La Jolla Mexican Cantina

(317) 253-5252

921 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN | Directions   46220

39.869696 -86.142163

Open Hours

Mon. - Thu. 11am - 10pm;Fri. - Sat. 11am - 11pm;Sun. 11am - 9pm

 
Restaurants, Mexican, $$  more

Tags: Bar Scene, Outdoor Dining

Payment Methods: American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Central Indianapolis

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La Jolla Mexican Cantina
La Jolla Mexican Cantina

Reviews for La Jolla Mexican Cantina

over a year ago

La Jolla is closed, RIP. The best "porch" in Broad Ripple is now owned by a nightclub.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

La Jolla is the Best – It is one of the best mexican restruants in Indiana. I try to go at least 3 times a month. It has the best nachos!! Great Customer Service!! Would recommend to anyone tired of over crowded restruants and bad food!! It is a must try restruant!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Way bad! – I decided to give this place a try after reading that some people like it and I almost die out of salt overdoses and chips that tasted like wood. Service was awful to say the least. The waiter mix up orders with only 6 people in the restaurant at that time, the cook was probably high on tequila, it's the only explanation for so much salt on the food, the rice was absolutely tasteless, water from the pipes would taste better I think. I learned my lesson. I WILL NEVER, EVER be back in that place unless is to teach the owner how to run a place like that!

La Jolla, worse mexican food in Indy, no question about it...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad Food! – Great for people watching, but only that! Food is awful!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Bad Mexican Food – Although this restaurant is in the best location in Broad Ripple, and looks like fun sitting outdoors, the food is substandard. My wife and I went there last week for lunch. We were the only customers. You'd think we'd get great service and terrific food. The service was bad and the food worse. Very starchy, not much meat, and a lot of filler. If you're looking for a great place to see and be seen during the summer, this is your place. Otherwise go somewhere else.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Needs Gordon Ramsay's Help. – This week was the first time we visited this restaurant. We eat out a lot, but rarely do we just "go out for dinner." It was a bit of a date you could say. When we sat down there were two men there who appeared to have been drinking quite a bit for 6:30 in the evening. They also seemed to have a familiarity with parts of the restaurant that most patrons wouldn't have. Most restaurants have control over their regulars, this one did not.

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The chips came, and were stale. I can get past stale chips, but the salsa was very vinegary. I love salsa. I really didn't like their salsa.

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The menu was simple, but was confusingly a cross between sports bar, basic American food, and a Mexican restaurant. We ordered the Combos, as we like Mexican food. (Did I mention we eat out a Lot?) The service was pretty fast, and the food looked nice, but Wow! It tasted bad.

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The rice was both under and overcooked white rice with a bit of corn added to it. The beans were gray, with chewy bits in them. And the burrito I had, well, I think the chicken was off. It also seemed to have been warmed on a grill that hasn't been cleaned recently. There was a lot of grease on the bottom of it, and a thickened spot, like what you get when you burn something in grease - it doesn't charcoal, it mushes.

My husband also felt the food was terrible, so we did something we have never, ever done in our lives. We returned the plates. We are not normally complainers. Neither of us has ever returned a plate full of food to a restaurant. Ever.

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We were then also told there was no manager on duty. Our waitress was understandably distressed, and we feel bad for her.

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We could taste the food all the way home.

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This restaurant has such unbelievable potential. It should be full every night. It has an amazing location in the heart of 'Ripple. WAKE UP! You, Restaurant Owner, are destroying a decent restaurant by your lack of management and terrible food. Please put it right.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Not that bad... – I can't vouch for the Margaritas, but I have eaten here several times and have never had bad food. The salsa is nothing special, but not horrible either. I have never had stale chips and the Chimichanga I always get is pretty good. We always sit outside, great Broad Ripple location, fast service. Not the greatest Mexican restaurant, but definitely not the worst either.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Caustiously Suprised – We were skeptical to go too this restaurant after reading the reviews on here. However, we were pleasantly surprised.

1. Fast friendly service.

2. Great chips and salsa

3. Drink was always full. I drink a lot :-)

4. Food was very good.

I would recommend giving this place a shot. Very enjoyable meal.

David

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Weakest margaritas ever... – I question the validity of these surveys after seeing that La Jolla wins anything in the Mexican category. The food is terrible, the margaritas are terrible. I saw the bartender make mine and it had a *splash* of tequilla in it! THAT'S IT! There is nothing remotely authentic about this restaurant and I am not usually a complainer. I like pretty much anything you put in front of me.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

All Around Terrible – Although promptly seated, it took ages to recieve our stale chips and salsa. Table service was another delay and a HUGE disappointment, not only untimely, but rude. The food was nothing short of terrible. Tiny portions and guacamole that tasted like bananas?! You could not pay me to go back to this restaurant. Avoid at all costs!

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