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El Nopalito Restaurant

560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
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Ranked #33 of 225 Restaurants in Encinitas
Cuisines: Mexican
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Encinitas, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 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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67 reviews 67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
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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65 reviews 65 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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149 reviews 149 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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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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