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El Nopalito Restaurant

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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

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  • 11
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 3
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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
Most recent review
Authentic Mexican Just Off The I-5

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 3, 2014
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USA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 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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San Diego, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 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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San Diego, California
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73 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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86 reviews 86 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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122 reviews 122 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?