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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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10:30 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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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 9
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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 & Drinks!

This has been a great place to eat and enjoy the company of friends for several years. The food is great and generous portions. The service is always very good and they are always happy to see you.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Maggi M
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Yummy fresh Mexican food. Great drinks and appetizers. This is a smaller location than the original La Margartia, however, the food is just as tasty.

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Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Love this place! Yucca con chicharron YUMMY! Pupusas, platanitos, etc. also they have Mexican food which is really good too.

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Salem, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This has been a great place to eat and enjoy the company of friends for several years. The food is great and generous portions. The service is always very good and they are always happy to see you.

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Union City, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It is difficult to find a Mexican Restaurant that serves both authentic dishes and the Americanized dishes that my husband craves. I was a little nervous at first as we walked into what appeared to be an empty restaurant. However, as we went to the back we saw many patrons enjoying their meals. We were pleased to have chips salsa... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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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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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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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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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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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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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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