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“Try the roast lamb taco”
Review of La Pinata Mexican Restaurant - CLOSED

La Pinata Mexican Restaurant
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 15, 2014

...and that was really the highlight of the meal. Otherwise food was on the average side - including the salsa, which came in really tiny bowls which they refilled, but still.

Service was substandard, mostly due to our getting the New Server, who I should mention was trying really hard.

I think this place is a little overrated, but the lamb taco was excellent.

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Thank Juba27777
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

We read about this restaurant in the local newspaper as an up-and-coming start-up, so we decided to drop in for a late lunch. Located in a small strip plaza a few blocks off Tamiami Trail, La Pinata is still easy to locate. Park in the back, as room in the front of the building is tight. At 1 o'clock on a Saturday afternoon there were three tables occupied, and two more parties came in while we were there. Service was just a bit slow, with only one person on the floor. But nothing to complain about.

The obligatory chips & salsa were fresh, & included salsa verde as well as a very fresh & tasty red tomato salsa. There are 10-12 luncheon specials every day (11a-3p), so we ordered two of them. The Mexican lasagna consisted of a stack of two tortillas, filled with beef, cheese, and a mild red sauce. It was accompanied by rice & refritos. Tasty entree. The pork sopes were relatively non-spicy, as expected. The liberal addition of salsa brought the heat up a bit. Refillable tea, sodas kept the coolness going.

La Pinata Mexican restaurant is worth the drive down South Trail from downtown Naples. The "Average" rating is 0.5 under-graded. From this first visit - and there will be more - I'd give it a 3.5 and only hope that a second visit would warrant a true "Very Good" rating.

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Thank westlakeroad
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Hector is our friend and chef now! We live in Naples all year round and because we work long hours, we eat out a lot. My husband goes often to La Piñata for a quick lunch, and we have dinner there too after work. We don't have to wait for table and Hector almost always there to greet us. He always has something special and we will take his advice for dinner choices. We love the pastor taco and pastor quesadilla in the regular menu too!

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Thank Diana M
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

Hector is the chef owner of this fine Mexican cuisine. The food is incredible and priced right especially during happy hour. One thing that makes this place special for me is the mole which is made fresh daily and is a menu standard. It is a little out of the way but worth the side trip. I eat here often.

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Thank Robert M
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

It's off the beaten path but worth the drive. La Pinata has the best food in Naples. The restaurant is very clean & brightly decorated. The food is more than outstanding. I am a local & eat there at least once a week. Hector is the owner & chef. All of his dishes are homemade, home cooked in his kitchen. Give it a try you will not go away hungry or disappointed !!!!
Highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Thank Tammie P
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