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La Playa Mexican Cafe

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502 South 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX
956 421 2000
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations

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  • 58
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  • 55
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  • 10
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  • 5
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious Old Mexico style food

Some of the best Mexican food I have ever eaten, and being a life-long resident of the Southwest, I know good Mexican food. The salsa is so tasty, the tacos are superb and the seafood stew is excellent. I will definitely make LA Playa a must-stop the next time I'm in this part of Texas!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
K B
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Polvadera, New Mexico
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129 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Polvadera, New Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Some of the best Mexican food I have ever eaten, and being a life-long resident of the Southwest, I know good Mexican food. The salsa is so tasty, the tacos are superb and the seafood stew is excellent. I will definitely make LA Playa a must-stop the next time I'm in this part of Texas!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very good Mexican food, not Tex-Mex. Waiter was very knowledgeable about the dishes. Very much a locals place, which we liked!

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Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We stopped by the first time because of La Playa's Trip Advisor reviews. We were seated immediately in a booth and our server appeared and took our drink order. He was very friendly and pleasant. Our food was soon on our table and it was hot and delicious. The next time we went to La Playa we had a different... More 

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Omaha
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited the Iowa Jima Memorial in Harlingen before lunch time. When we were ready to leave, we asked the gift shop personnel for a suggestion and this is the one she recommended. It was excellent, with some menu items we had not seen in other Mexican restaurants. Even though we were there at lunch time, and it was crowded,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We have had several meals at La Playa and it is considered our very favourite Mexican restaurant in Harlingen! Service is always excellent as is the food and atmosphere. Can't go wrong - especially those yummy inexpensive margaritas at Happy Hour. An easy recommendation!

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Cypress, Texas
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155 reviews 155 reviews
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

A little pricey but very popular in the area. The service is great and the food is certainly good, but not outstanding. It was packed on the Friday night when we were there and the place was so noisy that you had to point to what you wanted on the menu. There was a mariachi band roaming around but you... More 

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Houston, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

very friendly as soon as you come in the door. we were seated very quickly even though it was a Friday night .service was good and food was tasty

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Austin, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I had a seafood soup similar to chopino, which was mediocre with overcooked fish. My friend had enchiladas, of which I had a bite. Below average, I'd say and she didn't seem very enthusiastic about them. Beer was fine.

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Wasilla
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17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We ate here on a Saturday evening after having in several locations in Texas for the past 8 weeks. This is definitely the best Mexican we have had this winter. The chips and salsa were quite good, above average. The salsa was moderately spicy and was served warm. The rice and refried beans were typical, nothing special. For the entrees... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great Mexican food, especially when you need it fast during a quick lunch break! In a town where it's hard to find anything but Mexican and fast food, La Playa is refreshing. Great service, great selection, and food tastes great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 502 South 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Harlingen
  • Phone Number: 956 421 2000

Price and Cuisine

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?