Located in East L.A., La Parrilla has been an neighborhood institution serving authentic Mexican food for almost 30 years. Brightly decorated with ... More
Located in East L.A., La Parrilla has been an neighborhood institution serving authentic Mexican food for almost 30 years. Brightly decorated with Mexican artifacts, Christmas lights, and vibrant colors, this restaurant is cheerful, homey and alive which is filled with laughter, chatter and music. The waitresses are charming in folkloric dresses. Their Parrilladas, grilled dishes of either meat or seafood, are served with rice, charro beans, grilled onions and hand-made tortillas. They are delectable and can feed up to 3 people. La Parrilla feels like home with the smell of fresh tortillas that greet you.
Went to the East LA location. Decent food but terrible service. I ordered a carne azada plate and the meat was over cooked and dry. Also, beware that they don't do beverage refills. Several of us asked for a soda refill and the waitress went about it as if it was just a refill using the same glasses. You'll notice it when you get your bill and you see double the amount of drinks that you ordered. At $2.50 a drink, it adds up. The only positive note is that the handmade tortillas are great.
This is one of my favorite restaurants but the service is horrible. Staff is moody and it could be because they are understaffed!! Service is a reflection of this problem and very visible. Definitely a management problem. Try to get your order done the first time around because it will be dificult to flag down your waitress. I personally order a bucket of beers while I wait for my meal.
I rate the food excellent but the service poor therefore overall rate it average.
I have been to La Parilla various of times. I been to all the locations and the food is good however their service is soooo bad that you just cannot go back. Yesterday I was at their location at Cesar Chavez for my mothers birthday and the waitress helping us would take so long to come back to us. When she brought our food ---(parrillada) we could not even chew it. It was like biting on a plastic. We asked to take it back and to get us a new one. She gave us an attitude when we told her we were not happy with the food. This lady was very rude. WHen she took our order she was making faces like trying to hurry us. In the end she began being nice, apologizing and I am sure because she wanted her good tip. I would definetly not recommend this place. As for my family and I--we will not go back and spend our money at any of their locations. If a restaurant give you a good service --they will make you go back.
I frequent the Covina location and although the food is really good, the service unfortunately is not. I have yet to experience a visit in which any of the servers ( i've actually had them all) don't take forever to simply greet you, take your order, and follow up once the meal has arrived. Today I decided to place an order over the phone and was told it would be ready in 15 minutes. I arrived on time however that's when my next bad experience began. First of all, I stood in the tiny 'waiting to be seated' area in plain view of everyone especially the entire staff and was left standing there for almost 15 minutes even though one of the waitresses walked in front of me to check on her table the was directly in front of me about 3 times. I finally got her attention and asked about my order. I saw her ask the others that were gathered at the register and it seemed as if nobody knew anything so I assumed she would place my order. Almost 40 minutes later (no joke) I asked another staff member about my order and apparently the waitress never bothered to enter my order. It was very irritating because I saw them looking at me and asking each other if they knew what I was waiting for but NOBODY bothered to ask ME!! If I hadn't spoken up, I'd probably still be there. About 4 weeks ago, we went on a Wednesday night and were relieved that it was slow (only 3 tables besides us) because we had plans to watch a movie after so we assumed we'd be out of there with time to spare....not so much! It took 1 HOUR to get our food. We could not believe it. The waiter had the nerve to say that his table of 7 was the reason our meal took so long but come on, the only other tables were both a party of 2 and to add insult to injury, one of those was actually served before us and they arrived about 15-20 minutes after we did! Not cool!.I could understand 20-25 minutes, but an hour, that's just ridiculous.Needless to say, we didn't make the movie. Knowing that we were irritated, our waiter told us he would comp an item from our bill...he ended up giving us a soda! How lame! For that kind of inconvenience we should have atleast been offered dessert or ALL of our beverages should have been taken off of our bill (2 sodas, 1 coffee) at the very least. Other times, we've had the misfortune of being served by a nice yet total airhead waitress that somehow manages to mix up our order with other tables and we end up waiting twice as long until she gets it right...we usually don't get an apology either or she simply forgets about us. The bus boy will look after us more than she will. It's really too bad that a place with great food has consistently poor service.
I keep going back to the Covina location for the food, but they never seem to have enough staff. It seems I always end up staying for at least an hour and a half because the service is so slow. They tend to forgot about you. But the place is never empty, I just hope they hire more staff soon. I would go back, but don't expect quick service.
this food is authentic Mexican food... I recommend it all the time. You will see nothing but cops, judges, attorneys, politicians and us regular folk there. The ambiance is naturally awsome. Its a cultural experience, deep in the heart of the predominantly mexican neighborhood of Boyle Heights..
The outside is completely misleading, but it's worth the venture to have hand-made tortillas and great food in a lively atmosphere. I plan on having my wedding rehearsal dinner there to show my new family members the spicy side of mexico.
It was 20 years since the last time I went here, back when C�sar Chavez Blvd was called Brooklyn Ave. I returned recently and had one of the best meals of the last year. I was particularly impressed by the fresh guacamole (the waitress makes it herself by scooping out the avocado and mashing it with the fixings at a special guac station.) I had the fixings for soft tacos with grilled beef and my friend had a cornish game hen with chorizo. The frijoles were delicious with a hint of chilpotle chile, and the tortillas were obviously freshly made on the premises. A great dining experience with good mariachi music.
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