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La Bamba

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11760 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
530-587-3516
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good food, nice ambience, service scattered

The food was very good, about as good as you can get from this type of place, but the service was erratic. The waitress was friendly but invariably forgot items. The food was late, apparently they had some trouble with the microwave.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2013
Frank E
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Oakland, California
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Sacramento, California
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191 reviews 191 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

What can I say, OK Mexican food. Everything was as expected. Chips, salsa, side of beans and rice. Food slightly above average. Atmosphere slightly below average. Prices a little high. Service not attentive.

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Truckee, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

LOVE LOVE LOVE this little Gem, family owned and it is Perfect.. Best Mexican food by far, great service, pipping hot food, best margaritas in town, sit in dining room or hang a right and go to the bar, either way food is great, menu is wonderful with lots of selections to choose from, kid friendly also, stop in and... More 

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Reno, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

We always try and have dinner here when were in town. The owners always remember us and are so nice! The food is great and the margaritas are awesome! Love it!

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Berkeley, California
Top Contributor
268 reviews 268 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I'm not exaggerating when I say that. My wife and sister in law were along and agreed with me completely. We were up around Tahoe for a President's Day get away back in February. My SIL lives in Toronto so was craving Mexican. We came across this place and decided why not... Big mistake. We were put on notice when... More 

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Truckee, California, United States
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

It's typical Mexican fare here...combo plates, large servings, tasty food. My husband especially likes the chicken mole.

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Oakland, California
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232 reviews 232 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The food was very good, about as good as you can get from this type of place, but the service was erratic. The waitress was friendly but invariably forgot items. The food was late, apparently they had some trouble with the microwave.

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Sacramento, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Went to a private party at the restaurant. Food was plentiful and delicious. Staff was so friendly. The restaurant and bathrooms were very clean. I would have never tried this place due to the interesting outside paint job, don't let that fool you. This is a great place. Next time we're in this area, we'll be back.

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San Ramon, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

We have eaten at nearly every eatery in Truckee since buying a place in Tahoe Donner last year but this was our first foray into Mexican food in the area. I must say, La Bamba was great. It is a pedestrian hole in the wall but cranks out very decent Mexican fare. I had the chicken taco and chile relleno... More 

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Danville, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

La Bamba has been consistently great. The service is warm friendly and conscientious. The food is great tasting and the quantities are more then enough! Love the margaritas, tortilla soup, salad with avocado dressing. I like the chicken chimichanga and my husband goes for the enchiladas.

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rocklin
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133 reviews 133 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We have been enjoying this families cooking and company since January 2000. After an unfortunate snowboarding accident that landed me in the Truckee hospital and later an akward leg brace, exhausted, we drove down the street looking for dinner before heading home. La Bamba staff helped get me in the door, accommodated me like a princess, and then rushed the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11760 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  Truckee
  • Phone Number: 530-587-3516

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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