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235 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA 94043-2402
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Saratoga, California
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181 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

The burritos are really huge and reasonably priced, but lack a bit of flavor. More like a chipotle the like an authentic taqueria, no free chips and salsa bar which my family really enjoys.

Thank IlariaK
Carmelita W, Owner at La Costena, responded to this review

Ilaria, We know that the flavor is the best part about Mexican food, so we'd never want our food to be anything less than delicious. Since we must pay the rent we have to charge for chips and salsa. Thank you for bringing this to our attention -- we'll definitely keep it in mind. Hope to make it up to... More 

Perth, Australia
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116 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

Had a great family dinner and tried burrito, quesadillas and tacos. Everything was great, very reasonable prices. Interior is low key.

Thank Marshase
Carmelita W, Owner at La Costena, responded to this review

Hey Marshase! Thank you so much for stopping by with your family. I'm so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves. Hope to welcome you back in again soon! Until then, Carmelita More 

palo alto, CA
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96 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

i used to go to la costena and nearby la bamba regularly when i worked in mountain view about 20 years ago. haven't been back there in years, but the overall result is still good, although the old grocery store certainly had more ambience, in a gritty immigrant sort of way, and it just felt more mexican. the burritos are... More 

Thank malabarcoast
Honolulu, Hawaii
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139 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

They have moved to the southern end of Mt. View, away from Palo Alto. It is now more of a restaurant than a grocery store, booths and outside seating. Orders are now placed rather than walking through and pointing out what you want. The food was excellent as always, and we remarked how fresh the vegetables tasted. I hope they... More 

Thank bdwood2000
Palo Alto, CA
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59 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

For those who loved the old La Costena, you will not like the new one! For us, it used to very close to our home & is now some distance away. Then after driving the extra distance, we were sorely disappointed! You can't see the toppings choices - they are in the back. Plus my favorite - quesadilla with carne... More 

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Mountain View, California, United States
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Their burritos are incredible! It is no wonder why they were voted Best of Mountain View 2013 by the Voice. Note, they have moved to a new location. La Costena is now at 235 East Middlefield Road (cross street Whisman Road), Mountain View, CA 94043. New telephone (650) 967-0507. They now have a new look that has greatly improved over... More 

Thank Paul E
Mountain View, California
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409 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

I think La Costena has slipped some. We started taking out burritos around 2000 and they were super consistent and an excellent value. Well, prices are up, and either the quality has slipped or the competition has stepped it up - either way, the value equation doesn't work as well as it used to. Had the Carne Asada Super Burrito... More 

Thank David P
Mountain View, California
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

This is the first taqueria I had been to - 30 years ago and its still my favorite. Go in the grocery store entrance and head to the back

Thank jbackel
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30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

La Costena is a small grocery store with half-empty shelves and no outward sign that it serves incredible burritos, one of the best and tastiest take-out food values to be found in the area. In a back room, there's a long counter with a huge variety of ingredients and condiments that can be wrapped in your choice of whole-wheat or... More 

Thank globecrawlerMontreal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

We have been using La Costena as a stop gap option when I don't want to cook and we just want 'take out'. Their burritos are big, well seasoned, great choices of meat (pastor or carne asada are great, but so are the chile colorado and stewed meats). They are good, decently priced (though prices have been creeping up over... More 

Thank teriblum

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 E. Middlefield Road, Mountain View, CA 94043-2402
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain View
  • Phone Number: 16509670507
At La Costeña, we serve authentic Mexican fare using the freshest ingredients and no lard. Our burritos come with your choice of our four styles of chicken, pork, and beef, your choice of black, refried, or regular beans, and rice. Next time you're in the mood for an authentic, Mexican burrito, visit La Costeña.

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