La Margenal Restaurant
2447 Nacogdoches Rd, San Antonio, TX 78217
TollFree: (844) 663-6646
La Marginal Puerto Rican & Latin Cuisine
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Cuban, Caterers, Family Style, Caribbean, Latin American
Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine
Price Range : Average
If you are looking for authentic Puerto Rican food, this is not the restaurant for you!! I am Puerto Rican, raised in Chicago. Their Jibarito had roast pork on it, they would not make it with steak. Their accapurias were horrible and they charged $2.50 for one. In NY or Chicago one is $.75. Their prices are way too high! These are simple dishes they are serving. The rice had little flavor I could tell they didn't use sofrito an they used little sazon. The ropa vieja was average. The cooks are Mexican. Not to say Mexicans can't cook good PR'n food but generally we season food diferently. I wouldn't get asada tacos from a restaurant that is advertised as a Puerto Rican Restaurant, hopefully you get the point! Don't go there with high expectations, especially if you are familiar with PR'n cuisine.
I'm Puerto Rican and this food is soooo good! The staff speak spanish so I have to translate for my boyfriend ha. Although, every time I go, they don't have tres leches cake. Best time to go is around lunchtime or a little after. Nighttime gets really packed. I prefer to call ahead of time and pick up the food.
09/09/2011Provided by Citysearch -
OK, let me put in my two cents! I've been to this restaurant 4 times, and two out of four they were out of my favorite dish ""Mofongo relleno de mariscos"" and believe it or not they were out of the ingredients to make my favorite drink ""Mojito"", so having said that which may sound negative, I still recommended it, the food is very tasty, the prices are decent and the servers are friendly. So my plan is to call ahead of time and make sure they have mariscos to prepare my favorite dish or they need to step it up in their inventory department. A word of advice; just give it a try, I have a friend who
03/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Alrighty! reading the posts I just gotta shout out... Good Eats!!
Now first off you gotta know you are not in PR! get serious... and you are not at Mamis! but, it is good food.
The jibarito plate is delic, pasteles are great. If you are new to this type of yummy food I suggest you go for the buffet... a little bit of everything.
The wait persons are friendly and helpful. Good folks! They may be a bit busy so chill out and just enjoy!
My family has been coming here for the past, I don't know, 4-5 yrs? Ever since Maria closed her place over by Sun Harvest, remember? That was more PR/cubanito but, still good.
Anybody know any other places here in San Antonio? let me know...
09/27/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I'm puertorican, and my family own a restaurant back in PR, so, basically we know pretty much about latin caribean cusine... I went to this restaurant because we moved to San Antonio a year ago and I was looking for a good place to eat a good quality and tasty puertorican food, mostly a good mofongo... We heard about this restaurant and we decided to try it. When we arrived to the restaurant guided by our GPS, the first impresssion of the location and the appereance of the place wasnt the best one... When we got in, the waiter that received us wasnt like very friendly and just told us to sit wherever we want to, we arrived like at 2 pm. He was chatting with somebody for a while first, then he sent a lady to bring us the menu (which were very limited and quite pricey for the type of plates they were offering). When they gave us our plates (3 mofongos al pilon, camarones, bistek y carne frita) they looked nice at the first sight the presentation was decent, but when I smell it wasn't good... the bisteq had a very strong bad smell, like the smell of something rotten, and the taste was awful, the fried pork was extremely fried, too dried, had a bad smell and was basically impossible to chew and swallow, sincerely the meat was like if it were rotten. The shrimps were eatable, but not like wow... you can have better shrimps in a chinese buffet at a comparabel low price lol... The mofongo was very bad, very dried and the platanos were getting maduros so the taste of it was like kind of sour... if you have eaten mofongo before you know what I mean... The total exceeded the $60... just 3 plates and 3 juices (parcha). I seriusly wont recommend it to anyone who are looking to eat a good puertorican food...
11/28/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I went for lunch, and there were a lot people there. The buffet was fresh, and the price was good. The chicken and the rice was just great (easy to accept the taste. The taste was ""different"" at the first bit, but you will find the delightness of the taste after you try for the second bit!---good good!) the iced tea (sweet one) was just good! different than the regular iced tea you got anywhere else. And the dessert was just a must-try. The one (jell-o? cake?? custard yellow with dark caremel on top) was just great! one of the greatest dessert I have ever had in these years in SA-- not too sweet, great texture, and very close to what you will expect from a $15 dessert from a good fancy real Frech restaurant. However, go during the lunch time or dinner time when normally a lot people are there, so you will get good fresh food. Other wise, you will not get what I just wrote above, but bad and old chichen and old and black cold fried banana, and worse of all, you will see a digged, mushed throw-up like dessert cake on the plate (you should always assume no one has a greater skill to spoon a cake like you)
01/10/2009Provided by Citysearch -
After the build up of Puerto Rican cuisine from the allegedly great La Marginal. I am sad to say that my dinner there rivaled one of the worst meals I have ever had from Mc Donald's. The prices' seemed fair, and the description of the plates seemed to be authentic. When we received our meal the high light to me should have been the maduros, unfortunately what should have been sweet plantains were no more than cold tostones. After diving into disappointment with the muduros, the rest of the meal seemed to be a downward spiral of mediocrity. Even though the food itself wasn't the greatest, it could have easily been made up for had any of the components been served hot or even made fresh. Maybe it was a bad night, or perhaps its' being happy putting out a non quality product.