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La Penca Azul

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501-4510 (Formerly La Pinata III)
+1 510-769-9110
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09:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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Washington
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Dined with approximately 14 people for a wedding shower. The restaurant staff was very accommodating. The food was very good as well as the margaritas. We spent quite a lot of time at this restaurant.and the staff was very attentive. We all ordered different entrees and everyone seemed pleased with their choices.

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Thank Jane R
San Francisco, California
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76 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great atmosphere. A little noisy at times, but part of the charm. Full bar with lots of choices. The food menu has a large variety of things to choose from. parking can be really tough on Friday and Saturdays. Service is decent. Prices reasonable, but can get up there.

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Salt Lake City, United States
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the vegetable burrito (I have recently moved to a plant based diet) and my colleague had chicken chimi. The salsa was awesome, perfect blend of flavor and spice. The burrito was great and so were the chimi's. Unfortunately (in a good way) there was way too much and we both only ate half. Multi-cultural crowd, with families, singles,... More 

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Thank joeypeppers
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

My mom, son and I enjoyed our lunch here. The staff was friendly and prompt. The food here is delicious!

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Thank 49case
Alameda
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

La Penca is great!! It's open late, one of the only places around open late with fresh hot delicious food. Eat there or take it home - it's just as good at home!

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Thank BRIDGET R
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were looking for a place after 11pm and saw the crowd so stopped. The host said if we wanted to sit on the basically taqueria side we would not wait. Great choice. I look for two things in in 'real' mexican restaurant - locals eating there and some of the more obscure dishes - they were both there -... More 

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Cologne, Germany
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Typical American food Not really mexican but trying hard Service could be more attentive On weekends better book ahead Very busy on Sundays lunch time Food quality good Restroom facilities appallingly bad and filthy

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Thank laci57
Dublin, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I've been coming for years for the deep fired snapper, crab enchiladas and burritos the size of a small baby. A great deal of the staff have been here for years and they really treat you like family. They have an outrageous selection of tequila and a decent sized bar area. The wait can be long at times due to... More 

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La Grange, Illinois
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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Just good solid Texas Mexico with some interesting twists. Dig through the menu for some surprises. Darned good drinks as elk and lots of Tequila choices if you ate up for tasting different kinds

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Panama City, FL
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The three guys manning the bar were going 90 miles an hour; scored bar stools late afternoon. Had happy hour carnitos tacos and "mini" chimichangas. More than enough for a meal. Only downside was all the people hovering for a seat. Bar food was 5-6 bucks. Great deal.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 23:00
Monday
09:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 23:00
Thursday
09:00 - 00:00
Friday
09:00 - 00:00
Saturday
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501-4510 (Formerly La Pinata III)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: +1 510-769-9110

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