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Playa Betty's

4.3
4.3
871 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
California-style beach fare served to New York City's Upper West Side. Stop by & enjoy the best of the West Coast.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. <br />Trains:<br />1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway<br />1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & Broadway<br />B/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History Museum<br />B/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 871 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great dinner
  2. H

    Hughes

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    been to this twice, and very inconsistent food performance.
  3. k

    kristil

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happily surprised - the frozen Paloma was amazing!!
  4. RR

    RRRR1

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Food was tasty but it came out wayyyy too fast. We were in and out in less than an hour. Definitely felt like they wanted to turn over the table quickly and it was not a busy night as we were there on the Friday after Thanksgiving around 7pm. Also, portions a little skimpy for the price. This would be a good place to go if you were in a rush and were hitting a movie or a show at the Beacon.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    As other diners have indicated, the food came out of the kitchen very quickly, and most of the food was very tasty and well prepared. My only issues were with an order of chips and salsa that I needed to ask about several times before they eventually came out once everyone had already finished their dinners. In addition, the rice bowl off the kids menu that I ordered for my five year old daughter was served with spicy blackened chicken and a hot sauce mixed in with it, that made it way too spicy for her palate. The server seemed sympathetic about my complaint, and offered a free extra scoop of ice cream, which I thought was a nice gesture.
  6. JW

    JamesW

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, very good food the punches above it's weight. Try taco Tuesday, can't beat it!!!
  7. PN

    PamN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Fun place with great service, good food and lively atmosphere. A little too noisy but all good. Shout out to the female bartender for being so friendly and making a great cocktail.
  8. NT

    NikkiTee93

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Literally no space between tables, was right on top of people next to us. Chaotic inside - very crammed. Good if you're looking for a quick bite - the food comes out in minutes, this is not a good date night place. Went here because close to Beacon theater. Food was good - drinks were too expensive for small sizes.
  9. NP

    NicholasP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    It was perfect for a pre Jerry Seinfeld at the Beacon dinner and drinks. We were in the perfect mood for the show.
  10. ND

    NoreenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had tickets to a show at the Beacon Theater and worried that we wouldn't have time to have dinner before hand. The speed at which we were served was amazing! We had more than enough time! The food was great and the margaritas were perfect!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Playa Betty’s was easily able to accommodate our large party and provided us all excellent service. Food and drinks came quickly and everything tasted great.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    waiter was very helpful with my daughters GF diet and answered all her questions. There are many Gluten Free options!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch
  14. B

    Boomer

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Playa Betty's was fun with delicious food, in spite of the noise level! Our wait staff was excellent as well. Highly recommend it for a good time and great Mexican food!
  15. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food; quick and friendly service. Everything was great!
  16. HG

    HowardG

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Waitress was helpful but overwhelmed with a very busy night. We waited 40 minutes for our food which arrived luke warm. Plenty of other restaurants in the area to enjoy a nite out, last time @ PB's ...
  17. TV

    TaraV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to eat before a show at the Beacon Theatre. The food was good, the margaritas were delicious, and it was fun and lively.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food3service2ambience1
    The restaurant was unprepared for the number of reservations they had. We were sat at a random tables forced into a corner. It was incredibly difficult to move in between tables. The waitress was so overwhelmed that she told us it would probably be faster if we order through the QR code instead of waiting for her to be able to serve us.
  19. SH

    SarahH

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is great - incredible menu and drinks - BUT it is REALLY REALLY loud inside - you need to yell to talk to each other - service is good - but they are very busy on an evening when there is a show at the Beacon Theatre
  20. LC

    LauraC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Food and service were very good but tables were very close together and the volume was extremely loud. Great gualcamole and chips, fish tacos were cooked just right and covered in a tasty sauce.
  21. D

    Dotsy

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Noise level is WAY too loud. they can turn it down a notch
  22. DB

    DianeB

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Great restaurant to grab a bite before a show at the Beacon!
  23. SE

    StephenE

    Philadelphia

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Always good food. We prefer to eat outdoors in the “shed” as volume level inside the restaurant itself make conversation nearly impossible. Service good until dessert, which was probably forgotten. We actually paid the bill before we received it. But overall a good experience.
  24. FF

    FoodieFun

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    First time at Playa Betty's, went before and after an event at The Beacon Theatre. Fun place, GREAT service! Would definitely go back and bring friends next time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience at Playa Betty. Our server, Alfonso, was friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were spot-on. We were surprised to catch the end of happy hour. Alfonso got our drink orders to take advantage of this offering. Cool decor and fun ambiance. Was a great spot prior to our heading to the Beacon for a concert. Only suggestion to Playa Betty is to ditch the cheesy music (1980’s techno dance).
  26. KB

    KateB

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a blast! So fun, good music & great service! Good was good & it was super FUN!!!!
  27. m

    mpittny

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    surprisingly great food, excellent drinks and reasonably priced, very noisy but energetic vibe
  28. LF

    LesleyF

    Atlantic City

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience2
    Extremely loud and over crowded bar scene with high tops and tables . Good food but too crowded to enjoy it.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    i paid a lot for casamigos my choice but bar chose all the ice! host had no manners on phone felt like we were stuck in corner when we arrived even tho we had reservation
  30. D

    Dennis

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I asked for the beef in my dish to be rare or medium rare. It came out overdone. My companion's beef did not look appetizing. Some outdoor locations are noisy with conversations. I forgot how noisy dining in a patio in Amerstam Avenue could be, but I never anticipated the nerve-wracking sounds of trucks seeming to brush against the street-side of the covered space. A plus for the restaurant is the joyful spirit of the assembled guests.
  31. RS

    RebeccaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Super fast service, good food, even better drinks. The hostess was rude when we asked for a different table - I have a physical disability and the one she wanted to seat us at was not accessible to me. Other than that, it was a great time! The server was really kind and friendly and checked on us multiple times to see if we needed anything. Very cute & fun place! Especially if you’re attending an event at the Beacon Theatre nearby, it’s a great option.
  32. K

    Knowsfood1

    New York Area

    108 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    108 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Excellent service, solid food
  33. F

    Fred

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Food was very yummy. Our server was excellent. It was happy hour and there was a show at the Beacon next door Nevertheless, the service was still very good.
  34. S

    Sparky

    New York Area

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Sarah was delightful, the food and drink were thoroughly enjoyable, and I love to meet my friends there.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A little confusion between ordering with the app or the wait staff, but the food was very good.
  36. AK

    AdamK

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    What a great little joint on the upper west side!! Very laid back environment with some serious beach eats! Pitchers of Margarita's were delicious and the complementary chips and guac were just outstanding! I got the taco meal with a seared tuna, mushroom and Baja fish taco with brown rice and black beans. Every bite absolutely great - maybe a little pricey on the drinks but the food I thought was outstanding and not too expensive. I would go back any time for a solid taco or enchilada. My wife's quesadilla was outstanding as well. Highly recommended
  37. NE

    NinaE

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I was looking forward to eating here after all the glowing reviews. The food was mediocre, although the flan was excellent. Wait staff very attentive and nice. The noise level was truly annoying.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fast service, good food and nice happy hour menu. Great option if you're catching a show at The Beacon Theater. We'll be back!
  39. B

    Barraca

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went there for the first time for brunch. The service was fantastic. Our server Michael was absolutely wonderful. He was friendly and super attentive. Will definitely be coming back.
  40. SE

    StephenE

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The place was packed, much of it for a concert next door at the Beacon Theater. Don’t go there looking for a quiet meal! We ate in the sidewalk shed outside, which helped… a little. But the food & drinks were delicious, the service first-rate, and the prices fair if not a bargain.

FAQs

Playa Betty's does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Playa Betty's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 712-0777.

Playa Betty's is rated 4.3 stars by 871 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Google Map for Playa Betty's

320 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    75th St

  • Neighborhood

    Upper West Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–11:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:00 am Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    A parking lot is located right next door; entrance is on the Western side of Amsterdam Avenue between 75th and 76th Street.

  • Public transit

    We are located on the Northwest corner of 75th Street and Amsterdam Ave. Trains:1 Train to 79th Street & Broadway1/2/3 Train to 72nd Street & BroadwayB/C Train to 81st Street, Natural History MuseumB/C Train to 72nd Street Central Park West

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Porteda

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 712-0777

  • Catering

    Off-site catering is available through Playabettys.com. Taco boxes: to-go, packed taco boxes for large groups.

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