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El Charro

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Mexican, Spanish
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2175 Avienda de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
(858) 459-7900
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Dining options: Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
a step above taco bell

This place is pretty cheap and has beer, and it's very close to the beach at La Jolla Shores. The food isn't that special though. It does come out quickly and the order taker was nice.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Vantaa, Finland
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Mexican-type fast food. The burritos were not especially tasty. They actually lacked any taste. Not too expensive though.

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Thank Kallukka
Prairie Village, Kansas
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72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Nacho with jalepenos, quite disappointing. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos, pretty light on the fish and shrimp. Beer selection, light. Shrimp ceviche tostada was pretty good. I think it's a bit expensive for the Quality of food. I'd give it a 2.5 if I could.

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Thank Tae K
South Jordan, Utah
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We ate here after our kayaking adventure and found good food for a good price. The location was great; easily within walking distance of the beach. The price was right and we all enjoyed the food. We would eat here again.

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Thank sksgkl
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015 via mobile

I got a surf and turf burrito and it was huge first of all, second it tasted fantastic! The tortilla was home-made! If you are in La jJolla you have to stop here! Service was great and fast too!

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Thank Gabriel S
paulandcamille
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This place is pretty cheap and has beer, and it's very close to the beach at La Jolla Shores. The food isn't that special though. It does come out quickly and the order taker was nice.

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Thank paulandcamille
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a good place if you want a quick bite to eat. The food is authentically Mexican. My Mom and I visited thinking this was a sit-down restaurant so were a little disappointed about that. It would be better if MTV was not playing in the background. It seems popular with the teenager crowd who surf at the Shores.

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Thank AdventureTravel621
Montgomery, Texas, USA
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We got 2 breakfast burritos and not only was it a good and a good value but it was so big we didnt eat the rest of the day. We liked the spicy red sauce the best of the 3 sauces to choose from. Friendly staff too which told me the line circles the building certain times of the weekend

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Thank StewsReview
Dublin, Ireland
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Mexican fast food, very busy but has tables outside. Reasonably priced as most of the restaurants along that block are more expensive. Good for feeding a family.

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Thank JFamily_from_Dublin
Kirkland, Washington
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Not very good food. Felt poorly several hours after eating. Much better choices in the area. Less than fast food quality at a dine in price.

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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113 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Looking at some of the plates, I ordered the nacho combo. It was not cheesy and the meat was under seasoned. I threw most of it away--a waste of money!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2175 Avienda de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: (858) 459-7900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Spanish

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