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La Palapa Grill & Cantina, Ellicott City, MD

La Palapa Grill & Cantina

4.5
4.5
166 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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 166 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
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Best Ambiance

  • Baltimore Suburbs

    Best Value

166 Reviews
  1. JeanneMF

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic service and food. Loved the mariachi. Great ambience!

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  2. Jamie

    Orlando

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great guacamole dip and fajitas. Very good seafood chili rellenos. Enjoyed the margaritas. Restaurant needs to provide diners with a list of the available premium tequilas- according to server there was no list, so I looked up the list on the La Palapa website and got a very good Gran Centenario Anejo. Added bonus was live guitar players. We will be back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was nothing to boost about. The chips and salsa were the most tolerable things.

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  4. Beck

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    There is no longer a lunch menu and prices seemed high. Service was lovely, though.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice time. Good food and drinks! Nice ambiance for a night out.

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  6. richarda

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we eat there often and never disappointed good food and the margaritas are some of the best in the area

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  7. MikeHikeEat

    Washington DC

    161 reviews

    5.0

    161 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The cocktail menu was innovative; I had the special margarita of the day. The seafood stuffed poblano pepper was very good as well.

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  8. Celebrate

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fajitas were delicious and the ice cream with the lit candle was the perfect finish to my birthday dinner.

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  9. KarenK

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good but they wouldn’t substitute flour tortillas for corn tortillas. Then I asked for flour tortilla for my taco but they gave me corn. Waitress very nice and food was great. Salsa, Mexican corn, and margaritas were my favorite. Would definitely go back but maybe they should be more accommodating on tortillas.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience! Food was amazing- server was exceptional

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  11. KristinaG

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time here and I was very pleased with the food, ambiance and service! Our meals were delicious and dessert was amazing! We will definitely be back

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  12. Fatty

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service, and ambiance were all great. I especially liked that they had vegetarian refried beans and rice.

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  13. SoBe

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience here. Food was great and came out quickly. Staff was engaged and had positive energy. Manager was seen interacting with multiple guests and was projecting leadership and competence.

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  14. JenniferM

    Baltimore

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arrived at 1:00. We were both expecting to be able to have chicken fajitas and found out that wasn’t served until 2:00. You can get a margarita but not a fajita? Other patrons also were talking about how at 1:00 lunch should be available. We drove 1 1/2 hours to enjoy La Palapa and the fajitas so of course we were pretty disappointed.

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  15. Elena

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We got there 1 hour before brunch ended and they said we couldn’t order dinner items until 2pm. We agreed since it was “policy” to order some brunch items to eat while we waited for it to be 2 to order some dinner entrees. The food was really good but the service was not the best towards the end which I’m assuming was because they had transitioned into dinner and more guests were arriving to eat.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wanted to meet friends from outside the area for lunch. Staff was very accommodating of our need to visit and socialize (as well as eat) and allowed us to move at our own pace . They were very accommodating and the food was excellent.

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  17. JenT

    Baltimore

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really fun place to go. Food was delicious; service was good and friendly. I wish they offered the happy hour at all of the tables/locations but that’s a minor point.

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  18. Centennial4

    Baltimore

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great meal here. Food is great and the price is great. I only gave four stars for service because some servers were really busy and some servers were standing around. Our server was really good but super busy. Seems like the servers could have been spread out better based on workload. Overall great experience as usual.

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  19. kathleenr

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I haven’t been here in years. The outdoor dining area was lovely, but a bit loud. The food for the family was good and well liked. I ordered the crab and shrimp quesadilla and was a bit disappointed. There was very little crab and one small shrimp on each slice. I wouldn’t order it again. The free chips and salsa were a nice addition, but the chips were overcooked and had a burnt taste.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enchiladas were excellent. Full bar. Sometimes live music. I will definitely be back.

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  21. Moutaineer43

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great! Ambiance was good; we ate in a covered outdoor area and it was fine if a little noisy. Three taco dinners and two chimichangas all met with approval. A pitcher of margaritas received rave reviews! Cost was a fair value. When I have been here in the past, there was music; there was no music before we left before 8:00pm on a Tuesday. You need to remember this is not a five-star restaurant. What it is is a fun, casual place to enjoy a good Tex-Mex meal and a good time without breaking the bank.

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  22. TanyaE

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and great food! We can take friends and family with confidence.

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  23. ShelleyM

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and ambiance were fabulous. Would return.

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  24. SteveW

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food. Great service, nice price. We’ll be back

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  25. MaryJean

    Baltimore

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We all enjoyed our meal. The delicious food make up for the mediocre service. We are usually disappointed with restaurant guacamole, but it was wonderful! And we were all pleasantly surprised by how great the beef nachos were! We’ll definitely be back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic quality of food. Street corn appetizer was a hilight. Chile Verde entree was best I've had in Howard county. Also family friendly, which is appreciated

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  27. nanuq

    Baltimore

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were great! Had reservations and was seated as soon as we walked in. If ever in downtown/historic Ellicott City again, will be stopping by.

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  28. ItzelH

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really good place, the food is delicious! I went to celebrate my birthday and the service was great

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  29. StacyU

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good margaritas, kind skimpy on the free salsa and chips. Guac is excellent and taco Tuesday is a pretty good deal. Always enjoy eating here w/ a group!

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  30. KathyL

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very nice lunch. It wasn't too crowded and we were served quickly. Thank you

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  31. Veronica

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Elote corn appetizer and Tilapia grilled fish tacos were yummy. My husband thought his burrito has too much queso cheese poured on top but thought the steak was good. Excellent margaritas!

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  32. SuzanneT

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and reasonable prices for a non-chain restaurant . Family friendly although our reservation was for 5:30 PM . Happy hour prices on drinks and appetizers 2-6:00 PM ( dine in only ) . Good all around , we would take out of town guests here .

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  33. AmamdaG

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service both excellent

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  34. LuraF

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always. Service was great and margaritas are on point!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very good and the meal was reasonably priced.

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  36. Chris

    Baltimore

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went a bit earlier than usual and it paid off. Not too busy and before the sports crowd showed up for the games. Service was quick and the apps were great!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Thought the price was a great value compared to other Mexican restaurants.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    61 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Just an okay experience for a date night early evening, would try somewhere different next date night..

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  39. CarolynC

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is one of my son's favorite restaurants, and we came here to celebrate his birthday. It's been a long time since we've been here, due not only to the pandemic, but also to my son being out of the country for several years. My son, his wife and I had a fantastic time. The food was delicious, plentiful and fun, the service was so friendly, and the ambiance was great. We came for lunch, so the atmosphere was quiet. We loved the large Christmas tree and the fire in the fireplace. The charm of the Ellicott City location doesn't hurt, either. We loved our dining experience and lood forward to going back to La Palapa soon.

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  40. SNOW

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good fajitas, guacamole and margaritas. Will come back again.

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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 166 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


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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