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La Palapa

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La Palapa Review

This large, welcoming, thatched-roof eatery is open to the breezes of Playa Los Muertos and filled with wicker-covered chandeliers, art-glass fixtures, and lazily rotating ceiling fans. The menu meanders among international dishes with modern presentation: roasted stuffed chicken breast, pork loin, seared yellowfin tuna drizzled in cacao sauce. The seafood enchilada plate is divine. It's pricey, but the beachfront location and, in the evening, the low lights and Latin jazz combo (8 to 11 pm nightly) keep people coming back. Breakfast here (daily after 8 am) is popular with locals as well as visitors. This is the sister property to Vista Grill, which has great views of the bay from the hills above town.

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    Nice dinner right on the beach

    Very nice atmosphere on the beach, you can see and hear the waves crashing. Very lovely dining area, there was live music the night we were there, a soloist with a flutist, very nice. I ordered the shrimp dish with crusted parmesan and sweet potatoes (the shrimp were huge!), and my brother got the tuna. Both were excellent. Nice wine list and several good desserts. Service was very attentive and not too slow. Definitely recommend for a romantic evening, or just a nice dinner with friends. However, don't go here looking for Mexican food so much. If Mexican is what you want, you'd be happier elsewhere.

    by Corinn45, 2/14/09
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    It wasn't Bad

    It was a beautiful atmosphere I will say that however in my opinion the food was only slighly above average and portions small,I know you are paying for the ambiance and they know how to give it.I would go back and try sonmething different.

    by demetria44, 12/1/08
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    Lovely Spot on the Beach

    Pricey, I thought I was in Hawaii or Los Angeles

    The Lobster tail, approx $50US was great

    by rmeisels, 3/18/08
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    Very good food and service

    Outstanding service and flavorful food. Some may consider La Palapa expensive relative to other local options. The setting on the beach is just great.

    by keenerd, 5/23/07
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    Great food ON the beach!

    My girlfriend and I were thrilled with the creative twists La Palapa put on traditional Mexican dishes. We were served at one of the white linen covered tables on the sand, less than 10 feet from the water. The food was excellent and the wine list wasn't anything to shake a stick at. We look forward to a repeat visit and would recommend to any of our friends.

    by dtichtraveler, 12/18/06
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    opinionated

    beautiful setting, though unpredictable. one night you can have a lovely meal with excelent service, the next time you would wonder if you were in the same place.

    by opinionated, 12/15/06

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