The Talpa Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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The Talpa is a family owned operated restaurant and we invite you to join us and our super friendly staff for some of the best home cooked Mexican food you have ever tasted. We promise you won't be disappointed! The Talpa has a full bar and, well known for our great home margarita and many other flavors to choose from too. If you prefer, try a generous shot of tequila, many to choose from.
Your patronage is very important to us, so we at Talpa would like to hear from you if something is not right. Please let us know, there is always someone from our management there to serve you.

Specials

Margarita Mondays

Enjoy $6 margaritas with us all day Monday!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 14, 2019

Ends: August 15, 2118

Availability: Mon 12:00PM-9:30PM

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VW
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Mexican food nicely prepared from a varied menu. We have been coming here for 35 years and are seldom disappointed.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A good intimate date night spot. Food very delicious and my margarita was very tasty.

LJ
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Talpa is my favorite restaurant for Mexican food. I've been going there for many years, including when run by the previous owner. The Talpa has continued to be a wonderful restaurant. I've introduced family and many friends, from as far away as Scotland, to it.

v
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the better Mom and Pop Mexican restaurants on the Westside. Nice bar and solidly good food make it an often enjoyable place visit!

JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The best salsa ever. Great large portions. Salads are wonderful. Really good potato Tacos.
The chili verde is the best but can be hit-and-miss when it comes to the tenderness of the meat.

AF
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 1

Disappointed. Won't be back. Slow service. Error on bill; entree not served but billed. Very tight seating. I've eaten better versions of these standards dishes at other restaurants for less money. Given the availability of other, better selections, why return?

F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the Talpa is one of my favorite places for good Mexican food. Everything I have had at The Talpa has been tasty. The service is always friendly and they take care of you. I meet friends there all the time. Everyone I introduce to The Talpa likes it. The Margaritas are good, too! I certainly recommend it. Thanks!

WB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Went there with my son for a quick lunch since he had to get back to work. Very accommodating and got us our food very quickly. The luncheon specials was fantastic and more than we could eat. At only $6.75 a great bargain. Highly recommended and the taquitos were delicious. Also comes with chips and hot sauce., and the hot sauce is just that HOT.

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Talpa has been our go-to Mexican restaurant for 40+ years. There's a reason it's survived the LA restaurant "scene". Food is great; fresh, hot (heatwise) - not just warmed up. Best guacamole - just good avocados with no frills. Salsa is roasted and delicious. They've added a full bar so you can have a margarita if you'd like. We thought that after the long- time owners sold it we'd be disappointed, but not so. We are still loyal customers, coming back time after time for the great food and our favorite waitresses, Selina and Paula.

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A little hole in the wall that did not look OK for eating Did not try the food.

X
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Discovered because we needed something close by......WOW!!!!!...... The Best Mexican Food...... Salsa is Spicy and fresh.... Chips are crispy and NOT greasy.....Lunch Value menu is a super deal

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Very slow service. Guacamole was just mashed avocado. My daughter ordered a veggie tamale and was given pork. She was really not happy.

DW
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Talpa has the best Mexican food in Los Angeles! Great pork in tomatillo salsa (REALLY spicy!), chile verde, steak picado and all the rest. Terrific salsa and chips, too! Been coming here for years; always excellent!

CS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, authentic, Mexican food in a cozy, family atmosphere. The waitstaff knows all the regular customers. Friendly people, good food.

4
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were there several months ago and it was delicious. The food we had last week did not compare. Don't know what happened? It was old style authentic Mexican with refried beans and delicious rice. This time the beans were black and the cheese wasn't even melted on the top. Tacos were not up to par. My tostada was a huge pile of lettuce, enough chicken, with a bit of guacamole, tomato and no cheese at all.
The chicken taquitos were the best of all the food we had. Don't think we will be back. Unfortunately, something has radically changed. So sorry.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Good food but when I saw a health department C rating on the wall when leaving , I was not a happy camper. I would not return until Talpas has an A rating

j
Los Angeles
178 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

our go to texmex closed so we r shopping for a replacement. this was pretty good better than the other two we tried but not as good as our old fave. ingredients DO make a BIG difference. we're still shopping our area

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best on the Westside for authentic food. Great service and good food! Go early for parking!

LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fantastic family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant that has been around for about 50 years. The food is AMAZING!

4
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Real Mexican food, delicious and really good margaritas!

P
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very authentic Mexican food Not a fancy place but clean and comfortable

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I have been going here for almost 4 decades. With so many great Mexican restaurants in LA, we like to experiment and try them all. But we always "come home" to Talpa. It changed ownership a few years ago, as the original owners finally retired, but the new owner has retained the quality of the food, and has added a full bar. If you want real Jalisco style "comfort" Mexican food, and not a new-wave Mexican tapas bar or an oversized burrito, this is your place. Salsa is just delicious roasted chiles, and guacamole is old style (no lobster or uni in this guacamole) It's old school, but as we are one of many customers who have been enjoying their food for a very long time, they will hopefully always be open for us to enjoy.

VW
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We've been coming here for years, and the food has been consistently good. The service has changed somewhat with the recent change of ownership, and is much less friendly, but still polite. It's a small, casual place to go and just relax.

UPDATE: April , 2017: it is with a lot of regret that I have to report that the food has really declined since a change in management....and when we stood up last time and noticed it now has a "C" health department rating....well say no more. My friends in the restaurant business say you have to be really bad to get a "C". Really sad to take this one off my list.

R
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The food was really really good! The waitress was efficient and the Margarita was yummy

OT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

i've been coming to the Talpa for about 35 years....my husband more like 40. Despite the long-time owners selling a few years back, the new owner has done his best to add a full bar, spruce up the furnishings a bit, and still (and most importantly) keep the food great. If you want terrific home style Mexican food, this is the place to go. There's a lot of great Mexican in LA, but this is our "comfort" stop....and we are not the only ones who have been coming here for decades. There's a reason for that...WAAAY before OpenTable and Yelp came along, we all promoted this little place by word of mouth for a reason.

v
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The go to for Mexican on the West side. Great dishes (shrimp enchiladas)!!!
Great Tequila selection and the service is always great too!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The chile verde is quite good. But the salsa is the real reason we eat here weekly.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The best salsa in LA. Our server was exceptional.

DR
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Mexican restaurant for many years...reliable food and service

I
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Love this authentic place, my husband and his aunt used to come here in the late 80's an they say the place hasn't changed. The food is delicious but and spicy. Don't be a fool and go to the place next door, come to Talpa where the food is amazing and authentic, not foo foo.