About Us

The Talpa restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite since 1962, widely recognized as serving “real” Mexican food.

The restaurant has also always been owned and operated by “real” Mexican Families. The rather infamous Lupe opened and ran The Talpa for many years. It was his family that created the extensive authentic menu of home made recipes and introduced the beautiful hand painted wall murals, both of which remain essentially unchanged to this day. The foursome of Nelly, Bella, Guille and Andy took over after Lupe, and now the Rios family proudly carries on the Talpa tradition.

Owners and staff have always made serving delicious food everyday a top priority. It is for this reason that many of The Talpa’s customers have been coming back regularly for decades. But there is another reason, and that is the friendly and personable service. Come in any day and you are likely to find one of the family members working the bar, welcoming customers and serving your favorite food. We are also lucky enough to have on board three legendary servers, Celina, Pola and Lily, who have each been serving our happy customers for more than 35 years.

The Talpa was named after Talpa de Allende – a small silver-mining village in Jalisco, Mexico –  founded by the Spanish in 1599. There are 4 pilgrimages a year to see the Virgin “Rosario of Talpa”, a small statue that is said to have healing powers.

Our Menu

Since 1964 we’ve been using the same original recipes to offer our customers what they fondly refer to as “real Mexican food!” (Although we do introduce new “gourmet” items!) Our “really delicious no-mix margaritas” add to the experience.



FREE parking is available in the alley directly behind the restaurant.  Metered parking on Pico Blvd. in front.