About Us


Celebrating 34 Years in Westlake!

A Family Affair…

Las Palomas Restaurant-Bar was founded on February 14, 1983 by retired diplomat Javier Corona and his wife, Amelia, and is now led by their daughter, MariCarmen Corona Dale, whose high standards and attention to detail ensure patrons are served only the best.  This family-run establishment offers distinctive cuisine from multiple regions of interior Mexico, using the highest quality and freshest ingredients available.

Our signature Chile Relleno, Cochinita Pibil, Mole Poblano, Steak Chimichurri, Fish Veracruzano and Satuday’s Paella all reflect a blend of Mexico’s indigenous foods with the flavors and subtle spices of European and South American cuisines.

Las Palomas also prides itself on its premium Margaritas, made with fresh lime juice and top shelf tequila, and offers a full bar, wine and beer.

Critics refer to Las Palomas as a “hidden jewel” and the “best kept secret” of Austin’s restaurant scene due to its location tucked in next to the post office on Bee Cave Road in Westlake. The restaurant has successfully won the hearts and palates of a discerning clientele and year after year has won awards and rave reviews from Austin’s premier publications.

Featuring artfully decorated dining rooms, a peaceful patio, full bar, flexible special event spaces and regular live music and happy hours, Las Palomas continues to be the Austin area’s favorite source for quality Interior Mexican cuisine. We invite you to come in and treat yourself and your family, friends and coworkers, to a delicious meal in our relaxed and refined atmosphere.

*Please note that live music has been changed to Thursday evenings, and Paella is served occasionally as a special.

MariCarmen Desentis Corona Dale

MariCarmenHeadshot_LargeBorn in Mexico City, MariCarmen moved to Austin in 1982 with her family when her father retired from diplomatic service with the American Embassy in Mexico.

The ensuing devaluation of the peso resulted in her parents’ establishment of Las Palomas in their new community of Westlake, utilizing the management skills of her father, Javier Corona, and the culinary skills of her mother, Amelia Corona. MariCarmen, her two sisters and her brother all pitched in to help. Working initially at the front of the house as a hostess, while her siblings were waiting tables and bartending, MariCarmen interacted directly with customers, observing the restaurant from their perspective and understanding what needed to be done.

Working at the restaurant while attending school, MariCarmen trained in each job in order to fill in when needed, and learned from her mother how to cook every single recipe, so she could, in turn, train employees someday.

MariCarmen cites as her primary motivation the desire to help her parents with the demanding work and long hours necessary to run a first class restaurant. Wanting them to enjoy some time off, she began helping her father with the administrative work including payroll, HR, government permits, taxes and marketing. After many years of working directly with her parents, she finally felt she had a very clear vision of where they wanted the restaurant to be and felt ready to manage the restaurant on her own. She asked her father to trust her and he responded by making her a partner. The day Javier and Amelia were able to finally retire was one of MariCarmen’s proudest, and for the first time, she felt truly successful.

Her hands-on experience with Las Palomas’ administrative tasks convinced MariCarmen that an Accounting degree would be useful; she continued working at the restaurant while attending the UT McCombs School of Business and graduated with her B.S. in Accounting.

Recently celebrating their 28th wedding anniversary, MariCarmen and her husband, Robert Dale, have two sons: Alex, a consultant with AIR Worldwide in Boston and Chris, with Centerview investment banking in New York.

In truth, MariCarmen has two families, as she feels that Las Palomas has brought responsibilities and satisfactions similar to the ones she felt raising her children. In her stewardship of Las Palomas, she continues the tradition of excellence established by her parents and focuses on developing and mentoring employees, creating relationships with customers and continuing to evolve the menu by bringing in the lighter, fresh and healthy side of traditional Mexican cuisine.

Private/Semi-Private Dining

Las Palomas offers private and a semi-private rooms for special occasions, group meetings, and other gatherings of  up to 50 people. Our goal is to provide you and your guests with excellent food, beverages, and service, in a relaxed and affordable setting.

Our semi-private room seats small groups up to 15 people during lunch or dinner hours. Our private room accommodates groups up to 50 people during lunch or dinner hours. We do require that your group guarantee a minimum expenditure for food and beverages.

Depending on the size of your party we’ll create a menu from a selection of appetizers and entrées that you choose. We’ll do our best to accommodate guests with special dietary needs, or for events that require different hours than our standard hours.

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Las Palomas Catering

Las Palomas Restaurant has offered affordable catering services since 1983. We’re ready to help you plan and host your rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon, wedding reception (up to 175 people), business meeting, or other receptions or events.

Las Palomas offers a warm setting, from casual to formal, to suit your style and the event that you are hosting. We offer customized menus from hors d’oeuvres buffets, to dinner buffets, to seated dinners that we’ll customize to suit your event and your budget.

Let us put our experience to work for you to make your next event memorable and trouble-free.

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We are fortunate to have the talents of our Assistant Manager, Marina to assist us with our food and drink photography, as well as family friend and professional photographer Faustinus Deraet, who has assisted us with venue photography and head shots of the owners.  We’re grateful for their work and hope you enjoy!

FDheadshotFaustinus Deraet, Professional Photographer

Faustinus Deraet was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and grew up in Mexico City. Honored of working with Mexicarte, Proyecto Teatro, Tribeza magazine, Univision, and others. He has two published books, has given lectures in UT and was named one of the Top 10 Artists to Watch For by the Austin Chronicle. His work is part of the Wittliff Collections in San Marcos and is represented by Davis Gallery in Austin. You can see some of his work at www.faustinusderaet.com.