La Placita

4.2
518 Reviews
$30 and under
Puerto Rican

La Placita brings the island’s essence straight to Miami’s emerging MIMO District. The brainchild of Latin American TV and soap opera star, Julian Gil, and five-time James Beard nominated chef and restaurateur, Jose Mendin, La Placita is a celebration of cultura.

The restaurant is open for dine-in and patio dining, and also offers pickup and delivery through UberEats and Postmates.

The restaurant is inspired by Mercado Santurce, the original “La Placita” in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Chef Mendin pays homage to el Mercado, offering different curated marketplace menus (restaurant, juice stand, taco shop and produce market) all that capture the flavorful traditions of Puerto Rico and the eclectic vibrance of Miami’s.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 518 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
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4.0
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4.3
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4.0
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NataliaC
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for an hour before closing and the waitress refused to sit us. We were a party of 7... They lost first time costumer, Puerto ricans wanting to support their own. Terrible service, she did not even apologize, she just said now. Never going back.

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IanM
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good service really good food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First family outing since pandemic and we had an amazing time away from home.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On vacation and brought my friends to have PR food, they loved it. The music was great, the drinks were delicious, the food was amazing, and the ambiance was perfect. Great dinner place especially for a Friday night!

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LeslyB
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I was so disappointed with the whole service, it took like more than 1 hour for get the food , the waitress was talking with a guy in front door like nothing! Drink were ok . I was so embarrassed with my boyfriend because was my idea i made reservations from Boston and it was the most awful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

The place is beautiful, the food is amazingly good. But the service was not good at all. Our server Maziel was literally lost. She would forget what we ordered, she was not organized and she would take a long time to come to our table. The food is really expensive to receive such a poor service. Also, there’s a complimentary tip already added to your check. If the tip is already included the service should be 20 times more pleasant! thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

To start off the service was horrible. The server took around 28 minutes to come to the table to ask us what we wanted to drink. After that the appetizers took about 45 minutes to come to the table. A few minutes shortly after that the food came out. The food they have not have any flavor whatsoever. Did I mention the server was horrible. She pass by our table 2 tines after the dinner plates were picked up and she didn’t even ask if we need anything else even though she passed two times by our table and it saw that it was empty. The music inside the restaurant was way too loud that you cannot hear the person that you were having dinner with. You literally had a scream to talk to them. The sad part of all is that they already charge you a 15% service fee/gratuity on your check which is not worth it to pay at all because of the service you get.

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JorgeC
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice staff, good food (the Mojito's can use a little work but they weren't bad either) .... and comfy seating on the outside terrace

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Alex
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For a first time visit it was so worth it, I would definitely go again when I’m around that area.

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JimmyC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

No parking! Tables were sticky and floor were dirty!
The food and prices was not that great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was excellent from the first interaction to the last moment of our dinner. You feel that you are in Puerto Rico, the decoration of the restaurant has many elements of the island, even the ceiling simulates the zinc roofs. The food has a genuine taste of Puerto Rican food. The prices are moderate, but considering that you are in Miami in the MIMO area, the prices are excellent. Our waitress was Naiomy (My wife and I went to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was excellent from the first interaction to the last moment of our dinner. You feel that you are in Puerto Rico, the decoration of the restaurant has many elements of the island, even the ceiling simulates the zinc roofs. The food has a genuine taste of Puerto Rican food. The prices are moderate, but considering that you are in Miami in the MIMO area, the prices are excellent. Our waitress was Naiomy. The restaurant has parking, great music, and good taste. The restaurant has parking, great music, and good taste.

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Lexi
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience1

Food was bland and the trifongo was dry. The ambience looked nice but O honestly expected more. I ordered the mofongo experience and the food was very flavorless especially the shrimp, honestly even cocktail shrimp has more flavor than them. Will not go again. You pay $20 for each person ordering the mofongo experience and each share the same meats, you are basically paying for the mofongo at that point. I did not like it. Best to go to an authentic PR restaurant.

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MayraR
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

El servicio de los empleados debe de mejorar. Cuando llegue, me sentaron en una mesa y unos 20 minutos después fue q una mesera fue a donde mi a atenderme y lo hice pq le dije que nadie había ido donde mi. Le pedí unas Alcapurrias como aperitivo y llegaron junto con el plato q había pedido. Las cervezas calientes.

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MirnaA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the food, it was my first time at the restaurant and we had a great time! Mariana was a great host!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Great food! Slow service.

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vipDivedoc
Miami
35 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of the few Miami restaurants featuring Puerto Rican food. Sat outside which was very comfortable and really nice. Parking easy with the parking lot right there. Service was very good as well as the food although both my wife and I were looking forward to having the typical PR dish asopao which even though it was listed on the online menu, was not on the menu the day we went. Overall a very good experience and would return.

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BelkyP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience1

Food was salty and cold, no live music as I was told when I called. Restaurant in general looks dirty. All people walking free without mask. Menu is poor, no desserts are offered in the menu except flan. Not coming back definitely.

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vipRosaD
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Ruined our Girls' Night Out. Would have given a ZERO star if that was an option. We had been waiting for months to get the girls together for drinks and dinner. We were so excited to come here. What a let down! Upon arriving on time for the reservations we had made and reconfirmed, we were told in a rather curt and rude manner to go stand outside in the line as they could not honor the reservation.There was utter disorganization. The guy behind the bar was pointed out as the manager after another employee had misrepresented himself as the manager. When we approached the "real manager" to ask if we could be seated at one of the open tables, he said "you can sit there if you want but you won't get served or even get a drink for another 90 minutes". Whaaaat? It was literally a "what do you want me to do and just leave if you don't like it" attitude with complete lack of regard for customers who had a reconfirmed reservation. No apology, no explanation, no good excuse other than being short staffed and evidently incredibly disorganized. Never again. We went elsewhere for a wonderful Italian meal and will never come back here again. A restaurant is destined to fail when employees have this attitude and disregard for their customers. The owners better get a handle on this before it's too late. "Adios".

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baconG
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food! Ate here 2 nights in a row. We live nearby and come often.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Fui a llevar a mi novio estadounidense para que probara mi comida puertorriqueña y nunca me sentí tan decepcionada. La comida no tenía el sabor esperado, las habichuelas estaban aguadas, el mofongo seco, el pastel no sabía a pastel. El servicio no fue el mejor. Muy caro para lo que es. Nunca había pagado tanto por una sola alcapurria y no tenía buen sabor.

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FigueroaM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

the food is not what expected, and its so expensesive for what we eat

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JoseR
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

La comida estuvo buena pero entiendo que es muy poco lo que sirven para el costo.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very small food portions. Waitress did not go once to my table to see if we needed anything. For the amount of food they give you just go somewhere else.

JM
JorgeM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place only turn off was the amount of dogs customers had. I counted 5 dogs which in my opinion is way to many for a restaurant and none of them were service dogs not even fake service dogs. Just straight up pets. The food was awesome though and service was good.

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Marlonp
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Esperaba algo delicioso pero estaba regular y esta Muy caro me desiluciono la comics el ambiente si es buenisimo

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MarielaM
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above my expectations! The calamari are a must ! The service was wonderful. I absolutely recommend this place !

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Mi novio y yo decidimos pasar el fin de semana en Miami y que mejor ocasión para mostrarle a mi novio mi cultura puertorriqueña. Pensé que este lugar ya que es tan conocido entre los puertorriqueños por su dueño Julian Gil que tanto lo quieren en la isla. En fin en el ambiente puedes sentir el sabor y la cultura de Puerto Rico. El servicio fue un desastre la mesera parecía molesta y constantemente me presionaba para que ordenara, contestaba mis preguntas con rudeza e inclusive me dijo que no podía ordenar de una parte del menú porque se tardaba alrededor de 35 minutos ... ok . La comida no es tan puertorriqueña, es un error pensar que por que tenga mofongo ya se considera puertorriqueña. El arroz con gandules un desastre, mofongo sin sabor y no se si la cocina se confundió pero estaba más maduro que verde. Bueno en conclusión nada especial. Primera y última vez ...

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Primera vez y definitivamente volveré facil de ubicar el lugar el ambiente y muy limpio. Buen servicio y la comida muy buena.

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DamarisM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food excellent service and customer service

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MariaD
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Me encanto la súper súper rica. Vi muchos comentarios de que la comida era super cara y poquita. Y pensé waoo se me va ir mucho dinero ya que éramos 4 pero fue todo lo contrario cuando vi la cuenta hasta me sorprendí. Precio accesibles y comida muy rica. Lo único son las alcapurrias son riquísimas pero muy pequeñas. Todo lo demás excelente

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The services is terrible ! Tip is already included. Go figure !
Our waiter was missing the entire time. We saw him sitting down eating his meal in the dining room while we were dying to pay and get out of there ! We asked another sever for our bill and nothing.. another 15 mins waiting.. Such a shame because the food is great.

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Jenjen
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! I went once before the reopened and I love this little place super comfortable and very chill spot will be back again!

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LanceR
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was fabulous

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Tony
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good overall

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Coco
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were in Miami for the weekend and decided to go here for dinner, Saturday evening. First time for us both and the service and food were outstanding. Raul took care of us and he recommended various dishes and everything was tasty and just as we expected! We will definitely return when we are back in Miami. Highly recommended! 🙂

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JanniceRdgz1
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Our server was outstanding (Raul I think) guided us trough the menu he made off our afternoon. Is my second time at La Placita and for sure not the last time. Congrats to the chef and the staff for such excellent service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought out of town guest! From the reservation process on Open Table to the warm welcome we received and the exceptional wait staff - everything was superb! But thats not the best part of our experience... the food was aaahhhhmmmmaaazzzing!!! The best Puerto Rican food in Florida hands down. Def going back with family.

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vipMiamiFoodie
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Delicious food, great ambiance - parking is a bit limited, and it gets pretty busy so the service might be slow at times. But has a great energetic vibe.

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JeffreyP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience2

Food and service were good overall, but the parking was terrible. No parking lots and you have to use pay by app parking. Prices were fair.

FAQs

La Placita does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Placita also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 400-8173.

La Placita is rated 4.2 stars by 518 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.