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El Q'ero

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Peruvian, Wine Bar
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564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (D St. / E St.)
(760)753-9050
Today
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 73
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Small intimate space, large notable impression

The washroom is a must; well designed ,creatively appointed and very very spacious. Now the dining room is more cozy with the same Peruvian thematic. The staff professional with management very hands on; he stopped the fan fearlessly grabbing the whirling blades to cut the unwanted breeze... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Lloyd B
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Vancouver, Canada
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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114 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Vancouver, Canada
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The washroom is a must; well designed ,creatively appointed and very very spacious. Now the dining room is more cozy with the same Peruvian thematic. The staff professional with management very hands on; he stopped the fan fearlessly grabbing the whirling blades to cut the unwanted breeze.. Whatever you order, you will not be disappointed. Our Encinatian host boasted with... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

5 stars are not enough for this fine restaurant. The ambiance is fun with South American colors and accents with soft south american jazz in the background. From the table cloths to the serving pieces...the great and comfortable design is continued throughout the experience. It's a cozy intimate sort of place so reservations are recommended on weekends especially. John had... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
691 reviews 691 reviews
412 restaurant reviews
1,383 helpful votes 1,383 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I came here for lunch last week with one of my friends. He wanted to try it out as one of his co-workers told him he had an amazing meal here. It's funny as one of my very good friends is from Peru. She is close friends with my wife. I saw her the other night so I asked her... More 

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Encinitas, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is our little gem in North County. Great food and professional service! Reservations highly recommended. If you are looking for a special night, book a table at Q'ero!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Walk-ins NOT welcomed! To celebrate our 38th Wedding Anniversary on Jan 31st, we thought we try Peruvian food. We arrived at 4:30 since it was a last minute decision. The restaurant was empty...only 2 other couples, but we were turned-down because we did not have reservations. The staff was rude and unwelcoming! We'll NEVER go there again!

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Encinitas, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

If you like or want to try Peruvian Food........THIS IS THE PLACE!! Such great dishes prepared in the real family manner, it make you want to come back time after time. Each dish is a taste sensation, and the owner is amazing! She still spends time in Peru and keeps her establishment with the best authentic dishes. Service is great,... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

It was my first experience eating Peruvian food. I can't understand the high rating reviews. Perhaps, my menu choices were not their best dishes. For an appetizer, I ordered a Saltenas & an Empanadita. One was served cold, no dripping juices there. I thought it should be hot, but then I am no expert of this cuisine. Their lamb dish... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

If ever in Encinitas you have to eat here. Great food and service. Ask for the window table. Lamb ,pork. ribs flank steak all so good

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Oregon
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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Made an 8pm reservation for four, and were seated right on time. Service was friendly and natural. Food was outstanding. What a cute neighborhood gem! We loved everything we ordered, including our pisco sour drinks! Highly recommend this little restaurant!

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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The food was very authentic and tasty. A truly enjoyable and memorable experience I would definitely recommend coming here if you visit Encinitas!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (D St. / E St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: (760)753-9050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?