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564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Ranked #4 of 255 Restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $15
Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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Encinitas, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fine meals in a cozy setting, with a Peruvian flair...just make sure you call well in advance for reservations as dinner is almost always fully Booked. My favorite local fine dining establishment

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Surrey, Canada
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105 reviews 105 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

So, friends brought us. They were very excited to share this spot with us and made the reservations. We had a good table near the window, but this place is small and it was packed. We could have eaten on the outside dining area, but opted to dine in. The Sangria was great, they were careful to ask for an... More 

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Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Super service and Incredible Food! A culinary experience you won't miss out! They also serve GREAT sangria!

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Carlsbad, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 via mobile

OMG!!! Our 4th time at Q'ero and we are never disappointed!! Tonight's perfect meal--sangria, saltenas with chicken, pescadero con salsa de chupe de camarenes (luscious fish with prawns), and the best tres leches cake in the world. Wonderful service, too.

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New Iberia, Louisiana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Everything about this place was fantastic, from the wine to the the meal it could have not been better. They seated us without reservations for a really early dinner. I would highly suggest reservations no matter what time, this place has limited tops and fills up quickly. Service was impeccable.

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is one of the hidden gems of Encinitas! Small but really cozy restaurant. It is impossible to find a table unless you have a reservation. Their food is amazing, especially their calamari appetizer is out of this world. Also try their white cake, it is so moist and light. Overall, small yet clean restaurant with delicious food.

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Additional Information about El Q'ero

Address: 564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone Number: (760)753-9050
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Peruvian, Wine Bar

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