La Food Marketa

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We went on a Sunday night. There weren't many people there and we sat with empty cocktail glasses for a bit longer than I would have liked. Food was great. Waiter provided great recommendations. Overall, 4 out of 5 stars!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress, Tracey was fantastic! We absolutely adore her!!

SH
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants. Menu is always creative, food is awesome, great service, great drinks.

L
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious tacos. We also really enjoyed the street cauliflower!

G
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly place. If you ask for a half of glass of beer or for white wine of room temperature you'll get it. Food is delicious, I would recommend Brasillian vegetables with shrimp and also Baltimore club tacos.
La Food Marketa is the best restaurant around.
Thanks

h
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem. We frequent this restaurant and are always pleased.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, every single dish was creative and tasty!
Hope to eat there again soon!

MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nacho Tots. Enough said.

KC
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it as usual

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love it here and it’s our go-to place. Brian and Angelo are the best!

M
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Noise level is high, although we were seated next to the kitchen/bar so maybe that increased the decibels. Our server was attentive, but not overbearing. Almost a bit aloof. Drinks and wine were great and reasonably priced. Seating a bit tight - very close to other diners. Overall, a very satisfactory dining experience and would come again.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We did arrive late for our reservation, but we did speak to the host on the phone to let them know. Upon arriving we were seated fairly quickly but from there the service was very slow (we watched 2 other tables come and go before we received our dinner) and did not cater at all to the fact that we let our server know it was our first time. He did not highlight any signature dishes, or any of his favorites, and did not tell us whether there were any specials - we had to ask. The food was "ok". I was looking forward to a 5-star taste experience as I've been following La Food Marketa on IG for over a year, but the mussels had a rare and not very pleasant broth, the tomato soup was delicious but almost over-filling, and the tuna poke salad came with rock-hard rice balls. The server did remedy that with a small bowl of fresh warm rice balls, but overall the salad was good without being anything special. We were also there for our anniversary and seated next to a very loud table of families with kids on one side, and a father/daughter duo arguing on the other side. We realize that is the luck of the draw - but maybe we could have been offered where to sit as a table-of-two obviously on a date, as opposed to ending up next to the biggest/loudest table in the back of the restaurant by the restroom. We would have probably had a better time seated at the bar. I will say we both complimented the artwork and complimentary chips n dip, but considering our server brought two rounds of that we had no room for sharing a dessert. We may try it again one day, but its not close by and this was a special selection I made based on the reputation of the chef and for our anniversary, and I just left feeling underwhelmed. Thanks for your time.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Enjoyed the food. Service was spectacular

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience

CC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great margaritas, guac., and tacos. Very friendly staff and service. Perfect girls’ night out!

PB
Baltimore
39 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening here a lot. Great menu with many choices. Everyone had a good time.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good as usual. Fish is always fresh and perfectly cooked.

JD
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go to neighborhood restaurants so we eat here on a regular basis. Excellent service, consistently good food and in a nice setting. My favorites are the black bean soup, Hamburguesa, beef ribs, salmon and Baltimore club tacos. Enjoy!

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual.

AC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at La Food Marketa was incredible! The food was outstanding, the drinks were versatile and interesting, and the service was excellent.

La Food Marketa has found regulars in us!

OT
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Waitress was not so friendly. Never received our appetizer.

b
Baltimore
34 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meals we have had there yet! Thrilled!

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They acknowledged our anniversary (everyone on the wait staff that interacted with us seemed to know) and gave us a special dessert! We had a great dinner. Service was friendly and outstanding! All around very pleased with our choice!

D
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good. Totally enjoyed myself. Noise level gets a little high, but the service is good and the ambience is nice.

O
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a casual meal or something more. Never had a bad meal here and service is great.

KG
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

If I would have known they closed the kitchen in 15 minutes, I wouldn’t have went. There was almost an attitude behind the server even though we had no idea they closed so soon and we ordered everything at once so it wouldn’t be down to the wire if we waited even longer. Everything was amazing and so glad to stop back but lesson learned.

o
Baltimore
187 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Four of us had a very pleasant dinner at La Food Marketa. We started with creative and satisfying cocktails for everyone. The dinner menu is as creative as the cocktails. We ordered the Marketa salad, salmon filet, and Baltimore Club. Each item was delicious, and they are highly recommended. Service was exceedingly friendly and attentive. We really enjoy going to La Food Marketa.

HR
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the dessert recommendation of the carrot cake was perfect

LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Everything was excellent.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding!

D
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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S
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great and the server was very attentive

CM
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service2ambience4

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.