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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Outdoor seating
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 71
    Excellent
  • 21
    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
Most recent review
Amazing!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Joe M
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Encinitas, California, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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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 via mobile

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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
51 reviews 51 reviews
29 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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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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Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
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
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?