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La Playa Mexican Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304
+1 956-421-2000
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Voorhees, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I asked to got to an authentic Mexican Restaurant. Our lunch was amazing. Will definitely be back. Very friendly staff.

Thank Doug_T46891
Easton, Pennsylvania
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160 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here on a Thursday night. We were seated right away. We ordered happy hour margaritas and placed our food order. The margaritas were very tasty and we ordered a second round after finishing the first ones. I has a shrimp stuffed avocado and my lady friend had a chicken stuffed avocado. Both were excellent. Both came with... More 

Thank Ron O
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Tex-Mex food here is just as you would expect- every plate comes with rice and beans (and those beans are creamy and delicious!) The rice is orange and fluffy, just as it should be. If you decide to go, go EARLY. This place gets packed quickly in the evenings, and people end up having to park in nearby neighborhoods... More 

Thank Middle_ageds
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Worst cevihe I ever had bland without any flavor. Save your money people!!! Way over priced!!! Not for me!!!

Thank Adan L
Missoula, Montana
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service is fast and courteous, the beer selection is great and the drinks are excellent. The real reason to visit this restaurant is the authentic food. It is absolutely the very best I've ever had in the Mexican style. So much so that we returned there the next day and will most likely visit one more time before leaving town... More 

Thank Bird_and_Food_Lover
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a repeat visit. Food was good. Prices reasonable (not cheap). Always busy. Menu has much variety.

Thank Karen D
Tyler, Texas
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152 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Wow. Loved the food and the service. The price is on the high side. Parking needs improvement, too small. I had a large group, family. We had many different dishes. All were great. I had the stuffed avocado with shrimp. The best.

Thank Juan S
Corpus Christi, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I had a steak stuffed avocado and iced tea. Excellent, very tasty. Service was a little sluggish in the beginning, but was forgivable. I'll be back, no doubt.

Thank putinwords
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Our server, Alberto, was magnificent! We told him we were vegetarians that eat no meat or no dairy products, especially no cheese. He brought out this beautiful veggie dish! What a marvelous meal! Thanks, Alberto!!!

Thank Mag32048
Evanston, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Fresh food. Quick service. Couldn't be,I've how much food they brought. I ordered an amazing ceviche. Flavorful and large and I'm picky about my ceviche. Would encourage anyone to go there. House margaritas are small but they only cost $4 so what can you expect?!

Thank RichardAR68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Harlingen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-421-2000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?