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Business Description
La Palapa is an eating establishment that specializes in Mexican cuisine. The restaurant offers a range of food items and beverages for lunch and dinner. Its full-service cantina serves margaritas and organizes live entertainment shows. The restaurant provides a casual dining atmosphere. La Palapa hosts rehearsal dinners and office, graduation, birthday and holiday parties for more than 25 people. The restaurant s menu features a variety of soups, salads and appetizers. It also serves a selection of beef, chicken and pork dishes. In addition, the restaurant s menu features cheese, shrimp and mushroom enchiladas. La Palapa offers catering and delivery service, as well as various promotional packages.

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Primary Phone: (512) 459-8758

Phone: (512) 459-8758

Fax: (512) 459-8758

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Price Range
St. Johns - Coronado Hills, Coronado Hills

La Palapa Bar of austin

Mexican Restaurants, Caterers, Latin American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Karoke and drinking not a good mix here

We had a happy hour and a great time but when it came time to pay they did not honor all of the happy hour prices they were just rude and short ""no that was full price"" when me and my fiance knew we had ordered all except the last two drinks at the happy hour prices and the happy hour prices are note even great prices and then to top it off when my friends were the last to leave the bar they told them a lot of people from our group did not pay their tabs and they got stuck paying other peoples tabs which everyone had paid already... I think they figured since they had plenty to drink and were last to leave they tried to stick them with more then what was really owed. So take good notes if you go (keep track of who leaves and what everyone ordered and paid for and happy hour orders - to a lot to do but you'll be sorry if you don't)



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Mexican cuisine, entertainment

I put together a birthday party for my friends and family and had it at La Palapa on a suggestion of friend who said it was a really fun place on Saturday night. She was right! We had a night complete with great mexican food (the best I've had in Austin yet) served by a courteous and friendly wait staff. About half way through our dinner the karaoke guy started and I have to say I've never been so entertained by karaoke! Not only was he a talented singer--he was truly entertaining! And he had every song we wanted to sing, and the sound was clear and NOT OVERLY LOUD. He even accommodated my kids when they wanted to sing a song. I really appreciated the family atmosphere--no vulgar language. And did I mention the food was muy bueno!?



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Worst Everything Mexican

Horrible mexican food, Worst Service, Worst Drinks, The only good thing was the Karaoke on Friday and Saturday and they fired Big Jim!!!



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Great Prices!

I went to the bathroom at La Palapa, and I got the clap. But the food is pretty reasonably priced. Don't order the clap. It's not fun.



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Beware of the DJ

My friends and I had dinner there for a birthday party and were treated very rudely. The karaoke DJ harrassed us and made bigoted comments to people in our party. He only allowed certain people onto the stage and would then for no reason break into song, exposing us to his horrible voice. The waitress was so demoralized that she asked one of my friends if his employer was hiring. The food was bland and pedestrian. What a sad and unfortunate place.



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La Palapa -

New Karaoke Dude is unprofessional and wont keep a crowd there
I miss the old days, and me and my friends will find a new place to hang.
Frozen Margaritas don't taste good anymore



Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Mexican Restaurant in Austin

We discovered La Palapa after moving to the east side and what a find! This *IS* the best mexican restaurant in Austin and is certainly one of the best mexican restaurants ANYWHERE in Texas. Bold statement you say?? I've lived in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. I've travelled to El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, and Houston...and I've been to mexican joints in just about every stop in between these places. I truly can't think of another mexican restaurant that puts all of the elements together like this one does. The variety in the menu is astounding (which is usually a bad sign) but at La Palapa there truly isn't a bad dish on the menu. I would try anything they's that good. Go for the food, forget about the service (not great), a silly check-out procedure, or the noisy karoke bar (dinner time).



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Great food

La Palapa has great Mexican food. I eat there frequently, and am always happy with the food and service. Their tortilla soup is the best in town! You also get plenty of food for the price.



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Your traffic oasis from I-35

I have never been more impressed with food, service, and atmosphere for a mexican food restaurant on the east side, let alone all of Austin. You just can tell it's a well thoughtout concept from the moment you walk in the cantina or the front door. For dinner, I had the Pollo Chipotle for $9.95 it was exquisite, and just as much aestheticlly pleasing. Our service and margaritas were excellent. Afterwards we went the the Cantina and really enjoyed a packed crowd listening to Karaoke.I would recommend La Palapa to anyone looking for a great HAPPY HOur SPOT!!!! or just a mexican restaurnt with authenticity and knowledge. I guess that's why they have been a staple in the community for almost 15yrs.



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Not TEX-MEX!! Its Authentic!

Ok, I can't even begin to fathom how 4 people here have rated the food as only average. Actually, I can. They think that la palapa is bad tex-mex. Its too salty, not sweet. They probably have never heard of mole.
Time for me to be cynical:
They don't have a clue because they don't know real mexican food. One cannot get beef and cheese Trudy's poopchiladas in Northern Mexico (say Monterrey or Reynosa). Mexican food, is NOT SWEET, unlike tex-mex. If you want truely delicious truly south of rio grande mexican food, come to La Palapa, its friggin awesome. If you were raised on the boring midwestern diet, or the overly sweet texas barbeque diet, don't bother.

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