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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
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Today
11:00 - 22:00
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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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Green Bay
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85 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First, I'm not a huge lover of Mexican food. I have a hard time going out and spending a lot of money on Mexican food, when I feel a good street taco will suffice. However, my fiancé and I were visiting my dad who lives close to Harlingen, and we wanted to go out for dinner. Initially, we heard that... More 

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1 Thank travelin'gal77
Kendalia, Texas
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in Harlingen. The fried stuffed avocado is delicious.

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Thank OlliKay
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The stuffed avocado is to die for. Great drinks. It is a little loud but food is great. Good service and pleasant staff. Bathrooms are clean always a good test of how the kitchen will be. Give it a try.

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1 Thank Peggy H
Wichita, Kansas
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everything was excellent from the service to the appetizer to our main course ! Highly recommend cheese and onion enchiladas!

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Thank Debt1957
Saint Louis, Missouri
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent a week in Harlingen, and ate at La Playa nearly every night. It always felt like a party. (Strolling musicians on some nights.) Loved the food - shrimp fajitas and street taco platters are standouts. The place was always packed, but it's large and efficient, so we never waited long for a table. Generous portions, fresh premium ingredients.

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1 Thank Suzanne L
Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent Mexican food in Harlingen. Service is very good and food comes out quickly. Great Margaritas. Don't let the full parking lot keep you away; they have lots of seating.

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Thank TexasArlee
Harlingen, Texas
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

The people were friendly, the service was fast, and the food was great. What more can you ask for. We always enjoy ourselves there.

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Thank robertlS235KL
Harlingen, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Deborah I
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

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Thank myparroteyes
Harlingen
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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.

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Thank christopherhenn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?