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“An updated Carmel Valley tradition....” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Plaza Linda

Plaza Linda
27 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924
(831) 659-4229
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Cuisines: Mexican
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Carmel Valley, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“An updated Carmel Valley tradition....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

First, they are no longer at 9 Del Fino Place - they are a couple of blocks away on Carmel Valley Road. The picture of the restaurant is correct, though.

The PL has been in the Valley since the early 50s, I believe. It was run by several generations of the Diaz family until it was sold a few years ago.

The new owners have greatly improved the quality and variety of the food. While described as a Mexican restaurant, it is more Hispanic with a Salvadoran influence. Full bar, great home made margaritas, great food, good service, and regular low key entertainment.

Been there 8 or 9 times and never disappointed. Staged a speical event there and it went off without a hitch.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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96 reviews 96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Authetic mexican food! Great service & location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Now this is the way mexican food is supposed to taste! They first served us homemade chips that were still warm. The salsa was fresh & not too hot for my wife. The margaritas were homemade as well with real lime juice & not a bottled mix. Very tasty.

For lunch, I had the beef enchilada & chili relleno combo. Very tasty. Fresh ingredients! The refried beans were very tasty & so was the rice. A very nice dish. My wife had the carnitas in which the pork was succulent & not overcooked.

This was a nice restaurant with upscale decor. They had recently moved from their location of many years to one on the main road downtown. Very nicely decorated & upscale. We will return here when in the area!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carmel Valley, California
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Nice, easy restaurant. good service, consistent food. Gets busy at night. Make reservations at night.

Visited December 2012
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Santa Clara, California
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“Best Mexican Food We've Had in a Decade”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We were looking for a place to have a late lunch on a Saturday and this was recommended to us by a local at one of the tasting rooms. Great recommendation!

The service was very, very attentive and friendly. The portions were just right and each of our dishes had little touches that we loved. I had one cheese enchilda and everything from the flavors, to the touch of shredded cabbage on the side with a light drizzling on top of a delicious sauce was great.

When we were leaving, we chatted with the person who waited on us and learned that they use key limes in their margaritas...we can't wait to come back and try one!

Visited January 2013
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Monterey, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Burritos?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

I love Mexican food but, I am not sure what happened with my order. I ordered he asada burrito combo plate. It had a lot of salt and lacked key traditional filling like tomatoes, guacamole, onion, etc.. and most important it did not taste like a carne asada burrito.
I love salsa and this was one lacked flavor.
If you want a burrito with flavor go to Mi Tierra or Mi Pueblo in Seaside or Mando's in PG. Their burritos are big and bountiful with lots of flavor and their salsa is delicious too. Sorry, will not be eating here again.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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