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El Tarasco Restaurant

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316 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3242
310-545-4241
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food, stuffy setting

Would have been a five-start, but it's just too hot on a mildly warm day...the counter was stuffy, hot and uncomfortable...needed more fans and/or more room for table seating like their other locations.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Fort Worth, TX
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Would have been a five-start, but it's just too hot on a mildly warm day...the counter was stuffy, hot and uncomfortable...needed more fans and/or more room for table seating like their other locations.

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Belgrade, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was tipped off to this place while playing with a couple guys at "The Lakes" golf course in El Segundo. I asked "where can I get a good burrito", and the guy said "like Chipotle", and I said "no, a 'real' burrito" and he told me to check out El Tarasco. Great burrito and reminds me of the taco... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is a must-stop restaurant where I always go when in MB. Food is much better than national Mexican chains and atmosphere consistent with the casual beach-centric atmosphere of the community. Chile rellenos are superb, MB mural is outstanding. For true local flavor visit their restaurant on Rosecrans near Highland. Truly informal surfer-style counter service.

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Manhattan Beach, California, United States
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Being a local ... I have to say for a counter top, staple of "The North End" of Manhattan Beach, El Tarasco is just great! The counter folks that work there are super friendly, nice, helpful ... and the food is great. This isn't gourmet, but it's perfect for a quick traditional Mexican fix ... I love their tacos, enchiladas... More 

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Petionville, Haiti
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I moved away from L.A. years ago but every time I get back I go here. Food is authentic and consistent with huge portions. Over the years I got married and now visits are a family affair. Now they make sure we always visit.

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Somerset, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Stopped here at 11 pm on our way home. It's a tiny place with limited seating but oh so good! We had the chicken enchiladas and the chilies rellenos. I didn't know what to expect but I am so happy we stopped.

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Lawndale, California
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28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is one of the 5 El Tarasco restaurants I have visited. The food was on the same level as the El Segundo main location. The bar and cooking area are visible and open. The bathroom is nicest of all locations. This old building has many age scars and deeply pitted wooden floors. It has been decorated with picket fencing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015 via mobile

Co-worker I was traveling with knew about this restaurant from when he lived in LA. Ate lunch here before our meeting. Great experience! If I ever get back to LA I'm definitely going back. Huge tasty burrito and their salsa is one of the best I've had.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

...or Junior Super Deluxe, or the No. 7 (two tacos rice and beans). Large drink and you are set. Plenty of chips and salsa. Just be careful not to sit on the "bump" in the floor. Best post-surf meal around.

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Tel Aviv
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Hole in the wall type of place, great foods, had the chicken enchiladas which were delish, service was good, very local authentic type of place, Spanish music in the background and a bunch of locals eating lunch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 316 Rosecrans Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266-3242
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Manhattan Beach
  • Phone Number: 310-545-4241

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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