La Cita

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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!

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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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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

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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

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vipStepsite
Philadelphia
332 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful family owned restaurant that makes tortillas and other meal items by hand. Not a smothered in cheese place but one that provides vibrant tastes through well-prepared products. You can bring your own wine/ tequila and you’ll save even more.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for your input, we hope to see you again.

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vipScottM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This is a great Mexican restaurant where the food is the highlight. It's a small space and the ambience is humble, but the food raises above it all with some of the best Mexican food in the area.

Don't miss out on the Churros for dessert.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for dining with us, and we hope to see you again.

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JudyfromSouthJersey
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy this restaurant. The food is delicious and the servers are warm and wonderful.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

La Cita is authentic Mexican! Always a great meal!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for dining with us!

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vipankledoc
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday. Chose only small plates and were delighted with delicious flavors with nachos, guacamole, quesadillas and tacos. We ended with a dessert that was mouthwatering. Service was impeccable and our server was even able to find champagne flutes for our toast!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much for choosing to dine with us, and we are very glad you enjoyed it.

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vipDebraK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely authentic Mexican cuisine with many vegetarian options. Service was attentive and informative. The La Cita sampler was delicious !! A neighborhood gem!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much!

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vipScottG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Not good at all

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

I am sorry you felt this way and we assure you we will take this as advice on improving our business.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really good

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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JodiZ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is our 2nd time dining at La Cita. The best authentic Mexican cuisine in the area coming from foodies. Our only disappointment this time was that we made a reservation and they didn't have a table for us. After waiting 15 minutes for a table they squeezed the 3 of us into a table for 2. They did provide complimentary nachos and guacamole for our inconvenience. We will be back and hope the reservation works better next time.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are so sorry about this inconvenience and we will try to prevent this from happening in the future, and hope you will continue to dine with us.

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Hilltop
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Good food, many choices, reasonably priced, and excellent service. Will definitely go again.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much, we look forward to seeing you again!

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vipNikkiman
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always awesome! Food is delicious and the servers are attentive.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much!

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NatellaZ
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience1

You feel like you are in a sardine can. There is very little room between small tables. However, the food is good so you might want to go get take out.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are so sorry about this but we hope you continue to enjoy our food.

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vipStepsite
Philadelphia
332 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another wonderful meal at this non-chain, family operated restaurant. We had the La Cita sampler which was as amazingly delicious as the special pork empanada (home made!!). We could have stopped dinner there but split a chicken and shrimp frajita. We visit often and they keep giving us more reasons to return!!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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

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vipKasha
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Server was very nice and helpful. Everything was fresh and very good tasting

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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vipStevenG
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time there. Guacomole was good but a bit heavy on cilantro. Server asked if I wanted soup or salad with my meal, so I thought it was included. Found out when the bill came that the soup was extra. Mole sampler was okay. Sauces were tasty. Chicken was a bit dry. Would have liked to have more with it than just the beans and rice, like cheese and lettuce maybe. Wife had taco sampler and found them tasty but also a bit dry. No cheese. No salsa or any sort of sauce with them. Fresh corn tortillas were delicious. I would go again and try something different.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for dining with us and we are sorry for any inconvenience with your food. We will take this review into consideration when making our food, and hope you have a better time next time.

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Michelle
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Will definitely return. Friendly server, food was delicious and came out pretty quickly.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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vipFredZ
Philadelphia
83 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great. Everything I have ever ordered here was great. The people are very nice.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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Rhonda
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was really good but it takes a long time to get.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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Mazie
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful meal at La Cita. We will definitely be back. Friendly service. Lively crowd.

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Responded on March 29, 2020

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Grace
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! Authentic! Amazing service! Excellent BYOB!

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Responded on March 29, 2020

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mcmpim
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Food is good but service is beyond poor. Made a reservation for a party of 5 for dinner. When we arrived our server looked annoyed and confused. She proceeded to slam a chair at the end of a table for 4, I pointed out the chair is in the isle of a small restaurant and would not be acceptable. This only increased her sour face. She proceeded to punish us by serving parties that arrived after us, we waited for over an hour for our food and when we did get it ,it was cold. By then I was done and asked to take my dinner home. I noticed that other tables had there orders boxed and wrapped in the kitchen and placed in a plastic bag. Our table,she brought the box out and had us box it ourselves. The family that joined us for dinner was horrified and asked that we not suggest this place again ( it was there first experience here and clearly there last) 😢

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are so, so sorry about all the inconveniences. We will take all this into consideration and we will try very hard to make our business better. We are so sorry about everything that happened when you dined with us. Thank you for telling us about your experience and we will do everything to make sure it does not happen again.

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MichaelG
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've driven past La Cita more times than I can count but have never looked into eating there. After finally deciding to check it out, I'm just sorry that I didn't go years ago. It's a very small place, so I highly recommend making a reservation. We did and when we walked in, they had a table ready and waiting for us. It's nice to see a restaurant that honors it's reservations and doesn't just treat them like call-ahead seating requests.

After you sit down, they bring you some tortilla chips with beans on them and 2 thin salsas, one hotter than the other. This was my one disappointment since I don't like beans. I would have preferred chips with the beans on the side. However, for free, I can't complain too much.

We ordered a tamale and empanadas for an appetizer. The tamale had nice size chunks of pork in it. The empanadas aren't on the menu, but were a special the night we were there. They were cheese filled with the lightest empanada dough I've ever had. I hope they're on the specials menu again the next time I'm there!

For dinner, we shared 2 dishes. First was the "Fiesta Mexicana," a combo of grilled skirt steak, a chile relleno, and floutas. Every bit of it was delicious. The steak, in particular, tasted like it had been grilled over an open fire. Second was a platter of enchiladas. We got them with the rojas sauce and tried one beef, one chicken and one cheese. They were all quite good, but the cheese is still my favorite as it usually is at any Mexican restaurant.

On their website, they advertise that they want you to feel like family. The friendliness of the staff and the authentic Mexican food that tastes home cooked manages to live up to this goal. This will definitely be our go-to local Mexican place from now on!

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much for your input! We look forward to seeing you again. We are so glad that you enjoyed our food.

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EmilyH
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food! The chips and guacamole are among the best I’ve had. Very kind and attentive wait staff, and great overall vibe.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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NonniToni56
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit after all these years; certainly will return soon. Food very authentic and delicious.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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mcmpim
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Went to restaurant week with a girlfriend for dinner and we both enjoyed our meals very much. Not your typical menu which is a plus. The only warning I will give is,it is tight seating and it can get loud. Also, we were a bit neglected as they were also serving large parties and seemed to spend a lot of time and attention on regulars. So service needs a little work but the food is top notch

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

We are sorry and we will work on the service. However, we hope to see you again. Thank you for your input!

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vipKristiP
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu for Cherry Hill Restaurant Week! Friendly service and creative meal presentation - our favorite neighborhood place.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

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Monja
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

My wife and I were there for Restaurant Week. We each tried different things and shared. Everything was delicious. Our server was extremely pleasant. We were there around 4pm and the food took a while to come out, but worth the wait.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you for your input! We will try to deliver the food faster.

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vipdiningout
Philadelphia
79 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Been here a few times and some experiences were better than others but this visit was enjoyable. Service was good and food hit the spot. I especially like the taco sampler (5 tacos for $13). Don't love the raw onions on each of the meat tacos but still good.

La Cita
Responded on March 29, 2020

Thank you so much and we hope that your next experience is better.

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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 4.5 stars by 322 OpenTable diners.

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