La Palapa Grill & Cantina
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.
We've been coming here for over 12 years for the best mole on the East Coast. It is everything you need: rich, dark. with a perfectly smooth consistency and a hint of sweetness. And... it is served over the most tender chicken, sliced thinly and easy to use to pick up that delicious sauce. They have an excellent ceviche appetizer of shrimp and tilapia, served artfully with a zing and a good dose of chili. Standard Mexican fare served alongside these rarer finds. Their beef tamale appetizer is awesome comfort food. The temp in the restaurant can run a little warm or cool. For the best ambiance, ask to be seated near the fireplace. It's a bustling restaurant at peak times and even then the noise is tolerable. A valuable gem, a short trip from Baltimore.
Came here for birthday celebration, service was great , food was very good, and the margaritas were tasty!
First time there in many years. Our server was wonderful, warm and knowledgeable. The food- fajitas and special (duck with mole)-was very good and the stuffed poblanos were excellent. Timing of courses was off, entrees arrived just after appetizer. Very nice.
This was our first (but not last) visit after a pottery date. I’ve heard so many people rave about La Palapas and they did not disappoint. We sat under the covered deck, our waitress was wonderful, and our food and drinks were delicious. I would highly recommend going out of your way to eat at La Palapas. Can’t wait for our next visit in 2 weeks. 😊
Generous food portions
Always a great place to grab a beer and good food.
Glad to know we are your go to list for food and drinks! Thank you Michael.
Awesome ambience, friendly server, quick service, and delicious food! Loved our margaritas, too.
Nicole, thanks for stopping by to show us love! We hope to serve you soon!!!
Food was ok. But the service was terrible. The hostess sat us right in front of the kitchen door even after making a reservation ahead of time. When asked to move, she moved us the the table next to it, the table was wobbly and completely ruined our experience. When it was time to order drinks, I asked several times if they can make a mojito without sugar, and that I have diet restrictions. Inspire of all the reassurances, I still got a drink with sugar. Even though it was repalaced, I still ended up sipping a sugary drink to find out.
Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit. We are very sorry to hear we did not provide you with a great experience. Were you able to talk to the manager on duty that evening? We will look into this immediately and make the changes needed. I hope you will give us another opportunity and join us in the near future.
Great Valentines dinner! Always great food and great service!
Thank you for sharing your special night with us. Glad you had a great time. Hope to see you back soon!
We were treated wonderfully! My friend and I only get together 2-3 times a year and we have so much to catch up on that we were there longer than the average diner. The waitress was very pleasant and understood, being attentive but not pushy! Overall a very good experience.
Restaurant was much better before it was closed and then reopened. Food has declined in quality. I had enjoyed the food at La Palapa Grill & Cantina in the past.
Hi Nia, Sorry to hear your recent experience was not how you remembered us. I can assure you that we are using the finest ingredients and strive for perfection. Were you able to speak to manager on this visit. We apologize if we dropped the ball and hope you will come back and give another opportunity.
Bad weather the day I went, so it was pretty quiet but I'd certainly go back.
Thanks for stoping by despite the weather. Sorry we didn't impress you on this visit. We know we can do a much better job and are you happy you will be back to give us another try.
Meal and drinks were delicious as always. We truly enjoyed our evening out.
Muchas gracias Patricia!!!
The poblano Chipotle chicken special was so damned good! The overhead lights in the corner were terrible though.
Hi Chris, Happy to hear you enjoyed the dinner special! We apologize about the lights and will look into it immediately.
This is my family's favorite restaurant....when I don't feel like cooking, we all say Lapalapa Tonight!
Wow, thanks for sharing! What is your go to meal when you visit? We look forward to serving you soon!!!
I always order fiesta fajitas every time I dine here. Service is great as usual. Busy weekends which is expected.
Our fajitas are our number one selling menu item. Glad to hear they are your go to and you enjoy our service. We look forward to serving you again soon.
great mexican food in a great location. enjoyed chicken mole enchiladas. had great service. love the chips and salsa.
Muchas gracias! We love Old Ellicott City too. Happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Thank you for the review!
The only downside to this place is the parking, which is inherently a problem for any old Ellicott City business. As far as most of those places go la palapa has a better parking situation, as it has a small dedicated lot and proximity to the larger City lot. A great option if you like Mexican food.
Glad to hear we are on your list for Mexican food. Hope to see you back soon!
Overall a great experience however my food came out cold.
We are very sorry to hear about your meal. Was the manager on duty able to resolve your problem?
Solid Mexican place for the area. Great ambiance and staff. Always friendly and a good time. Fairly certain they don't read or have access to the OpenTable requests though since the hostess seemed surprised about it.
Hi Chris, Thank you for the review! Happy to hear you had a good time. Sorry for the confusion at the host stand. We will address this situation immediately. Hope to see you back soon!
Food was delicious, and it came out very quickly. We sat near the fireplace, so it was nice and cozy.
Muchas gracias! Hope to see you back soon!
Always a nice place to have a good meal
Thank you for sharing your experience! We strive to provide great food and service.
Not very authentic. I think they only really have a few different entrées but put a different sauce on top to make about 10 different entrées (shrimp dished in particular). Pretty rude and unknowledgeable wait staff most of the time.
Sorry to head about your experience. I can assure you that we do not tolerate anyone being rude to our guests. Were you able to speak to a manager while you were here?
La Palapa was so charming. The pros? Loved the brick interior; design-wise, the place was perfect and unique. The food was to die for. My burrito was probably the best I've ever had. The cons? Parking was terrible. We weren't sure we would get a spot. Also, my $4.50 a la carte burrito somehow turned into an $8.50 burrito just by adding salsa, rice, and beans... something I thought were burrito standards. Disappointed in the upsell!
I visited this restaurant this passed weekend with my best friend for some authentic Mexican food and when I tell you I was blown away not only by the food, the service was excellent. The ambiance was just right, the live music was on point, and the drinks were endless. Totally coming back ASAP. I give 10 Thumbs Up!!
We were seated promptly upon arrival. Our server was Sylvia. She was wonderful and very pleasant. My one year old son fell in love with her so much so, that he couldn't stop hugging her before we left. Food was delicious and came out to us super fast. I ordered the crab and shrimp enchiladas. We treated ourselves to fried ice cream. It was so good.
La Palapa ALWAYS is a great visit. Great food and great drinks. It’s a definite go-to.
The food here is great. Outdoor seating is really nice, but the band can be annoying if you want to talk. The server didn't smile and seemed unhappy with the world, but not uncommon.
This was our second visit since LaPalapa re-opened after the most recent flood. Our family was treated great by all of the staff. The food was served in a timely manner and was delicious. We had salmon fish tacos that I will order again for sure and others had enchiladas and burritos that they enjoyed. My "fresh Agave" margarita was quite good too. We find it to be quite affordable and we are very glad it's back.
So very happy you’re open again!!! We love Ellicott City!!!
I met two friends Thursday at lunch and ordered the Mexican salad for $9. What I got was a medium plate of lettuce with slivers of avocado, tomatoes and cucumbers. I had to get up and get the attention of our waiter who was talking with the hostess and another waitress, to tell him that my salad was a $9 plate of lettuce and not much else and I was not happy. He gave me the excuse that it was the kitchen and not he who was the problem which I didn’t appreciate. Then he got me a few more slivers of avocado. I talled with the manager and she did get me extra avocado, tomato and cucumber, but my overall impression is that the salads probably don’t get the attention that the other Mexican dishes receive.
Dinner was delicious. The Diablo shrimp were tender and perfectly cooked. All accompaniments were delicious and appreciated.
So happy that La Palapa is back open! Definitely one of the best Mexican places in Howard County -- come out and toast their recovery! ECStrong!
This was our first visit to La Palapa since it reopened after the flood. As always, the food and drinks were quite good. Our only real complaint was that our finished plates were not cleared off the table in a timely manner or at all after dessert. But, we all had a pleasant evening. The margaritas were good. I would recommend the Fresh Agave margarita with fresh lime juice. I enjoyed the Chili Verde very much.
A bit noisy inside, and the outdoor dining patio is still closed.