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“Food was not good”

La Nortena Taqueria Mexican Grill
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Since 2003 , La Nortena has served as the anchor "authentic Mexican cuisine" restaurant for the historic Charleston/N. Charleston area. The award-winning restaurant, owned and operated by restaurateur Luis Aguirre owes much of its success to our loyal and dedicated restaurant family and to our biggest fans - you, our patrons. Our menu combines traditional central region of Jalisco in the western-pacific area of Mexico. Dishes with authentic house specialties, all prepared with a contemporary twist. Guest favorites include shrimp nachos, fish tacos, ceviche, tacos callejeros, parrillas and specialty margaritas. At "La Nortena" we believe in enjoying a meal from beginning to the end.
2 reviews
“Food was not good”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

Compared to Los arcos and la hacienda....not good at all. Don't order enchiladas here the sauce they use is disgusting. Service was average same with atmosphere. Will not be returning here or recommending this to anyone. Thought it was going to be authentic little place but i was wrong.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
North Charleston, South Carolina
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great food/great service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Great start with 5 different salsas to dip in (included with the chips). Food was great and service was excellent. Only complaint...it was pretty warm inside (looking for AC after being in sun all day). Overall, great!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank brandyrn
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Waterloo, Canada
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“This will satisfy your cravings for Mexican food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Every time we visit La Nortena, we get great service and great food. No exceptions. There are a lot of choices for Mexican food in the Charleston area, but none come close to the quality of food you will get here. My personal favourites are the enchiladas, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, really.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Leslie C
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Charleston, South Carolina
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122 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best Mexican in area, worth a detour, great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2012

Happy find after trying many other Mexican restaurants in the Charleston area, La Nortena is a real gem. Warm welcome, speedy and attentive service, and really yummy food starting with a sampler dish with four salsas and moving on to great chicken, pork, and fish -- all tasty and at the right temperature and in very generous portions. This was a very satisfying meal, well worth prices that are a little higher than the average Mexican restaurant in the area. The menu has a wide range of items -- worth studying on the internet before going -- from simple tacos and regular pork and beef dishes to much more exotic items rarely seen on menus in this country. As another reviewer said -- "Stop reading and go eat!"

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank palekh
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Goose Creek, SC
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112 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“good mexican”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

The food here is pretty good still but has definitely gone downhill from three or four years ago. Service is still friendly though.

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank ouchfirehot
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