La Placita

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471 reviews
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$30 and under
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Puerto Rican

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The brainchild of TV star Julian Gil and chef and restaurateur Jose Mendin, La Placita Miami is a Puerto Rican restaurant, marketplace and nightlife destination. Staying true to its roots, La Placita Miami's menu features tapas-style sharing plates made with local and traditional ingredients from all corners of Puerto Rico.
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4.2
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4.4
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WR
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The decor is nice, loved the building painted with the PR flag representing. I Found the meal to be expensive for the quality and quantity they provide. The appetizer although tasty I didn't feel it's worth $35.00. The waiter asked me how was my meal, I told him it wasn't tasty but he took it in stride and walked away. He didn't offer any other options or even attempted to make things right. I ate the mofongo and left 3/4 of the lechon as it was dry and overcooked. My wife's trifongo was tasty however.

My wife had a "juice of maracuyá", but it's simply pulp and water. It's not real juice.

The portions were small and overpriced. We also felt it lacked presentation. Our meal was $135.00, which included tax and tip THAT they automatically add into the bill and we were just a party of two.

They offer valet parking, but nowhere did I see a sign stating prices or that they even charge for valet parking. So we give the guy a tip and he says it's a $7.00 charge, I was shocked.

It was an experience however one that I won't repeat.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent puertorrican cuisine.

RV
Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Recommend with the caveat Service is sub-par and leaves a lot to be desired. That said, the food is Superb!

T
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience3

The Restaurant is not authentically Puerto Rican, portions are way light compared to Puerto Rican Restaurants on the Island.

ET
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I've been to La Placita before and the experience was completely different. I ordered lechon asado with trifongo, neither one came hot to the table, they both lacked flavor :/... My husband's carne guisada with rice and beans came as expected -this is why I am giving the 3 stars, balancing out my disappointment ( and his when he tried my food) with his satisfaction about his meal.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

This was my third time in La Placita but was my last one. The quality and the flavor of the food has declined . This restaurant is to pricey for the quality of the food that is served.

s
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

The service was ok...nothing special. The mofongo was very small portion and very mediocre. The pork was very dry! They use the shoulder and should use the butt. It’s all very expensive for what it is.

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Had a great time. The staff was amazing. The alcapurrias and chicharrones de pollo were delicious. Great place to meet with friends and catch up.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food. I love it...

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

I’ve been an open table user for over 3 years , this is my first time giving bad review to a restaurant. It was that bad.

SD
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, service, atmosphere and amazing Puerto Rican food. I highly recommend. My waiter Raul was great.

ME
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The arroz con gandules was a disaster. There was absolutely no flavor at all. Someone in the kitchen failed miserably. The portions were ridiculously small. The turkey we were able to have tasted pretty good but it was it was not enough to make a sandwich with.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

All was good except two people in our party got upset stomachs, which we believe was from the dolce de leche because that was the only thing that the others in our group did not have some of.

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner!

JA
Miami
63 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

For the most part, the dishes we tasted were very good, but the sweet plaintains were hard and not ripe enough, a sin for a latin restaurant in Miami. The place was almost empty on a Friday night even though a DJ was playing outside in the bar area. Service was very good and the decor matches the casual nature of the place. In my opinion, the reason for the place being empty are the prices, which are on the high end for this type of cuisine in Miami. Most latin people and knowledgeable patrons are not willing to pay $22 for fried pork chunks regardless of what glaze you put on them, especially when there are so many good choices for similar fare at much lower prices. That's gonna be the achilles tendon for this restaurant unless they revisit their pricing and market their new and improved version.

B
Miami
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was amazing everything from the alcapurrias appetizer to the tembleque for dessert was phenomenal! The server was really awesome giving us great recommendations and being super attentive as well.

JR
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Decoration was beautiful! Felt at home. Service and food was outstanding. Portions was small! When food is that good you will love a little bit more! Overall I will recommend it and and will definitely go back!

KS
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food, love the drinks, love the service!

NT
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

I order the mofongo crab stew for $18 and I did not realize it was so small food I am not satisfied with that food with ridiculously price. Also my friend order mofongo shrimps.. it was small with only three shrimps. that’s crazy!

WB
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! We all love the food, drinks and desserts! Music was nice and we were able to talk all night. We went 3 families with the kids, and we all had an awesome dinner! Can’t wait to go back, food was delicious!

D
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff is very well trained. They were very kind and helpful. The food was excellent! Chef Mendin is awesome. If you want to try Puerto Rican food with his touch... this is the place.

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was fine. Not amazing and not horrible. I think the best part of our meal were the small appetizers - queso frito and alcapurrias. But the mofongo was a bit too dry. The portions were tiny and expensive. The pasteles weren’t very tasty. The drinks were a bit watered down. But a fun ambience and I would go back for the appetizers again - maybe during a happy hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was amazing! Titi took great care of us. She was so funny and so attentive. Made great recommendations. The bacalaito was to die for, the mofongo was great, the pork was delicious. I mean everything on the menu is worth trying. I made a special request for the dessert and they went above and beyond. Definitely will be back soon.

S
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I was so excited to eat at La Placita being Puerto Rican and hearing about all the controversy that the owner went thru with the painting of the Flag I wanted to support. We started with the empanadas de short rib (2) which were excellent and the chicharrones de pollo which were OK (5 small pieces). Then we ordered the Conch Salad and tostones (3) and the Garlic shrimp (about 6 small) with arroz mamposteado (in a tiny caldero). The Conch was unedible and rubbery, the shrimp had no flavor and came in like a tomatoey bland soup and the rice was spot on flavor wise but wet. After that I could have continued eating but since I was so disappointed I did not. I have to mention that the drink special was good and came in a cute vessel but they had run out of Pinot Grigio (it was only 6:00 pm) so I had 1 glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The check totaled $114.66! and we left hungry. I do not foresee this restaurant lasting with the quality and quantity of the food for the absurd price. Especially with such great Cuban food that you can get anywhere in Miami. The location also does not condone the prices.

OT
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Meeting with Friends

CD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Wow! After reading so many positive reviews we decided to give La Placita a try. We lived in PR and frequent the island often. La Placita owners must be confused of which island they are trying to emulate. The food was tasteless, the avocado salad was brown, the tostones and chicharons where nothing but grease and the piña colada tasted like an orange soda! A truly disappointing visit. Scratching La Placita off my list permanently. Much better PR restaurants in kendall.

AS
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice date night experience at La Placita. The place had a great vibe with some good Latin pop/reggaetón music playing in the background. The service was very good, our server Raul was super attentive and helped us choose a great option for the both of us. The food we ordered had great flavor and the drinks were spot on. Overall a very, very good experience on our first visit. Will go back in the near future.

NO
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Locación and all puertorrican stuff

LP
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First the bar staff was awesome.Jose makes a mean drink. Iur waiter Raul was knowledgeable and attentive. Max the manager was accommodating and very pleasant. All in all loved spending time there. The food was delicious and I over did it.😜

M
Miami
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience5

Puerto Rican influenced food. Definitely not authentic. It wasn't bad it just wasn't authentic.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Muy bueno todo!

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LC
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

El trato y la comida excelente! Fui a celebrar mi cumpleaños y nos encantó! La comida, música, el ambiente y la decoración está super!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience5

La comida es pre hecha, salio fria y al no ser fresca pierde el sabor, la devolvi dos veces! Igual es super caro, dos mofongo una agua y un pollo frito 95 dolares 🤦🏻‍♀️

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B
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The place is lovely. We sat on the couches and swing. Service was on point from the waitress (Titi) to the bus boys. We ordered Mofongo de Ropa Vijeja, Pastelon and chicharron de pollo with arroz con guandules, which was delicious. Definitely recommend this place to family and friends

SP
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved the place real puertorican menu and food only. The service is excellent all staff is very king and knowledgeable about the menu. We feel very comfortable and happy to feel and taste a piece of PR. I cant wait to come back and go to the domino’s tournament and karaoke nights

G
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience1

Excellent everything. The only thing we didn't like was the loud music

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was excellent but for the cost, portions way too small.

CC
Caribbean
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

The staff was very nice and accomodating. I first experienced the bar and outdoor patio, good drinks and ambiance. Prices are or the expensive side.
Dinner was good and the server was very nice and courteous although he was covering a lot of tables which made providing an excellent service impossible. We had a great time with the family but the a/c was so bad that I was sweating a lot.
I really liked the place and want them to succeed but I would like to see better service and an additional a/c untit.

OT
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food3Service3Ambience5

Food was good but came to the table cold and service could be a lot better

ET
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

This was my first time at La Placita. The food was amazing! Raúl, was a lifesaver as my waiter, he was on point at helping me decide what to explore on the menu as everything looked so good. I will definitely be back!