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La Margarita Express

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515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Honestly not a big fan of Mexican food, but when the urge hits me. This is the place. Good tasting food and always great service. Best in Salem.

Thank Unknown322
Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Few weekends ago I was in a meeting downtown and had just a few minutes for lunch. I started walking and so as not to waste any time I just crossed where the lights were green and in that way came to La Margarita Express. I quickly explained what I needed to the hostess and in no time flat she... More 

Thank Agatha B
Salem, Oregon
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Loved the menu items, quick service, friendliness of staff and cleanliness of the establishment. Always works great for a quick lunch.

Thank Mary L
Rogue River, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I have been searching for Papusas ever since I had one at the Saturday market. These definitely did not disappoint. They were amazing!!! The service was great. I had the cheese and pork papusas and they were cooked perfectly

Thank LarrynDani
Dallas, Oregon
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7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

The La Margarita has a fine menu with a large selection of entree's. The food itself is very well prepared with good portions. The environment is pleasant as are the staff. The prices are on par with other mexican restaurants in the area. The one issue can be the parking, especially at meal times. Other than that, the La Margarita... More 

Thank B163IHdennisb
Salem, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

Have partaken of the food here several times, once with a large group saying goodbye to old friends, The service was good for large group as well as either 2 or 5. Standard "Mexican" food with some Central American options. I haven't been adventuresome but my wife has enjoyed some of the other cuisine.

Thank Sam_Kinney
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We were a large group (12ish), sat in the back. Largely ignored, food too FOREVER. However, once it came, it was tasty. Might be faster for a smaller group.

Thank Ruth A
Newberg, Oregon
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54 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

This place has great Mexican comfort food. I especially like their enchiladas. The staff is friendly (though not exceptionally fast) and the setting is ideal for a business meeting or quiet lunch outside on the sidewalk. The prices are very moderate and affordable.

Thank OregonRainGuy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

The outside seating is nice on warm days. Average Mexican menu, good portion sizes and fast service. Needs a little updating maybe?

Thank Andi503
Salem OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

They have a large selection of Mexican and Salvadorian dishes. Friendly owners & servers. Complimentary chips with bean dip & salsa while you wait for your food, which comes out quite quickly. In summer, there are also about 10 tables outside in front of the restaurant.

Thank PatDSalemOR

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 515 Chemeketa St NE, Salem, OR 97301-3731
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 503-371-7960

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?