Playa Betty's

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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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation. Arrived 2 minutes before. Was sat down and wasn’t brought water or even acknowledged for about 20 minutes. I didn’t say anything because it was a Sunday and i figured there was a lot going on... there wasn’t. A whole section was empty.
A table came in then and was attended to within what felt like seconds. I got up to ask the hostess if we were assigned anyone to help us out. She apologized and then the same gentleman that helped the table that came in after we did came by.
I believe the manager came by after and asked if we ordered drink (which we had) and then said they were on them because we waited so long and apologized. Once we finished our meal we asked for our check and asked for one more round of drinks (we got bottomless sangria). The waiter came by about 15 minutes later and just slapped the bill on the table, no drinks. They also charged us for oue drinks, but at this point, i just wanted to pay my tab and leave so I didn’t point it out. We then waited another 12-15 minutes before he picked it up and charged me.
The food isn’t fantastic, the sangria was good, but the service was slow and inconsistent. Will not be returning.

JG
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st Time at Playa Betty's and was pleased we took the Change. Great Comfort Food at a Great Price. Very Convenient with the Comedy Club downstairs - Great Date Night!

IE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent food. Great Atmosphere. Little bit too loud but other than that, awesome place for dinner.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Paloma margarita for $12 bucks was to small for the price. Fish tacos were good. Nice colorful place, outdoor seating was a plus

DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've always had a good time there. The drinks are well priced, the tacos are good. I wasn't sold on the chicken taco but it wasnt bad either. The chips and guac were on point. I probably stop by again in the future.

CC
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food, just loud!

s
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

a good addition to the neighborhood- always fun and the food is good too.

l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious but very loud

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Saturday brunch after a Friday overnight in Manhattan. Brought our bags with us so we could hit Playa Betty’s on our way out of town! 3rd visit, always a fun time and excellent food. The Paloma margaritas are amazing! We’ll be back soon.

AP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Playa Betty's!!!
Playa Betty's is our go to restaurant whenever we make it back into the city. Even when it's lunch and we're salivating for a Haas taco and the amazing corn on the cobb, and they're not on the lunch menu, they will always make it for us! The wait staff is always great and so are the margharitas!!! Dining al fresco is always fun on Saturday mornings, too. Love Playa Betty's- We can't wait to get back soon!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Ambience was wonderful! Lively, colorful with great outdoor seating as well. However, the service was awful and it was hard to get the waiter to come over to our table. The pineapple margarita was so-so and I expect a much tastier and colder drink especially on Margarita Monday. We ordered the Guacamole which came with many sides to add into it. It was odd to get Guacamole that lacked taste and needed salt AND lemon to make it anything more than mashed avocado dip. The fish taco was tasty as was the salad. Unfortunately I found the food to be just so-so and lacking flavor.

OT
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great drinks margarita Monday’s. Great place to eat before a concert at the Beacon. Very close. Fun, friendly vibe. Tacos were good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I wasn’t too fond of their bottomless brunch. Their Carne taco had a weird smell and couldn’t even finish it. The interior is super cute and also the service was awesome however, won’t be going back.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My absolute favorite place to go in NYC! Great happy hour deals and fantastic queso and tacos.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burritos? Perfect. Margaritas? Perfect. As always, a good meal and just what we craved.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Great guacamole. Enchiladas and steak burrito was bland and lacking flavor. Cool as a cucumber drink seemed to be vodka and Mountain Dew.

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Bottomless mimosas were worth it! Tacos and salads were pretty good too and everything was reasonably priced.

LB
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun Fun Fun

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EN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Casual, upbeat festive atmosphere. Very loud, not the music, the people. Good food.

JK
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous restaurant for a catchup with friends, great service and wonderfully friendly and helpful staff.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Food was awesome, drinks were great and outdoor seating was perfect

OT
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Business is good & the food is good - it’s a taco place & it’s messy eating. In spite of that our server was very friendly & very attentive. We eat out most days a week but don’t eat a lot in super casual places like Betty’s - but we’ll be back again soon enough.

KA
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, but noisy and not much space. Great, fast and friendly service. The menu has a lot of variety and great vegetarian options.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great tacos. Slow service. Napkins shed.

MH
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The concept was good - taco Tuesday and $3 tacos. The food was cold, the drinks mediocre at best, and the worst part? All three of us got sick to our stomachs. I'd never eat there again.

BK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great IPA on tap, chicken enchiladas were awesome, and so were the Baja tacos. Food is consistently good at Playa’s.

MP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very loud (US Women’s Soccer World Cup Final was on and lots of people were watching and cheering). The food was pretty good, there were enough vegetarian options to make us feel like we had some choice but they didn’t turn out to be *amazing*, still pretty good though. I got tacos with fried hearts of palm in them and my girlfriend got a “breakfast bowl”. The best part was the $18 bottomless drinks for 1.5 hours deal. All you can drink mimosas, bellinis, and sangria. A very good deal and a great way to end our NYC trip and prepare us for the 4.5 hour bus ride back home. Would definitely recommend this place if you like California Tex-mex.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

White napkins shed onto pants.

TS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good, and fresh! Its definitely a great place to go to for lunch, or dinner with friends. The shrimp, and Mahi fish taco are my favorite! I can't wait to go back!

SG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great deal on Taco Tuesday! Definitely make a reservation as the place is PACKED! Very noisy so just a flag if you're looking for a more intimate setting

KM
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and Service were great. We were going to a show at the Beacon Theater and told our waitress that, she put in our order and we had all of our drinks and food rather quickly. Out of there in < 1 hour! We made a reservation, which was a good thing, because for a Monday the place was packed. We were seated right away, while a couple in front of us had to wait about 10 minutes to get a table w/no reservation. Playa Betty's is very vibrant... and loud... not the place to have a quiet conversation!

G
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Margarita Monday and Taco Tuesday make this an affordable treat on the Upper West Side!

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Excellent food. Long wait on the weekends. Very loud of seating inside.

SN
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soooooomuch fun !!!!! Food soooooooo delicious!
Paloma soooo , sooooooo delicious.
Our new favorite Pllaya !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were served two batches of guacamole with visibly spoiled tomatoes. The waiter and manager did not apologize although they did give us a free dessert.

G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Very poor service: took forever to get acknowledged at the bar. Waited for our change when we paid the bar tab- never got it. The bartender who ignored us put it in her pocket. Worse service at the table. Almost left without ordering. First time for all 3 of us. Won’t be back. The food was good but the service was miserable. Plenty of staff. No excuse. Very disappointed.

v
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They have great tacos. Really enjoyed the place. At some point it got too noisy to hear. That was the only bad thing.

R
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent! Food good, service and atmosphere great.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Appreciated the Tuesday taco prices with a mixed drink special. Service was great and enjoyed a sidewalk cafe table before heading over to the Beacon Theater, right around the corner. Bar staff and patrons were friendly too as I waited for the other person to arrive. Would definitely go there again.

LA
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Two of us had tacos, they were excellent and to be recommended. One of us had a burrito, said to be very good. Very pleasant staff, prompt service, though atmosphere a bit loud for a Tuesday at 5:30. Would return

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