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El Indio Mexican Restaurant

#264 of 4,154 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
619-299-0333
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 139
    Excellent
  • 85
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Must visit when in SD

In the summer it gets busy but the line moves quick. Fast service but quality food. Everyting is good...you can't go wrong!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Temecula, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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288 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Temecula, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

In the summer it gets busy but the line moves quick. Fast service but quality food. Everyting is good...you can't go wrong!

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San Diego
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I have been eating here over forty years and never...ever been disappointed! Ever since there was a liquor store on the corner where you used to have to buy the sodas. They have since taken over the old liquor store and remodeled to offer indoor seating. Back in the day, there weren't mexican food shops on every corner. Try the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I like ordering and taking out. It's just so good. Been eating here for years. It's one of those places you just go to on a regular basis because it's so good.

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Tigard, Oregon
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100 reviews 100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

25 years ago, this place was great. Now, it is just average as other places serve the same food, and they are just as good. Nothing wrong with the food this visit, I had a carne asada burrito, and it was ok, just not great. The place is an institution in San Diego, and if you are here you should... More 

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Freising, Germany
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Around since many years, El Indio is THE place in San Diego for excellent Tex-Mex food at very good prices. Very casual, but a place everybody should go to.

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Escondido, California, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I've been coming here for years....like since the late 70's. It use to be fantastic but today, while good, wasn't something that I'd go out of my way to recommend. Maybe there's been no change. Maybe it's just that every other Mexican restaurant has gotten better...but even Roberto's or Las Posas makes a better Carne Asada Burrito. The Cheese Enchilada... More 

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Houston, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We just had to have food from this restaurant, since it had been featured on Guy's Big Bite. What a disappointment. Perhaps, we chose the wrong entrees. Not impressed!

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is definitely a no frills kind of family run place. But great food & a real find for authentic Mexican fare. I'll definitely return.

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Yes- diners, drive ins and dives filmed an episode on this place. There was more cheese and salsa in the carne asada burrito than meat and the tostada was mostly lettuce and a smear of beans and some carne asada. The prices are really good and the parking is excellent as they have their own lot across the street. I... More 

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Mansfield, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

A friend of mine and his husband (who is from Mexico) recommended El Indio. We also looked forward to eating at El Indio as it has featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. The food was plentiful, tasty and very reasonably prized. We also had the opportunity to try Mexican soda (I don't recall the name but it was cinnamon... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-299-0333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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