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El Nopalito Restaurant

Mexican, Greek
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560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
760-436-5775
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6:30 am - 7:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Best chips and salsa in the state of California

El Nopalito has the best chips and salsa in the state of California. We always get it at the taco shop and take some home for later. They have a market close by too. Great guacamole and amazing tortillas.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
Rusty M
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Encinitas, California
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Encinitas, California
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

El Nopalito has the best chips and salsa in the state of California. We always get it at the taco shop and take some home for later. They have a market close by too. Great guacamole and amazing tortillas.

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Solana Beach, California
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

They have been in Encinitas for as long as I can remember and they have always rated #1 with me. You know it's good when most of the customers are Latinos! There is so much atmosphere here and everyone is so friendly.....just like my experiences traveling in Mexico. The food is all made from scratch and the aromas will drive... More 

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Thank Princessa57
USA
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is very authentic Mexican food. You can get a burrito, quesadilla, or a taco. Fillings range from cheese, carne asada, chicken, and other favorites. There are also some more exotic fillings. Chips and salsa selection are legendary. People drive out of their way to take some home. Look at the family to go items. They are a really good... More 

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Thank petest50
San Diego, California
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170 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Went there with a couple of friends today. The chicken tacos were great. We all enjoyed the salsa bar - about 5 different salsas, and chopped onions, cilantro, etc. to custom make your meal. My friend ordered the breakfast burrito and loved it - especially the crispy bacon! Feels like a Baja taco shop. Affordable and authentic. Plan to keep... More 

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Encinitas, California
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115 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Want to have lunch at a restaurant known far and wide for it's distinctive appeal and flavorful Mexican food? Hop into the car and head for the legendary El Nopalito on Santa Fe in Encinitas. No visit to El Nopalito is complete without trying their exceptional roasted salsa and magnificent tortilla chips. It matters not if you are dining in... More 

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Thank Leonard K
San Diego, California
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170 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

El Napalito is a regular experience for us. Listening to Spanish TV, eating a burrito with the salsa bar - does it get much better than that? Well, yes, but it's a great experience for the price. It's easy to get to (next to the 5 freeway) and everyone is mellow. Another good place to hit after a surf session... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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91 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

El Napolito is by the high school so all of the kids go there often and love the food. The chips and salsa are sold all over town and everyone loves them!! I had them cater a party for 50 recently and everyone loved the food. Its super reasonably priced for everything we got and very generous portions. They set... More 

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Sandy, Utah
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We went to El Nopalito because it was rated the top Mexican restaurant in Encinitas. Even though one reviewer call it "a dive," because the ratings were so good, we expected a more upscale restaurant. One orders at the counter and food is brought to the table. The food was only average. The home made chips were greasy and between... More 

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Anaheim, California
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106 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Let's get one thing out of the way from the start. El Nopalito is definitely a dive (by Guy Fieri's standard) but, when you find many of the local stores carrying their salsa's, you gotta believe something is being done right! We were steered there because of their Carne Azada burrito's and, frankly, they are so-o-o good, we haven't been... More 

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Thank Jim C
so cal
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246 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Encinitas has a plethora of really good little Mexican restaurants and this is one of them. I had a carnitas burrito which was very good and as much as I could have eaten and it was $4.75 or so. They have a salsa bar which has spicy carrots which are a great addition to Mexican food.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-436-5775

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Greek
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Monday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
6:30 am - 7:30 pm

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