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Juanitas Taco Shop

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290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
760-943-9612
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Today
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Love the burritos!

My friend and I were new to the area and every day while driving by we saw a line on the sidewalk outside of this little place. Decided to stop for a burrito and it was so delicious we went back the next day. I was thinking i was a little embarrassed to have done so, but saw another customer... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 4, 2015
Vedasah
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Pennsylvania
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Do not let the appearance miss lead you… One of the best Mexican restaurants for burritos. World-renowned " Carnitas " and other goodies. A must try when visiting Encinitas!

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Thank PaolaTravelor
Newport Beach, California, United States
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141 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the first time I'd actually stopped at this restaurant even though I'd passed by it many times. It's always looked like a dump from the outside. I was told that it's authentic Mexican food, that looks can be deceiving and that the interior had recently been remodeled. I'm sorry to say, nothing that I saw changed my original... More 

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Thank Andy B
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I go here every trip to North County San Diego. Try the Carne Asada or Bacon breakfast Burrito. To die for.

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Thank carlm877
Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My friend and I were new to the area and every day while driving by we saw a line on the sidewalk outside of this little place. Decided to stop for a burrito and it was so delicious we went back the next day. I was thinking i was a little embarrassed to have done so, but saw another customer... More 

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Thank Vedasah
Chandler, Arizona
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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 

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Thank eltlaloc
Encinitas, California
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14 reviews
10 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.

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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!

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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.

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Thank GolfGuy44
Califonia
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17 reviews
13 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!

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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 

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?