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“A class act”

Mariscos Las Palmas
Ranked #26 of 217 Restaurants in Vista
Cuisines: American, Mexican
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Western Hemisphere
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235 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“A class act”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

We found Mariscos Las Palmas while staying in San Marcos, CA. at the Residence Inn by Marriot. We did not know where to go where good food was being served, but we sure wanted to find the best options. At the Residence Inn we were given a paper with several dining places, by groups according to the distance to the hotel. For some reason there were no Mexican places in the list, and since we do love good Mexican food, like Albondigas soup, 7 Mares, Carne Asada, etc., we made it our mission to locate with the help of Yelp a good Mexican restaurant, but we knew already how rare is to find a truly good place these days. All the big chains do not meet the criteria, and mostly sell bland, insipid food. We have had more than our share of mediocre outings, where the only reward was a bout of acid indigestion later the same day. Almost by accident we found Mariscos Las Palmas, and since it was not very far we took a chance while crossing our collective fingers.
The place is kind of small compared to an Acapulco, per say. Once inside the vibes were just right. Old pictures of who appeared to be Pancho Villa gave the place a definite sense of personality. Two lovely waitresses were taking care of the place. Lupe and Tiffanny (yes, we asked their names, now, that's how cute they turned out to be!). We took a nice table and proceeded to check their menu, which was extensive. Noticed right away that some of their menu items were priced very fair, meaning nicely affordable. Like a Carne Asada plate for $7.99?
Chips arrived with a very desirable salsa, while not too far away a salsa table offered many other varieties. Lupe turned out to be so nice, in no time I was calling her Lupita, like if I known her for years. She did not seem to mind. Plates ordered:
Shrimp Ceviche on a Tostada, mexican style $4.50? Nice serving, not too shabby, had the flavor and it was enough to be enjoyed by two out of our three of a perfect pair trio. I am not particularly crazy for this type of ceviche, I am definitely addicted to the peruvian model, but this one tasted fresh and disappeared in no time. 3.5 Stars.
Two Fried Fish Tacos, combination plate with rice and beans $6.99. Very nice plate for those who like fish tacos, with beans and rice that tasted equally good. 3.5 Stars.
Carne Asada plate $7.99. This one looked and was very tasty, plenty of food for one person, accompanied by a plate with chili's, cilantro, limes, and warm corn tortillas. A definite winner. 4 Stars!
Sopa 7 Mares $12.50?, a big bowl of the mexican interpretation of the Bouillabaisse. Seafood variety, octopus, fish, mussels, local crab, and a very enticing broth that actually tasted like the sea. Came with tortillas, and a plate with all the makings to exalt the dish. Very tasty, I thought. They also make Menudo for those who like a very good Menudo. The seafood soup 4 Stars!
Flan $3? Very tasty flan, home made by the mother of the owner. Nice ending for sure! 5 Stars! Needless to say we have returned many times since we moved to Temecula. We happen to go to Camp Pendleton quite a lot, and it is the perfect excuse to stop by on our way back home.
The thing I like the most about this place is that you get your money's worth. There is a giant burrito for $4.95 that truly is gigantic, will require a siesta upon completion.
Might not look as spectacular as a huge expensive franchise, but when it comes to food, it is a class act. 4.5 Stars!

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Vista, California
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40 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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“Poor Service”
Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

Food was good but service was awful. After I got my meal no one ever came back to my table. I ran out of water and never got my bill. I finally went to cashier and told him. He did not seem to care.

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Western Hemisphere
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235 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Yes, all around!”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

We find ourselves staying in San Marcos, Ca, and of course the first thing we are going to do is try their best eating places. So at the Residence Inn by Marriot where we are staying they gave us a piece of paper with several local restaurants, in groups according to how far they are from the hotel. For some reason we, as a group, always seem to crave mexican food in our list, looking for that elusive mexican place that can deliver, say, a delicious Albondigas Soup as one example, but we know how rare a good mexican place is to find these days, and believe me when I say we have done our more than fair amount of searching and paying for many mediocre places. By accident while googling other places in the area and later using Yelp, we found this very special place called Mariscos Las Palmas.
The place is kind of small compared to an Acapulco, per say. Once inside the vibes were just right. Old pictures of who appeared to be Pancho Villa gave the place a definite sense of personality. Two lovely waitresses were taking care of the place. Lupe and Tiffanny (yes, we asked their names, now what!? That's how cute they turned out to be!). We took a nice table and proceeded to check their menu, which was extensive. Noticed right away that some of their menu items were priced very, I mean this, very nicely. Like a Carne Asada plate for $7.99?
Chips arrived with a very desirable salsa, while not too far away a salsa table offered many other varieties. Lupe turned out to be so nice, in no time I was calling her Lupita, like if I known her for years. She did not seem to mind. Plates ordered:
Shrimp Ceviche on a Tostada, mexican style $4.50? Nice serving, not too shabby, had the flavor and it was enough to be enjoyed by two out of our three of a perfect pair trio. I am not particularly crazy for this type of ceviche, I am definitely addicted to the peruvian model, but this one tasted fresh and disappeared in no time. 3.5 Stars.
Two Fried Fish Tacos, combination plate with rice and beans $6.99. Very nice plate for those who like fish tacos, with beans and rice that tasted equally good. 3.5 Stars.
Carne Asada plate $7.99. This one looked and was very tasty, plenty of food for one person, accompanied by a plate with chili's, cilantro, limes, and warm corn tortillas. A definite winner. 4 Stars!
Sopa 7 Mares $12.50?, a big bowl of the mexican interpretation of the Bouillabaisse. Seafood variety, octopus, fish, mussels, local crab, and a very enticing broth that actually tasted like the sea. Came with tortillas, and a plate with all the makings to exalt the dish. Very tasty, I thought. They also make Menudo for those who like a very good Menudo. The seafood soup 4 Stars!
Flan $3? Very tasty flan, home made by the mother of the owner. Nice ending for sure! 5 Stars!
Service was very nice. Both, Lupe and Tiffany, add a lot with their warm manners. 5 Stars.
A rare find which has so many more dishes to be had, we will most likely return while we are in San Marcos. Unexpectedly good, San Marcos keeps delivering nice surprises. Total Bill: $40+, very fairly priced place, plus a generous tip on our part for we were happy to have found this very nice Mariscos Las Palmas. A winner for sure.

  • Visited June 2013
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Oceanside, California
1 review
“Mariscos Las Palmas Satisfies On All Levels”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Unassuming on the outside, once you walk through the doors Mariscos Las Palmas exceeds all expectations on many levels: ambience, price, variety, flavor, service and cleanliness. Don't miss this hidden gem in Vista, California. The melding of traditional flavors is exceptional without the overpowering and excessive use of sodium that seems so prevalent in most Mexican restaurants these days. After a most satisfying meal, your final surprise awaits you when the check is delivered. You'll think there's been some mistake in tallying the amount owed. It's way too inexpensive! Guess again...... it's correct and gentle on your wallet. How often does that happen? Tell 'em Charlie sent ya' and prepare yourself for one of the best Mexican meals available in SoCal. Muchas gracias!!

  • Visited May 2013
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San Diego
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Put this place on your "to do" list!”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

We went here because we had a coupon. It is not really near our home, but we like to try new places. It was AWESOME! Loved everything...the chips and salsa are fantastic. We had a bean/cheese/rice burrito, coloroado chicken plate, and lobster enchilada plate. All of them were fantastic. They have a diverse salsa bar and extensive menu options. We had so many leftovers we will be eating them for days. The ONLY negative was the service...it was a bit slow. We had to almost beg to get our check and pay. But it was a Sunday morning and obviously busy. This is a small little restaurant but definitely worth the wait. We will be going back very soon. Clean restrooms and hot, delicious food.

  • Visited April 2013
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