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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 11
    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
Great service

The staff are friendly and the service is fairly quick. I love the fajita burrito and the flavors of the sauce. They have great flavors especially in the sauces.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Karlina C
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Albany, Oregon
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Albany, Oregon
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200 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff are friendly and the service is fairly quick. I love the fajita burrito and the flavors of the sauce. They have great flavors especially in the sauces.

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Thank Karlina C
Keizer, Oregon
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The express restaurant may be small but it has all the fantastic taste and care of the original. I've eaten here numerous times while working or downtown shopping and they are really quick, understanding that the people who come in are on a limited time schedule. It's convenient to the shopping areas and the state offices.

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Thank GadgetsGirl
Keizer, Oregon
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

La Margarita Express is just as delicious as their full-sized restaurant. Positioned closer to the foot traffic of downtown this not-as-small-as-it-looks-like from outside restaurant is fast and convenient for lunch.

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Thank GadgetsGirl
Salem, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

La Margarita Express always serves excellent Mexican dishes in a friendly, very clean restaurant. Have never gotten a badly prepared meal and enjoy trying their wide selection of dishes. Salsa, bean dip and chips presented when seated are delicious. We are so lucky to have this restaurant in Salem!

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Thank 3doris257
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is not your average Mexican restaurant. Everything is fresh, and not topped with globs of sour cream and bad guacamole. It is honest delicious food. Love the chile rellenos and the daily specials. The setting is warm and friendly. We recommend it highly.

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Thank Kathy K
Salem OR
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

Serve both Mexican & Salvadorian dishes. Service is quick which makes this a great spot to grab lunch downtown! Chips, salsa & bean dip are brought to your table right away. Nice variety of dishes. Enchiladas Suiza is a favorite.

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Thank PatDSalemOR
Omaha, Nebraska
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Excellent Mexican and El Salvadoran food. My husband and I had chile rellanos and enchiladas with specialty white sauce. Very good! My son and DIL had Salvadoran puposa and tamals. Good beer selection and margaritas.

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Thank SueBee1951
Salem, Oregon
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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Thank SarahAEH1234
Salem, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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Thank Nohe P
Salem, Oregon
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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Thank Maggi M

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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