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La Margarita Express

515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
503-371-7960
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Ranked #153 of 414 restaurants in Salem
Cuisines: Mexican
Most recent review
- Jul 1, 2014
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PDX
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 reviews 3 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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Stayton
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105 reviews 105 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2012

We've been going here for years. Food is always fresh, as are the drinks. They have a great selection of tequila, and also have tastings. We both had a Relleno combination this time and it was excellent. They have very good Huevos Rancheros, but they are not on the menu. Correct address is 545 Ferry St. SE...Salem

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oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

When the restaurant opened under new management the food quality wasn't that great. Now the restaurant has found it's way again and the food quality is great, the prices are good, and the service is consistently good. Peak lunch rush will get you in and out in about 40 minutes, so try to go before 12 or after 1 to... More

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