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La Placita Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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2950 N Swan Rd, Ste 131, Tucson, AZ 85712-6018
+1 520-881-1150
11:30 - 20:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 20:30
Sat 17:00 - 20:30
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Boulder, Colorado
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67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Authentic and unassuming with the best mole I have ever experienced. All dishes are delicious and the staff is always happy to help you decide what to order. Highly recommend!

Thank foodlover2795
Antioch, Illinois, USA
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135 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Enjoyed our weekday lunch here in this tucked-away niche in the Plaza Palomino Shopping Center with fresh, flavorful chips and salsa (little hot for our taste) and delicious margaritas. My husband and I shared "Numero Quatro" with a fish taco, a cheese enchilada and a beef tamale. We are not big eaters so it was the perfect amount of food... More 

Thank 91paulkat
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We visited La Placita for the first time yesterday- it's excellent. Two of us had specialty margaritas which were really nice. The carne seca was absolutely delicious. The food is freshly made, traditional and very good. The service was very attentive without being overbearing. We'll definitely be going back.

Thank KatieScarlettLeeds
Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Excellent food, good service and quite dining experience. I highly recommend La Placita! The have great carne seca, mole sauce, enchiladas. We enjoy it because it's such a great, central location. Plenty of parking, large dining room.

Thank Mary F
Silverado, California
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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

This little charmer, tucked away at the back of Plaza Palomino, continues to delight and surprise me. It has an intimate setting and a few tables outside as well, and good, friendly service. I've had many items on the menu, a few of which have missed to be honest, but diners should enjoy the specialties -- especially the mole. Nothing... More 

Thank spendley3
1 review
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I have been eating at La Placita for years and it is a little gem! Pleasant surroundings, great food and good service. If this restaurant were in a more visible location, it would be bustling all the time.

Thank Carolyn G
Vail, Arizona
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

It's tucked away in the Plaza Palomino shopping center off Swan Road, so a little hard to find. We have never had a disappointing meal and we have eaten there a number of times. Most recently, I had the shrimp and scallop enchiladas, and my husband chose the chili colorado plate. The food was excellent and the service friendly, as... More 

Thank Kriss M
Marana, Arizona
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52 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit to La Placita Cafe. The homemade tortilla chips were great. We ordered the Combo Fajitas and were very pleased. The food was very good with generous portions. The waitperson was friendly and attentive. We live on the other side of town but would definitely come back.

Thank Carol H
Benson, Arizona, United States
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196 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

We went there mid week for lunch on the 2 for 1 card. We arrived early prior to opening and believe me you will not be served until opening time. The food was typical Mexican, I had Chili Colorado (red) and my wife had chicken mole. Both served with rice & beans on huge platters. We also had guacamole that... More 

Thank Mark T
Tucson, Arizona
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158 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We stopped in our way home from Old Tucson with our family from Canada. We had a very excellent dinner. The food was the best Mexican food I have had in Tucson. We have lived here 15 years. The prices were reasonable and the service was impeccable. Great place to take quests and have Mexican food.

Thank Smokedogaz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$19
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
11:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2950 N Swan Rd, Ste 131, Tucson, AZ 85712-6018
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-881-1150
La Placita Cafe features authentic Mexican cuisines, made with the freshest ingredients, and served in a sophisticated, yet casual, setting since 1988. Our kitchen uses canola oil exclusively; our cuisine contains no lard. In addition to all of the traditional Mexican favorites, you will find a menu replete with La Placita specialties. And you may enjoy your meal, accompanied by one of our specialty margaritas, fine wines, or liquors. Or choose from more than 25 different tequilas! Please join us for lunch or dinner.

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