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Playa Betty's

4.3
4.3
896 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
California-style beach fare served to New York City's Upper West Side. Stop by & enjoy the best of the West Coast.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:30 am–12:00 am Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. <br />Trains:<br />1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway<br />1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & Broadway<br />B/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History Museum<br />B/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 896 people are saying

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Showed up 10 minutes early for a 5:45 reservation and were told we had to wait. That’s fine. But then we didn’t get a table until 6:00. What’s the point of a reservation? Noise level was ear splitting.
  2. M

    Metmama1

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here before Seinfeld show at the Beacon. Great margaritas, good tacos, fun vibe. Wish we had something like this in Westchester. We will definitely go again when we are in the neighborhood.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always a reliable fun place . The Sunday Brunch bar staff rock .
  4. JC

    JosephC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Everything was great but they brought our dinner a few minutes after our appetizer. They were doing it with all the tables around us. That was a real turn off!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good tacos.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service!
  7. D

    Dora

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place around the corner from the beacon theater Good food and drinks
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Overall, impressed by the atmosphere of the restaurant— lots of space and nice decor. Service was very slow and our table was rarely checked on. However, we went during Saturday brunch, so understand the busy atmosphere. Food was tasty, but for the price I would say the portion sizes could’ve been bigger. The chips and queso were amazing— would definitely come back for drinks and appetizers, but not sure if I’d pay for a whole meal again.
  9. I

    Irene

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Energetic, somewhat too loud, food was OK, tacos not bad but nothing special. Guacamole is excellent. Same for drinks - margarita was great but the drink my husband took was super strong, he had to return it.
  10. MD

    MooreD

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    30th birthday
  11. E

    Elizabethv

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Such a great spot. Great outdoor dining in the winter with heaters. Home Run every time!!!!
  12. YO

    YumO

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Taco Tuesdays is not only a great deal but delicious! Keep going back almost every week! Baja fish & Shortrib tacos are consistently our faves but the Potabella “shrooms” is fab for vegetarians!
  13. t

    toughcritic

    New England

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Great for younger crowd. Great prices. Good food. It noisy
  14. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok. Margaritas were weak, I ended up paying $8 to add a shot to the house margarita. Then asked for one with fresh-squeezed lime and a better tequila, it wasn't any better. $8 for chips seems a bit excessive.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Given the option to order through our phones or to place order through our waiter. Waiter was extremely helpful and took our orders. Food was good and waiter was very attentive
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was not good. Reviews noted not for food but for margaritas but don’t go for the margaritas, they were weak and tasteless. Staff lea lacked personality. Overall awful experience.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This place has the worst Mexican food I’ve ever had. Who is actually giving them 4.5 stars. The service and the menu, as it is constructed online, is confusing. No one came to our table until we got up and asked if there was table service. When the waitress arrived she was unhelpful. The best part about the entire meal was the NON complimentary chips and salsa. None of the 3 salsas scored an 8 out of 10 rating. The food was poorly seasoned. Even the rice and beans was bland. Honestly, keep on moving.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We did bottomless brunch with breakfast burritos and it was all delicious. They were also attentive for refills!
  19. MZ

    MeganZ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    World Cup final
  20. JP

    JosephineP

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lively atmosphere. Great menu and good food.
  21. c

    crysg

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    This was a great place to go with a group before a show. Food was fast, great happy hour deals!
  22. TK

    TomK

    Chicago

    104 reviews

    4.0

    104 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Loud, chaotic but good
  23. K

    Kathleenj

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service Food, drink and atmosphere all exceeded expectations.
  24. RP

    RickyP

    Coastal Georgia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Service and food where good but noise level is high. I would recommend if your seeing a show at beacon and want a good quick bite. Overall an 8 out of 10. We got seated and out in about 40 mins so great for our purpose of getting to show early. You will need a reservation on a show night but great little Taco place with good cocktails.
  25. DD

    DennisD

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at Playa Betty’s Food and drinks were exceptional Waitress and service was really good.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner
  27. H

    Hughes

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    been to this twice, and very inconsistent food performance.
  28. k

    kristil

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happily surprised - the frozen Paloma was amazing!!
  29. RR

    RRRR1

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was tasty but it came out wayyyy too fast. We were in and out in less than an hour. Definitely felt like they wanted to turn over the table quickly and it was not a busy night as we were there on the Friday after Thanksgiving around 7pm. Also, portions a little skimpy for the price. This would be a good place to go if you were in a rush and were hitting a movie or a show at the Beacon.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    As other diners have indicated, the food came out of the kitchen very quickly, and most of the food was very tasty and well prepared. My only issues were with an order of chips and salsa that I needed to ask about several times before they eventually came out once everyone had already finished their dinners. In addition, the rice bowl off the kids menu that I ordered for my five year old daughter was served with spicy blackened chicken and a hot sauce mixed in with it, that made it way too spicy for her palate. The server seemed sympathetic about my complaint, and offered a free extra scoop of ice cream, which I thought was a nice gesture.
  31. JW

    JamesW

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, very good food the punches above it's weight. Try taco Tuesday, can't beat it!!!
  32. PN

    PamN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Fun place with great service, good food and lively atmosphere. A little too noisy but all good. Shout out to the female bartender for being so friendly and making a great cocktail.
  33. NT

    NikkiTee93

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Literally no space between tables, was right on top of people next to us. Chaotic inside - very crammed. Good if you're looking for a quick bite - the food comes out in minutes, this is not a good date night place. Went here because close to Beacon theater. Food was good - drinks were too expensive for small sizes.
  34. NP

    NicholasP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was perfect for a pre Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon dinner and drinks. We were in the perfect mood for the show.
  35. ND

    NoreenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had tickets to a show at the Beacon Theater and worried that we wouldn't have time to have dinner before hand. The speed at which we were served was amazing! We had more than enough time! The food was great and the margaritas were perfect!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Playa Betty’s was easily able to accommodate our large party and provided us all excellent service. Food and drinks came quickly and everything tasted great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    waiter was very helpful with my daughters GF diet and answered all her questions. There are many Gluten Free options!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch
  39. B

    Boomer

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Playa Betty's was fun with delicious food, in spite of the noise level! Our wait staff was excellent as well. Highly recommend it for a good time and great Mexican food!
  40. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food; quick and friendly service. Everything was great!

FAQs

Playa Betty's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Playa Betty's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 712-0777.

Playa Betty's is rated 4.3 stars by 896 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


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Playa Betty's

320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:30 am–12:00 am Sun 10:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. Trains:1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & BroadwayB/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History MuseumB/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

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