La Cita

4.7
268 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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KW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the wait staff was amazing - will definitely be back!

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BC
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good mexican food with good service, value is excellent and the food has always been good. Small place, with limited seating. I recommend reservations as a "must".

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JM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and the service was also fantastic. The place is very small, so I would recommend making a reservation ahead of time or you could be waiting a while.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was authentic, i was unaware there is no alcohol. Would have been nice to order some drinks

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M
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to eat! The Chile’s rellenos tasted just like the ones my abuela makes! Perfect little reminder of home!

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OT
Atlantic City
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Food was bland.
Service was horrible.
I would not recommend this to anyone.

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WM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic Mexican style food . We go there often and recommend highly

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JC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends had never been to LaCita before and were quite impressed with the quality of the food!

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KP
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fresh and service is very competent and friendly. Can’t wait to go back! I LOVE the Sampler appetizer!

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S
Philadelphia
300 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Consistently good Mexican food prepared with pride by this family owned establishment. Real Mexican food with flavor not smothered in cheese. BYOB or BYOT (tequila). Highly recommended.

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VR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 1ambience 4

We had the same server, Alma, as our first visit about 5 weeks prior.
She recalled what both of us had that night and made suggestions to try on our second visit.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is an absolute gem! The best authentic Mexican food around - amazing staff too!

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FD
Philadelphia
94 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though we didn't like the app special, they were very nice about it and brought us another dish which was very good.

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KP
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Cita has become our “go to place” and we love Alma, who has the perfect personality for customer service!

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C
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and service were exceptional. Highly recommended!

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CM
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a gem! The food is amazing and the service is just as good. This was my third time visiting and everyone I've come with has agreed the food is good! The restaurant is very small but nicely decorated. The outside is so unassuming but once you walk through the doors, the atmosphere transforms into a welcoming and happy place.

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VR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The servers were GREAT!
The entrees were excellent and large portions.
It was really loud though, a few noise reduction things would help.

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JC
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Love this place! We moved from South Philly to Cherry Hill and Mexican food in general is hard to find in South Jersey. Who knew?! La Cita has great authentic food. We recommend the chicken enchiladas with mole, tamales and the molcajete with beef and or chicken. Don’t forget to bring your favorite tequila, byob. The margarita mix they offer is not the best but order a “Squirt”, and mix with tequila - simple version of a Paloma. Cheers!

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M
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very good, authentic Mexican! We enjoyed it

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SG
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. Staff friendly and helpful. Can’t wait to go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Valentines

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED, Loved, Loved out experience during our Valentine's Day Dinner. We went Feb 13th and the food was excellent. The flavors, presentation, and friendliness of the staff made it a night to remember! Thank you!

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R
Atlantic City
8 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Authentic Mexican food at very reasonable cost. Hidden gem

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

If I could give this 0 on service I would. I made reservations for 7pm and we had to wait more than 15min. Normally I don't care about waiting but we had to stand and the only standing room was by the main entrance and it was 32 degrees out.
The food left much to be desired and had no flavor. I gave it 2 stars because the soup was good and a pleasant surprise. The place was packed, sadly I don't think many people in South Jersey understand what is truly Authentic Mexican food!!!! This place had 0 flavor!!!! I will never return.

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S
Philadelphia
300 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful dinner for 6 on Saturday night. Guacamole was excellent followed by house made empanadas that wowed the table and delicious tamales that come wrapped in leaves. The nopales (cactus) soup was very tasty as well. We had an array of dinners from molcajete to a plate of 5 selected tacos, delicious enchiladas and a mixed plate of meats. all of which got raves from every diner. The house knows how to make a margarita mix and this is BYOB so you save on wine in addition to the very reasonable prices. The restaurant was packed but we had great service throughout the night. We highly recommend you try this restaurant.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality Mexican from the basics to the lava bowls

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a
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic and delicious. Atmosphere is close to being in someone's home. Our favorite go to for Mexican. Stay away from the chains, this is authentic. And a byob

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KM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, authentic Mexican cafe.

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S
Philadelphia
300 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not only is it refreshing to go to a family-owned and operated establishment, but one where they try to stick to their roots with preparation reflective of real Mexican food, not mounds of cheese with something under it. We have dined here regularly for more than 5 years and always find the food to be wonderfully tasty and enjoyable. The reasonable prices are a plus along with this being a BYOB, so you can save significantly on bar and wine costs. Margarita mixes can be purchased if you want to bring your own tequila. If you want a casual meal and something different from the 5,000 Italian restaurants in the area, we recommend you try LaCita!

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AK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 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
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
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
70 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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S
Philadelphia
300 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
70 reviews
Dined on December 21, 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 21, 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
26 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 23, 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
2 reviews
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
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

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