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La Playa Mexican Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304
+1 956-421-2000
11:00 - 21:00
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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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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is one of my favorites, we went for dinner and ask for the fish san Lucas 15.99 and bar b que ribs for my wife 16 As always very large portions and very good in flavor and presentation, with a ver nice atmosphere with a lot of wood although no windows. The service very attentive, and at the... More 

Thank Hec L
New Orleans, Louisiana
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If this is the number 1 rated restaurant in Harlingen then I'll drive to Brownsville next time. The drinks were good and it was down hill after that. The chips tasted burned but the salsa was good. The smell of burned pervaded the restaurant and the meals tasted like it. We both ordered figitas that weren't seasoned well and that... More 

Thank David T
Fort Worth, Texas
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mexican food is the same everywhere, right? Not when you're introduced to the Fried Stuffed Avocado! Tried this on the suggestion from a customer service rep at the airport and was not disappointed. A satisfying meal and decent service at a reasonable price. You'll know you're at the right place when lunch-time parking is at a premium. However, there is... More 

Thank Michael M
Green Bay
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, I'm not a huge lover of Mexican food. I have a hard time going out and spending a lot of money on Mexican food, when I feel a good street taco will suffice. However, my fiancé and I were visiting my dad who lives close to Harlingen, and we wanted to go out for dinner. Initially, we heard that... More 

1 Thank travelin'gal77
Kendalia, Texas
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

This is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Harlingen. The fried stuffed avocado is delicious.

Thank OlliKay
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The stuffed avocado is to die for. Great drinks. It is a little loud but food is great. Good service and pleasant staff. Bathrooms are clean always a good test of how the kitchen will be. Give it a try.

1 Thank Peggy H
Wichita, Kansas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

Everything was excellent from the service to the appetizer to our main course ! Highly recommend cheese and onion enchiladas!

Thank Debt1957
Saint Louis, Missouri
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42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

I spent a week in Harlingen, and ate at La Playa nearly every night. It always felt like a party. (Strolling musicians on some nights.) Loved the food - shrimp fajitas and street taco platters are standouts. The place was always packed, but it's large and efficient, so we never waited long for a table. Generous portions, fresh premium ingredients.

1 Thank Suzanne L
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent Mexican food in Harlingen. Service is very good and food comes out quickly. Great Margaritas. Don't let the full parking lot keep you away; they have lots of seating.

Thank TexasArlee
Harlingen, Texas
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6 reviews
Reviewed 21 February 2017

The people were friendly, the service was fast, and the food was great. What more can you ask for. We always enjoy ourselves there.

Thank robertlS235KL

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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?