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La Playa Taco Shop

#161 of 3,951 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
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3973 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
8584887405
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Dining options: Breakfast, Takeout
Good for: Families with children
Description: place is fantastic - http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-playa-taco-shop-san-diego

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  • 105
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    Very good
  • 16
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
BEST FAMILY FIESTA EVER!!

We have been enjoying family fun In Mission Bay every February for the past eight years. Three years ago I discovered La Playa Taco Shop on Mission Blvd next to the Catamaran Resort. Elvia's Mexican food is so good, I think my family comes for her food more than our great beach games and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
logan94
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been enjoying family fun In Mission Bay every February for the past eight years. Three years ago I discovered La Playa Taco Shop on Mission Blvd next to the Catamaran Resort. Elvia's Mexican food is so good, I think my family comes for her food more than our great beach games and Margaritas! We'll be back next year,... More 

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Thank logan94
Westerly, Rhode Island
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here several times for lunch during our vacation. Very fresh. Very clean. Friendly staff. Very happy!!!

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Thank RIBeachbumgirl50
DC
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Went there twice on our week stay and only wish we went there more often because we stayed right next door at the Catamaran Resort and Hotel.

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Thank kukoo100
Midland, Michigan
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015 via mobile

Don't let the outward appearance fool you. Exterior is rough, but food is really great. Service is at counter. Food delivered to table. Courteous staff.

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Thank Mark J
Dublin, Ireland
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

The only thing I have tried here was the carne asada fries. I loved them so much that I couldn't BUT order them every time I went back (which was several times on my two month visit to San diego). Have recommended this place to lots of friends who agree. Go here, get the carne asada fries.

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Thank AoifML
Houston, Texas, United States
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I went here looking for delicious, local Mexican food. The gentleman behind the counter recommended shrimp burritos so we went for it. We both agreed they were just ok, nothing to write home about. Not enough shrimp, stuffed to the gills with lettuce and rice. It's not a place that I would return to.

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Thank Allison T
Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

It was close to the hotel so we tried it our first day there. We were starving so maybe I expected too much, but it was just okay.

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Thank leesa j
Tucson, Arizona
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110 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

Every time we visit Pacific Beach we come here. The Al Pastor is amazing! The staff is always friendly and helpful. There is pretty much always a line but it is worth the wait! Can't wait til our next trip!

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Thank dmcinaz
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

What a great place for street tacos. The California burrito was very tasty. Super close to the beach. Fine in or take out. Can't wait for breakfast tomorrow.

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Thank Rich B
Pacifica, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Right next door to the Catamaran. Get the fish tacos, and bring them back to the hotel. Fast, and very ressonable.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3973 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 8584887405

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

place is fantastic - http://www.yelp.com/biz/la-playa-taco-shop-san-diego

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