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La Playa Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$Mexican, , Latin
502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304
+1 956-421-2000
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“stuffed avocado” (43 reviews)
“fajitas” (37 reviews)
“street tacos” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
502 S 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX 78550-7304
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been eating here for five years and have never had a poor meal. Their Jalisco sauce should go on everything! I won’t recommend anything because everything is so damn good! Enjoy

Thank chilicasa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a fan of Tex-Mex with the guaranteed enormous plates plus required sides of rice, beans. The house salsa is without imagination. Requested more salsa with heat and it was better but we had to pay for it. Bizarre thick yellow machine made corn tortillas....More

Thank thomasdemaar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite places to eat.The deep fried stuffed shrimp avacodo is the bomb.It is an avocado breaded stuffed with cheeses and shrimp or beef ,then deep fried. Comes with 2 fish tacos ,tortilla soup,and small salad.I love this place No complaints...More

Thank Brandon P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is ok but it's to pricey...the wait is about 15to20 mins..I had a bloody Mary cause I heard they made them good but I guess that bartender was off that day so the drink was ok.

Thank Vern P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved the chips and pico, the beef enchiladas were very good. Guacamole and fajitas were also great. Service very fast and friendly.

Thank Carl S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are making this a regular place to go when in town. Everything we've had has been really good. We like the loud atmosphere.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and service and love the margaritas and fajitas but way too noisy. The wait staff all are very friendly but it’s diffcu to carry a conversation

Thank Jsissodt
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to La Playa for lunch. The menu is quite large with a large selection. There is also a lunch menu as well. It was busy but not packed. Chips and salsa were on the table quick and the food was out shortly after....More

Thank Rob H
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Selected a restaurant from the many that popped up in Harlingen. Food was great. Prices ranged from $13 to $18. Tried something new, chicken breast with spinish. Delicious. There were 10 in our group. Everyone's meal was great. Great atmosphere in the restaurant. There's a...More

Thank drock2know
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

I’ve eaten here several times when I go to Harlingen for business. the food is great. I recommend the beef fajitas and stuffed avocado

Thank Antonette C
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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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