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El Nopalito Restaurant

560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
760-436-5775
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Ranked #26 of 225 restaurants in Encinitas
Cuisines: Mexican
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San Diego, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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so cal
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146 reviews 146 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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Encinitas, CA
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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

casual eat in or quick take out. fresh, authentic Mexican food. especially good for Christmas tamales

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Being Mexican I can definitely say this is REAL authentic mexican food and you will know because it's full o mexicans. The place isn't fancy and sometimes the service can be slow but it's worth the wait the food is very very delicious and the offer trays to go.

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San Diego
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Great Mexican food. They also cater and do an amazing job. Not in a "designer" location, authentic and we love it!

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Cardiff by the Sea, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

Great informal & excellent Mexican, made with the most fresh ingredients~I love the chile relleno, and my son always goes for the over-stuffed chicken burrito. Make sure you pick up some home-made guacamole & El Nopalito brand salsa. Home-made tamales in the packaged bags are the best way to have an impromptu FIESTA! Chips & salsa-and have a cerveza while... More

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Encinitas, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Marginal restaurant in a marginal shopping center. Not very secure with all the riff raff walking around BUT they are world famous (or should be) for one thing...their roasted red pepper salsa. If you like mexican food you must try this !

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