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La Palapa Grill & Cantina

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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8307 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4768
+1 410-465-0070
11:00 - 01:00
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Sun 11:00 - 01:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One really wants to have an extraordinary experience at La Palapa. The building is very inviting and attractive but it is consistently average. I appreciate having an authentic Mexican restaurant with a decent reputation in the area. The competition is more cafeteria like. I just want to be wowed. I had lunch there today. The service was pleasant but not... More 

Thank Jane H
Laurel, Maryland
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216 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

LaPalpa is on the upper end of Main Street. We were there for lunch 2/21/17. Great location, because there is lots of free parking behind the restaurant. Parking can be difficult in Ellicott City. My wife and I had the two soft tacos, one with steak and one with chicken. Both were overstuffed and there was a large scoop of... More 

Thank Bruce L
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Moved to Ellicott City last year after the late July flood. Lucky that la palapa is only few minutes walk from our new place. Family friendly and people are great. Food is fresh and delicious AS ALWAYS! I love listening to their mariachi band. Complimentary tortilla chips and salsa. Variety of Mexican food! It's glad to know they're back. If... More 

Thank KG-Wili
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718 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 400 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We ate here years ago after a local ghost tour (separate review) and were in the area again so had lunch. It is nice inside and we came in as soon as they opened that Saturday and got a cozy table near the two sided gas fireplace. This was nice and relaxing after walking around outside in the cold and... More 

Thank travelkitty50
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017 via mobile

If you appreciate real Mexican food you will love this place. Great flavors. The ambience is great too. We enjoyed the whole experience. The guitarists kept my mom singing "boleros" (Latin ballades to serenade) the whole time. The shrimp and crap enchiladas, California burrito and fajitas were really good.

Thank Maria M
Ellicott City, Maryland
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466 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

We went to La Palapa shortly after Christmas, and as it was the holidays found it crowded at lunch. We had salads and tacos, and found them average. But the service was poor. We had to ask for silverware and it took forever to get; when we asked for a refill on chips (for which they charge) they arrived after... More 

Thank EC13091
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Set in charming Ellicott City , this is a great-looking place which serves delicious Mexican food. I started with a cup of the Aztec chili, which was spicy and full of flavor. We then had steak and chicken fajitas, which were tender and delicious. The service was attentive and prompt.

Thank Emjef
Ellicott City, Maryland
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Nice selection of Mexican food. Friendly, quick service. Nice atmosphere and tons of food at reasonable prices.

Thank ECDoppelgangerx4
Glen Burnie, Maryland, United States
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Great food, and a great hang-out spot with friends. The beer selection is lacking but you can count on good margaritas!

Thank Heather S
Ellicott City, Maryland
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Have not been here for years but we were very disappointed. Went on Sunday for lunch. Decent size place but had a decent amount of empty tables. Ordered their version of cream of crab soup but it had no crab, only shrimp with a heavy dusting of Old Bay. Little bit spicy. Not much flavor. Was told by waitress "but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8307 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043-4768
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Ellicott City
  • Phone Number: +1 410-465-0070

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