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La Tarasca

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1001 W Main St, Centralia, WA 98531-2852
+1 360-736-7756
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Chehalis, Washington
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No Tex-Mex here! I know these people personally and this food is from family recipes that grandma brought with her from Mexico. Don't expect food draped in cheese and smothered with re-fried beans. This place is always busy which speaks for itself. The food tasted fresh and the flavors are distinct. Also try some of the real Mexican drinks with... More 

Thank mackdril
Level Contributor
25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in today for lunch and we were SO happy we did! Authentic Mexican food. No chips, no flour tortillas. Just great, fresh food. I created my own sampler with a tamale, a tostado and a quesadilla. Yum! Two thumbs up.

Thank KateinGigHarbor
Spanaway, Washington
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

We found this little diamond by accident while passing through town. It's a small unassuming place but once you take your first bite you're closing your eyes and moaning with pleasure. The food was flavorful without being salty. Wonderful use of spices in the food and salsa. This was real Mexican food cooked, and served, the way it's supposed to... More 

Thank Roddy M
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Out of the way and not fancy but great Mexican food (no chips, yeah!) Had specialty pork dish. Great service and reasonable prices.

Thank John M
Fremont, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This little unassuming place is a treasure trove of goodness! So very different from what we have come to accept as "real" Mexican food! No chips and salsa on the table but the pickled carrots were yummy! We enjoyed the food; plain and simple but delicious.

Thank Tudey1
Granger, Indiana
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33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016

I'll be brief, because my sentiments seem already on the site here. This is a perfect family Mexican place, different from the norm in USA because it's menu is regional Michoacán Mexican. Everything is very good. But to spin away from American-typical, do consider things like the Carnitas, Chile Verde (spicy), Tamales, or the soups like Carne En Su Jugo,... More 

Thank flabarple
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The service was great and food was really yummy. Don't be afraid to eat there even though the building was not so nice outside it was delicious.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Level Contributor
34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

The food here is so good that I ate here 3 times in a week love it and the staff is very friendly, Authentic food a must go

Thank twilasweet
Durham, North Carolina
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75 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on our way from Portland to Seattle. We were so glad we did. Friendly place with delicious food. Ordered the special for the day - beef with red chili sauce, that was some of the best red chili I have ever had. Also we had the pork carnitas, which were tender, juicy, and very flavorful. Homemade tortillas and... More 

Thank Joy G
Bunbury, Australia
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462 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were staying overnight in Centralia, en route from Portland to Vancouver. A search on TripAdvisor indicated that La Tarasca Restaurant might be a great choice for our evening meal. On arrival, we learned that La Tarasca features the authentic cuisine of Michoacan, a state in West Central Mexico. During visits to three other Mexican states, we’d enjoyed many fresh,... More 

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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
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 W Main St, Centralia, WA 98531-2852
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Centralia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-736-7756

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