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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 - 23:00
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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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Harlingen, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great place to eat lunch or dinner. Great wait staff. Very busy on Friday nights during the school year so go early.

Thank Deborah I
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Had a great meal with my wife. Nice atmosphere and great food. One of our favorite places in Harlingen.

Thank myparroteyes
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A bit loud, but food is excellent. Not a bunch of healthy choices, but great for family and friend get togethers. Desert also good.

Thank christopherhenn
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

New to the area, I am trying to find all the great places to eat. This certainly will be on my list of favorites! I arrived mid afternoon on a Sunday and was promptly and politely seated. I prefer quiet places and they did their best to accommodate me. The chips that I started with were good but not their... More 

Thank Pam F
Hallsville, Texas
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

This was at the top of the restaurant list so we chose to dine here. I had the Mexican platter with enchilada, taco, chalupa, rice and beans. My husband had LaPlaya burrito. Large platters! Food and service was really good. Pretty mild for Texmex but ok with me. Wish they had tamales though.

Thank sjfulton4
Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

Best Service and Best Food. Love it! Fried Beef Stuffed Avocados. There were 6 of us, seating was fast, service was quick and our server was very attentive,

Thank reneet65
Harlingen, Texas
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I enjoy going if I can find a booth. Otherwise, it is way too loud. The food is good, unique, and priced well. Service is fair. Try the stuffed avocado.

Thank gne p
Harlingen, Texas
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 January 2017

This restaurant has excellent food, reasonable prices and is well located with easy access. The service is excellent, it is clean, has value as their prices are reasonable and their Margaritas are very good also. This restaurant is great for lunches and dinners and I only have good things to say about it. As the name implies, LaPlaya is a... More 

Thank 111audreyf
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

I love their salsa here. I could literally just drink it. The prices have gone up lately but the food is still quite good. The food isn't too overpriced yet. I recommend the fried avocado. It's my staple order. Delicious.

Thank Rene P
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Great restaurant bar with an awesome staff! They are known for there house margaritas but if you need a stiff drink ask for a Top shelf Margarita. The tacos al pastor are a hidden gem as are their Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas. #MICHELADAS

Thank Jesse T

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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?