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La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill

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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Mexican, Latin
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed July 27, 2020

Under the circumstances of the science fiction movie we're all currently starring in, any restaurant that rises to the challenge and provides excellent food and service must get a 5-star rating. Our food and service was terrific under normal circumstances, but the ease in which...we watched the "extra effort" unfold before us made this an extraordinary experience and I highly recommend a visit.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 31, 2020

The food was decent and quite expensive for the portions. The server only talked to my wife because she was Hispanic also. The sever did not give us straws until the food came out. At the final bill, the server handed my wife the bill...instead of me and continued to only chat with her. I would not go back.More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed April 4, 2020

Their fajitas are simply awesome. I am not much of a fajitas person to be honest, but I took a chance and tried something different. I now have a new favorite dish at my new favorite restaurant. I also like that they give you several...different salsas to try with your chips. And the dishes have flavor with seasonings, not just a dish of salt as is common with so many restaurants. The only reason they are not busting at the seams with business is that their restaurant faces sideways in the strip mall and it is easy to overlook. If their restaurant faces forward toward the street, they would be much busier. The food is great! Hands down, my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 4, 2020 via mobile

Some of the best Mexican food I have found in Charleston. The service was second to none. In short, it was amazing.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020

This mexican restaurant has a unique menu as well as unique salsas to try in addition to the regular. The 4 that come as samples are delicious and quite hot! I had garlic shrimp that was simply amazing!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 22, 2020 via mobile

Ate here for dinner hoping to be "wowed" as this was supposed to be the most authentic Mexican food in Charlston. Overpriced, under stuffed, bland. No flavor. Great service. Not a bad place but you may only go once. You won't get a paper bill...to review. The waiter brings an electronic ledger for you to review while he waits. Awkward.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 2, 2019

The best Mexican food I have eaten in South Carolina was here. The food is always hot and fresh. It seems to be cooked to perfection. The prices are good and the staff (most of the staff) is very friendly. The atmosphere is very nice....There are TV's located at the bar. Definitely try here if you want some great Mexican cuisine.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

Not the same ole chain mexican restaurant! Way more authentic with a different selection of food and drinks! Our waiter, Carlos was great and the service was so fast. Hardly any wait time to get our food! For my beverage I got the mojito which...was delicious and huge. For dinner I got the California Burrito. It was something different, "stuffed with french fries", and so yummy. I was impressed.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 17, 2019

Plenty of deliciousness. Enjoyed the al pastor burrito with rice and black beans. Loved each sauce. Terrific service! Very authentic Mexican. Look forward to returning.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 19, 2019 via mobile

We stopped in around 5 pm and were immediately seated. Long time employee Carlos handled everything to perfection today. My wife had beer, while I asked for ice water in the frozen 32 oz. glass. No problem. While my wife enjoyed the “la nortena burrito”...el pastor, I mixed it up a little. I got the Latin ribeye.(make it spicy) and substituted sides for a salad and fries. They have great fries. Before all this came complimentary tortilla chips w/5 dipping sauces. Carlos was on the spot with everything & the price was moderate. I felt like Norm from Cheers.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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