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La Palapa Mexican Restaurant

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12169 Woodside Ave Ste A, Lakeside, CA 92040-3023
+1 619-561-8106
10:00 - 22:30
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Lakeside, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food...Great Margarita, be careful the Cadillac will get ya! My family has been coming here for years!

Thank Toni R
El Cajon, California
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106 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Food was very good, great options, but the margarita is what stood out to me, nice family owned Mexican restaurant

Thank Bradnvicki
San Diego, California
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Great Mexican Food! We have been coming here since are kids were in Elementary School and now they are all grown with their own families and they still go. Best Shrimp Burrito around.

Thank Marsha A
Lakeside, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Eat here often. A small family owned restaurant but worth the wait.Mexican food is excellent with no frills.

Thank James G
Los Angeles, California
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109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Not large, must have been in this small shopping center a long time.Salsa OK, Spicy carrots really good, refills easy--prices very reasonable. Friends had chili verde(very good). One had tacos(very good). I had the owners special burrito(killer). Flan with brandy (yes), server needs to learn to light it----just good, reasonable, simple food----

Thank DrWalter
Lakeside, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 April 2016

For as long as I can remember La Palapa has been there and I believe it is the longest lasting restaurant in Lakeside. This is the place where longtime Lakeside residents go to eat drink and catch up on people. Like any business that has been around for a long time it has it's good times and bad but it... More 

Thank Vincent W
El Cajon, California
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70 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

We stopped in for dinner with friends. The place is small but accommodating. The bar is also small but it works. Our first time here but our friends had been here before but never got the margaritas. They rated the food as "average". We were pleasantly surprised with a kick butt margarita, it actually had tequila in it! We couldn't... More 

Thank mynahbird1
Lakeside, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 April 2016

My husband and I love coming here we love the Mexican hot carrots (mild so I can eat them). I love the bernadettes burrito. Amazing need to eat it every 2-3 weeks. Yummy

Thank lidofad
Lakeside, California, United States
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2016

We stop in often for happy hour after a long work day. A great bunch of "interesting" regulars (Think Cheers) and happy hour specials on drinks with a free daily appetizer. It's a fun place to relax, shoot the breeze and have a delicious (AKA STRONG!) cocktail. The bartenders, Jaquel, Carmello, Nichole, Sherry and Darla are some of the best... More 

Thank Deborah S
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76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

We have been here a lot because the food is always wonderful and plentiful and served on really hot plates so your food stays hot right until you are full. We are usually served with spicy salsa & carrots and warm chips soon after finding our seat. The Bernadette burrito is my favorite although I like the rolled tacos and... More 

Thank Steve S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12169 Woodside Ave Ste A, Lakeside, CA 92040-3023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lakeside
  • Phone Number: +1 619-561-8106

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