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El Lugarcito Restaurant

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128 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2833
831-385-4521
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The real deal

This is a place for really fresh and authentic Mexican in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Great stop on the 101. You can tell a lot about a place by its salsa, and this is some of the very best!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2014
Dave S
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Atlanta, Georgia
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King City, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Always a good meal at El Lugarcito ! The best Mexican restaurant in King City ! you won"t leave here hungry. Seafood cocktails, oysters, or Carnitas,tacos, you won't be disappointed. Take the whole Family !

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Cayucos, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The food here is so-so. I've wondered if all the Mexican restaurants in King City get their food pre-cooked from the same source, as it all looks exactly the same. Service was grumpy, we'd interrupted their TV show. Water glass was never refilled, and we had to hunt for someone to give us our bill. I'd never go back.

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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Real Mexican food, local family, great service. You have to tryy the mariscos, with garlic. Stop by and have a real treat.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Every time I go to a Mexican food place I get the same thing, cheese enchiladas, beans and rice. At this place I could not even finish half my meal because of how incredibly spicy it was!! It wasn't just me, my parent's plates were just as bad and we barely touched our plates. I want to say they were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I adore this place. Been coming here since it opened and I live 2 1/2hrs away. Autentico. The food is that good. Menu ranges from seafood to the land. Haven't tried breakfasts, never been early enough

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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Like others, I'm not sure where the positive reviews came from. There was no AC, just fans, and at the lunch hour it was too hot to enjoy the meal which was supposed to be a special visit with relatives passing thru town. Food was really overpriced for the area; ours wasn't horrible, but not worth what we paid for... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This is a place for really fresh and authentic Mexican in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Great stop on the 101. You can tell a lot about a place by its salsa, and this is some of the very best!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

I don't know how this place can even be ranked #1.This place is absolutely horrible. Not only can you not get chicken, cheese, enchiladas or fajitas (crazy for a mexican restaurant right?!) but there is no flavor or sauces in any of the food. We ordered our food, took one bite, and walked out. The food was not even edible.... More 

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Alameda, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

I'm a little confused about the french fries on the top of the garlic prawn taco meal but guess what? It was very tasty and filling. The ambiance is authentic too... we found this place after stopping on our motorcycles and asking a local where to go for best Mexican food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

This was a very pleasant lunch. The atmosphere colorful and clean. The service was prompt and friendly. The chili verde was the best we have ever had anywhere the country. The tacos are typical taco truck tacos with just meat filling and tasty but nothing special.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 128 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2833
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  King City
  • Phone Number: 831-385-4521

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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