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Juanitas Taco Shop

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290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    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
Orange Park, Florida
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Chandler, Arizona
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this restaurant the last time we stayed here. Food has always been good and very reasonably priced. This time, I saw that it said carnitas de Tepatitlan. Which instantly brought back childhood memories of this town outside of Guadalajara famous for its carnitas. Ordered this meal and the carnitas were exactly as I remembered eating with my family.... More 

Thank eltlaloc
Encinitas, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Lets begin with the tortillas. To me Juanita's has wonderful tortillas, the foundation for a good taco or burrito. The meats are fresh and cooked to perfection. No dried out hard bits. I love it all and find it difficult to go to a full service Mexican restaurant when the food at Juanita's Taco Shop is much more satisfying.

Thank Laura W
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

This place is legendary. They've always been known to have the best Mexican food in all North County. There were lines out the door at 1am, 2am, etc all through the '90s and frequently still are! If you don't like the Mexican food here, you really don't "get" Mexican food 100% as this place is the very best!

Thank RambleOnKelly
Orange Park, Florida
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

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.

Thank GolfGuy44
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!

Thank 53sparky
Carlsbad, California
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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 

Thank Tjomsland
Encinitas, California
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164 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 

Thank Sailing_Sweetie
Hoboken, New Jersey
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57 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 

Thank jhw765
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!

Thank sandybeach9
Indianapolis, Indiana
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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 

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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
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 3:00 am
7:00 am - 3:00 am

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