La Paloma Mexican Restaurant
2280 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050
: (408) 247-9249
La Paloma Restaurante
Parking: Lot, Self, On Site, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Mexican, Take Out, Fast Food, Latin American
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
Pets Allowed: No
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12/21/2010Provided by Citysearch -
La Paloma is absolutely wonderful. They are a long time, family owned mexican restaurant and they treat their clients the same. I have been eating there since 1975, and their food is just as great today as it was then. The portions are big, and always hot. The service is friendly and attentive, and the decor is very romantic. Quiet and dark, and very comfortable.
This is definitely a great date place, whether you are single or married, its a wonderful place to be together. There are very few dark romantic places left in the valley. Most restaurants today are glorified cafeterias, noisy, bright and over crowded. La Paloma is different, and we are all glad it hasn't changed.
02/08/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Read the great reviews on here and drove right over for dinner the other night. Long story short, I wouldn't spend my money there again. The place is ""traditional"" Mexican in appearance and a bit dirty looking. The floors are carpeted and likely are the reason for the slight odor as you walk into the place. The food was bland and didn't do it for me. About the only thing I actually enjoyed was the free salsa. And I suppose the water wasn't too bad.
07/09/2007Provided by Citysearch -
La Paloma is really very mediocre Mexican food. I consider myself to be a huge fan of Mexican food and so upon realizing how popular La Paloma seems to be, I wanted to give it a try. I ordered some kind of cheese enchilada thing and it was VERY heavy and EXTREMELY salty and just generally bore no resemblance, in either palatability or presentation to other, better enchiladas I've had at numerous establishments in the Bay Area , all over California and Mexico itself . The rice was bland and the beans had an unusual, unidentifiable texture. The service was decent and the restaurant itself is clean and comfortable, but the food is severely lacking. I ate there with three other people, and they all had similar opinions to mine regarding the fare. My first thought when it was all said and done was that La Paloma is a restaurant that would be enjoyed by people who don't like or haven't tried real Mexican food. Upon reading others of these reviews, I realized I was right when I noticed that some people have used Chevy's as the standard by which to base their comparisons of what good Mexican food is.
Try La Paloma if you're dying of curiosity or happen to find yourself there through no choice of your own (i.e. a family dinner, lunch meeting or date) but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend it.
Tried this place at lunch with a friend. The portions are good and the food was delicious. Some of the best mexican food I've had in California. Forget Chevy's this place is good home cooked mexican food. The chips and salsa were good. My friend from New Mexico liked it too. I want to try the lunch buffet sometime!
11/19/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Its an interesting spin on your traditional favorites. They do a good job of it as well. The food was pretty good. And, the also have more than just your traditional drinks. My only gripe would have to be with parking. It's tight, but once you are in, you're seated pretty quickly.
05/05/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We happened to decide to go here on Cinco de Mayo - thankfully we had called ahead and only had to wait 10/15 minutes instead of the 45/60 they were telling other people. Once we were seated it was still pretty loud, but the food came very quickly. I loved my taco and enchilada, although the beans weren't too great, in my opinion. If it weren't so far from my house and I weren't such an explorer of new restaurants, I'd definitely come back here again.
03/28/2006Provided by Citysearch -
LaPaloma is a good family mexican food place. The menu reads like a book as they give you many options. The chips & salsa are fresh, the food & margaritas are good, and the portion size are HUGE. It's definately a step up from most mexican places. Prices here are very reasonable and expect to pay between $7-13 for most items. The only negatives I have to say that LaPaloma is popular, so you may have to wait awhile if you are a drop in and that the parking is awful. While the food and portions are good if you have to battle for parking or wait longer than 15 minutes to get seated, it may be worth going someplace else. But if you find parking and get seated ASAP, it's a good mexican resturant.