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La Playa Taco Shop

#119 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3973 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Prescott, Arizona
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231 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Rolled tacos, shrimp burritos, enchiladas, chicken or fish tacos... you name and it's great here. To avoid the lines call in your order & get lots of red sauce it's delicious!

Thank Russ J
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here with several people and kids. Waited in a semi long line but wow! Worth it! Inexpensive and fresh. We had the chile relleno, soft tacos, tostadas, and crispy tacos. All were wonderful! Kids cleaned their plates...wow! Topped it off with the flan. I wish we'd found this place sooner!

Thank 1proudmama
Taipei, Taiwan
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97 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to La Playa Taco shop with my family and some friends. We were disappointed in the food. Service and everything was fast and good...but the food was so so for Mexican food. I ordered the 12 rolled tacos and tamales. Rolled tacos were okay (the sour cream tasted a little artificial). The tamales were not very good at... More 

Thank Combatfisher
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146 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There was a line out the door for this place so I thought good prices, good food & fast service, well 2 out of 3 was close and unfortunately the 1 thing I got wrong was the good food. All 4 of us who ordered love Mexican food and maybe were just use to Mexican food in Arizona but I... More 

Thank nwarners66
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved the Taco Shop. We were staying in San Diego for 8 nights, and this awesome place was recommended to us. We LOVED it and went 3 times while in town. The homemade tortillas are delicious. Enchiladas, rolled tacos, fish tacos and carnitas were all amazing. I wish we had this back home! You must make this a stop... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This humble taco shop is conveniently located. High quality take-out food (eating in is optional) with fast friendly service.

Thank Frank_J_andR
Prescott, Arizona
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95 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Each time we visit San Diego, we eat at La Playa at least 2 or 3 times....it is that good! We used to live right across the street so we have been getting food there for over 10 years....The staff is very friendly and hard-working but always have a smile for us. Thee Shrimp Burrito is wonderful, rolled tacos, fish... More 

1 Thank Lynn S
Las Vegas, Nevada
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have to come here every time I'm in town and get my California Breakfast Burrito fix. It's a little place so you could miss it, but look for the orange building. Not a lot of seating, but you always can take it to the beach or back to the hotel. The food is great as is the service. The steak... More 

2 Thank LuvtoGo_13
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While staying at the Catamaran Hotel we have made this a breakfast spot. The tacos are "Muy Bueno" and made with fresh ingredients and home made tortillas. I had the menudo, which isn't everyone's thing, but it was great. A definite must for breakfast

1 Thank Mike P
Temecula, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We always stop here when we are in Mission Beach. Just good ol' Mexican food in a very small fast food restaurant.

1 Thank kelly e

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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Fast Food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3973 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 8584887405
place is fantastic - http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-playa-taco-shop-san-diego

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