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La Playa

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Bar, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Pub
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Second restaurant on the left on the beach, San Francisco, Mexico
311 258 4381
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Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Outdoor Seating
Description: La Playa is located on the beautiful beach of San Pancho where you can see...
La Playa is located on the beautiful beach of San Pancho where you can see whales, a large variety of birds and crocodiles! Located right next to a beautiful estuary.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Great lunch on the beach

Great food and an excellent location on the beach. Stopped for lunch and to get out of the sun. Food was excellent, service a little slow but it was a busy day at the beach and most tables were full.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Robert D
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English first
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Great food and an excellent location on the beach. Stopped for lunch and to get out of the sun. Food was excellent, service a little slow but it was a busy day at the beach and most tables were full.

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La Quinta, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Same owners as Ola Rica. Closing the place down in 2 months. Good Margaritas and decent food cooked right by the outside bar. Too bad.

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Gloria H, Owner at La Playa, responded to this review

I really appreciate your great reviews of both my restaurants, but the information on our closing of La Playa is not yet final. We are not sure exactly when we are closing and it is because of not being able to have a contract with the owners of the property. We are not sure of the dates yet. Thanks, Gloria More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The shrimp and avocado salad is delicious and a terrific bargain, You can settle in to a lounge chair for beach service, or take a table under the shady palms. We returned three times in one week. Also a great place to watch the sunset.

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Pleasant Hill, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

La Playa is right on la playa (the beach). There is no better place for sunsets and mango margaritas. None!

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Chico, CA
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Nice little beach restaurant sitting directly on the sand. The staff moved on Mexican time so don't be in a hurry. Hard to be when you are seated so near the water but it would have been nice to have been asked about having a second beer! Food was okay but to be honest it was lacking the great flavors... More 

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Gloria H, Owner at La Playa, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of La Playa. So sorry your experience was not the best...your review was our first negative review and hope you would give us another chance. We work very hard to keep our clients coming back. Thanks again for your interest. More 

Wichita, KS
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This is where we spent most of our days when we were in San Pancho. We tried the other two as well, and La Playa was our favorite based on service, clean restrooms and our favorite fish tacos. La Playa is the farthest south next to the lagoon. You can sit at a table, or out on the beach under... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Great guacamole and delicious enchiladas de camarrones. Carlos was a terrific waiter and spoke wonderful English.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is where we went most evenings to watch the sunset over a drink. Ate a lunch and a dinner there. The fish sandwich was delicious and the shrimp and avocado salad heavenly!!!! Fast and friendly service. There was music one of the nights that we were there. Loved it, loved the town and hope to go again next year.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great lunch here - big beach burrito is enough to bring home for later! Fish tacos and grilled fish were nice as well. Love having a meal on the beach with a view of the birds at the estuary and the ocean. Friendly service! Sunset dinner and drinks are a must if you are in San Pancho!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

The sunset is beautiful all along the San Pancho beach. Live music at La Palapa beach restaurant, with a dance floor in front of the band adds to the enchantment of the sunset. The cuban music on Sunday night is a must. Drinks and food are good too.

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Additional Information about La Playa

Address: Second restaurant on the left on the beach, San Francisco, Mexico
Phone Number: 311 258 4381
Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Nayarit  >  Riviera Nayarit  >  San Francisco
Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
Cuisine: Bar, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Pub

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Second restaurant on the left on the beach, San Francisco, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Pacific Coast  >  Nayarit  >  Riviera Nayarit  >  San Francisco
  • Phone Number: 311 258 4381

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 12
  • Cuisine: Bar, Seafood, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

La Playa is located on the beautiful beach of San Pancho where you can see whales, a large variety of birds and crocodiles! Located right next to a beautiful estuary.

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