Playa Betty's

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514 reviews
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Playa Betty's is a road trip down the California coastline.
When we say "California-Style Beach Food" we mean the whole coast of California - from a Mendocino County food truck to Los Angeles health food to the best of Baja California!
We serve it up wholesome, fast, and with lots of love inside.
So grab some friends, throw some surfboards into your old VW microbus, take an imaginary drive down the coast –

"Cause at Playa Betty’s there’s always great food, cold drinks and summer never ends…"
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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was fast and on point. Food was delicious. We kept it simple with chips and guacamole as an app, but lots of toppings came with it. The pomegranate arils were a surprising treat! The Baja fish tacos were delicious! My friend enjoyed the shroom tacos. I would definitely visit Playa Betty’s again when I’m in the area.

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LD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic meal, three tacos (shrimp was amazing), rice and beans for $19.n Am I really in NYC? Drinks were delicious too.

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AN
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, a delightful meal at Playa Betty's! It's great that they're open so late--we went at 10pm, after a movie--and at that time the noise level is a bit more reasonable. As a vegan, I really appreciate all the vegan options, especially their "vegan-ish" tacos with beans and rice. The service is quick and friendly, and the drinks are AWESOME. It's always a party at Playa Betty's!

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MH
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate at Playa Betty’s prior to a concert at the Beacon Theatre. The food was fresh; the guacamole was fantastic, and I recommend the al pastor tacos. My only suggestion is that management turn down the music a few decibels; the space, while visually appealing, did not account for acoustics - therefore, with loud EDM / pop music, it was a challenge to hear conversation at the table. Nonetheless, I would certainly plan to return.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

We were there for exactly 60 minutes when the hostess told us they had another reservation for this table and we had to leave.

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RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Just a little cramped.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Love that this restaurant has vegan options that are actually creative and tasty! Some thought went into creating the vegan options which I am grateful. Will definitely be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is not a place for good conversation due to music level. I wonder if advertising conversationally friendly hours would work? It may draw in some business/beyond young gen in?

Overall, really liked it!

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CB
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Too noisy and crowded (even at 6:30pm) for this group of seniors...

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was bad. Truly.

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OT
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an upper west side gem! The food was tasty and plentiful and the service was excellent. Gluten free options were clearly marked, and the server said that the kitchen takes precautions so that the food is safe even for celiacs. Will definitely return.

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e
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good food and good prices. Tables are super close together and the noise level is challenging. In addition to the noise from diners, there is music playing a few levels higher than it should.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good and moderately priced food in a high energy environment. It’s more of a brunch place for 20 somethings run by 20 somethings.

Not from the area and made a reservation based on reviews. Not only did they not have our reservation, they tried to sit my wife and child at the loud bar that was covered in beer. Not the best first impression.

Later got moved to a table and enjoyed the rest of our meal. Would not repeat however.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the palomas (grapefruit margaritas)! Our food was delicious too. The noise was deafening and it was hard to hear each other, but it was all happy noise. :>)

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j
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Been a few times... Like the ambience and the food. Maybe a little overpriced and the food is good but not outstanding. The drinks are stellar

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The best way to describe Playa Betty's is: extremely loud and incredibly close...tables.

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HF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time and enjoyed our server’s wit and cheerfulness! Our meals are always consistent and enjoyable. Great for gathering with friends and for families, too!

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MS
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Family visiting

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute place. Great food with lots of options (even vegan options).

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SC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Guacamole was terrible -- some nerve charging $14. The rest of the food was just OK -- place seems to exist for people have someplace to eat before the Beacon but that doesn't make it right. Way too loud to talk comfortably, cramped tables. Competition should send this clip joint out of business.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great place to go before a concert at the Beacon - would have had a higher rating but the so-called "salsa" we asked for for a late-comer had just arrived was anything but . . . (not salsa?)

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MW
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Service and ambience was very good. A good hang out for the local scene, lively.
Happy Hour is a good deal. Grapefruit margarita was yummy!
Food was disappointing. BBQ and Ahi Tuna tacos were poor. BBQ was very tough and the Ahi Tuna in the Ahi Tuna taco was over-cooked and a tiny portion. Baja Fish taco was good. I would go back again, this time I would order one burrito for two...they are huge, but light, with a couple of apps. The cauliflower was by far the best app we ate...delicious with a nice spice kick.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Cesar Chavez Salad was extremely bad and had missing items

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N
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing pink cactus mimosas!

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R
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tacos are excellent. Guacamole is very meh, even with all the add-ins provided. But overall a great dinner. Hope the weather allows one more patio dining weekend so we can try that!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, as always!

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fun gem! Great food! We had tacos, grilled corn and the Dharma bowl. All delicious! We will be back.

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

My son’s food was brought out 10 minutes before everybody else’s on a dirty tray with cold tater tots. Then adult food was brought out and inedible. The server didn’t seem to even notice we left it all there...or maybe they didn’t care. Will never go back.

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g
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and reasonable. The waitress was great. Went before show at the Beacon - perfect location. Would definitely go again.

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JM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

High energy soundtrack, good food, friendly and attentive staff

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Super crowded but they were so attentive and efficient! Very nice experience.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Margarita ok. Guacamole excellent. Did not like 2 of the 3 tacos ordered.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! I always bring out of town guests to Playa Betty’s for brunch! It’s a fave!

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I liked it! Good food options and great margaritas!

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

The noise level was unbearable, and the food was mediocre. Really disappointed.

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B
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service!
-Don't expect a quiet dinner -

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RG
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 5ambience 4

I got sick from the fish taco which has never happened before

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

There is no management present at the restaurant. Main courses arrive shortly after appetizers. Too bad, the food was decent, but there is no customer focus whatsoever.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Post NYC marathon tacos were great

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AL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was great and our server was awesome - i will definitely be back

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