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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 29
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Great Little Hole in the Wass

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 11, 2015
bushfamily
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Temecula, California
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Bonsall, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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.

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Temecula, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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!

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temecula
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 

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San Marcos, California
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 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
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311 reviews 311 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
275 helpful votes 275 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
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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62 reviews 62 reviews
36 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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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?