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La Paloma Mexican Restaurant

2280 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
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Ranked #54 of 362 Restaurants in Santa Clara
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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70% Recommend
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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

First I feel like I need to tell you that I am Mexican and I know what Mexican food is supposed to taste like. Now I can tell you that this was not authentic Mexican food. The food really lacked flavor. Overall, food was very dry, such as the beans and the rice. I was with a party of 8... More

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Hillsborough, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is just a good local Mexican restaurant in Santa Clara conveniently located on El Camino by San Tomas Expy. There are not that many good restaurants in this section of the Silicon Valley. Having worked in the area, it is a good choice for Mexican. There is a sprinkling of various restaurants along the El Camino real corridor and... More

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Fremont, California
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1,129 reviews 1,129 reviews
307 restaurant reviews
780 helpful votes 780 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We have gone every so often to this Mexican restaurant; service is always friendly and nice. Food is ok. Tonight's guacamole we ordered to go with the chips was stellar. I enjoyed their salmon tostada. Very good. Good Bohemia beer and margaritas.

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Top Contributor
169 reviews 169 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We were looking forward to having some great Mexican food as I've experienced in the past while visiting California, but unfortunately we chose La Paloma. The food was ok and yes they bring it out really fast (which makes me question how freshly they are really making the food), but I can find just as good Mexican food at the... More

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Santa Clara, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

We originally found out about this restaurant thanks to a Groupon deal last year. Since then it has been one of our favorite Mexican restaurants to visit. The service is very good and the staff is very attentive to anything you need. After we placed our order, we had our margaritas in under 5 minutes and our food in less... More

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Palm City
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

La Paloma is an excellent Mexican restaurant. We had a groupon which helped, but it would have been worthwhile without it. The Food was freshly prepared and the service was excellent. The chicken burrito and chips and salsa were both very good. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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Seattle, Washington
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104 reviews 104 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I heard about this place on groupon..and even though I did not use it I found the place ok on the inside..typical Mexican motife, food was 4 out of 5 and the service really good although it was not super busy..the wait staff helped each other out so if I needed something their attitudes were great. I would come back... More

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Santa Clara, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This place has been around for a ferw decades now and it's obvious why - the food is very doo, tasty Mexican cuisine, the service is prompt and courteous, the prices are fair and moderate, the restauarnt is a realxing, the Margaritas are top notch, quirky atrmoshpere and the overall experience is just great if your looking for value and... More

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Santa Clara, California, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

I always like to go here, the atmosphere is modern and decedent. The service is normally pretty speedy, and the food is pretty good. What I mean by pretty good, is... I was expecting more of a wow factor considering the atmosphere. Defiantly has the authentic feel to the place. But the food is up to par, what you would... More

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West chester OH
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

Went to La Paloma last week, a return to a favorite after 30 years! Glad to see it was still there and tiny parking lot packed on a Thursday. Food and margaritas still good, though not too flavorful, but disappointed in the super nachos which used to be a huge serving, easily a meal for 3, now kind of a... More

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