Austin's best Mexican restaurant

Unique fun Mexican dining



La Palapa Restaurant began in the city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1971, using long-held family recipes. The unique design was based on fishing villages of southern Mexico, where fishermen lived in thatched grass huts called palapas. La Palapa came to Austin in 1984, and evolved a lot from its humble origins. But be assured, we still use the tried and true family recipes.


Since then, our menu has expanded to include all your Tex Mex favorites, some American fare, vegetarian items and low carb options. All dishes are prepared fresh daily in our kitchen. Tradition brought to you with care.


Bringing you the traditional taste of Mexico, enhanced to bring you a modern menu, was not enough to achieve our vision. To create a place that people wanted to return to time and time again, we brought your our cantina - entertainment and good times that means more than just a good meal. La Palapa is your first choice for excellent eats, and your best choice to enjoy good times with your friends and neighbors.

En la cantina

We’re family-friendly so our adult-friendly cantina has its own space. La Palapa features a superb drink selection, karaoke and some of Austin’s best live music. Your evening just begins with dinner…

Happy hour 7 days a week!



La Palapa experience

Setting The Mood

Relax and unwind and let La Palapa add its own touch to the Mexican dining experience.

Catering and Parties

We have great food at great prices! While we do not offer off-site catering, you can come pick up everything you need to throw a fantastic party at your location, or we will gladly host your party at our restaurant.


We recommend that you let our courteous and friendly staff take care of you.