La Cita

4.5
394 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 394 people are saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KellyM
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
2 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
5 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
7 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
40 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.

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Mika
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I will be back for sure! Appetizers were really Great

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JoseO
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, authentic food!! Service is fast and the staff is extremely friendly.

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Kimmmmm
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The excellent food makes up for any flaws in location/service. Parking is difficult. I’ll definitely order takeout from here in the future.

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KyleM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and authentic , not chain like prepared and tasting

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vipPatrickC
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a beautiful outdoor dining experience. Food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waited over an hour and never received food

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Hilltop
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Not chain restaurant food.
Great service.
Friendly & accommodating staff.

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KatieZ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at La Cita after driving by numerous times and wish I stopped in sooner! Amazing food; taste was exceptional and all the dishes going to other tables looked and smelled fantastic. Ample food given for the price points. Ambiance is great for a girl’s night or a date night.

COVID measures are in place, reduced occupancy, mask wearing required, and tables spaced appropriately apart. Felt completely comfortable removing my mask to scarf down some tacos.

Order ahead and get takeout if preferred; call to find out what empanada filling of the day is. Tamales were spectacular, highly recommend along with the corn on the cob.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Waitress was not very attentive. She removed most of the food from the table before I could place it in the to go box she brought to the table. The food was delicious though.

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barbaraj
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was outstanding.

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KeithH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience1

Food was incredible, service was very good, the restaurant was not very nice. Wobbly tables with uncomfortable chairs. Run down looking. Prices were a little high for a run down restaurant. But, again the food was really excellent.

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zdragon
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly employees. Highly recommended.

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vipTerri
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.
The staff was very accommodating on a busy Saturday night. We had reservations for 4 and 2 were running 15 minutes late and they seated us. The service and food were excellent!

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dantran1010
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was amazing the specials were special to say the least the service was phenomenal as well we are definitely going back to and at this point this is our number one Mexican go to!

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vipMichaelH
Memphis/West TN
18 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The service was really good and tables were spread apart. We love Mexican food - we are from Texas. However, the food was not quite as tasty as we are used to. We have tried many restaurants in the area and are still looking for one that is more Tex-Mex.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice quiet place, friendly staff. Food was well presented and really good , I have a Paella . Plus is BYOB restaurant, don’t forget your bottle of wine or 6 pack of beer

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DnG2013
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Love this place never disappoints. Love the menu and staff is always attentive.

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Hoss
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First timer - food was delicious! We will definitely return.

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vipaudbenrnc
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is our favorite and the best. We've taken multiple friends and family and they all love it. Stay strong during this mess, we need you.

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JackieT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice little byob. Good Mexican food. Very small building but they did a good job keeping the tables 6 feet apart and disinfecting for covid. Thought the prices were a little high but I have no problem paying that to keep small businesses open . We will definitely back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican in a quiet atmosphere.

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vipScottM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Mexican food in South Jersey served by exceptionally friendly staff.

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 4.5 stars by 394 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.