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Paco's Tacos

4141 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066-4908 (Venice / Beach Areas)
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Ranked #110 of 8,565 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night
Neighborhood: Venice / Beach Areas
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67 reviews from our community

85% Recommend
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English first
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you want a real LA experience with excellent food and drink--and superb service this is your place. The décor is totally entertaining and it is always lively here. There are women making the tortillas by hand and they are served warm--they melt in your mouth. The drinks are always generous and delicious. The food is typical of Mexican-LA restaurants,... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We have been here a few times while on an LA stopover. Its so yummy and inviting and good for kiddos and exactly what you want. Margaritas are good and chips and salsa are exactly how you want them... constantly being refilled! Will go again next time I am in LA!

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Union, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

I was in Los Angeles in June 2014. I eat at both Paco's Tacos restaurants. My favorite food there has to be the warm tortillas and salsa. I could not stop my self from eating the entire bowl. The hard shell beef and chicken tacos are great. They use real chicken and real shredded beef. Real authentic Mexican food.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This is a great Mexican restaurant-very simple decor and menu but food is excellent. Place can get very crowded on weekends-we ordered takeout but the wait on Saturday night when we were there was 40+ minutes. And parking can be a challenge on Centinela, but you can find spots on side streets.

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San Diego, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Used to go here all the time, and love to go back when visiting LA. Took some friends/family recently. Can you be impressed with a simple mexican food restaurant...you sure can! I've seen great reviews over the years, and they deserve it. Decore is a little 'cheezy', but barely worth noting.

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san francisco
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122 reviews 122 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Started going here 30 years ago. It is exactly the same inside as it was 30 years ago- don't mess with a great thing. The food in my opinion is great and just what I want from a LA Mexican restaurant. The locals eat here and love it. Parking is quite rare- just look around the neighborhood for a spot.... More

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Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Went to Paco's way back in the early 1990's. Many of the same staff are still there after all these years. The food is always great. We try to get next to the aquarium on the far side. You might wait for some time if you get there after 6:30pm but it is all worth it. If you do wait... More

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Best tacos i have had in the US. The dishes, tortillas, atmosphere, seasoning, service, all made me feel back to my beloved Mexico! To my mexican friends, if you want hand made flour tortillas, those are GLORY!

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Redondo Beach, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Grew up in SoCal, been away for 15 years...this is exactly what I've been dreaming about! Got good vibes from the start - had to wait 20 minutes, we were led in past the old ladies making tortillas, the chips and salsa came immediately and we're very good. We ordered a pitcher of Margaritas and carne asada tacos. The carne... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

From throughout LA and beyond, people who enjoy truly authentic and delicious Mexican food drive the extra distance to Paco's Tacos. Oh yes, it was once the location for the filming of a Tom Cruise flick scene. But that's not why we, the faithful of Paco's for years, return time and again. Its because of the food, a blend of... More

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