We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Juanitas Taco Shop

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
760-943-9612
Improve this listing
Today
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 66 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
My all time favorite Mexican hole in the wall.

This place is legend. Sometimes I would drive to Encinitas from LA just to eat here. The Carne Asada Burritos are my favorite. The best I have ever had anyplace. My kids grew up eating at this place after surfing Swamis or Cardiff Reef. Nothing fancy, just good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
GolfGuy44
,
Orange Park, Florida
Add Photo Write a Review

66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Orange Park, Florida
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This place is legend. Sometimes I would drive to Encinitas from LA just to eat here. The Carne Asada Burritos are my favorite. The best I have ever had anyplace. My kids grew up eating at this place after surfing Swamis or Cardiff Reef. Nothing fancy, just good food.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Califonia
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Carnitas burrito with meat, a little guacamole and cheese, no rice, no beans and it was big. It was excellent!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carlsbad, California
Level Contributor
57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

For years, I watched this place pack in the crowds. So, one day my wife and I were nearby and hungry. We went in. We both agreed this is the dirtiest hole in the wall restaurant we have been in. Being brave, we still ordered and the food was fine. Will we return, NO. Just down the PCH is a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Encinitas, California
Level Contributor
136 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

There was a line out the door after I arrived. I waited 15-20 minutes for two fish tacos but they were worth the wait. They have carnitas, asada, pastor, for the meat eaters and guacamole tacos for the vegetarians. I love the chile rellenos and fish tacos. I was here on a Saturday night so that is why so busy.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hoboken, New Jersey
Level Contributor
58 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

So glad we asked bellman at hotel about where to grab lunch. Juanitas is authentic and serves great food which you could tell by the line that didn't quite when we were there - and it wasn't because it took a while to get the food. We were impressed how quick we got our food and saw the orders coming... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stopped in on a friends recommendation. The staff was extremely pleasant and the food came out quickly. It was really good. We had the Chili Rellano Burrito and the combo platter. Lots of people seemed to be ordering the California Burrito which I will try next time for sure. Be sure to try Juanitas if you are in the area!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I stopped at Juanitas after a long morning of surf lessons and had tacos al pastor with a big cup of horchata. Both were delicious and very reasonable priced! The place was packed when I got there at lunch time and despite how busy the place was, the staff was extremely courteous to all of their customers. I will definitely... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bonsall, California
Level Contributor
36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We have been eating in Juanita's since February of 1992. The food is fantastic... so there is always a line. My favorite... the "Flying Saucer" is the standard for this popular entry in almost all taco shops. Over the years I've tried almost everything... and seen almost everything served.... never heard anything but raves from other customers.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Temecula, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a great find and if you like fresh Mexican Food... stop by and enjoy. Everything we saw and tried on the menu was or looked great!

Was this review helpful? Yes
temecula
Level Contributor
57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I had heard good things about this place so I stopped and was greeted at the counter by a man that acted like I was bothering him; I ordered nachos to go and imagine my surprise when I unfoiled plate to find the cheese had just been sprinkled on top and not cooked whatsoever! Very disappointing and obviously ruins the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Juanitas Taco Shop also viewed

 

Been to Juanitas Taco Shop? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-943-9612

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Juanitas Taco Shop staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?