Portland >Food & Dining > La Carreta Mexican Restaurant
4534 SE Mcloughlin Blvd, Portland, OR | Directions 9720245.490294 -122.653786
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Brooklyn Action Corps
My husband & I always loved La Carreta on 99E & Holgate but hadn't been in awhile so went last night 12/04/12 and while it wasn't bad, it wasn't the same. Ordered a beef Enchilada got chicken. They used to cover your order in cheese but now cheese was only on the beans, and my husbands Burrito was dry. Chili Rellenos was different too and spicier than usual. They now compare to a Mexican Reasturant closer to our house so guess we will start going there from now on and save gas.
La Carretta is the Best!!!!! – This is a wonderful place to go to enjoy a good meal, and good times with family and friends. I have eaten at both the La Carretta in Portland on Mcloughlin and the one in Gresham on Burnside. Both locations offer wonderful service and food.
I love the chips and salsa, the enchaladas, and the chimichangas (sp)
Muy Rico! – I go to the restaurant in Gresham...and I don't know about Mtavera2000's statement, but the service is good, and they're always busy. It is one of my most-frequent visits...oh and the Chips and Salsa to-go for only $6 is AMAZING!! SO MUCH!! Hehe ^_^
WILL NOT EAT AT LA CARRETA MEXICAN RESTAURANT.... THEY DO NOT PAY THERE EMPLOYEES!!! $$$$ THEY HAVE BEEN LIVING ON THER TIPS FOR THE PAST YEAR. SO PLEASE BOYCOT THIS RESTAURANT!!!! THANK YOU!
Ok, I'll try again – I went to this establishment two years ago for a birthday celebration and I won't go into those details but let's just say the staff seemed to make a point to be rude. No, we were not drunk or obnoxious. It started from the moment we walked in the front door. I swore I'd never go back but coworkers wanted to go there for lunch. I said I'd give them another try. Looks like their employee training program hasn't improved much. So slow and so rude. I guess they forgot who the customer is there. The food is ok but not anything special. It's just there smothered in WAY too much cheese. I have officially vowed to not spend my hard earned money there again under any circumstances.
Excellent food, good specials, and friendly staff – My husband and I lived just a few blocks away when we were first married so we would walk over when we wanted to go. I love all the food but the potato skins with bacon appetizer is what keeps me coming back the most. We live in Vancouver and will still drive all the way there just for the food and those yummy potato skins! If you haven't been, then you must go. Early in the week is best since it's slower and they have specials too!
Sorry Service – My wife, son and I went to La Carreta and experienced the worst service of any establishment. My wife and I ordered Fajitas for Two, and my son wanted a cheese burger with catchup only. First off, my wifes drink had a fly in it, and when we brought it to the servers attention, the server sneered and sighed???WTF? Did we inconvienance you??? We ordered my sons burger with catchup only, but it arrived with mustard only. We sent our sons burger back and they they returned it to us with the mustard half way scrapped off and heavily smothered in catchup. They brought out my wife fajitas, but it was for one and not for two--I guess that I don't get to eat. We also had ordered sides...none of them were brought out. Finally, we got up and walked out. They did not even get half of our order correct and the sorry server had an attitude. Taco Bell will be a much more rewarding experience for you than to go to the horrible La Carreta.
Save your time and money. – The first time I went to this place it was in the middle of the afternoon and there was no one else there. We had good service and the food was cooked well and was delicious.
The second time I went there it was a busy night and there was a small wait. We were told we could wait in the bar area. Fine. They do not honor the intermediary driver's license that the DMV gives you until your real one arrives. We had three people in our party with these and were asked to leave the bar area. Fine.
We were eventually seated at a crowded table and the waitress did not come over for 10 or so mintues to greet us. She took our orders and when they came out, three of six were incorrect. The waitress did not come back to check on us so we could not tell her our orders were wrong. I had the pleasure of locating the wait station so I could refill the waters at our table. Overall, the waitress spent approximately 2.7 seconds at our table and she did not smile once. Dreadful.
good mexican food – These ratings are old, so I have weigh in. Our family has been going to La Caretta at McLoughlin & Holgate for the last couple years, and the service is always friendly and prompt, and the food is great. Contrary to an earlier review, the menu includes a choice of ground or shredded beef, weekends they have a fun Mariachi (sp?) band, and there's all kinds of fun drinks. Good specials too.
No longer impressed – It used to be that there was a waiting line to be seated at this restaurant, but I have noticed over the past couple years that anytime we have arrived there is no longer a wait time. The service has steadily declined in the past few years, and I prefer sitting in the bar as we seem to get better service that way. When we have sat in the main restaurant service is poor, and several waiters and staff are standing around talking because it isn't a busy. We have been there on a Friday night when there are only 5-6 tables seated in the whole place and it still took over 45 minutes after we ordered for our dinner to be served. Food is definately in the Mexican-American category since they actually use ground beef in some of the dishes. I have never been served or seen ground beef on a menu in a truly authentic Mexican restaurant. Definately do not go to this restaurant in the hot summer months if you are thinking of cooling your heals in the evening while you enjoy your meal. The air conditioning hasn't been working correctly for the past two summers and they have box fans running. Something I would expect in a hut or a small place but not in a restaurant where dinner for four can run $50.00 or more. The place has really gone down hill and the owners don't seem to be re-investing any of their earnings into the building, general up keep hasn't been taken care of in a while. On the positive side they do serve the absolute best pina colada's in town and the Carne Asada dinner plate is the best dish offered and closest to authentic as they get.
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