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La Palapa Mexican Restaurant

12169 Woodside Ave Ste A, Lakeside, CA 92040-3023
+1 619-561-8106
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
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“burrito” (5 reviews)
“no frills” (2 reviews)
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12169 Woodside Ave Ste A, Lakeside, CA 92040-3023
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

We liked it at first but the food seemed to go down in quality and the waitresses are not top rate. It is really busy on the weekend and since it's a small dining room the noise level is too painful for our ears...

Thank 763lanag
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Nice little place to visit. Good Food and reasonably priced. Staff is super friendly too. The only thing wrong with this restaurant is that there isn't enough parking. Way to popular to not have enough space to park.

Thank howgarfish
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

You have to try La palapa in lakeside. The place is clean and the food is great. The owner Bernadette greeted us at the door. Even thou it was busy she took the time to chat with us and I found out she has owned...More

Thank Kayte M
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Always a good time here. The staff is above awesome. The food is very good and very reasonably priced. The margaritas over the top! Great happy hour. Visit once or twice a month and they get to know you by name. They keep the chips...More

Thank BobLindemann
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Great food...Great Margarita, be careful the Cadillac will get ya! My family has been coming here for years!

Thank Toni R
Reviewed 19 January 2017

Food was very good, great options, but the margarita is what stood out to me, nice family owned Mexican restaurant

Thank Bradnvicki
Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Great Mexican Food! We have been coming here since are kids were in Elementary School and now they are all grown with their own families and they still go. Best Shrimp Burrito around.

Thank Marsha A
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Eat here often. A small family owned restaurant but worth the wait.Mexican food is excellent with no frills.

Thank James G
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Not large, must have been in this small shopping center a long time.Salsa OK, Spicy carrots really good, refills easy--prices very reasonable. Friends had chili verde(very good). One had tacos(very good). I had the owners special burrito(killer). Flan with brandy (yes), server needs to learn...More

Thank DrWalter
Reviewed 27 April 2016

For as long as I can remember La Palapa has been there and I believe it is the longest lasting restaurant in Lakeside. This is the place where longtime Lakeside residents go to eat drink and catch up on people. Like any business that has...More

Thank Vincent W
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
10:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12169 Woodside Ave Ste A, Lakeside, CA 92040-3023
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lakeside
  • Phone Number: +1 619-561-8106
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