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rivers avenue, Charleston, SC
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Hagerstown, Maryland
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587 reviews
315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

The atmosphere in here was rough. It was LOUD. SO VERY LOUD! The chicken enchilada and the cheese quesadilla were fabulous. I found the rice and the re-fried beans to be lackluster and lacking taste. I didn't even eat more than a bite. The waiter was quite attentive though and kept our drinks and chip basket refilled!

Thank Mfclingan
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

Best Mexican I have had in a long, long time !! Portions are huge, fresh with great flavor !! We all loved it. It was a quick lunch on the way to the airport. Staff very friendly. I would definitely eat here frequently if ivied in town

Thank Jeanne M
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

I've been here countless times and have never been disappointed. I've shared this place with numerous friends and family members and they all agree. Best Mex!

Thank Adriana R
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123 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015 via mobile

They have the best ceviche, tacos are amazing all the salsas are delicious four different types of side sauces, surprise!! This is my new Mexican hotspot on this side of 525! I will see you Cinco de Mayo and many many more times fresh local ingredients the shrimp were amazing!

Thank CharlestonSnob
Charleston, South Carolina
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2014

New to the area and looking for a Mexican/Southwestern restaurant that wasn't a chain when we stumbled upon L:a Nortena. We always gauge our restaurant choice with whether they have chorizo on the menu. Not only do they have chorizo but seem to offer a lot of dishes with octopus if you are game to try. My favorite is the... More 

Thank jedm49
Haubstadt, United States
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

We came here on Cinco de Mayo (sorry about the spelling). We didn't expect a lot because no one was in there. It was after the lunch rush and we were pleasantly surprised. The wait staff was awesome-great personalities and the best Carnitas I ever had. .The Margaritas also were great. What more could you ask for?

Thank Michael M
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

Authentic. Friendly, quick and attentive service Fresh in house made chips and 5 house salsa's of various taste and heat (free) Terrific food all around Will glad revisit when I'm back in Charleston

Thank gophered
Pooler, Georgia
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215 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2014 via mobile

Shrimp LA Diabla was awesome. A lot of food for a good price. Corn tortillas were soggy and falling apart, but the meal was good.

Thank Vinny0014
North Charleston, South Carolina
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183 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Great drink specials and Dos Equis draft. They feature really good authentic tacos. Everything I have tried on the menu is very good. In addition to the standard salsa and chips they also provide four interesting and different salsas/hot sauces.

Thank Fast F
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

Don't order the chicken enchilada. Even told the waiter and he did nothing about it. Slack. Thought it would be a little authentic place and it was not

Thank E-raw44

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: rivers avenue, Charleston, SC
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Coastal South Carolina  >  Charleston

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