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Miguel's Cocina

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Mexican
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5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
760-759-1843
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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  • 43
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Queso fundido is delicious!

The queso fundido dip was delicious as was the margarita. Chips, salsa and cheese dip were complimentary and very good. My niece ordered shrimp quesadillas which weren't on the menu and they were very good. They don't automatically refill your water due to the drought. You have to request it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 18, 2015
Krista M
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Wichita, Kansas
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Brisbane, Australia
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Visited Miguels for dinner based on the good reviews, but was very disappointed. The best part of the meal was the free chips with two lovely dipping sauces. But the food was disappointing. We ordered a serving of guacamole, which was bland and I've bought better ones at the supermarket. I ordered the fish tacos, which was basically two pieces... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The queso fundido dip was delicious as was the margarita. Chips, salsa and cheese dip were complimentary and very good. My niece ordered shrimp quesadillas which weren't on the menu and they were very good. They don't automatically refill your water due to the drought. You have to request it, so that's good to know. We got a fried ice... More 

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San Diego
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124 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Miguel's serves a combo of sauces with chips and the jalapeno white sauce is fantastic. They have a unique spin on traditional Mexican food and the quality and service are always fantastic. They have multiple locations and we highly suggest giving this restaurant a try as we have never been disappointed. I would recommend the Miguel’s Mariscos - it is... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

OMG this was the best Mexican food ever. I had the numero uno with a beef taco, cheese enchilada and beans. It was soooo good! Service was so-so but the waitress was pretty busy. I would definitely eat here again!!

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Yucaipa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Overall a great experience. Our service was very good and the Carne Asada was fantastic. I will definitely be coming back!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Miguel's was recommended to me as a restaurant with a good atmosphere, good food and reasonable guest check. They did not disappoint. I was seated immediately, served chips & drink and enjoyed the surroundings. Service was good but I did wait for a short time to receive my plate. May be they were especially busy that night? Guest ticket average... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We had a coupon for free appetizer but two of the selections were not available with the offer. We got an appetizer to split and fajitas. The portions of both were more than enough for two. The service was fast and the waitress was efficient.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Beware, the old saying - "don't judge a book by it's cover" is definitely true with this one! When you look at the outside, this restaurant looks classy...even walking in, the atmosphere is great - rustic yet intimate(if a bit loud). Then you look at the menu and the disappointment begins. The food I ordered tasted like someone threw overcooked... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I should have known better, This place was recommended by the hotel staff. The facility is enormous and well decorated. But, the food is average at best. My waiter was friendly when I could get his attention. While it was not very busy while I ate, having to flag down my waiter to get an iced tea refill was a... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Delicious Mexican food at Miguel's, lovely iced teas and great service. My chicken chimichanga and my colleagues' tacos and pork belly tacos looked amazing. Really well-made and cooked.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: 760-759-1843

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?