Large menu, fun atmosphere and tasty Mexican food! It has a casual dress code and family-friendly. This place also has a decent size bar area and great drinks. Prices are cheap/very reasonable, portions are huge (dieters beware!) and atmosphere is festive and bright. This is a place to indulge and have fun! Regarding the service: I have always had friendly service and the wait staff pays attention to your needs. It's a great place to bring a bunch of friends and hang out/talk/drink/eat, especially in the summertime out on the front patio. Everyone I've brought to "Mazatlan Restaurant" raves about the food and especially the drinks, even their desserts are delish. Highly recommended for a casual and fun night out. Also, they have plenty of parking, which is in high demand in the NW area
I have traveled throughout Mexico and have done a fair amount of complicated Mexican cooking. LA Bamba is very good. Don't order the regular strip-mall stuff like tacos. Go for the shrimp dishes (like the very good Camerones Veracruzanos) or a mole (like the Mole Negro con Pollo that I had recently). The staff is super nice, and the decor is good. If the restaurant was in a more trendy area it would be really week known. I highly recommend it. (I wonder about the negative post about a location that was on Sandy Blvd. Did the reviewer get mixed up about the name of that restaurant? I never saw a La Bamba on Sandy. In any case, my review is about a restaurant on SE Powell, and it has been very good for years.)
I have a heads up about the kind of cuisine. My Fiancee is from El Salvador. So I was able to ask his opinion on the food. The food is very similar to the food from his hometown. The main difference is the freshness. But that can be said for any restaurant that is far from its roots. I personaly found the food wonderful and the service adequate. I have had better but the better one has closed. For the lack of buisness and wrong location. But I have been back to El Palenque and will certinly go back.
It's a family-run business that got excellent Mexican food and Latin food the really friendly they're really helpful if you're indecisive of what you want me personally I love those Super Burrito with steak are there breakfast burritos with chorizo and eggs and potatoes and all the food is very well priced not too expensive even someone with a minimal amount of money to afford this place they're really good
They have awesome food with good price. If you like Mexican food, you have to come here. I tried several items on the menu..and everything was delicious. They also have awesome vegetarian menu for people who dont eat meat or want to be healthy. so many choices! This is a perfect place to go when you are craving Mexican food!!!! (I feel hungry everytime I think about their food.)
If you want true Mexican food, this is the place to go. This isn't your typical beans and rice South of the Border joint! This is the real deal, cooked by a trained chef and assistants, no phony Tex-Mex stuff here. Have the fish steamed in banana leaf for a real treat! It is my favorite restaurant in a city full of great restaurants!
A great family atmosphere, friendly people who try and give you a Mexican experience by speaking the easy words in Spanish to you. We have seen the greeter grow up to be a grown man. The food is plentiful and very delicious! Lots of options. Great margaritas, huge. Always go there for quality and there is no wait. Love it.
This has to be the best Mexican place to eat. None of the food was runny on the plate. Nothing was soggy from other foods. Everything was so good. 6 of us ate and not one plate had food on it when we were all done. The food was presented on the plates very nicely. Yes I will go back and bring other friends also.
Real solid Mexican food. Had a couple of pretty tasty tacos al pastor and shared a couple of tamales with a friend. Two of their margarita’s made me happy that we walked to dinner instead of driving. Great ambiance and people watching. The evening we went was very lively.
I absolutely love this restraunt. They have excellent food, great service and the atmosphere is very family friendly. My kids always ask to eat there. The drinks are always excellent and well worth the money spent.... If I could eat there everyday I would.