La Palapa Grill & Cantina

4.6
95 reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican

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Casual
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.

Support La Palapa Grill & Cantina during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 95 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Eillicott City. Awesome drinks, great food, never had a bad time. Family or friends appropriate.

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TITUST
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good restaurant for Mexican food, good service, and people.

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vipDiningout1960
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our visit. Service was good and drinks came quickly. Quesadilla, jalapeño and taquito appetizers were all good. Fajitas were delicious. Fans on the patio were a bit loud but the breeze was welcome.

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vipFoodie19
Washington DC
98 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious. Service was good as well. I will be back!

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FCEDC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were so friendly and attentive. The food was delicious, quick and in generous portions! We’ll definitely be back to dine at this local gem!

MC
vipMikeyC
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It’s decent Tex-Mex.

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Lilyflower
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, service was a little slow but our server was very pleasant

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Copperdesk35
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

No bad experiences here…it’s always been extremely good…..only problem we had with most recent visit was that we were seated beside the kitchen door…but despite that, the food was excellent as was the service

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DebbieA
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great. Minor issue; the Fajita salad was not what was expected but then again, I guess I didn't read it well enough. I expected fajita style veggies on it, but no. The only difference between the Fajita Salad and the taco salad is the meat. So, a little deceiving, if you ask me. And, our server (who was wonderful) said this wasn't the first time that has happened.

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MichaelG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with the food, service, and ambiance.

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vipGeezer16
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The food was fine but nothing special particularly given some of the prices. The glass of house wine was a short pour. The service was attentive without being annoying.

BC
B4Curtain
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was especially outstanding all around from the hostess to our waitress. Made for a very pleasant experience.

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Lorraine
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Our order was mixed up and one entree completely forgotten about. Our server was good and very apologetic, it would have been nice if the manager had stopped by or comped the very late entree.

SG
SunshineG
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

This is one of my favorite places...well I should say it was the waitress was awful I asked what brand of Chardonnay they had she said "Cold" OMG
I ordered a taco salad with shredded chicken and the chicken came in huge chucks with very little shredding. I would have gotten over it if we didn't spend 15 minutes constantly asking for our waitress who seem to have simply disappeared!

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vipNikki
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great and everyone we interacted with was awesome. Our server graciously accommodated the picky eaters in our group and everything came out perfect. The margaritas were good, especially the spicy cucumber!

LB
LaurieB
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to the historic Ellicott City. As the stars would determine, we grabbed a parking spot right on the hill. A short walk up we were rewarded with a beautiful little cantina. Our server was prompt and courteous. Love the old world feel of the restaurant. We then made our way to our vehicle stopping at the small shops along the way. Five stars for the whole experience!!!

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KimberlyP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was quick and reliable. Our server was very friendly.

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Amelia
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, service was fabulous! This was my 3rd time visiting & its just as wonderful each time. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

MM
vipMyeshaM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great job incorporating COVID-19 restrictions! Very clean and great service. Food is reasonably priced!

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vipJohnS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

If you like good Mexican food, this is a good place to go. The food is delicious, the staff friendly and competent and the indoor / outdoor options are both nice. While there you can stroll down main street to look in galleries, etc.

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LisaM
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and service! Love this place❤️

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Salem
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with good food, a fun, thoughtful and respectful waitstaff.

SG
SapG
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa was a great restaurant! 10/10 would recommend and go again!! The service was amazing and the timing for the food was perfect!

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vipTerryK
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here. Food was excellent as was the customer service.

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Foodie
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Palapa never disappoints! The service is always friendly, the food is always amazing and you never have to wait for it! You order and food is there supper fast! Oh and the Drinks......awesome! I would definitely recommend this restaurant!

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Amos
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love some mexican and a nice afternoon with family

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Alleater
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, very clean, n ice outside seating, great location!

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vipjadocjr
Baltimore
42 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very good and thoughtful. She remembered our names and referred to us by our names. My failure is is to remember her name, for it was a name I had not heard before. Maybe Nefrey. A variant of Nefertiti.

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ShanaC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. The food and service was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience as always! Best margaritas in EC!!! Food was delicious and came out quick!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Cozy, clean restaurant, with great decor. Food was delicious and came out super fast! Drinks were well made. Highly recommend!

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CraigR
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 15 March 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 1 March 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
4 reviews
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service were exceptional.

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ValerieJ
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on 25 February 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 10 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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martymar1970
Baltimore
15 reviews
Dined on 25 January 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 19 January 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.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from La Palapa Grill & Cantina using the Order Online button. La Palapa Grill & Cantina also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (410) 465-0070.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina is rated 4.6 stars by 95 OpenTable diners.

La Palapa Grill & Cantina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.lapalapagrill.com/store/gift-cards/.

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 bookings at the moment.