La Santa

4.6
84 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
We are bringing Authentic Mexican food to you! Made fresh daily. Recipes are created from the owner's mother who is from Guadalajara. "Tastes like home" is what we often hear. Our margaritas are made from fresh squeezed fruit juices and good quality tequila! Come on in for a visit, we look forward to serving you!
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WB
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Fathers Day and it was excellent as usual. Service and food is always excellent.

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EG
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone at LaSanta is committed to welcoming all to enjoy their visit. The food is excellent, with varied choices and high quality ingredients. Seating both outdoors and indoors. Festive atmosphere that welcomes families, dates, work gatherings. I’ve eaten here several times and have enjoyed each visit.

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j
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, helpful staff, quick service. No complaints.

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t
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place - celebrated three birthdays with our family and everything was amazing!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service was amazing!

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MR
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Food was NOT impressive. Chicken had no flavor and the chorizo was burnt

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PT
Raleigh
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great and the cocktails were good too!

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B
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We randomly selected this restaurant based on the reviews as we were downtown for just one night. The food was very flavorful with a good variety. The drinks could also be described the same way! Our service was very attentive. A restaurant always gets an extra star from me if they can keep my water full--and they did.

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R
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is friendly and attentive and food is fresh and delicious. Love the decor, very festive. We would have liked the music turned down some, too loud for conversation without raising our voices. Have been here many times and will return, music not as loud at lunchtime 🙂

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C
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Not the best mexican food. The steak on the fajitas was rather dry

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KS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All I have to say is.....THE STRAWBERRY MARGARITA WAS AWESOMENESS

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Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating at La Santa. Some friends recommended it. Food was delicious!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on Valentine’s Day and ordered the special which was a great value for the price: 2 orders of tacos, 2 margaritas, queso, and tres leches for dessert

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DU
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine's Day! They had a wonderful special. The service was quick and the food was great!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

The ambiance was great and the restaurant looked very clean and nicely decorated. The drinks were amazing and the service was great however my food did not taste like anything. There was no seasoning whatsoever on the ground beef that was in my dish. It was so bland, that no one in the table liked it! I was beyond disappointed. I would never return. It’s a shame.

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A
New Orleans
211 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Bad restaurant. Their food is not authentic, but the most important that it is simply bad: it was the worst pollo al mole poblano I have ever had in my life.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was everything you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious. This place is perfect for large groups and they accommodate requests like birthday cakes/deserts (on the house).

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CD
Raleigh
37 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As on a previous visit, the wait staff is great. There are usually good and interesting drink specials and everything we have ordered for appetizers and entrees has been very good. We certainly plan to keep going back.

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Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for large parties! Excellent service, food, drinks, ambiance! Just absolutely loved La Santa!

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AM
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

La Santa is a fantastic location for large groups! Recently held a surprise party here for 20+ and the staff was polite, professional & accommodating. The food was fresh & delicious and served in a timely manner. The cocktail list is authentic & extensive. THANK YOU LA SANTA for your service!

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E
Wilmington
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son’s 26th birthday & we decided to try LaSanta even tho we had a reservation at another place. So glad we did LaSanta - food was great, service was fantastic & the atmosphere was good as well. The service crew all came to our table & sang (& clapped) happy birthday to him & treated him to a shot, which he said was very smooth (we had to ask them the name of the liquor). All in all a great time & experience & we would definitely recommend. We will plan to return to eat there again soon. Thank you LaSanta !!

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GN
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Food was cold.. all of the parties food was cold and bean were bland..

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there with a group of friends and had a good time. Ceviche -we tried the fish one and the shrimp one- was delicious. A few friends got something (sorry I can’t remember) with steak and they ate everything on the wooden board it was served on. Another friend got the shrimp fajitas and said it was ok but not the best. Mole was pretty good but the chicken was cubed and I was expecting shredded with a little more chili flavor like I’ve tasted in Mexico. Service was great, drinks were good, overall we had a great experience.

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MB
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated a birthday and had a wonderful time here. Staff was all so friendly, food was delicious, and music was great!

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AF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance and service, but many of the dishes our group ordered were incredibly salty. Perhaps they were having an off-day in the kitchen, because we only heard really great things about this place from friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have brought out-of-towners twice now and it was excellent! Food is delicious, they constantly refill the chip bowl, and they have great margaritas. Definitely will continue to go back!

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Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Drinks were good. Nice atmosphere. My husband an I will probably be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Buena
La comida excelente y buen servicio

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1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great! I heard of the place from a friend so me and my bf decided to try it out. The best enchiladas and Margaritas!!! And great service

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D
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Margaritas were made with fresh juice and were fantastic!!! Great ambiance and service too!

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BB
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was fabulous. The service was a bit sketchy, waitress was not fully trained. However, the manager came over (unsolicited) and apologized, explaining the situation and rhen offered us a free dessert. We left very happy and will return.

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AH
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome time and the waiter was the absolute best! Great food and even better drinks!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

It was a very nice place. We went for a dinner celebration and the ambience was amazing. however, we made reservation but the service was slow. Maybe we had a group larger than expected but we confirmed that they could accomadate for the group size I was bringing. Took a while to get the drinks from the bar, took a bit to get food out. everything was good other than that.

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Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Coming in during prime dinner hour to a "please seat yourself" sign was very off-putting. Our server was nice, but drink orders came out incorrect twice. Food was bland and the queso dip was similar to what you would find at the grocery store. This is the second time we've given this restaurant a chance after having a similar experience the first time there and unfortunately, we will not be returning.

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!

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SS
Raleigh
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The guacamole was so fresh and tasty! We loved the huge tequila menu, and the unique dishes of Guadalajara. One of the salsas we wanted to take home it was so good - fresh rich tomato with a touch of smokiness. Atmosphere was lively with colorful Day of the Dead decor.

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KS
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was incredible, management came by and checked on our table. Food was out incredibly fast and was just as incredible!!! Thank You

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AJ
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We started out right away being disappointed because we ordered the margarita flight that a Yelp reviewer had referred to in their review, only to find out that it was a special that was no longer being offered. We then ordered the queso, and were presented with the tiniest thimble of queso I've eve seen (pictured). The food was good, but I think we were just looking so forward to being able to sample a few of the margaritas and kick back on a Friday that we just started out on the wrong foot.

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CP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

house wine $10. They has wine for $8 why was house more. Paying for down town. Dinner was overpriced. Waitress was nice.

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R
Raleigh
31 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lackadaisical service. Took almost 45 min to get our food and there was only 3 other tables occupied. Food pretty standard Mexican- not bad but nothing special.
Would not go back

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