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La Margarita Express

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515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
503-371-7960
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 3
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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
Best Papusas in Town

This restaurant features typical Mexican fare, as well as, many Salvadorian specialities as the owners are from El Salvador. Try the papusas (assorted varieties offered). I like the cheese and loruca flower best. This Salvadorian street food is delicious and a real bargain! I also love their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2014
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Salem, Oregon
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Excellent service and delicious healthy meal. Also, fairly reasonable prices. Salsa was tasty and handmade corn tortillas were excellent. Loved the Salvadoran options - the one I ordered with shrimp and potatoes came with very tasty rice and salad. Not greasy - no high fat cheese and lard laden refried beans.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I was disappointed at the cost and quality here. Wish I could attach a photo to show you what I got.

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PDX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This restaurant features typical Mexican fare, as well as, many Salvadorian specialities as the owners are from El Salvador. Try the papusas (assorted varieties offered). I like the cheese and loruca flower best. This Salvadorian street food is delicious and a real bargain! I also love their special enchiladas cooked in a spinach cream sauce. Muy, muy bueno! This place... More 

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San Diego
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Cheap ingredients and poor quality food.. This was not freshly cooked. It both tasted and looked as if it had been sitting around for hours under a heat lamp. If this were a fast food Mexican shop it would be expected, but for being a sit down restaurant the food quality was unacceptable. Would not go here again.

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Keizer, Oregon
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Have had lunch here many times and it was good, tried dinner and it was horrible. They had a large party in the back and nobody but them got any service. The food was good - after the 45 min wait, and a reminder for all of it.

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Stillwater
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013 via mobile

We met relatives at La Margarita who live in Salem. It is one of those local gems the natives know about. In addition to the standard Mexican menu items, there were a host of dishes one doesn't typically find on the menu. It wad hard to decide what to order! Portions are large. We could have easily shared.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Love the pescado frito ( the trout )....yum! The sopas is good too!!! Not too bad over all! The service was good too!

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Sheridan, Oregon
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

What I enjoy about La Margarita is the fact the meat is grilled over an open fire. It adds a nice taste to the food. The Express is quick and good for lunch. The portions are just right to return to work satisfied.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

oil covers EVERYTHING. the tapas taste good but the obsessive amounts of oil detracts from the experience. I want to eat food, not just olive oil

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Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Tasty margaritas and good mexican food. Its located in down town Salem only a few blocks from the University

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Additional Information about La Margarita Express

Address: 515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
Phone Number: 503-371-7960
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 503-371-7960

Price and Cuisine

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?