La Margarita

4.3
385 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Margarita Restaurant & Oyster Bar is proud to be a part of Market Square, “The Heartbeat of Mexico,” where locals and visitors alike enjoy spectacular fiestas, shopping as diverse as produce and piñatas, and the romantic music of strolling Mexican troubadours.

In San Antonio, “The Mecca of Mexican Cuisine,” the Cortez Family and the entire staff of La Margarita welcomes you to the “Home of the Sizzling Fajitas.” Here, the most exciting dishes from across the border are presented to the most discriminating tastes.
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Mon - Thu 1:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 385 People Are Saying
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Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was just ok. The food was nothing spectacular and it was so loud I could barely hear my husband speak.

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VD
San Antonio
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ive been coming here for years, more choices for my vegetarian friends than Mi Tierra. While Market Square attracts a lot of tourists, this place has been serving delicious Tex-Mex for decades.

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B
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

$80 for two lunches with three drinks. Food was average at best. Fajitas were brought out room temperature and barely seasoned. Chile con queso had one pepper in it.

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid food, a little hassle with the table which almost eliminated the purpose of reservations

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GR
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We got there sat down, ordered our food & when we asked for our tortillas, they said they didn't have any

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AN
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and really good reasonably priced food.

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DA
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed sitting on the veranda and watching the activity in the market.

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New Orleans
20 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing experience! We celebrated an 87th birthday and it was so much fun! The food, the music, the margaritas and the service were absolutely perfect. So very happy with our choice of La Margarita to host the festivities!

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m
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best tortillas I have ever had... and I was born and raised in Texas, so I've had plenty of tortillas! :) The fajitas are really tasty.

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San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

The Mariachis, while a wonderful cultural feature of the restaurant, were intolerably loud when they were playing. The restaurant is too noisy overall for an optimum experience.

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San Antonio
27 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

When friends come to San Antonio we always recommend a stop at La Margarita!

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LS
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The atmosphere at this restaurant was great! Trios and Mariachis walking around playing music on request. Make sure you show up hungry and thirsty. Good chips and salsa is usually a good indication the food will be good and the food was great with large portions. The margaritas were very good. The good food and drinks were complimented by very good service. Will definitely go back!

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C
Richmond
43 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this authentic Mexican restaurant. Indoor or outdoor dining. We chose outdoor, under a canapy. Strolling musicians added great ambiance to the meal. I enjoyed one of my favorites, chili relleno. A tasty poblano pepper filled with meat and cheese, served with spanish rice, refried beans and guacamole salad. My wife had the chickwn fajita's. Both dishes were fantastic. I wnjkywd the el don margarita (top shelf) and my wife has a pomegranate margarita. I recommend both.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service was not that great. We had to wave our waiter several times for a refill of a drink. I wouldn’t go back. Just because of the service.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Meal was excellent. Waiter was not as attentive as he should have been. Taking his break at the bar and he was more focused on eating at the bar then his customers.

The open table reservations said the earliest opening was at 7:15. We arrived at 6:45 and the restaurant was about a third full. There were many empty tables. I mentioned this to the hostess and she said she would mention this to general manager.

Food was great.

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S
Dallas
24 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Took my daughter and her boyfriend to dinner for her 21st birthday. They had a Mariachi band, so I paid for her birthday serenade...my job to make her special birthday memorable!! After dinner was over, the staff brought her birthday cake & serenaded her again!!

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B
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was only average

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MD
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great customer services! waiter are the BEST, food came out HOT!

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JM
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good quick food. Good location. Very loud thought then the mariachi band started playing

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JJ
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had an excellent meal at La Margarita near the historic market square. Very active and lively environment. Food was outstanding. I sat on the patio and enjoyed watching the comings and goings.
There was a mariachi band (though they charged $20 per song for requests).
Service was good. I would not say service was outstanding but that isn’t a criticism. It was what I would expect service to be.
Would highly recommend and would go again.

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R
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Market area closes early during the week, so atmosphere was really dead around the restaurant. Nothing to see or do there after 6pm. Not sure if it is the same on weekends

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic San Antonio! Took my cousin from Louisiana to dinner while he was here on business. We enjoyed the food and ambiance! Our waiter was very attentive, but it was very loud. We had to speak loudly to hear one another. Everything else was great!

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f
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a festive restaurant! The staff was lively and friendly. We were welcomed and treated to superb service. We had the combo fajitas which were served sizzling. The rice and beans were far superior to the competition. But the best item of all was the Mexican shrimp cocktail- it was one of the best I’ve ever had! The tomato juice had nice flavor, the shrimp were cut in bite-size pieces, and the avocado was nice and fresh. The free salsa was sick, not chunky, and very spicy. We were shocked that our five-year-old ate a whole bowl himself. But it sure was good. My frozen margarita was fantastic was my treat, but the kids loved the rich flan. If we lived in San Antonio, this would be our regular place to go to. It was a nice evening sitting on the patio and watching the shoppers walk by.

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GP
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our guests for a meal that was excellent but couldn't enjoy our conversation due to the loud music. Restaurant sound & conversation is one thing butthe horn & constant music of the traveling mariachis was a definite deterrent to our enjoyment. A stage for performances might be better. Food and service was great and the portions were generous so no complaints there.

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K
Atlanta
38 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went on the recommendation of a friend who lives in the area. It was very crowded and we were thankful that we had a reservation. Our waiter was accommodating, but kind of gruff. The food was underwhelming. I have eaten at many Mexican restaurants in the US and this would not be one where I’d want to return. I’ve had much better

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g
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food

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D
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding, presentation of food from cooks and servers and their knowledge of menu and food pairing, I was blown away ! The food was amazing we had enchiladas and the flavors and sauces just to die for! Gotta love them margaritas!! Don’t change a thing !! Will be back for more!!

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BB
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not as good as it used to be. We used to order fajitas that were full of flavor and I can not say that about this experience.

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LM
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

My reservation was for outside. Not only were we not seated outside (and told it was full and we could wait), we were seated at, likely, the worst table in the restaurant... about 4 feet from the bar, and right where the staff came to pick up drinks. I mean, that's the best place to sit somewhere there with a 4yo and a 16yo, right?🙄

Food wasn't good. Queso lacks any flavor, whatsoever. The bean and cheese nachos were really cheese nachos because the beans were either sparse or covered in a whole block of cheese. My little ones soft chicken taco couldn't even be eaten. Not only was the flavor of the chicken gross, but the time she got it, the juices had soaked through the corn tortilla.

Won't go back. Won't recommend. There are too many other good places to eat in San Antonio.

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SW
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food excellent, as always. Particularly enjoyed the baked oysters. The quality of all their ingredients is outstanding.

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l
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

It was just mediocre. I dined many times at La Margarita back in the 1980’s. Traveling back to San Antonio for work, I couldn’t wait to return. Quite disappointed in overall experience

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

Stock Show Season

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

First time

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D
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The service was pretty slow that night. Not sure why it didn't seem to be swamped.

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D
New Mexico
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had some great oysters, the margarita by the liter was good too. The server was on point and took care of us really well.

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PT
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Come from Housto to eat the cabrito. I brought 3 first time guests. Oysters were nasty. We order platter of cabrito, it came on side plate, no crisp and on same plate as dried out cabrito. First horrific experience. We've been coming happily for years, until now.

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OT
Memphis
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great meal

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SG
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and drinks were great and our dessert tasted as good as it looks. A little pricier thank you average Tex mex but that is expected for the downtown area. They validate your parking for one hour as well if you park in their lot directly behind the building.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived 30 minutes prior to our reservation. The staff was very friendly and greeted us enthusiastically. We were escorted to our table immediately. The service was excellent and the food was prepared wonderfully. Thank you.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 1

We told them I was meeting a friend I hadn’t seen in 46 years and they seated us next to the bar and the mariachi band. It took 3 of us asking ( because nobody could hear anything) for them to move us outside. Then we could hear each other and catch up. I had the poblano enchiladas and enjoyed them very much. The frozen margaritas were weak and blah. Waitstaff attentive

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