La Palapa Grill & Cantina

La Palapa Grill & Cantina

Mexican Restaurant and Bar
8307 Main St, Ellicott City, MD 21043, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

La Palapa Grill & Cantina is committed to providing only the freshest and highest quality of Mexican cuisine in a distinctive hacienda decor setting.


Based on 103 votes

People like this place

  • Ranked #3 for Mexican restaurants in Ellicott City
  • What you need to know
    Allison F.
    "highly recommends the chicken mole"(4 Tips)
    Meghan T.
    "... $3 jack Daniels, and $5 appetizers"(2 Tips)
    Naptown .
    "... "Mex", but don't miss Gilberto's Specialties, which are all Baja inspired..."(2 Tips)
    Naptown .
    "And the house Margarita's are good too."(6 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • 5 appetizers
  • gilberto
  • chicken mole
  • tequila
  • happy hour
  • nachos
  • sangria
  • tacos
  • good service
  • seafood
  • all you can eat
  • steak fajitas
  • mariscos
  • desserts
  • enchiladas
  • house wines
  • draft beer
  • good for a quick meal
  • Cristi C.

    Would NOT recommend. Staff was rude, food is gross, drinks are boring and not even fresh. Being a tequila bar I was disappointed is see them using margarita mix. Definitely a fail.

    Cristi Casares · April 18
  • C G.


    C G · January 31
  • Paul C.

    Good enchiladas, decent Chile rellanos. Has mariachi music at night.

    Paul Cunningham · December 19, 2014
  • Lenin M.

    Good margaritas

    Lenin Martin · October 10, 2014
  • Ken B.

    The Agave Margaritas are not too shabby. :-)

    Ken Bowman · June 20, 2014
  • Deb L.

    Disappointed. We waited for 15 minutes. No one came to take our order so we left. =/

    Deb Lee · May 25, 2014
  • Tony J.

    The salsa looked and tasted like it was from a can. Had the blancas enchiladas, nothing to rave about.

    Tony J · April 4, 2014
  • Samantha L.

    Best place for Mexican food in Ellicott city! The atmosphere is relaxed and romantic. It's not crowded at all and on Saturday nights they have a mariachi band that really adds to the ambiance.

    Samantha Lewis · June 9, 2013
  • Michael A.

    Gilberto's specials are always a hit!

    Michael Appleby · May 5, 2013
  • Maria L.

    Awesome maragritas- same owners & menu as El Azteca in Clarksville or Pochanga in Ellicott City = DELICIOUS! Highly recommend.

    Maria Louzon · May 4, 2013
  • Zachary T.

    Best nachos on earth. Wednesday it's a steal $5, you won't leave disappointed

    Zachary Trout · April 18, 2013
  • Jason P.

    Great Mexican food! Chicken nachos are the best in the business.

    Jason Phillips · February 25, 2013
  • Anne G.

    This is especially nice in the warmer months when the patio area is open and the kids can get fresh air and the noise they make isn't contained by walls.

    Anne Gonnella · December 18, 2012
  • Kimberly S.

    Snickers cheesecake!!!!

    Kimberly Scribner · November 21, 2012
  • Waylond Dennis C.

    Reminds me of Blockheads in New York City. The kicker is they have a DJ.

    Waylond Dennis Cushnie · June 17, 2012
  • Jennifer C.

    I'm going to fantasize about the chicken quesadilla for a long, long time. Make sure you get Jeff as your server...he's friendly, attentive, and fast. Couldn't have had a better experience.

    Jennifer Childs · June 11, 2012
  • Javier R.

    Chicken mole!!!!!

    Javier Rivera · May 20, 2012
  • Kelly-Lynne R.

    White girl wed is no longer WTF!!!!!!!

    Kelly-Lynne Russell · May 3, 2012
  • Mike

    Typical MarMex (Maryland-Mex). Nothing to write home about. Another place where if you don't know Authentic Mexican you'll love it

    Mike · April 26, 2012
  • Allison F.

    Try the chicken mole!

    Allison Fix · March 18, 2012
  • Allison F.

    Best Mexican restaurant in the Ellicott City/Columbia area. My husband (a mole sauce self-proclaimed connaisseur) highly recommends the chicken mole here!

    Allison Fix · March 11, 2012
  • Jenn

    Lunch specials are served 11:30am-3pm and start at $8.25. Check the calendar on their website for deals like all you can eat tacos and free dessert on select nights.

    Jenn · January 21, 2012
  • Naptown .

    Try to eat more than 13 Tacos!

    Naptown 💪 Larry · January 13, 2012
  • Naptown .

    More "Tex" than "Mex", but don't miss Gilberto's Specialties, which are all Baja inspired fresh seafood dishes and they do a great house margarita !

    Naptown 💪 Larry · January 12, 2012
  • Rachel L.

    Free dessert thursdays

    Rachel Lucas · September 29, 2011
  • Tanuja M.

    They have a solid selection of Jose Cuervo tequilas including the Family Reserve, and Don Julio 1942! Jeremiah Weed and Smirnoff flavors also great!

    Tanuja Mehrotra · September 17, 2011
  • Joshua B.

    They have really soooo good food to eat there

    Joshua Brahms · September 5, 2011
  • Joshua Z.

    White girl Wednesday!!!

    Joshua Zimmerman · September 1, 2011
  • Derek E.

    Don't get stabbed

    Derek Eichelman · July 22, 2011
  • Cheapism

    Lunch specials are 11:30am-3pm starting at $8.25. Happy hour is Mon-Fri 4-7pm where you can get $1 off drinks and $5 appetizers. Check the website for special deals. Read more

    Cheapism · May 26, 2011
  • Lindsey O.

    Cheap ass happy hour

    Lindsey Ok · March 15, 2011
  • Meghan T.

    Go on Sunday nights for $2.25 domestics, $2 rails, $3 jack Daniels, and $5 appetizers

    Meghan Tomlin · March 7, 2011
  • Naptown .

    The Chicken Mole & Asado De Puerco are my Favs on the menu, both are great! And the house Margarita's are good too.

    Naptown 💪 Larry · February 16, 2011
  • Tim A. has 50% off up to $15 for this place. (use coupon code "meal" for even more savings). Great food here, too.

    Tim Abell · January 31, 2011
  • Latise

    They have a decent tequila selection.

    Latise · October 2, 2010
  • Nikki T.

    The Marisco Acapulco was to die for!

    Nikki T · July 18, 2010
  • Frank P.

    Go to La Palapa and skip the enchilada verdes. The steak fajita was the perfect color pink.

    Frank Penca · March 18, 2010
  • Bubba

    Wednesday nights is $2 nights including draft beer 22oz, Jack daniels , house wine, house sangrias and margaritas

    Bubba · March 11, 2010

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