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El Lugarcito Restaurant

Mexican
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128 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2833
831-385-4521
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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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San Rafael, California
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115 reviews 115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Lucky pick- found by chance. The welcome, service, food were excellent. This traditional Mexican restaurant is run by a family. We were impressed by the choice, the size of the dishes and cocktails. The Margharita is excellent. You definitely want to stop there if you can.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Found this place on tripadvisor and ate here bc of the ratings. If this is the number 1 restaurant in this city then do yourself a favor and pass by. Ive washed my hands 3 times and I still havent gotten all of the grease off my hands. I dont mind a little grease but when its drizzling off the... More 

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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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