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vipMarkR
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Great food, amazing service (Gina is great), mezcal drinks rock the house.

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vipknees
Pittsburgh
102 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful on every level!

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Fulltilt
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

First time at this establishment; food was good but not great, our waitress was very pleasant without being officious; nothing great but very nice and definitely worth a return visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican place. Everything was very good, and served in a timely manner. Pretty extensive drink menu as well that’s pretty affordable. Definitely will look to go again sometime.

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JohnP
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s was really good. The menu was a bit limited but very good. We would definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They have the best Mexican in the city. I wish more people knew about it and went there. The food is authentic and delicious. They provide great service and they made the place really nice. I love the barbacoa and tamales.

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EliS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food, service and ambiance. We enjoyed it immensely. The pico de Gallo was best we ever tasted.

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JesM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service and food was terrible. Our drinks were disgusting. The manager wasn’t very nice. We will never go back. It was the worst.

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ericab
Pittsburgh
33 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were excited to try a new Mexican restaurant especially since they made guacamole table side. We were seated on the covered patio with heaters but it was still a bit chilly on a cold night! Waitress was nice but not around too much. The bar was short staffed so it took awhile to get drinks. The pineapple margarita didn’t have much flavor and the hot pineapple cocktail had a smoky taste.

Salsa and chips were not included and the salsa trio we ordered was a bit disappointing as far as flavor - as was the guacamole.

The food was ok - nothing spectacular. 2 of us ordered shrimp fajitas and they were mixed with onions and peppers instead of them separate. My husband got the wrong mix of enchiladas but didn’t want to send back so he ate it.

Cute atmosphere but we wouldn’t rush back.

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AutumnB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was not only fantastic, I was able to bring my kids. We certainly got a lot of food as well. I loved that the kids portion food items were not pricey whatsoever. My kids didn’t eat the food. I could never eat the food. But it’s nice not to Pay a significant amount for kids food. They did love being at the restaurant. I am gluten-free and it was accommodated well. My daughter is dairy free and they were able to substitute tomatoes for the taco instead of cheese. The only sad thing is that I did not order the tamales. My husband did and he did not give me enough of his meal. my margarita was wonderful. Not too sweet just like I asked for.

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vipDRLG
Columbus
99 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Can make food spicy if you like. Guacamole made table side. Would have liked to be able to have a house salad.

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MayB
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used Open Table to request a Lunch reservation for work crew of 10 with space for boxes holding our secret Santa gifts. La Palapa provided a private room upstairs, and we were comfortable to speak and joke freely.

I ordered the refreshing and delicious signature mojito and the tilapia, which was cooked perfectly (not dry) served with a sauce that did not overwhelm the light fish. We all thought the drinks, food, and service were great. Returning with family, friends or for work happy hour is in our future.

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TonyG
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was tasty and authentic. Our waiter was wonderful. I asked him if I could practice my Spanish with him, and he obliged. We had a wonderful conversation, and he not only helped me with my language skills, but also taught my guest and me about the cuisine. Get there early - the parking lot is small, and on-street parking is at a premium. Nice place, good people, and tasty food.

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BeeGee
Savannah
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat in the back, next to the space heaters. It was comfortable and quiet. Service was good, food was good though a bit on the spicy side. Plenty to eat. We like it here and come for dinner every few months.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for authentic mexican, you cant go wrong here. Tableside guac was fantastic. Wife and I think maybe the best we've ever had. Barbacoa was like butter. Prices more than reasonable. Will return for sure.

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Dana
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Delicious food and great atmosphere. The menu includes authentic dishes that are not always found in the typical Mexican Restaurant.

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vipDavidH
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The table-prepared guacamole is a must! Will certainly be back.

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MattL
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living in LA for over a decade gave me a strong taste for quality authentic Mexican food. La Palapa 100% delivers the goods on that score. And my dining companion, who grew up in Arizona, said the food made her feel like she was right back in Mesa!

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vipMyrnaP
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

This place is not good. Things are not clean. Sauces have food crusted on the bottles. There is food on the benches, and on the floor. The food is bland. There is no connection between this food and traditional Mexican food.The sauces are undeveloped. Everything has too much oil/grease. Things aren’t served with appropriate accompaniments. I have no idea who the people are that evaluated this place as five stars. Apparently they’ve never eaten anywhere.

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vipPete
Pittsburgh
30 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and daughter knew that I’d like Mexican food on my birthday, especially because it’s part of the Dia de los Muertos celebration. La Palapa did well!

It is nicely decorated and a little rustic. We were seated quickly on a Friday night, and there was a DJ when we arrived and live music when it was time to leave.

Our waitress was attentive all evening and the manager stopped by several time as well. The empanada appetizers were delicious. I really enjoyed my lamb shank, the first time I ever had one served Mexican-style. My wife enjoyed her seafood stew.

Thank you for a very nice birthday dinner!

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JeffL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday brunch was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipSLR1
Baltimore
84 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok. Nothing special. No issues but just ok.

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ClaraB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was as excellent as I’ve been told. We got the guacamole and it was SO good because they make it right in front of you so it’s super fresh! 10/10 service! My boyfriend and I were super satisfied and would even say that La Palapa is one of our favorite restaurants in Pittsburgh now!

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vipMrs073
Chicago
43 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

This restaurant was recommended to us as we are from out of town. Guacamole table side was the only truly authentic or good thing. Fajitas were bland and steak was tough. Rice had no flavor. Drinks were okay but pricey. Servers were ok but immature. One of our party is not “petite” and they kept staring and making comments/laughing when away from table. I should have given them a much smaller tip. We will NEVER return.

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vipSheila
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our food was good but the temperature could have been hotter. Fresh made to order guacamole was a nice feature and good.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Overall I love this place. Service was a bit slow this time.

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BarbM
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our meal here! The food was delicious, authentic and the service was great and fast! They even gave us a complimentary beverage for celebrating our Anniversary!!

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PatrickL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I have been there many times and have never been let down. The tortilla soup is something special.

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PittsburghGirl
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We had high expectations for La Palapa based upon a recommendation from a friend and the great reviews. Unfortunately, none of us (party of 5) really felt like any of our meals had a lot of flavor. I don't think we'll be back or recommend this place to a friend. However, the restaurant was beautiful inside and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

It was the hottest day of the year and the place only had AC on the upper level. The bottom was sweltering! I ordered the meat plate and the serving was completely dry! I wouldn’t come again or recommend it.

La Palapa
Responded on July 24, 2019

Dear customer, thank you very much for your patronage, your review help us grow and improve our service every day, we'll take care of that detail on the meat plate. As for the AC, unfortunately It broke down that specific weekend, we have repaired the AC now.

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Christeac
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a reservation for outside table but they gave my table away because the AC was broke which was absolutely ridiculous. They then seated us upstairs in a tiny room with screaming children so we decided to leave. Not sure if I would give them another chance because the hostess was not apologetic at all for not having the outside table we reserved. What is the point of making a reservation ?!?!?

La Palapa
Responded on July 24, 2019

Dear customer, thank you for your review, It help us grow and attend details right away, I will talk with our hostess and make sure this don't happen again. Unfortunately our AC broke down on that specific weekend, we have fixed the issue and the AC is working now.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic food! Awesome people

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MikeE
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there, food and atmosphere are great. Very good service. Will return!

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vipSandyW
Pittsburgh
24 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I wasn't able to use my points. Someone I contacted at Open Table said they would contact the restaurant. I would sure like to know if the issue was resolved. I'm a little afraid to try another restaurant. Thanks, Sandy

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and very authentic!! The tamales were my favorite dish!! The cocktails are also fantastic!! Highly recommend!

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BellevueDiner
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service, my first experience at La Palapa was great. We dined early on a Sunday and were delighted to read on the twitter feed that a mariachi band had been invited to play that evening. I will be coming back soon!

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PittsburghFoodie
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic! Tamales, enchiladas, mole, margaritas. Very authentic, fresh and flavorful. Can’t wait to go there again and try something new!

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kmlfood
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Quick delivery to table
All 3 of us had something different and all were very happy
Table side guacamole was very good.

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Elizabeth
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place to get some authentic Mexican food that is delicious!

FAQs

La Palapa offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (412) 586-7015.

La Palapa is rated 4.3 stars by 75 OpenTable diners.