We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

La Cucaracha

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
36 Dale St S, Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 221-9682
Improve this listing
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 63 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 14
  • 21
    Very good
  • 13
  • 11
  • 4
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Repeat customers, great food but service is just bad now.

We have eaten at La Cucaracha a number of times over the years since we moved to this area but we are done for good. The food has always been great, hot, fresh and tasty, this time was no different. La Cucaracha is priced high but its location, demographics that live in this area and typical... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Add Photo Write a Review

63 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have eaten at La Cucaracha a number of times over the years since we moved to this area but we are done for good. The food has always been great, hot, fresh and tasty, this time was no different. La Cucaracha is priced high but its location, demographics that live in this area and typical clientele are willing to... More 

Thank RedSoxsFanMan
Iowa City
Level Contributor
75 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

We went with friends who have frequented this establishment for years and had a terrific experience. Great service, value and flavors. Chips are hand made and salsa is more interesting and flavorful than anything you'll find in your run of the mill chain Mexican restaurant. Fun dishes - I tried the cactus salad - and generous portions. We found parking... More 

Thank iafamilytravel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level Contributor
55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We somewhat randomly stopped here during a bike ride through St Paul. There was a 51st anniversary party going on that day, so everyone was extra-festive. The staff was among the friendliest and most passionate about their restaurant as I have ever met. But the real stand out was the food. We LOVE Mexican food and have tried nearly everywhere,... More 

Thank erin_mn4
Woodinville, United States
Level Contributor
25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Menu is extensive and food was fresh and most excellent. Our party included an individual with a severe milk allergy who often does not eat well at a Mexican Restaurant and they rocked it!

Thank Joni B
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

2 out of 3 times I've been here, there's a car alarm going off outside the whole time I'm there. I hope for the neighbors' sake that I'm just lucky! So that's annoying enough without having to pay for very average chips and salsa. As far as the rest of the food, there are dozens of Mexican places in MSP... More 

Thank John L
Saint Paul, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is the place to go for Mexican food in Minnesota. I've been eating here since I was six months old- over 30 years! The food is consistently great. They have many options, including reasonable a la cart. They also use as much local and organic ingredients as possible and it reflects in the taste and quality of their meals.... More 

Thank Katie L
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We went there on Cinco de Mayo and were able to get a table after only a short wait. The restaurant manager was going around giving margarita samples to anyone waiting for a table which was definitely appreciated. The food was very good and service was also.

Thank whitmanjm2
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
169 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

It seemed promising as we entered: subdued lighting, soft traditional Mexican music, a cool bar. The service was slow on a quiet weekday evening. When the tortilla chips finally arrived, they were oily and the salsa was way-too-tomatoey for me. When my pal asked to upgrade the tequila in a margo, the manager came to our table and was sort... More 

Thank cdub333
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Went for dinner with a friend, ordered drinks, an appetizer, and two entrees. The entrees were delivered to our table before the drinks (or even water) were! A few minutes later the drinks arrived and then a few minutes after that the appetizer (which we sent back). What kind of a restaurant can't even pace a meal correctly? On the... More 

Thank rjped1
Level Contributor
109 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Lunch today was very good. I had a sirloin steak burrito and it was hot fresh and like the menu stated"spicy" Excellent service and liked the motif. I'd go back often if I lived here.

Thank Terry34448

Travelers who viewed La Cucaracha also viewed


Been to La Cucaracha? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 36 Dale St S, Saint Paul, MN 55102
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Saint Paul
  • Phone Number: (651) 221-9682

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from La Cucaracha staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?