La Cita

4.6
239 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!
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AK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were both excellent. we loved the La Cita appetizer sampler and las flautas with chicken. We were there to celebrate my son's birthday. The waitress was very friendly and attentive. For sure, we'll be back.

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KP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great for New Year’s Eve! Only wish that we could have ordered from everyday menu too. Delicious food.

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HG
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice neighborhood place. Authentic Mexican food at reasonable prices. BYOB.

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S
Philadelphia
279 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good food from a non-chain, real Mexican family. If you want cheese with some food under it, this isn’t your spot. If you want Mexican food, try this place! We have eaten here for over 4 years and highly-recommend LaCita.

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HG
Philadelphia
68 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice local place. Good food, reasonable prices. BYOB, but they have limes for your corona! Small, so probably warrants a reservation. We will definitely return.

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K
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Reservation was pointless since we still had to wait 20 minutes for a table BUT the wait was SO WORTH it!! The food was amazing and we’ll be back for sure! Authentic Mexican at reasonable prices!

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TO
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Creative dishes, perfectly prepared food. The '5 tacos' are great, like street tacos. The molcajete and the shrimp burrito are outstanding. Nice people, great food.

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N
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fabulous food! The servers are always accommodating and pleasant. Their tacos and enchiladas hit the spot... But there is so much more to their menu! When the Bronzino is on the menu, it's a must try and there are some incredible pork options! This is such a great family owned restaurant!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time!! It was wonderful! We will return!

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MG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent in every way! One of our favorite spots and we go out of our way to go there!

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JS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Despite its small size, La Cita serves great Mexican food!!

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G
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always! Amazing, authentic food. A great neighborhood restaurant.

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FH
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is good ! Solid authentic Mexican ... love the mole and the mocajete was so so good and savory !

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

My meal was not good this time, previous time were better. My tamal was dry and hard as if it was old, the meat platter was cold. Very disappointed.

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T
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Big disappointment for an OpenTable restaurant that was well-rated. I guess this is like when people rate McDonald's and Burger King as their favorite place to get a burger or Dominos or Papa Johns as their favorite local pizza shop. People like Mexican food and this BYOB suits their needs.

My table was clean, but was wet and smelled of bleach when they sat me.

Service (after the normal dinner hour when they were still busy) was slow. No approached for a beverage for awhile after being seated. When I ordered it, it didn't come and I had to remind the waitress who was apologetic. Food also took what I thought was a long time, considering I was dining alone and ordered one entrée.

Biggest negative was that this had a big group of people sitting in the middle at a long table that were loud and obnoxious and I don't believe anyone said anything to them. I believe that others at 2 and 4-tops were annoyed at the antics and how they couldn't hold a conversation at their table because of this loud group of adults and children.

Was hoping this might be a new "go to" Mexican place, but, instead, a place that I won't return.

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l
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Age range in our group was 16-72. We all enjoyed our dinner get together.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tortilla soup was amazing! Everything was perfect and delicious. This is the norm for this place.

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C
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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HB
Philadelphia
51 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
7 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
4 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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JW
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
36 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
9 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
7 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
4 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
15 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
2 reviews
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
279 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
17 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
42 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always delicious!

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S
Philadelphia
279 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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