La Palapa Grill & Cantina

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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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La Palapa Grill & Cantina is committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality of Mexican cuisine in a distinctive Hacienda decor setting, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, with exceptional service, and the real flavors of México.

We have created a unique restaurant concept around original recipes. Beyond tacos, enchiladas and burritos... we offer a tour of authentic Mexican gastronomy; from our delicious ceviche and mouth-watering molé, to our more traditional tamales and equally delectable quesadillas.


Our bar is without a doubt the witness of fun nights under the Maryland sky, and the best host of good friends and great times.


La Palapa Grill & Cantina, family owned and operated, is your festive neighborhood restaurant and bar.


The Flavor of Mexico in Historic Ellicott City.
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our son’s birthday and he wanted carne asada with a side mole sauce. He enjoyed it. Overall we all enjoyed the food and the service.

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StaceyW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and the entertainment was good.
We went for brunch and everyone enjoyed their meals!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service were exceptional.

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ValerieJ
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and Tuesday night is the best night to go there, Taco Tuesday all you can eat for $10.00...what a value and the food is delicious!

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NicoM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super Yummy Food and wonderful service. We LOVE this place. You should def stop by today!

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martymar1970
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Quesadillas were light and cheesy. I had the fajitas, they tasted great. A little too dark and noisy for my taste, but not enough that I won’t come back. Wait staff was attentive and professional.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring the family or date. This experience was a slower Sunday experience. the staff was great, ambiance, and food is always fantastic. Been here several times and can’t say i’ve ever had a bad experience.

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vipDRad66
Baltimore
347 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We eat out a lot, and really enjoy Mexican food. We were looking for a new place to try, and found La Palapa had good reviews. We were seated promptly - our server, Natasha, was pleasant and efficient. Our food was served fast - maybe too fast. The complimentary chips and salsa - the salsa was very flavorful. We ordered the queso dip - it unfortunately had too much beer and you really couldn't even taste the cheese. We ordered the (1) Guadalajara Burrito - which was a large size but the filling - steak and chicken inside was cold; (2) the chicken quesadilla, while warm, had little flavor - only achieved by putting some salsa on it; (3) the beef taquitos were good - after you dug them out from where they were completely covered so not visible (initially thought they brought the wrong order because it looked like a salad) by lettuce, sour cream, guac and pico de gallo. Considering the number of really good Mexican restaurants, I really can't recommend and we won't make the trip to Ellicott City for La Palapa.

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vipSC16
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner! They were able to accommodate my son’s peanut and tree but allergies.

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vipTheresa
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice outing for New Years Day. Good food, drinks and service.

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DhuruvanV
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good food and good service. Excellent drinks.

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BeenuU
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome and our server was great love the ambience overall very good experience will highly recommend to our friends

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AshP
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Second time at this place with my friend. We went back for a girls night and to have the Texas Chimichangas. Our server was a gem, but we were highly disappointed with the hosts and manager. Although we had a reservation and the restaurant was empty, the hosts had a hard time figuring out where to sit us - ridiculous. She sits us in a tiny two person top against the wall when there was amole space to sit us and two other couples were set on a four person top. We called the manager to address the oddity with the seating arrangement, and he seemed confused and did not think anything was odd. More so, he seemed like he did not want to be bothered by two minorities inconveniencing his evening. To add to that, my friends food had a strand of hair, and the plates on the table had a bug. Last time we were there the server kept rushing to bring our next plate and was constantly harassing us for our next order. There seems to be a trend of terrible customer service at this place. We won't be returning and will make sure to tell our family and friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with some friends for an impromptu taco Tuesday night out! Was not very busy and service was great! I recommend the spicy cucumber margarita 😋. I can't remember the servers name but she was very sweet and knowledgeable about the menu. I can't wait to go back. Carne' Asada was delicious and my friends enjoyed their tacos!

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vipKatieL
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a wonderful space and great service for dinner with friends.

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Bgnort62
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My only issues was that it was a little to dark, if we're having to pull out our phones to read the menus, it's too dark. Otherwise the Grilled Fish Tacos were fantastic and I look forward to ordering them on our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas!

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Smanga
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Nice clean restaurant with excellent staff. Would be nicer if the lights were a little brighter. Dim lighting inside makes it hard to read the menu especially as you get older

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vipProfJ
Baltimore
63 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I was disappointed that the staff could not honor our seating preferences--despite the fact that we had a reservation, it was a birthday dinner, and the restaurant was half empty. Other reservations (for diners who had not yet arrived) seemed to trump ours. Nevertheless, the food was good and the service fast.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect is the right word for this place.

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Chris
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent as always!

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Jennick
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was pretty good. Fish tacos could use more seasoning and less sauce. The wait and management staff were absolutely perfect! Perfect amount of attention and kindness.

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AndrewS
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, nice atmosphere and great service. Our waiter Jimmy was so helpful and attentive.
The food was fresh and excellent. Margaritas are perfect. They will sneak up on you, so be careful.
My only gripe is the hostess. They can be kind of not friendly at times and they are the first one you see when you come in to be seated. Other than that, I'd give them a 10.

Enjoy!

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Diningout1960
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our evening at Lapas. Service was acceptable and chips/salsa & drinks came out quickly. The lamb shank was a hit as was the fajitas however some of our meals were not hot. The chicken taquito & stuff jalapeño was bland.

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vipBGmb
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Food was very runny. Chicken soaking wet with no flavor. Salsa was runny. The food was just bad. The server was outstanding.

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Rsrs26
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only issue was it seemed we were being rushed a bit

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and the food was excellent. Definitely recommend going for intimate or large occasions.

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Renja
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We've been coming here for over 12 years for the best mole on the East Coast. It is everything you need: rich, dark. with a perfectly smooth consistency and a hint of sweetness. And... it is served over the most tender chicken, sliced thinly and easy to use to pick up that delicious sauce. They have an excellent ceviche appetizer of shrimp and tilapia, served artfully with a zing and a good dose of chili. Standard Mexican fare served alongside these rarer finds. Their beef tamale appetizer is awesome comfort food. The temp in the restaurant can run a little warm or cool. For the best ambiance, ask to be seated near the fireplace. It's a bustling restaurant at peak times and even then the noise is tolerable. A valuable gem, a short trip from Baltimore.

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vipBren
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Came here for birthday celebration, service was great , food was very good, and the margaritas were tasty!

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vipTerrific
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time there in many years. Our server was wonderful, warm and knowledgeable. The food- fajitas and special (duck with mole)-was very good and the stuffed poblanos were excellent. Timing of courses was off, entrees arrived just after appetizer. Very nice.

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vipseagreen
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first (but not last) visit after a pottery date. I’ve heard so many people rave about La Palapas and they did not disappoint. We sat under the covered deck, our waitress was wonderful, and our food and drinks were delicious. I would highly recommend going out of your way to eat at La Palapas. Can’t wait for our next visit in 2 weeks. 😊

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DSomers427
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Generous food portions

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vipMichaelC
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to grab a beer and good food.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on March 1, 2019

Glad to know we are your go to list for food and drinks! Thank you Michael.

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vipNicole
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambience, friendly server, quick service, and delicious food! Loved our margaritas, too.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on March 1, 2019

Nicole, thanks for stopping by to show us love! We hope to serve you soon!!!

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VatsalaR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was ok. But the service was terrible. The hostess sat us right in front of the kitchen door even after making a reservation ahead of time. When asked to move, she moved us the the table next to it, the table was wobbly and completely ruined our experience. When it was time to order drinks, I asked several times if they can make a mojito without sugar, and that I have diet restrictions. Inspire of all the reassurances, I still got a drink with sugar. Even though it was repalaced, I still ended up sipping a sugary drink to find out.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your visit. We are very sorry to hear we did not provide you with a great experience. Were you able to talk to the manager on duty that evening? We will look into this immediately and make the changes needed. I hope you will give us another opportunity and join us in the near future.

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Chris
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Valentines dinner! Always great food and great service!

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your special night with us. Glad you had a great time. Hope to see you back soon!

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Patricia
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were treated wonderfully! My friend and I only get together 2-3 times a year and we have so much to catch up on that we were there longer than the average diner. The waitress was very pleasant and understood, being attentive but not pushy! Overall a very good experience.

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vipNiaL
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Restaurant was much better before it was closed and then reopened. Food has declined in quality. I had enjoyed the food at La Palapa Grill & Cantina in the past.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on February 2, 2019

Hi Nia, Sorry to hear your recent experience was not how you remembered us. I can assure you that we are using the finest ingredients and strive for perfection. Were you able to speak to manager on this visit. We apologize if we dropped the ball and hope you will come back and give another opportunity.

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vipRobert
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Bad weather the day I went, so it was pretty quiet but I'd certainly go back.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on February 2, 2019

Thanks for stoping by despite the weather. Sorry we didn't impress you on this visit. We know we can do a much better job and are you happy you will be back to give us another try.

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PatriciaC
Western NC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal and drinks were delicious as always. We truly enjoyed our evening out.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina
Responded on February 2, 2019

Muchas gracias Patricia!!!

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FAQs

La Palapa Grill & Cantina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 465-0070.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.