La Food Marketa

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Chad Gauss & La Food Marketa offer an up to par, down to earth restaurant experience in Quarry Lake featuring soul satisfying food from the Americas. Our focus is simply fresh, approachable, and fun! We are happy to accommodate your dietary needs. Our bar offers well thought out drinks and bangin' happy hour specials. Come in & smile! We will do the rest!

Outdoor seating is available and we will accommodate all requests to sit outside to the best of our ability!

If your preferred reservation time is not available through OpenTable, please give us a call.
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LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were walking in the Quarry Lake area and got a last minute reservation on a Wednesday evening. This restaurant is usually very busy, which is great and testifies to the quality of the food, service and setting.

My wife loves their fish tacos. I have had many of their offerings but this evening I opted for the black bean soup. This is not the typical bean soup. It is loaded with spices and various meats. I eat it as a meal, often with a side of onion rings. I’m never disappointed. It’s quite hearty and satisfying. Really good.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Everything was excellent.

RD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the first time - loved the atmosphere inside and the food was delicious!! The chips and salsa are addicting! Had the tuna appetizer and pork tacos. Will definitely return!

JA
Baltimore
31 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding!

D
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service

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S
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Sunday brunch. First we took a walk around the “loop” then we sat outside on a perfect morning and it was so relaxing! I got the egg white frittata and my husband got the sausage tacos. Both were deeeelish! Will definitely go back!

HW
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was there with my God daughter to celebrate her birthday. La Food Marketa has become one of her favorite restaurants. The food selection was interesting and delicious as it always is. We like the fact that the menu changes so there is always something new to try.
We had a great time and at the end, the water gave her a serving of cake and ice cream. She was surprised. This just shows again how fabulous this restaurant and the management is, They go out of the way to make your experience special......Great Food, wonderful atmosphere, reasonable pricing and excellent service. Thanks again for another outstanding meal.

LR
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I love the sister restaurant The Food Market in Hamden so decided to try this one. Nothing about the food was bad per se, just overpriced and underwhelming. We split a taco entree, shared a caesar salad, had the cauliflower appetizer and each had one drink....cost a whopping $70 with tip! I will say the place was full including lots of families so I guess people like it here.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very good food but a too pricey. This was the second time they offered chips and salsa when we first sat down. Last time I was there I said yes thinking most all places offer them for free or list on the menu for a price. I was shocked to see how expensive chips and salsa was added to my bill. They should had told you both times there was a cost associated instead of implying they are free. The size and quality for the price value was a little disappointing

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great and the server was very attentive

CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Second time visiting and wasn't disappointed. Food and drinks were fabulous!! Will definitely be back

DP
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

My experience was overall positive. The food was pretty good but the server missed the mark. This my 3rd time there and second experience with this server. She just was not really engaged and seemed her attention was elsewhere. I don't think I would come back as I don't want to end up with her again.

CM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Overall...MEH. The salmon was over cooked, food plates were over dressed with food. Had to look for our server a few times...

We had been there a few times before and had great food and drinks...feel like they are slipping

B
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always outstanding!

R
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This visit was awesome. We have been to the food market quite a few times and our last experience wasn’t that great but this one made up for it. Our waiter was the best; very attentive, caring and informative. The good was great and came out in a timely manner. Happy with the choice for my wife and daughter’s birthday celebration

MZ
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Temperature in restaurant was really warm. Seating the bar is so high it is very uncomfortable for the vertically challenged. Food is strangely spice.

IG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family get together ... grandmother, parents & son/grandson
Sat outside on the patio - less noisy and a beautiful evening.
Attentive staff
Excellent menu
Perfect pace of meal
Delicious food (lot’s of sharing/testing around the table)
Reasonable prices

WR
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice change of pace and interesting menu. One negative thing, in the mixed drinks... a martini and a margarita on the rocks... the quantity of alcohol was minimal and disappeared with the crushed ice in the drink. Wines were simple and OK, beer list good.

DR
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always interesting, always outstanding. One of my favorite restaurants anywhere - and it's in the suburbs!

m
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

It was so "energetic" that I could not hear my friend across the table. I am familiar with the high noise level at this restaurant but our meal was totally overshadowed by one family with a screaming baby and then another large family group with several small children was seated in the same spot. Our experience was chaotic to say the least. So disappointing!

A
Naples
18 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a great place

JS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Absolutely love this place. Not sure if it was an off day for them but the service was not as great and the menu did not seem to have the special selections as before.

K
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and great service.

LC
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food, seems that the menu is continually being refreshed with new items. Service is excellent, not too pushy but also not missing when needed. VERY eclectic music playlist in the background. Can be a little noisy with the small space, but not unpleasant.

KC
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Can’t go wrong here

SN
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for an outing with friends. Nice ambiance and noise level not too high. Service was attentive. Food was overall very good although we were disappointed with a couple of dishes.

k
Baltimore
92 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

we came for restaurant week and the whole experience was just OK for me. tables next to your neighbor are extremely close together and the acoustics are really loud. i just thought the food was mediocre. i much prefer the food market in hampden. i would say our server tommie was absolutely wonderful. He was very attentive and gave really great service. but the food was just ok.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We took advantage of the three-course Restaurant Week deal. The appetizer my husband ordered ( sweet potato nachos) was so generous and delicious we could have shared it as our whole dinner! The main courses were more reasonably sized (happily!) and very flavorful. The servers were attentive and helpful, checking on other tables in their shared stations to make sure diners were taken care of. Great first experience, and we will definitely go again!

S
Baltimore
30 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual the food and service were great. Chips and salsa were very fresh.

OT
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had never been to La Food Marketa. It was an enjoyable dinner with friends. Nice variety of food selections. We sat outside, enjoying the summer evening. Only negative was the mango salad appetizer. The mango was not ripe, and should not have been offered - it was Sunday evening so maybe they had run out of ripe mangos. I wish I had pointed it out, but otherwise a good dining experience.

DP
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Overall, I would recommend this place. Food and presentation were pretty good. My only negative would be the service. The server seemed to be not engaged and was very subpar. It wasn't busy at all so I am not sure where her attention was. The final straw was when I asked for a to go container. The small container she handed would not fit my leftovers. She suggested I cut in half, and I declined. She brought over foil to wrap it. I looked behind me and saw an aluminum container that would have worked. This is definitely a training opportunity.

M
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

We went for restaurant week. The place was busy and the service itself was great. However, the food was a disappointment. One person ordered the chicken chorizo lettuce wraps. The lettuce was two cubes like a wedge salad. No way you could even try to wrap anything. My other guest ordered the rainbow trout over a white bean stew. It was so salty that he couldn't even eat it. Based off this visit, I wouldn't come back.

I
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was was cooked perfectly and platted attractively
Tom our server showed us impeccable, world class service
Overall experience was A+
Patio was perfect

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Marketa is one of my favorites. It's fantastic every time!

OT
Baltimore
18 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

We eat here regularly and our meal was fabulous as usual. What wasn’t great or even good was our service. Took forever to get our drink orders to someone. Then it seemed like forever to be served and then I got up to get us plates to share our first course! Seemed like our server was a little overwhelmed . Not usual and I thought you needed to know.

RA
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always spot on food and service. Bonus to be able to enjoy dinner outdoors in August!

j
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our grilled octopus to start. The soft shell crab dinner was was so yummy and prepared in a unique way. The salad with grilled salmon was perfect as always.

S
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best brunch and Bellini’s I’ve had in ages. Every time I go it’s great!!

LG
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu choices, good portions, good prices. Waitress was attentive and pleasant. It was my birthday, the complimentary dessert was enough to go back for alone!!!

DK
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Outstanding service. Enjoyed some amazing apps and small plates (shrimp were so good!) - and dessert was a perfect ending.

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