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Palapa Mexican Food

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660 E Los Angeles Ave, Ste J, Simi Valley, CA 93065-1892
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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Takes a while to get your food, but

Great food and good margaritas. Sometimes it is really busy and you have to wait for a table and then wait for your food, but it is well worth the wait.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Simi Valley, California
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Simi Valley, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and good margaritas. Sometimes it is really busy and you have to wait for a table and then wait for your food, but it is well worth the wait.

Thank Tah46
Hemet, California
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2 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you are looking for Mexican food they have it served by authentic Mexicans so many menu choices you will spend a good 20 minutes reading through it. Don't bother asking the waiter what's good because he will tell you everything. I haven't been dissatisfied yet although they don't know what carne asada fries are but an all around nice... More 

1 Thank Jamie M
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Wife and I went here based on reviews for Mexican. Wow! Pretty impressive Mexican food. My wife had the enchiladas. I had the milanesa. Surprised to see that in a menu. Not too often do I see milanesa. If you haven't heard of it it's breaded sirloin tip steak. It was a little more done than I like it, but... More 

Thank Rubenski777
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We visit our daughter who lives in Simi and always come here. Not much to look at from the outside but everything else makes up for it. Really authentic cooking, so hard to find in California these days and some pretty unique dishes too .

Thank MkAndrewA
Ventura County, USA
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164 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The day I went to Palapa's, the server was inattentive and slow to bring my food to me, even though the restaurant was not very crowded. My nachos were cold and soggy from sitting too long. The albondigas soup had a weak broth, few vegetables, and giant chunks of potatoes with the skin still attached. One of the worst tasting... More 

Thank City_Girls_CA
Thousand Oaks, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

We had juevos, enchilada and the fried fish. All were good. Salsa was very good. Prices very good too.

Thank TDiaz79
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012 via mobile

I've tried several Mexican restaraunts in Simi Valley and this one is the best by far. It's small and right next to a Subway sandwich shop, but don't let that bother you. Once inside, you will be warmly greated, seated, and served chips & salsa. The margaritas are big and tasty. I always get fish or street tacos. The fish... More 

Thank ScubaDLT
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2012

Didn't look like much from the outside.....but looks can be deceiving. Waitress was excellent as was the food. Must try if you are in the area!!

1 Thank JoeinCOS
Torrance, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

I really enjoyed the food there it tasted like good old Mexico we all along with my friend and his sister had some neat combinations, It was all delicious. I highly recommend it and I did not dislike anything.

Thank happyjeff56
Simi Valley
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82 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

Little hole in the wall place near Vons. Great value and food pretty good! My girlfriend and I come for their mango margarita which is huge and share! They make it with mango purée and it is WAY good! Their fish tacos are pretty good. Overall, good Mexican food for a great value!

Thank CookingMama1

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 660 E Los Angeles Ave, Ste J, Simi Valley, CA 93065-1892
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Simi Valley
  • Phone Number: 805-582-2420

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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