We had never been to La Paz Restaurant, but went because we were told the food was great. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Instead of the enchiladas having the traditional mexican sauce, it tasted like marinara sauce. The salsa for the chips was bland. They served pinto beans instead of re-fried beans. Every dish we ordered was cold. The service was fair, at best. This was our first and last visit and would not recommend it to anyone. I don t understand how this restaurant has stayed in business this long.
I just had lunch there with my family and we will not return. The waiters were very friendly and kind. It s not their fault that the food is horrible. With that being said, everything tasted like it had been taken out of a can. The chips were very hard, clearly not fresh. I ordered tacos with guacamole and a side dish of beans. The tocos were hard, they put shredded cheese in my taco and it tasted like the Costco bought shredded cheese. Disgusting. And they placed so much plain chopped lettuce in front of my taco that it made no sense!
My mom ordered enchiladas and the tomato sauce on top was a dark pinkish color, obviously not made from scratch, but canned! The beans!!! No taste, again canned! The guacamole salad had a chemical taste. We did not finish it. We actually asked for the check early because we couldn t eat the food.
Honestly, if you re looking for authentic Mexican food, do not go here. If you like canned food, then go here and spend your money on something you could make at home yourself! If I was the owner, I would be ashamed of not making something that I could be proud of. If you re making food from a can, it s never going to taste good. Even restaurants in the poorest neighborhoods, tastes better and it s because they use ingredients that give flavor and they make it themselves. So disappointed. Frederick I expected better!
If your really want authentic Mexican food, try Rosa Mexicano in DC. The best! Even if you have to pay a little more.
Kinda disappointing. Has a better reputation than it deserves, and even their storied margaritas come off as bland. I agree with earlier review; they were better in their old location (though even there, service could be iffy).
I just came from La Paz for dinner. The service was great! We walked right in and got a table. The Pepsi was great, fresh. The chips and salsa :) was great as well. I ordered a combination place with a burrito and enchilada, it came with beans and rice. The food was not tasty at all. The rice seemed as though it was steamed from the grocery store (horrible) and the beans looked asthough they were straight out of the can, not tasty. The 'burrito sauce' tasted like tomato sauce straight from the can, and the burrito was not good, it was like they grinded the ground beef and put 1/2 tablespoon of cheese it in(cheap). The enchilada was with chicken, looked like cat food, ewww gross. I was really surprised how not good the food was. I am mexican and this food definitely was the worst mexican cuisine I have ever tasted. My friend also ordered a combo plate and her enchiladas were just as NOT tasty. This restaurant is definitley at the bottom of the totem pole. I will not recommend this restaurant to this place to anyone. I suppose the drinks are good, I know the food isn't.
This used to be our favorite restaurant before they moved. Neither the food nor the service is as good at the new location. We took a large group there and we did have reservations. It was over an hour before we saw the first morsel of food.
Too bad! A really good restaurant that is now mediocre.
Once again, the owners of La Paz have figured out what people want . . . they've expanded and relocated to the edge of the walkway along Carroll Creek. 51 S. Market Street is the new address, but most everything else is the same. Good food for getting together with friends. And the queso . . . yum!
The basics at La Paz, such as burritos, enchiladas, and such, are quite good, especially when served with the tomato sauce/topping that is somehow more succulent and praise-worthy than you would think. The fish tacos are a wonderful alternative (and cheap), and even the steak is quite good for those who prefer standard American fare over Mexican choices. The chili con queso dip is much different from the standard Velveeta-salsa type dips commonly found at most inexpensive Mexican restaurants, and is much better than you would think any queso appetizer dip could be.
The food may not be that spicy, but the subtle flavors of just plain good ingredients and sauces makes this an addictive restaurant to have in your neighborhood. We can't wait until the move to their new location, so that outside seating will be an option as well.