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La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill

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6275 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406-4982
+1 843-225-7055
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Charleston, South Carolina
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45 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

La Nortena is a great little place if you like spicy mexican food and seafood. The menu has a lot of choices and i have would have liked try many of the other items. My wife and I were there for lunch. We were given the usual chips and salsa that you normally are served at mexican restaurants. This time,... More 

Thank Michael W
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We read about this place in a review of Charleston's "Taco Crawl." The first item we decided to try was a chicken and a beef sopas. They were a much larger portion size than expected and they were delicious. There was so much food in the appetizer that we didn't order an entree because we were too full. I highly... More 

Thank Bonnieeellen571
Warrenton, Virginia
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted Mexican food and decided to give this place a try. We had a Steak and Sausage Burrito (Grilled steak, chorizo, refried beans, cheese, and pico de gallo) and a Pick 2 combination (Enchilada and Tostada). Both meals were tasty and satisfying. The prices were reasonable for the food. Maybe the prices are slightly high for the Margarita’s but... More 

Thank vafunbunch
Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017

The food here is absolutely amazing. The service is excellent and fast. The manager is always walking around and very actively participating in the goings on. Have not had a bad experience here yet.

Thank hgwilliamson21
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111 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

The food and drinks here were delicious Everything we had was top notch. Fajitas and enchiladas were excellent and the mojito was well made. We will go back again where we are close to the area

Thank tgerberm
Savannah, Georgia
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is much better than typical Mexican food. Ingredients taste like they are quality, fresh, and well prepared. There are several menu items that you don't see at typical Mexican restaurants. Good service too. Highly recommend.

Thank ConstantTravelerSE
Condado en Puerto Rico
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Good food, service, had the combination with enchilada(small in combination) and hard taco. Pacifica beer great and service excellent

Thank Vecino007
Summerville, SC
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Having lived most of my life in Arizona and Texas, I love Mexican food but it is hard to find on the East Coast. I found out about La Nortena from a foodie and both the food and service were outstanding.

1 Thank Kevin C
Woodstock, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 November 2016

This place is surprisingly authentic and unique. Try the Torta Loca or any of their other sandwiches for that matter. That's right, mexican sandwiches! The meats are savory and fresh, the sauces are housemade and delicious and the service is very good too. Jovita has served me many times and her friendly smile and personality just adds the 5th star... More 

Thank Patrick M
Charleston, South Carolina
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

Man they are fast and the food tastes amazing. Closest in town to real Mexican. I will be back for many more lunches. Come try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed!

Thank StephenMaddox

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6275 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406-4982
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  North Charleston
  • Phone Number: +1 843-225-7055
Since 2003 , La Nortena has served as the anchor "authentic Mexican cuisine" restaurant for the historic Charleston/N. Charleston area. The award-winning restaurant, owned and operated by restaurateur Luis Aguirre owes much of its success to our loyal and dedicated restaurant family and to our biggest fans - you, our patrons. Our menu combines traditional central region of Jalisco in the western-pacific area of Mexico. Dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist. Guest favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas and specialty margaritas. At "La Nortena" we believe in enjoying a meal from beginning to the end.

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