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La Costa

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8024 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411
910-6868210
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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  • 8
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
An authentic Mexican experience.

Having lived in central Mexico for 3 1/2 years, this place is as close as you can get to being there. I especially enjoyed the carnitas. My wife had the combination, beef, chicken and pork enchiladas with a combination of green and red sauces. We also enjoy the Jamaica, (fruit flavored drink). The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 9, 2015
Bryan B
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Our absolute fav for Mexican food in the area. Food is favorable without being overly salty. Love their chile rollenos & frozen margaritas.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Having lived in central Mexico for 3 1/2 years, this place is as close as you can get to being there. I especially enjoyed the carnitas. My wife had the combination, beef, chicken and pork enchiladas with a combination of green and red sauces. We also enjoy the Jamaica, (fruit flavored drink). The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. This... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

La Costa 3617 Market St. Let me start by saying that this is a place I have been going to for many years. I eat out at very few establishments in Wilmington and this was one of my favorites. I had lunch there yesterday with my mother and two friends. At the start it seemed very different. It was unusual... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Our food was totally tasteless. My wife had the Pollo Fundido and I had the Enchilada a la Crema. Neither had any taste whatsoever. Both had chicken and it was all dark meat. I can only repeat that the food we ate had absolutely no taste. We ate as the Oleander Drive location.

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Lillington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I went to the restaurant on Market Street and the food was just kind of blah and the prices were high just for lunch. The bathroom had a waterbug in it when my sister in law went in to use it. Creepy and gross. Just to think, I just got done eating here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I have been to this restaurant (all 3 locations) on many occasions. The food and service is consistently very good. Outside of Mexico I haven't encountered fine dining in this category so you shouldn't expect it. You can go casual with kids and nobody will be offended. A family environment which is reminiscent of Mexican culture. If your looking for... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I was underwhelmed after having dinner here with a friend. The chips and salsa were good to start, but the service was fairly slow for how (not) busy it was. We split an order of the fajitas for two, and were not happy with the quality of the chicken. It was rubbery and un-appetizing. The steak was okay (not great),... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Unexpectedly had lunch here and it was mighty fine in all respects ... The chicken fajitas were the BEST, and the accompaniments were excellent ... The chicken taco salad was exceedingly flavorful ... The huevos chorizo was exceptional ... The chicken quesadilla had superior flavor ... As is evident, we were not disappointed and you will not be either ...... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We only like Mexican food when it's really good...because we all know, it can be bad. La Costa is always so good - we go to the one in Porter's Neck and -- YUM. So very good!

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Wilmington, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Wow...we stumbled on this because Baja Grill was too long of a wait....WHAT LUCK!!!! The Margaritas were awesome and only $6.95 and large enough to"bathe in"....not just lemonade ...really good. The entrees were excellent!!!Far better than anything mexican we have had in this town..We have eaten lots of places out west and this comes close to those. Do yourselves a... More 

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Additional Information about La Costa

Address: 8024 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411
Phone Number: 910-6868210
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8024 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28411
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
  • Phone Number: 910-6868210

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm

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