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La Palapa Grill & Cantina, Ellicott City, MD

La Palapa Grill & Cantina

4.5
4.5
178 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Great for outdoor dining
  • Charming
La Palapa Grill & Cantina is committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality of Mexican cuisine in a distinctive Hacienda decor setting, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with exceptional service, and the real flavors of México.

We have created a unique restaurant concept around original recipes. Beyond tacos, enchiladas and burritos... we offer a tour of authentic Mexican gastronomy; from our delicious ceviche and mouth-watering molé, to our more traditional tamales and equally delectable quesadillas.


Our bar is without a doubt the witness of fun nights under the Maryland sky, and the best host of good friends and great times.


La Palapa Grill & Cantina, family owned and operated, is your festive neighborhood restaurant and bar.


The Flavor of Mexico in Historic Ellicott City.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:15 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:15 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (410) 465-0070
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    David Garcia
  • Catering
    For more info: info@lapalapagrill.com
  • Private party facilities
    Events at La Palapa Cantina & Grill are always memorable and special.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (410) 465-0070
  • Neighborhood
    Ellicott City
  • Parking details
    1000 + free parking spaces are available in and around Old Ellicott City including seven parking lots (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). Additional parking is available at the Howard County Circuit Court lot just above Main Street and can be accessed from US 40 via Rogers Avenue to Court House Dr. which ends at this lot.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 178 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Neighborhood gem

178 Reviews
  1. PatriciaC

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Chips and queso mediocre. Fajitas were excellent. Service was lame. Nice server but we always had to look for her. Reservation was unnecessary. Not sure why we had to book it earlier than desired when there were plenty of open tables.

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  2. ColleenD

    Baltimore

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I arrived 15 minutes early without the rest of the party and was offered a table. Water, chips and salsa brought for the entire party even though I was the only one present. Server checked multiple times as each of our party arrived. We had a lovely meal and never felt rushed. Highly recommend!!

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  3. Celebrate

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered the special, which was very tasty. My husband ordered the salmon tacos, which he enjoyed. The salsa and guacamole were well seasoned. Our waitress was excellent, she listened to us and was there when we needed drink refills, etc. The dining areas are spacious and there is plenty of room between tables.

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  4. CathyC

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time at La Palapas! On a side note, Open Table, you make it very difficult to do a review.

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  5. Lauren

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall positive experience, wonderful food and ambience. Brought parents for the first time, and they enjoyed the meal. Small notes: it was slow to get the check at the end of the meal, and we were overcharged a mimosa on the bill (manager gladly refunded upon request). I was disappointed that I couldn't order my son a cheese quesadilla at 12:15pm, as the brunch menu and service didn't end until 2pm. Again, overall enjoyed dining, and would recommend the restaurant to family and friends.

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  6. food4dude

    Baltimore

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food - enjoy the atmosphere and margaritas

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  7. SMD12

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friday night dinner. Shrimp fajitas and Mexican street corn were great. Brittney, our server, was attentive and very friendly. Will definitely return.

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  8. MariaP

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and cozy outdoor patio. My fajitas were overcooked(I got a steak and chicken combo), but for that price it was a decent meal.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great. Very filling. Service was wonderful. Would go again

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  10. CathyC

    Denver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love this place. We always ask for Silvia as our server if she is working. The food is fresh and comes out fairly quickly. Best part on Friday and Saturday evenings they have 2 gentlemen that play traditional Mexican songs! Perfect visit!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Palapa Grill & Cantina using the Order Online button. La Palapa Grill & Cantina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 465-0070.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina is rated 4.5 stars by 178 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for La Palapa Grill & Cantina

8307 Main St., Ellicott City, MD 21043

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Ellicott City
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–1:45 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 2:15 pm–10:00 pm Sun 2:15 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    1000 + free parking spaces are available in and around Old Ellicott City including seven parking lots (A, B, C, D, E, F, G). Additional parking is available at the Howard County Circuit Court lot just above Main Street and can be accessed from US 40 via Rogers Avenue to Court House Dr. which ends at this lot.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    David Garcia
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (410) 465-0070
  • Catering
    For more info: info@lapalapagrill.com
  • Private party facilities
    Events at La Palapa Cantina & Grill are always memorable and special.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (410) 465-0070
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