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La Perla

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1231 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI
(269) 934-8813
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Truely authentic Mexican food.

Great, authentic Mexican food tucked away in the back of a small grocery store. Also a butcher shop and fresh produce if you want to make your own Mexican dishes at home. Lots of items not found at a traditional grocery and the prices are great! If you are going for lunch, or on a weekend, best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
ThreeDogDad
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Benton Harbor, Michigan
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Benton Harbor, Michigan
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great, authentic Mexican food tucked away in the back of a small grocery store. Also a butcher shop and fresh produce if you want to make your own Mexican dishes at home. Lots of items not found at a traditional grocery and the prices are great! If you are going for lunch, or on a weekend, best to call ahead... More 

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Maryland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Given the hype here and on another site, I had high hopes for this place, but it was just ok. The salsa was delicious, but the chips were cold and stale. My burrito was ok (the steak was fairly tough), but honestly, nothing special. I'm wondering why everyone loves this place so much? With regard to ambiance, I don't mind... More 

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Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Try their tacos , very very good, slightly salty but some of the best around. You will find many locals their both Mexican and english

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Seattle, Washington
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304 reviews 304 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I lived in St. Joe and worked in Benton Harbor for about a year and I heard about this place about halfway through my time. I figured Mexican food is Mexican food but the food here is quite amazing. I also get a Mexican coke in a bottle out of the fridge. They have menus in both English and Spanish... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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384 reviews 384 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
187 helpful votes 187 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

I guess they became arrogant and snooty with all the good reviews. Yes, the food is super, but the service and attitude sucks. We ordered food for 10 people for Christmas Eve. When we got it home, there was hardly enough for 6 people! We called and asked them to correct this. They were nasty, inconsiderate and told us we... More 

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Loma Linda, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014 via mobile

Since we were traveling and have some good Mexican restaurants near where we live, we didn't know what to expect. However, my niece recommended it and she loves good food - so we went and thoroughly enjoyed it! The restaurant itself isn't something to visit for its ambiance. However, just because it's in market, don't be fooled- -because it has... More 

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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83 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I will try most anyplace "ONCE"....But this time I was very disappointed. It was like sitting inside a food truck in the parking lot. Menu is limited and for me not that tasty. Was not impressed with the overall cleanliness. Besides you are in the middle of a grocery store. Extremely basic. Will NOT go again.

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7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

below average Mexican food by Chicago standards, but who knows? Maybe around here this is the best you can get. Still, it's hard to bring myself to give this an above average rating. You can't drink beer with your food even if you buy it at the grocery store which is under the same management. Mexican food without beer is... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Passing through on I-94, we scanned some reviews and found La Perla. It is great. They were busy but handled the volume well. The food was great! Very fresh. We had chicken adobado, tamales, and beef Mexicano.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is our favorite little restaurant in Benton Harbor. This year is the 3rd visit we have made there in the last 2 years, as we live in Indiana. The food is delicious! Beware when you pull up, it looks a little sketchy as it is in a Mexican Supermarket~but I can assure you we have never had any issues,... More 

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  • Address: 1231 Pipestone Rd, Benton Harbor, MI
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Berrien County  >  Benton Harbor
  • Phone Number: (269) 934-8813

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