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Carnitas' Snack Shack

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2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
6192947675
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night

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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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The triple threat sandwich might be the best thing I've ever eaten. But it doesn't end there, the steak sandwich is to die for, the tacos are amazing, and the poutine fries on Monday should require a license they are so dangerously good.The beer selection is great as well and the bar in the back is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The triple threat sandwich might be the best thing I've ever eaten. But it doesn't end there, the steak sandwich is to die for, the tacos are amazing, and the poutine fries on Monday should require a license they are so dangerously good.The beer selection is great as well and the bar in the back is a great place to... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Don't let the size of this place fool you! Just look at the line outside! The locals won't tell you about it cause they want to keep it for themselves! Maybe either #1 or #2 carnitas I have ever had! Great patio around the back to eat in. Super cool vibe, Not Hipster

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San Diego, California
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3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

First time visitor to those place. 2 people ordered at the same time. First order came out and 5 minutes later the 2 nd order arrived. Triple pork sandwich dry and nothing to write home about. Burger ok. Fries were warm at best so I sent them back. New order arrived hot and server said that she liked hot French... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The only thing that slows things down is the line you have to wait in to order your food, but rest assured that it will be worth it. I have yet to have their signature sandwich, the carnitas, but I have been enjoying the thin sliced rib eye steak sandwich since my son turned me onto the place a year... More 

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San Diego, California
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I had head this place was amazing , and yes it was . I was out doing marketing for my Company and decided to stop for lunch. The look of the place is decieving from the outside . Order from a small window out front , tables in the back . Food is great !

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have been to Carnitas Snack Shack many times and never disappointed! Love the fries....soooo good. We have taken friends there and they loved it....great food!

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San Diego, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Carnitas Snack Shack is an awesome place. Amazing food paired with a cool backyard styled eating area The menu is extensive. I'm still excited to go back and try the pork belly hash. The only down part would be the location and lack of parking. The restaurant faces University Ave and there is no designated parking. If you do go,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It's definitely a casual place to eat, but the food and cute eating area are perfect!! The fries. The burgers. The pulled pork. The carnitas tacos!

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San Diego CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a walk up to the window and order kind of place. You then go around back for a place to sit down outside and eat. Cost effective, simple environment, but some of the best carnitas (pork for you gringos) here in San Diego.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Always good! Great original dishes. Get there early because there's usually a line. Pick a nice nite to sit outside and enjoy your meal!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 6192947675

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?