La Pinata Mexican Grill & Bar
9505 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Dayton, OH 45458, United States
Review №1

La Piñata is probably my favorite local taqueria cantina. Maybe it's just bias because I've been going since I was a kid. Maybe it's because they've been consistently good in my 15+ years of going there. Either way, their delectable selection of dishes that aren't the same dishes you see at every Mexican eatery keep me wanting to try more of their chef's tradition and creativity. When I'm in the mood for a simple, familiar dish, I know they've got that on lock too. The people who run this place are always incredibly courteous and just seem like great people to be around.

Review №2

Great selection of food with a nice atmosphere. Service is wonderful and food is quick to come out. The chicken dishes were a hit with everyone.

Review №3

My Arroz Con Pollo was good, but our sodas were flatter then pancakes and the waiter really should have told us they were out of carbonation gas when we ordered them. On his own, he never came buy to ask for the check. It took my calling for a to-go box to get his attention long enough for Dad to tell him we were ready to pay.

Review №4

LOVE the tamales. Chips are good; salsa is awesome! Our whole family liked their meals. I was recently seriously disappointed when I tried a different recommended Mexican restaurant but La Pinata lives up to his good reputation and more! It is priced reasonably as well.We will be regularly eating here!!

Review №5

Always delicious, flavorful, perfectly cooked food. Huge portions and great options. I definitely recommend La Pinata! The atmosphere is fun and feels like home plus the staff is always amazing.

Review №6

Great location. Clean bathrooms. Great service. My family eats here often. They have fantastic soup, we get it for takeout especially when we are under the weather, worth the money.

Review №7

They have the best soup arroz con pollo. I also recently had one of their tacos and it was SO juicy and flavorful.

Review №8

Food was bland. Glad they had salt. Salsa was runny. Service was worse than the food. I had to find someone for drink refills and finally got tired of waiting for the waiter to take my payment. I just went to the front myself. We saw the waiter twice. Once to take the order and again to bring the bill. It was not crowded, so am not sure why we were not served well.

Review №9

Food wasn't very good tonight. Verde sauce was sour and food wasn't hot...

Review №10

Was great food and great serv. With an menu intelligent waiter.

Review №11

Our food was delicious! I really enjoyed the decor in here as well. The only complaint I have is that it felt like there was only one employee, but that one employee did an awesome job.All of the food was really good and fresh, it tasted way more authentic than most places in the Dayton-area.Give this place a try you won't be disappointed!

Review №12

Delicious food, friendly and courteous service, and welcoming atmosphere. Love this place and have been a repeat customer for years! (I also love the margaritas)

Review №13

Great food.Not so great margaritas....

Review №14

Good home cooked Mexican food at a fair price, good service

Review №15

Loved it. Our first time there . Quick service. Food was delicious. Staff very friendly.

Review №16

The food was very good,I had the Mexican burrito and iced tea.

Review №17

I have had very good meals here ,very tasty..good prices..but last night was my usual 3 tacos and bean and rice..just a little beef with a sprinkle of cheese on top..sad..i always give a restaurants 2 chances..strike one..please get better..used to love coming here..

Review №18

Food was fast and zero hassle with the fact no one in our group had a mask on.

Review №19

Incredibly friendly staff with a beautiful environment. The restaurant itself is a piece of art. Not sure if I enjoyed that or the food more. Highly recommend and dying to know who made the seating for this establishment. My husband laughed a little at how much in awe I was at the beauty of this place while getting side tracked from my food. (Which was also amazing)

Review №20

It's tough to find "authentic Mexican" in Dayton. I've been coming here since I was a kid, hands down the best service and friendliest people around. Love the new digs too!

Review №21

PSA La Pinata's patio and inside the restaurant is open; The food is still delicious Server seated us with the 6 ft rule, wore a mask and plastic screen dividers on each boothe was evident. Restaurant like always smelt clean. My tacos and my wife's Chicken and Shrimp fajita quesadilla was amazing. We sure did miss coming here every weekend and nowadays it is nice to see the great strides that establishments our making to keep the food tasting great and demonstrating they care for our health well being. Keep up the great work Brian,

Review №22

Very good server and food & drinks. Bugs are bad on the patio right now so get seated indoors

Review №23

Great family atmosphere, fastest food service around.

Review №24

Noting especial, mid qoulity mecxiacn restunat.

Review №25

Nice service and food was good, but I prefer my Mexican food with more spice and flavor.

Review №26

This is by far my favorite Mexican place. The food is great, but the staff is slow.

Review №27

I'll keep it short. Ever since La Pinata moved to their new location, the foods quality has suffered, in my opinion. I usually get the Arroz Con Pollo, (Grilled Chicken strips w/ queso cheese and rice). The Chicken does not look the same or taste the same. The Chicken is gummy and tough.

Review №28

Very good quality at a very reasonable priceCovid sensitive atmosphere.

Review №29

Good food. Nice presentation. Affordable lunch combos with any choices, but chimichanga/quesadilla no rice or beans and soft drinks $2.49. Interior improved since we were last there. Work still needed on parts of the ceiling. Great service.

Review №30

We go to the one in Cincinnati on a regular basis because we really like it. The food here was consistant. Service was good.

Review №31

Went there today for mother's day. The food and service was amazing and they gave mother's a choice of drink or dessert for free. The price was not too expensive and worth every penny. Waiter was fantastic. Will definitely visit again. I'm so pleasantly full.

Review №32

They are ready for social distancing dining. Very well prepared, sanitized and eager to serve.

Review №33

I tried this place for the first and last time. I placed a to go order and they completely messed up my order. I went back hoping the correction was made only for them to make the same mistake. Learn to listen to customers order. I will never be back.

Review №34

Great food, great personable waiters. The decor is beautiful. This is coming from a very picky person. Lol looking forward to going back

Review №35

Ordered as on out of stater while watching my grandsons. They had been there before and said it was great so we did take out. Large menu selection. Delicious and authentic. Reasonable prices too. Would go there again when I am in that area

Review №36

Took for ever to get our food . we were there for lunch and charge us dinner prices.

Review №37

Went for Taco Tuesday. Tacos were good. Would recommend the chicken tacos. Service was average. would have liked another drink but was never asked.

Review №38

Good Mexican food in Centerville. Service is pretty fast and the margaritas are good.

Review №39

I love this place. The new location is so much brighter and more festive! The staff is so super nice and the food is always great! Keep it up guys!!!

Review №40

Love their vegetarian dishes! Quesadilla con Hongos (mushrooms) is great.

Review №41

There is a beautiful atmosphere at La Pinata. The tables and seating are works of art that tell stories. The vibrant colors, music and warmth of the servers are all great reasons to go back again and again, but the food was delicious and filled the air with mouth watering aromas. The portions were fantastic.If you order any of the dinners for two, be prepared to take some home. They do not skimp.To La Pinata, thank you for a lovely dining experience. We will definitely be coming to dine with you, again.

Review №42

This little local Mexican eatery has always been one of my favorites since I was a kid. After it moved its location, it continues to offer quality Mexican cuisine in a pleasantly decorated atmosphere and offers prompt, hospitable service.

Review №43

Very busy, need to improve customers service. Food okay

Review №44

We've been going there for years and every time is excellent with great service

Review №45

Typical Mexican, but newly built. Food was good, service good. Taco salad was a little small compared to others I have had.

Review №46

We enjoyed our first visit to the new location and felt like the food is even better than before. We tried several menu items and they all were delicious. Inside, the restaurant is decorated with playful colors and is cozy. The chairs have beautiful scenes carved into them. I observed our server working very hard; He was our host, waiter to several tables, bartender, and cashier. I hope they can find some more help soon. He was so friendly and efficient.

Review №47

Good food and great price. Staff were friendly and quick.

Review №48

Great food..Great staffCute place

Review №49

My daughter and I went for dinner and had the worse experience ever. The waiter seemed to hurry us when we ordered. My daughter's order wasn't right..when i told the waiter she had ordered a chicken enchilada and got a cheese enchilada instead.. he looked at us like ... you got what you ordered. When he finally understood what was wrong he said he'd fix it. So..instead of bringing another chicken enchilada...he brought out just the chicken. I thought to myself... the waiter has no clue i asked for the manager..who in turn said im sorry..I'll get you 2 chicken enchiladas. I didn't know what to say. I know that we won't be coming back. We'll take our business to El Toro from now on.

Review №50

Good place but Taco Tuesday gets very busy. So get there early!

Review №51

Not as good as the little resturant they moved out of.

Review №52

Service was great, the margarita was delicious and the food was exactly what I ordered. Luis brought our food outside with a smile. It was a fabulous lunch and the perfect day to eat on the patio!

Review №53

Good food and service. We like this place.

Review №54

Handed us our menus and silverware and pointed us to a booth. Food was very mediocre, but strong margaritas. Very meh experience.

Review №55

The place is clean, friendly and food is time I will hopefully speak to their adult beverages (i was driving today). La Pinata, you do loose a star for your taco Tuesday soft tacos....while a $1 a taco is a good deal, you really should tell people in advance that if they order soft tacos they will get mini-soft tacos and not full sized tacos like the hard shell tacos.

Review №56

The best Mexican food around!!!!! And amazing sangria.

Review №57

Good food, good service and good prices

Review №58

Standard issue "Mexican" food that we Americans in the North go crazy for. Not the restaurants fault we Ohioans don't like taste and spice. The chairs and booths were cool. The price was reasonable.

Review №59

Great food and very affordable. Family friendly and great and fast service. Will definitely go again when back in the area.

Review №60

Great place to go out to eat with family. Owner and the crew is awesome with service food was freshly cook and made not like other place who just served what's ever.... we are really glad these place open with huge room in side and big patio.... can't wait to come out again and try there patio... thanks u for ur awesome food.............

Review №61

Now that they're in their new location it took a little longer to get the food out then in the past. However it was well worth the wait. The shrimp salad which was grilled was unbelievable. Lots of shrimp twice as much as I would have thought would have been in there. Excellent food

Review №62

Best Mexican food in town! The staff is always friendly. Great service. Delicious food. A must go.

Review №63

Best lime margherita ever!!! Good vegetarian options. Friendly wait staff.

Review №64

Better food than at the old place. Lovely new decor. Competent service. Would go there again.

Review №65

Good food served fairly quickly. The servers are not well organized. When we were finished eating, two different servers brought food to our table that was supposed to go to two different tables . I will not hesitate to go back.

Review №66

Everything we've been waiting for! Incredible service, fun vibe, fast cooks, happy hosts and delicious food! We recommend the Chili Colorado!Great place for kids, big gatherings or happy hour!

Review №67

Such a good atmosphere to enjoy a margarita. Staff was very friendly and the food was good.

Review №68

I was in the mood for DELICIOUS AUTHENTIC MEXICAN FOOD and I'm happy to say that I found it at La PinataDELICIOUS. Exactly what my taste buds were craving. My server was very courteous and helpful explaining the menu items. First time there and the dining experience was excellent. Keep up the good work La Pinata. I'll be back

Review №69

We always order the Hawaiian fajitas. Strange sounding combo, but delicious! Good salsa, food, very clean. Only difficulty – VERY loud inside.

Review №70

Excellent food and service. Everyone was so friendly. I will definitely be going back

Review №71

Lunch was good. Fast service.

Review №72

Great food. Good service and very reasonable prices.

Review №73

Delicious! Quick, accurate and friendly service. This is where I will be going for Mexican from now on!

Review №74

Great food and service.

Review №75

Enjoy the food and margaritas very much. Love the new location. Always fast and friendly service.

Review №76

This is probably the best traditional Mexican restaurant in Dayton. It is predictable but good. The flavors are yummy and the ceviche is to die for. ️

Review №77

Most colorful Mexican restaurant around...really cute!Portions were generous, food was delicious and prices were good. Will return

Review №78

It was all fine, except for our server (a young, tall, bald guy) who, apparently, didn't want to answer my questions about some of the menu items, in making my decision as to what to order. He, abruptly, said, "I'll be right back", then, sent another server to take our orders. The first server proceeded to service other customers.

Review №79

Delicious mex food. The portions are huge and won't leave you hungry! They eveb have el yucateco habanero sauce at the tables, not just red pepper sauce like the others

Review №80

They didn't have a very big margarita selection but the ones we got were pretty good. 6 bucks, heavy pour. Food was pretty good. Overall pretty good Mexican restaurant

Review №81

Large, pretty & sunny. Good service. My husband said it was the 1st Mexican restaurant that had an item without beans or cheese. He avoids both. Food was good!

Review №82

Good food and service. Nice atmosphere and music.

Review №83

Overhyped in my opinion. The service was great but food was basic.

Review №84

My girlfriends & i have been coming for years to have their yummy margaritas & a bite to eat when they were located in the shopping center. Went back last week with my boyfriend & wow i saw a major difference when they moved to the new location. Our bill was almost $40 for 2 chicken quesadillas & a drink? Our waiter also checked on us once throughout the whole meal. I loved La Piñata for cheap & yummy Mexican food, but it's definitely time to find a new place.

Review №85

Worst food ever! I almost vomited on my first bite of food. First time here, last time here.

Review №86

Amazing fajita for two!!

Review №87

Standard American Mexican fare. Good service.

Review №88

Delicious, huge portions, friendly staff, reasonable price. One of the best Mexican restaurants we've been to!

Review №89

Very fast service, especially for a saturday night.

Review №90

Great food and service

Review №91

Painfully pitiful.Food was incredibly bland.Service was genuinely one of the worst I've ever experienced.Salsa was just a can of tomato sauce, zero flavor.They should atleast be close to competing with El Toro, not even close.Will not return.

Review №92

People are great! Best Mex. Food in area

Review №93

Excellent food. Great wait staff too. New place is beautiful.

Review №94

It's good for the area. Just all mostly fast good

Review №95

Food was fine, about average for what you would expect from a chain Mexican restaurant. A plus for having horchata.

Review №96

Three of us ordered dinner. Only one order was correct. After we stopped the waiter, he corrected the mistakes and brought the correct food. Overall, the good was just ok - nothing special.

Review №97

First time here. Like it so far. I had the Fajita Quesadilla with steak. Pretty good!

Review №98

Their new location is very nice and spacious, however the service was lacking. The waiter didnt refill my drink and my appetizer was brought out at the same time as the entree and both were lukewarm. I had the fajitas, which are normally brought out on a sizzling platter, but tonight the food was burnt and not sizzling as if it was sitting k back in the kitchen for too long. The waiter didnt ask if I needed anything else before he dropped off the check. I was planning on ordering dessert, but that killed that idea. Hopefully it was just a new waiter and it will get better down the road.

Review №99

Great food quick service, huge menu!

Review №100

I love this place, good food and good service. Plus you can't beat 1 dollar tacos on Taco Tuesday!

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  • Address:9505 Dayton Lebanon Pike, Dayton, OH 45458, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 937-291-0227
  • Bar & grill
  • Mexican restaurant
  • Caterer
Working hours
  • Monday:11:30AM–10:30PM
  • Tuesday:11:30AM–9:30PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–10PM
  • Thursday:11AM–10PM
  • Friday:11AM–10PM
  • Saturday:11AM–10PM
  • Sunday:11AM–10:30PM
Service options
  • Curbside pickup:Yes
  • Delivery:Yes
  • Dine-in:Yes
  • No-contact delivery:Yes
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible elevator:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour drinks:Yes
  • Happy hour food:Yes
  • Hard liquor:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Salad bar:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Vegetarian options:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Restroom:Yes
  • Wi-Fi:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Family-friendly:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Transgender safespace:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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