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“Caribbean Fare” 4 of 5 stars
Review of La Pena Horeb

La Pena Horeb
13633 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA
757-969-5916
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Ranked #8 of 399 Restaurants in Newport News
Cuisines: Latin
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Yorktown, Virginia
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118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Caribbean Fare”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Stopped here with my wife Wednesday night for dinner. The restaurant is not fancy and has no alcohol. I had chicken mofongo and my wife had steak fajita. Mine was quite good, well seasoned and generous portions including typical lettuce and tomato salad. My wife did not care as much for the fajita. We both had flan for dessert which we agreed was good.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Hampton, Virginia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“Place puts the MOFO in Mofongo!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

If the place had a bit more ambiance, it'd be a 5-banger, becasue the food is off the charts! Hands down the best mofongo on the mainland -- just make sure you get the mofongo mixta. Haven't tried the mofongo verde, but why take a chance when the mixta is soooo delicious. Have had the pernil/carnitas, the shrimp, the chicken and the beef. In order of preference, it's a dead heat on the beef and chicken as the best, followed by the shrimp with the pernil/carnitas a distant fourth. The yucca is pure yum and so is everything else we have sampled on the menu. The salad is simply sliced lettuce and sliced tomatoes -- nothing special. The place is clean but offers, as someone aptly described, a lunch room/diner atmosphere. The music is pleasant -- not at all loud as someone said and the wait staff is very friendly and accomodating (although at times, a little forgetful). Three of us dined for $38 and we were stuffed and happy. There is no liquor license, so there was no bar charge, but I am not sure that alcohol would have made this any more enjoyable -- the food gives you a tastebud rush you won't soon forget.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newport News, VA
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Go For the Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Yeah, this isn't the type of place you're going to take a date. The atmosphere is diner like and the Spanish religious music that's just a little too loud doesn't help. But that's not why people love this place! The FOOD, the FOOD, the FOOD! Get the Cuban sandwich and I promise you will dream about it and you will be back for more. Service is quick and friendly!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Huntsville
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28 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Great Latin Food in VA!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

They have a modest menu and great taste all around. Very attentive personnel and spacious area where the crowd won't bother you. Food is flavorful, Fresh and well cooked. Not over seasoned. Tostones are made on the spot and the food tastes fresh all around. Pulled Pork is one of the best I've had. Cuban Sandwich is enough to feed 3 people so be ready to share it or be stuffed. Shared two visits to this restaurant with friends and will be back next time I am in town. Well priced for the portions, Quality and freshness of their plates.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good Authentic Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Was good to go there after all the same taste same look food we had in NN. Here is a good authentic food , taste good, and is well worth the price.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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