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Restaurante Los Pinos

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2019 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2703
831-425-2554
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Mexican Food in downtown Santa Cruz

Los Pinos has become my "go to" place for Mexican food in downtown Santa Cruz. The food is delicious, the service is fast, and the price is right. You won't find a better deal anywhere than their super tacos. Each meal comes with complimentary chips and salsa, and the salsa definitely has some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Avtar K
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Los Pinos has become my "go to" place for Mexican food in downtown Santa Cruz. The food is delicious, the service is fast, and the price is right. You won't find a better deal anywhere than their super tacos. Each meal comes with complimentary chips and salsa, and the salsa definitely has some heat to it. Another plus is, because... More 

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Los Banos, California
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I took my friend out for lunch on his birthday. He recommended that we go to Restaurante Los Pinos. I'm glad he did. The salsa choices were an amazing compliment to their fresh corn tortilla chips. I ordered the carne asada burrito, while my friend had the chile verde burrito. I tried his chile verde and it was spot-on. My... More 

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Acton, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

We had just finished a fun day at the Roaring Railroad and were very hungry. Looked up this place on Trip Advisor. Looked like a sports bar from the street, but was far from that. We almost didn't stop by. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Hard to find good Mexican food while on vacation and this was definitely a good... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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143 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Wander in to this modest place and have a bite of great Mexican food. It is not fancy, but we enjoyed our meals very much. Chips and salsa, great! Chicken Enchiladas, yummy. Carne Asada good and tender. We were wandering down town Santa Cruz, and hankering for some Mexican food, this place is off the main street, but not far.... More 

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Thank Lucy M
Santa Cruz, California
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This is our go to place for crispy, carne asada tacos. served with rice and beans as take out can serve two for lunch. Nice little spot, usually lots of people inside eating, and nice hardworking family who run the place. The nachos are excellent. It has been in this location for many years and it won the crispy taco... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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376 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

Just a bit off the main street with all the fancy eating and shopping. Find this place and you will be glad you did. First thing you notice is the number of Mexican people Eating here. This may be a family operation. Great service. Food is very fresh. I had two super tacos that were very large. Saw some surf... More 

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Thank Frank P
Dallas, Texas
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75 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Funny how this restaurant reminds me of restaurants in France, please ot French cooking, and really a working man cafe, but the food is tops over hundreds of mexican restaurants in South Bay/Santa Cruz. It is my lunch restaurant, just outside of downtown, across the intersection from the postoffice. Quiet and good. Discussion of good not held here. Suffice to... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

We found this place and stopped in. It was reasonable priced, great service and food. The only thing missing would be a margarita!

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San Diego, California
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We don't often stop in cheap tiny informal Mexican eateries, but we did here, and we were delighted. Food was very fresh and tasty, service was quick and friendly, and we enjoyed the meal more than we would at many restaurants that would be twice the price.

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Thank SoCalBuck
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

We had eaten here last year and were glad to find it again, just off the shopping (and high rent, high cost) area on Pacific Avenue. The salsa on the table is truly hot, the chips are fresh. Partner's beef taco was served flat, loaded with filling and yummy. My chile relleno was excellent, the cheese enchilada on my plate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2019 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-425-2554

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

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