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La Perla Cocina

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745 Emerald, San Diego, CA
8582743038
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7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

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  • 24
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 3
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  • 0
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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
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great tacos

We ate at this little Mexican place several times during our trip to San Diego since it was so good. The tacos are really good, and the breakfast torta was very good and light. The owner is very nice and seemed happy to see us returning. Definitely recommend trying La Perla for breakfast or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
beachcomber04cc
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Akron, Ohio
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Akron, Ohio
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We ate at this little Mexican place several times during our trip to San Diego since it was so good. The tacos are really good, and the breakfast torta was very good and light. The owner is very nice and seemed happy to see us returning. Definitely recommend trying La Perla for breakfast or lunch/dinner.

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Clearwater, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were visiting in San Diego for a week and had to go back to this place three times!. We had the carne asada, the carnitas, the breakfast burrito, the california burrito, tacos and then some. Our favorite was the california burrito. We grew up in AZ and CA and have truly missed great mexican food. I wish we would... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

They say you can't eat atmosphere. You can not. However the quality content and cost of their menu item's is what makes them a true find. Have you ever heard of a Surf & Turf Burrito, or one with Grilled fish. Their food is of great quality and their portions are filling. Shrimp diablo is a platter with large shrimp... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Amazed by the pollo asado burrito. This place is definitely among the best, if not the best in PB. The guy is nice and it is less crowded than some other places

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Calgary, Canada
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42 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This place was an amazing find on our walk around the neighbourhood. The burritos are to die for and great value. Guillermo is super friendly and always welcomes his customers with a huge smile.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We walked to La Perla from Crystal Pier (just three or so blocks) and ordered take-out items. Based on other reviews, I ordered the California burrito. Not sure what the standard is for a "California burrito," ($6.50) but this one was very good although the guacamole had no taste. FYI: the "Oaxacalifornia" burrito is the California burrito wrapped in a... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This used to be my favorite place for a fish burrito. Unfortunately, the owner chose not to add grilled fish to the menu and whenever I come in, they don't have any fish on hand that has not been pre-breaded. I tried the fried fish burrito and it was very disappointing. I won't waste my time here any longer.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

This small shop is easy to miss, but not easy to forget. The lobster tacos are some of the best I've ever had, and the staff is incredibly friendly. I highly recommend anything on menu. Everyone I was with tried something different, and then we immediately ordered more food to go.

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San Diego, California
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I'm lucky enough to live around the corner from this little gem. Great menu, and lots of taco choices, including lots of great seafood choices as well! Homemade, fresh tortillas, and fresh vegetables in all the dishes, you can taste the difference! Friendly staff, great service and amazing Mexican food make this a great spot! Great prices too!

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We were traveling from LA to San Diego looking for somewhere to eat. Found La Perla and took a chance. We were so glad we did! The place was clean, service was quick. We had shrimp, lobster, and lamb tacos. They were all PERFECT! The shrimp was cooked perfectly, the sauce had some heat, but didn't overpower the other flavors... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 745 Emerald, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 8582743038

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm

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