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Juanitas Taco Shop

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290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
760-943-9612
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: Late Night
Good for:
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good taco shop

This little shop has good carnitas. Not much to look at but the food is good it's right off the coast highway and walking distance to the beach

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2014
7andersons
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San Marcos, California
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  • Late Night
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55 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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San Marcos, California
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This little shop has good carnitas. Not much to look at but the food is good it's right off the coast highway and walking distance to the beach

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Glendora, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This little hole-in-the-wall restaurant is one of the best places to eat in Encinitas. It does get a little crowded and seating is somewhat limited, but it is worth the wait. I love the combo plate, chicken (hard shell homemade) taco and chiles rellenos. I always get a little extra red enchiladas sauce--great stuff. The prices are really great, and... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Don't be deceived by the bars on the windows. But their food is quite good. Service is friendly. Menu is typical. Street tacos are flavorful. I will return here when I'm in this area again.

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
303 reviews 303 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
263 helpful votes 263 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Rolled tacos are the best in my book! We live down the street here in Leucadia and in walking distance to 3 local establishments with good Mexican food! Can not go wrong with this place! Very crowed in the morning! Neptune St. Just behind the cafe for our local surfers who surf "Grandview". Try it!

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Imperial, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Juanita's is a family favorite where we know we can get authentic Mexican. The locals around Encintas all know that this is the best taco shop to go so don't be surprised if you see local surfers coming in the grab some grub before they hit the waves again. They have Great Menudo on the weekend which is a must.... More 

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We stopped here due to Tripadvisor reviews. As they state, it is pretty authentic. I had the chicken tacos. Make sure to specify if you want hard shell or soft tortillas (I assumed they would be soft, but they gave me hard shell). The hard shells are homemade. The chicken was pretty greasy and overall it was not the best... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Juanitas is where the locals go when you need a quick mexican food meal. I suggest you take it to go and go to Moonlight Beach to eat it. I like the chicken tacos the best, but people always order the California Burrito so it must be good.

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

During a visit to San Diego my friend Lindsay, aka The Lunch Belle tookme to Juanitas Taco Shop for lunch. I have to say this felt and tasted like the most authentic Mexican food I've had (outside of Mexico that is). The Tacos have amazing mix ins including Cilantro, some pico de gallo, and delicious assorted cheeses. I told The... More 

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Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

.....eat at Juanita's. I have a friend over from France and she loves the food. We were sitting outside the other day admiring all the stickers that adorn the building when she said to me "I'm glad you brought me here as the place doesn't look enticing". Then it hit me. I have been eating here since 1990 because it's... More 

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Leucadia, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Juanitas has the best carnitas in North County - just the right combination of moist with crispy bits. The carne asada is also excellent. They actually made it on an MSNBC list of "Best street food in the world" for their fish tacos. I don't know about that, but they are pretty good. Order at the counter and take it... 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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?