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“Something a little different and amazing cocktails” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Margarita

La Margarita
Langebrugsteeg 6, Amsterdam 1012GB, The Netherlands (Red Light District)
+31(0)20 6240529
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Ranked #1,634 of 2,223 restaurants in Amsterdam
Price range: $20 - $26
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District
Description: A little background about us….La Margarita, Mexican Cafe Restaurant, by the regulars just called “the Mexicans!” has been a landmark restaurant for more than thirty years. Full of Mexican warmth, buzzing with a crazy Latin atmosphere, it really is hard to believe you are in the centre of Amsterdam, yet here , you can let your imagination go wild and enjoy many specialties from the Yucatan region of Mexico. Various delicious dishes like Fajita's, Taco, Burrito's, Tournedos Ranchero and Marinated Niños Eros adorn our menu. Naturally we also serve Mexican beers, Margaritas and other cosmopolitan cocktails to enjoy with these dishes. You can end your dinner with a tasty dessert or, for the true enthusiast, a strong Mexican coffee with Kahlua, Tequila and Cream! But, La Margarita is more than just a restaurant, it’s so flexible! Atmospheric enough to provide a perfect cosy dinner for two yet supple enough to cater for weddings, other receptions and groups of 10 or more at a table. A maximum of 98 people can be catered for “a la carte” if you wish, or, you can choose from a selected menu to suit your needs. We also offer a varied monthly menu from just 19.50 Per Person. For people requiring a gluten-free diet, we always have at least ten dishes on the menu that are gluten free. If you fancy a dish on the menu, which is not gluten free, our chef will gladly adjust the ingredients for you. To find us – Our address is Langebrugsteeg 6, between Rokin and Nes.
Cornwall
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Something a little different and amazing cocktails”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

I've been to La Margarita a dozen times over the last 10 years and always enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. It's fair to say that the lady owner can be a little feisty but that kind of adds to the fun of it. Service can also be a little slow (if you want something you will need to do more than simply catch an eye!) but the selection of food is good with large portions and a mix of mainly Mexican and Caribbean dishes but not everthing is heavily spiced. On our last visit a couple of days ago we had the most amazing cocktails. One of us ordered Sex on the Beach, which wasn't on the menu but the waiter happily obliged. What arrived was quite the best cocktail I've ever tasted. We left 2 hours later having consumed 3 each...! Check it out. Might not be everyones cup of tea but I can thoroughly recommend.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

Frightening disappointing food, microwaved, overheated and almost all ingredients out of tins, served as a bland insipid mess after a 70 minute wait in a quarter full restaurant.
Expensive waste of time and money.
Walk on! Walk out!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Disgusting. AVOID.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

On our last night in Amsterdam we treated ourselves to a mexican dinner and it completely ruined our night. After a two hour wait for our food, which was mediocre at best, we dared to complain about the wait and were confronted by a very aggressive lady owner who basically told us that she didn't care that we hadn't enjoyed ourselves as there were plenty more tourists who would replace us and it didn't matter whether anyone came back as they were in the middle of the tourist spot so returning customers wasn't an issue for them. We really aren't the kind of people to complain, I find it really embarrassing at the best of times, so we were nothing but polite, so when we were faced with this really aggressive woman I found it offensive, as did the rest of the table. I'd strongly advise avoiding this place. All restaurants have bad nights, but to outwardly admit that they just lived off the tourists and didn't care about the quality of their food or service, just makes me angry that people waste their money there.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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UK
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95 reviews 95 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
“Sweet place with really friendly staff and great cocktails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012 via mobile

This was lovely. The staff are so nice and friendly. The cocktails were really good. The food was tasty. When they found out it was my partner's birthday they brought him out a little cake with candles and got the whole place to sing Happy Birthday to him.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Nice terrace - good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

Found this place by chance as we were walking toward the red light district. They have a nice small terrace which gives a nice overview of a smaller canal...
Food and service was quite good in line with the expectation for a 20€ three course menu....

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