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El Q'ero

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Peruvian, Wine Bar, South American
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564 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 (D St. / E St.)
(760)753-9050
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
Go to their new sister restaurant if you want the full menu- not just plates for sharing

When it first opened, it was almost impossible to get a table so I was surprised that I succeeded the same day (a Saturday night!) We soon discovered that they have now opened a sister restaurant, Casa Del Q’uero on Birmingham Drive, Cardiff, behind the gas station. The El Q’uero now only offers... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

When it first opened, it was almost impossible to get a table so I was surprised that I succeeded the same day (a Saturday night!) We soon discovered that they have now opened a sister restaurant, Casa Del Q’uero on Birmingham Drive, Cardiff, behind the gas station. The El Q’uero now only offers smaller plates of food for sharing whereas... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Have been going here for years, and the food is amazing. We go as a group for a Christmas present to each other. We bring a nice bottle of wine and pay the corkage fee, and share a ton of great food. Totally a great experience!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The food is absolutely delicious! The ceviche is not to be missed! Reservations are necessary or else you'll never get a table. The restaurant is TINY. I would have given this 5 stars, except the last time we dined there, we felt like we were rushed. It's not a place where you are welcome to sit, relax and sip your... More 

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Carlsbad, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Small and cozy, a reservation is a must. The food is superb, but the kitchen is slow. I was patient as all good things take time. Base on reviews I read prior to trying this place, I sampled a few things. Everything was delicious. It's a no frills setting with a lot of street traffic, so sidewalk seating is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Excemment restaurant, very charming place, but with few tables, be sure that you have reservation, or you can't taste it. The chef was really nice, i recommend it for sure

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

First of all, I loved the inside of the restaurant. So colorful and authentic. The waiter was really friendly and helpful when it came to ordering. Neither of us had tried Peruvian food before. She told us they were known for their ceviche. They had two different kinds, and we had the traditional of fish. I really liked it. It... More 

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Wales
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

I have visited this place four times on each of my recent trips to Encinitas and it's always been the culinary highlight of the visit. It's really small and you need to book in advance but it's worth waiting for. The restaurant is so cozy and the table furnishings are immaculate, gorgeous, colourful table wear and great atmosphere. There's a... More 

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Evanston, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The atmosphere is pleasant and the food is authentic Peruvian and good. On a nice day, sidewalk al fresco dining is enjoyable.

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Los Angeles, California
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287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Everything food and decor was exceptional - flavor details were perfect. As a couple, we elected to try a number of small things rather than have an entrée - a wise choice, especially considering they don't serve the grilled lamb or beef at this location. Ceviche (Don Cucho) - maybe the best I've had - literally perfect. The spicy calamari... More 

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Crestline CA
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

You know you’re someplace special when you step into this small, intimate restaurant, with bright table coverings and Peruvian pictures on the wall. What you don’t know until you open the menu is that you’re in for an eating adventure. You have your choice of Peruvian specialties, ranging from a delicious chicken in golden chile and roasted walnut sauce to... More 

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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, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic
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?