La Cita

4.4
222 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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
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Phone number
(856) 375-2194
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
BYO Wine, Gluten-free Menu, Takeout
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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cita, as always, was marvelous! Food is exceptional!

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HB
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to La Cita a number of times, and it never disappoints. Although it has been awhile since we were last in, that is only because we think of going often as we are driving by - and it's obvious the parking lot and restaurant look full. We remembered OpenTable and made a reservation and BAM! it was just a great as we remembered, and the place really does get full quicly. For a small cafe, they turn out authentic and delicious Mexican food quickly and it is plated nicely. Service could not be better - from clearing empty plates, refilling water glasses and checking to see you are happy - it was a great experience all the way around. Of note: I tried the soup special, Lamb, not knowing what to expect. It was a light red base, slightly spicy, with ground lamb and chickpeas (or garbanzo beans if you prefer) in the broth. Flavorful and left me wanting more!

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LP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cita is frankly one of the best restaurants period. the food is so good. I have yet to find something on the menu i don't like. AMAZING

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R
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

always a reliable favorite of our friends and family. A hidden gem

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M
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I've previously given La Cita a great review, and I continue to come here fairly often, but one thing that I don't like about La Cita is the inconsistency in what's included. For example, the complementary chips and salsa are always a gamble; sometimes you get them, sometimes you don't; some tables get them, some tables won't. Or another example: with the steak entrees, sometimes it includes a jalapeno pepper, more often not (though the menu lists it in the description).

The food is great, so it keeps me coming back, but hopefully they can be more consistent.

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LI
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

La Cita was great; we would go again. The food was amazing.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and reasonable priced for lunch!

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P
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First time going to this very authentic BYOB restaurant. My spouse ordered the 5 tacos and shared one with me. I am a fan of tacos de lengua and it was prepared great here. Also tried cactus salad seasoned perfectly. I ordered the soaps de marcosios, a seafood soup. It was loaded with seafood and very tasty. I would recommend this little gem but only if you want the real deal; it’s not a Mexican fast food joint.

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m
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and wonderful service! We will be back!

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KP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good delicious! Wait staff friendly and just an overall cool place! The Slow Roasted Yucatán Pork and the La Cita combo app were excellent this visit! Never change, La Cita....never change!!

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Growing up in Southern California, and living in Texas for 3 years I believe I know my Mexican food. La Cita is the best Mexican I have had in both South Jersey, and Philadelphia. If you looking for authentic Mexican this is the place to go. My father-in-law lives in North Jersey, and says it's the best Mexican in New Jersey period. You must have their tamales, and their supreme nachos.

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SD
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent authentic food! Wonderful staff too! Good size portions. Would definitely recommend and will be back!

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GB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. Great value for this awesome BYOB.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was just OK, long wait & my daughter's meal came out 15 minutes after the family got served. In all fairness it looked like they were short staffed. Not my favorite for Mexican cuisine.

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d
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

love la cita! Dine there often. The staff an food always good. Small quaint surroundings with authentic delicious food.

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d
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I have been here a couple times before and liked it from my previous experiences. It is a BYO, food always decent. I made a later reservation to let them know someone was coming. There were two tables when we arrived. One left shortly after we ordered. Someone else came in and ordered after us but got his food first and was out the door soon after we just started eating. I would say the food took about 35-40 to arrive. We even had to ask about it because they checked a few times if we were okay but no mention of why the food was taking so long. The place was no busy so unsure why it took so long. Neither of us were in love with the food. No issues with the food. Tasted good but didn't seem like it was their best showing. I potentially return but next time someone asks me where to go for Mexican, I will mention La Cita but will mention my experience. I do like this place, just didn't have a good experience this time around.

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A
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super authentic and very good, prices are very cheap for the quality of food!

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AM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was not as good as usual, however, the service was non existent and food very slow to come out. Our waitress had to be flagged down and asked for everything. Not sure we’ll return.

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TK
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Mexican. Everything was delicious!!

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S
Philadelphia
270 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food that is well prepared and not swamped in cheese or canned salsa. They seem to cook as if in Mexico. Definitely worth a try. Guacamole is good.

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J
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was very slow despite having a reservation. Not friendly. Our appetizer was good. But it was nearly an hour later before our dinner came and our kids were starving. We tried to get their attention Several times to ask if they could at least bring the kids food out because it was fairly simple – nachos and quesadilla. But they would not make eye contact with us and didn’t stop by that entire time. When our food finally came, it was incredibly bland and some of it was overcooked. They never stopped back to check on us. We will most certainly not be returning – especially with so many other Mexican restaurants in the area.

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DG
Columbus
41 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious!

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S
Philadelphia
270 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a rare non-chain, family owned Mexican BYOB that serves food in the style they are in Mexico and not smothered in cheap cheese as other alternatives. It is small and service can be slow, but if you are not rushed for time we recommend you try LaCita. Great value for the money and the special daily menu additions this year have been consistently delicious.

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LP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ok...hands down BEST MEXICAN FOOD EVER and anywhere...including MEXICO!

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CH
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little place for authentic Mexican food.

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PK
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Authentic food but Not your ordinary faire. Really good!!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Waited 30 minutes to get our drinks, almost 45 min for a plate of Nachos, but our main entrees came out almost 5min after we ordered them. The food, while sounding interesting on the menu, is highly disappointing and dissatisfying. You can get better authentic Mexican by learning and cooking the receipies yourself at home.

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LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious!!!!! Friendly staff. Highly recommended for authentic Mexican food. Will definitely go back.

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MM
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful food! Everything was delicious and so fresh!

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BF
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We have dined here several times and were very surprised by our unhappy experience last night. When we arrived we were not greeted by anyone for almost 5 minutes because every employee was in the kitchen. The restaurant had only two other parties in the dining room so it was not because it was busy. When someone did come out they never apologized for the wait and acted very disinterested in service in general. We know this is not normally how we are treated here so I'm hoping it was just an "off night". We waited an excessive time for each of our courses to arrive and although our appetizer was prepared incorrectly no one came out of the kitchen to ask about it so we just ate it as it was because we were hungry and didn't want to wait longer for some food. When we mentioned the error to the waitress when she cleared the dish she just shrugged her shoulders and walked away. The rest of the meal was prepared correctly but did take an excessive time to arrive -especially considering that by that time we were the only people left in the restaurant. We did observe that this was also a change from our previous visits - normally the restaurant is pretty crowded on a Friday night- so maybe this decline in service and indifferent attitude has hurt their business. I hope not as we had previously enjoyed the restaurant but I think we won't be in a hurry to go back :(

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B
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small, authentic and delicious.
Bring a bottle of wine or beer and prepare yourself for a great dinner.
Reservations are very helpful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was dry and bland. Worse tacos I have ever had. I am a from Texas and this was horrible.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food. Good ambiance!

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D
Atlantic City
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First but not last time eating here.. the food was very enjoyable and nicely presented! Had a good time!

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C
Philadelphia
107 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We had a wonderful entrée. Try the shrimp molcajaeta - a lava bowl full of molten spicey cheese with large shrimp. It’s perfect for a cold night. It’s served with tortillas, rice, beans and avocado .

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was excellent, very authentic! Service was great! I will definitely be going back!

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CM
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed this restaurant. The outside is not very impressive but as soon as you walk in, you feel warm and welcomed. Friendly service, good food, good prices, and great atmosphere.

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SE
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been meaning to try La Cita for a long time. I was delighted that every table was full, so I'm glad I had a reservation.

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is authentic and marvelous. The service is excellent. Highly recommended.

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D
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Growing up in California, and living in El Paso, TX, when I was younger I feel like I know Mexican. La Cita is authentic, and misting importantly delicious. The only Mexican my family eats in both South Jersey, and Philly, and the best around.

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