La Puente (Reported Closed)

(801) 466-1194

3434 S State St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions   84115

40.696200 -111.889106

Open Hours

Mon-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri 10am-12am; Sat 9am-12am; Sun 9am-10pm

 
Restaurants, Mexican, Latin American  more

Price: $

Tags: Breakfast, Family-Friendly Dining, Group Dining, Local Favorite

Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: South Salt Lake

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Reviews for La Puente

over a year ago

Terrible service! Me and my husband left the restaurant before they got our order, probably took 1 or 2 minutes for service. The host and the waitress had a rude attitude and i won't be coming back. I tried the chips and salsa....not so good. I've been to many Mexican restaurants in Salt Lake City and i did not like this one.

Wouldn't recommend anyone here, maybe the food is good but the service come on!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Service was terrible, never going again – I have eaten at this estabilshment since I was a child. This use to be my Mother's favorite place, and we would go there for dinner or lunch sometimes. They've had really good food at a good price, and use to have great service.

What turned me off and has made me not want to eat there ever again was the way I was treated by the person who seated us. I'm not sure if he was part of the family that owns the place, balding middle age average build. This guy barely said two words to us when we came in.

On the way to the table, I mentioned that we would like a booth. He rolled his eyes, didn't say anything as he turned around and almost blasted right through me.

After he guided us to our table like animals to a trough, he threw down the menus and walked away. This bothered us enough to get up and leave. As we were walking out the door, our normal server even came after us and said "hey, where are you guys going?". It really hurt me to have to leave, that particular server has been really good.

So if you want decent food and a decent price, and don't care if your treated like garbage La Puente is the place for you. If you have a sliver of self-respect or like to be treated like you matter then go else where.

They lost a 20 year loyal customer because of horrible service in just one instant.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Lousy service, average food – The waiter seemed annoyed to wait on a group of 8. The water pitchers sat empty, which was annoying because what passes for salsa is just spicy, runny, canned tomato paste and peppers. Our food arrived at intervals of several minutes. The smothered soft taco was a true disappointment. Toss on a bunch of salt and pepper and find some taste. There was abundant cheese.

This place was once good. No more. It is now way, way overpriced and resting on a dead reputation.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

LOCALS FAVORITE – If you are from out of town DO NOT MISS THIS. You will never taste anything like this. This is Utah's hidden secret. Their smothered burritos with cheese are out of this world................. truly addicting

When I moved to Florida from utah La Puente is the only thing I truly missed. I even called them to see if they would freeze dry a smothered burrito and mail it to me (no lie) ha ha. I am a little disappointed their prices keep soaring but other than that highly recommended

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

La Puente So.Salt Lake City, Utah – We have been eating at this restaurant for some time, and I have tried several different plates, they all taste the same . Got home with my to go order lastnight and didnt receive my completed order.Last two times going there the food was cold, the cheese wasn't even melted. Very pricey. I will not be going back there .

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Northern New Mexico Mexican Food in Utah – I have always enjoyed the food at La Puente restaurant. The chili, beans, tortillas, etc., are made fresh everyday. Although it may not look and taste like Mexican food from Mexico, that's because this food is a mix of American Indian, Spanish, and other European countries, and Mexican. This is the traditional Mexican style food of the Southwestern United States, and in this instance, New Mexico. Traditional food that has been around since before much of the southwest became part of the U.S. This is a food one would get from grandma's kitchen.

If you want excellent New Mexico Mexican food, take your family to La Puente, I do. It is by far the best in Utah. Although all La Puente restaurants serve excellent food, the one I usually go to is on South State street. Enjoy!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Gross – I remember going to this restaurant awhile back. Every single item of food was disgusting! I will never go there again. After eating there, I was sick to my stomach the rest of the day. I wouldn't suggest this to anyone!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bland, bland, bland – I have never written a negative review of anything. If I don't like something, I simply avoid recommending it. However, after the experience I had today at La Puente, I feel obligated to try to save my fellow Salt Lakers from a horrible dining experience.

I didn't know it was possible to make Mexican food so bland. The stuff my wife and I ordered tasted like it had been boiled and it seemed that the chef had taken absolutely no consideration as to how the final product would taste. I had to dump a bunch of tobasco sauce, salt, and pepper just to choke my food down. My wife had to do the same thing to her chimichanga, We were both starving when we went there, and when you're really hungry you usually take a charitable view toward the food as long as there's a lot of it. But the food I had today wasn't worth the trouble. I've had way better meals at Beto's.

A lot of people seem to like the smothered burrito, and maybe that's the one dish that keeps la puente in business, but their nachos, Mexican steaks, and Chimichangas are all just really bad.

La Puente Restaurant's dot Wasatch Front, and my only explanation for the restaurant's apparent success is that a lot of people in Utah have no idea what Mexican food should taste like. The food at La Puente is dreadful. It's tasteless, bland, dry, and no matter how cheap it is, it's just not worth it.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Smothered Burritos! – Their Smothered Burritos with Cheese are dirt cheap and too good to pass up. Friendly staff, fresh chips & salsa at every table

I love this place. No matter what crowd you?re dining with, they can all afford and they will all enjoy La Puente.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

More Native American than Mexican - locals love it for some reason, but I ended up going to Berto's instead. – This is NOT Mexican food. I ordered two shredded beef tacos, a staple of Mexican food. I come from Phoenix, Arizona, where the Mexican food is awesome, so I know what to expect. What I expected was a fried corn tortilla filled with marinated shredded beef, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese. What I got was like two giant Taco Bell gorditas - like a big pita (which reminded me of frybread) with un-marinated, flavorless meat, lettuce, and tomatoes. Tasted completely bland and the bread / tortilla was soggy before it even made it to the table.

On top of this the prices were high and they charge for chips n salsa. The refried beans were very plain and tasted like they came out of a can. I could not palate this meal and ended up going down to Beto's immediately afterwards to get my fix.

Don't go here expecting Mexican food.

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