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La Penca Azul

Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501-4510 (Formerly La Pinata III)
+1 510-769-9110
09:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Wed 09:00 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My mom, son and I enjoyed our lunch here. The staff was friendly and prompt. The food here is delicious!

Thank 49case
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Penca is great!! It's open late, one of the only places around open late with fresh hot delicious food. Eat there or take it home - it's just as good at home!

Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

We were looking for a place after 11pm and saw the crowd so stopped. The host said if we wanted to sit on the basically taqueria side we would not wait. Great choice. I look for two things in in 'real' mexican restaurant - locals eating there and some of the more obscure dishes - they were both there -... More 

Thank TomaSchultz
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Typical American food Not really mexican but trying hard Service could be more attentive On weekends better book ahead Very busy on Sundays lunch time Food quality good Restroom facilities appallingly bad and filthy

Thank laci57
Dublin, California
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I've been coming for years for the deep fired snapper, crab enchiladas and burritos the size of a small baby. A great deal of the staff have been here for years and they really treat you like family. They have an outrageous selection of tequila and a decent sized bar area. The wait can be long at times due to... More 

Thank Dubpack
La Grange, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Just good solid Texas Mexico with some interesting twists. Dig through the menu for some surprises. Darned good drinks as elk and lots of Tequila choices if you ate up for tasting different kinds

Thank Diana B
Panama City, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

The three guys manning the bar were going 90 miles an hour; scored bar stools late afternoon. Had happy hour carnitos tacos and "mini" chimichangas. More than enough for a meal. Only downside was all the people hovering for a seat. Bar food was 5-6 bucks. Great deal.

Thank clmfla
Castro Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Great food great service. The greeting with fruit cocktail was impressive. Lots of parking in City lot behind.

Thank waynesb
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

There are two locations. One is on Park Street, and the one I enjoy is on Bay farm Island in the shopping center across from the library. Good Mexican food. I like to order a short order of tacos, enough to fill me up. Try their super burrito or spicey shrimp dishes. Good prices, great service.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Alameda, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Best huevos around in my opinion Served with rice and your choice of beans If you like spicier salsa just ask they will bring it. Huge tequilla selection and a great HH. .

Thank thundergayle

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1440 Park St, Alameda, CA 94501-4510 (Formerly La Pinata III)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Alameda
  • Phone Number: +1 510-769-9110

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?