend had a seafood dish. I only got to 2 of my 5 tacos and saved the rest. La Cita was very nice and brought a piece of tres leche cake out and the plate said happy birthday, such a nice touch! They even let us stay past our 90 mins reservation time! Great experience all around!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La cita is a gem. They built an outdoor garden area for dining. It is lovely. My family and I enjoyed their hospitality, service, and food.

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vipStevenG
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at La Cita. First time dining outside due to COVID. Their outdoor space is very nice back behind the restaurant so far from the street and traffic. I hope they keep it permanently.

Our server, Joely, was super nice and friendly and took good care of us.

The food was delicious. Flautas, tamales, enchiladas, chips, all of it. Everything was excellent from start to finish.

We highly recommend La Cita to everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I liked it. Al pastor tacos were legit.

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vipSteve
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best Mexican meals we've had in a long time. It was a hot day, but they did what they could by providing ample shade.

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CherryHillDad
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I ate at La Cita on Saturday night, March 14, 2020 as COVID-19 fears continued to spread. We emailed the restaurant to confirm that they had taken appropriate sanitizing precautions. After that, we decided to live "dangerously" and eat out, not knowing when we might get the chance again. We were very glad we went. The restaurant has a cozy interior. It is decorated in a traditional Mexican color-scheme. There were only 7 other guests in the entire restaurant. So as far as "social distancing" was concerned, we had no worries. We ordered an appetizer of guacomole and chips. It was great! The platter came with two side sauces that added to the flavor. My wife also enjoyed a pork taco appetizer (not on the menu)--also fantastic. My wife ordered the spicy shrimp and mussels entree and I had the chicken fajitas. We each had the side salad which came with a delicious dressing. Neither of us was disappointed with our entrees. In short, the food was excellent. We recommend bringing your own tequila or other adult beverage--wine or beer. You can order a virgin margarita ($4) served in a mason jar and then add the tequila. So BYOB is a plus. Once coronavirus has been contained, we will be back.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your input. We are very glad you have enjoyed our food. During these times we thank you so much for supporting our business, especially during these times, and we would like to assure you and any other loyal customers that our staff and kitchen are properly sanitized.

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vipheathers
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Cita is consistently delicious and the staff is excellent! The space is warm, cozy & inviting and the prices are very reasonable.
Recommend highly!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much, we hope to see you again!

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vipMomof4boys
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food. Reasonably priced. Small seating area

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DinerDude
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican Food in South Jersey. Was just there Saturday. The restaurant is small and I recommend making a reservation (I had one) as there was a line out the door. I have eaten there many times as well as take out and tried multiple dishes. I have never been disappointed. We even has someone who couldn't have flour....their tortillas are corn based so no issue here. I personally recommend any of the Lava bowls, Burritos, Carne Asada and seafood dishes. For apps the Nachos, Guac and Empanadas were fantastic. If you want a little bit of all, get the La Cita Sampler appetizer. Excellent friendly service. Very attentive and even though they were very busy, we were not rushed. A perfect blend of quality food and top service.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your input. We are very glad that you enjoyed dining with us and we hope to see you again.

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BigBob
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made Reservation for 7;30 for 6.. They over booked we had to go somewhere else to eat on a Sunday night.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are so sorry that this happened. We will put all our efforts so that this will not occur again. We apologize sincerely.

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jack
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was very good.
The only thing was they forgot to give us our salads.
Meal ended up being more expensive than we thought.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are so sorry and we will do our best to remember next time. Thank you for your input and we hope to see you again.

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food531
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our send time there. The food hands down is the best mexican we have had in our 6 years in NJ

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much and we hope to see you dining with us soon.

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vipmike1
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Authentic Mexican food , great staff. This is a little, local cozy BYOB. We have been dining there since they opened and it’s always consistently great...don’t change a thing!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much, hope to see you soon!

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vipStepsite
Philadelphia
332 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Just good food cooked from the heart by a family-run establishment.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere for a great price. The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. If you are looking for wonderful authentic Mexican food, this is the place to go!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much, we hope to see you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for your input!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I enjoy this restaurant plenty we love the food the people are really great nice and quiet atmosphere for any ocasión lunch,date etc..

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much!

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JJacobs
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great options. Both ordinary Mexican entrees and specials that were amazing!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for your input!

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FAQs

La Cita does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. La Cita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (856) 375-2194.

La Cita is rated 4.7 stars by 350 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.