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El Q'ero

564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760)753-9050
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Ranked #8 of 225 restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Peruvian, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: D St. / E St.
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This restaurant was a pleasant surprise. We finally tried it out and are glad we did. We went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was full. It is tiny, but very quaint with rich Peruvian colors and décor. We enjoyed the Sangria, Saltenas and the Pork Shank. All was wonderful and delicious. Once you try this restaurant, you too... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
274 reviews 274 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Finally we tried our local restaurant one Sunday with our daughter! It has been here forever, and the ambience, and decor is really traditional Peruvian. The food is amazing go and enjoy the seafood and steak Yum!!!! Small inside but big on portions! Their Sangria is the best!

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Encinitas, California
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you're like me, you don't even know if you like Peruvian food. One visit to El Q'ero and you'll learn that you do. It's not Mexican, it has more of a continental Spanish feel but with the added interest of the Peruvian culture. You get the feel for the vibrant culture as soon as you walk in; colors are... More

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Tirana, Albania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

From the moment one enters the restaurant the customer service is impressive. While the restaurant's decor is definitely Peruvian, the menu offers a variety of dishes that deliver a tantalizing experience. From the calamari in special sauce, to the scallops, to the pork the food is presented elegantly. The taste is out of this world. This restaurant is a must.... More

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Encinitas, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

El Q'ero is a wonderful dining experience. Very tiny and intimate, so book a reservation. The food is unique and tasty. Come with an appetite, meals are large and you will want to sample several courses!

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

If you're tired of the same ol', same ol', then Qu'ero will hit the spot. It's a delightful and unique place that gives you a So. American experience to savor both for the eyes and the palate. Great stuff. Wish it cost less.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We arrived at 630 Friday night (party of 4) with reservations to find the restaurant at near capacity. It's was our first time here. Looking around the decor and space inside was cozy. We ordered the sangrias, yummy! My husband loved the cut up bits of apples and hint of cinnamon in the drink. For our starters we ordered the... More

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Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 via mobile

Limited hours contribute to am air of mystery that surrounds the founded and ingredient rich distinctly Peruvian menu. Scheduling properly and the requisite amount of patience pay off as the menu comes alive from the eclectic and geo-unique adult beverage choices to the moderately portioned and flavor rich entrees. Close your eyes and pic something; you can't go wrong.

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San Diego
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

First visit it was 5 stars. 2nd visit my steak wasn't nearly as good as before. Haven't been back since. Most people love the place. I ordered the wrong thing.

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saqn diego
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is a very small and quaint restaurant, very unique food, prepared with love and care. It is definitely not to be missed!

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