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El Indio Mexican Restaurant

#284 of 4,167 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican
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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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 140
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
finally went there

this is an order and go restaurant. authentic food. casual dining . there is a nice patio area that I enjoyed more than the inside restaurant seating. Food was very tasty and generous portions. I had a pick your item plate which was perfect, since I never can decide. Fun Saturday afternoon place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Cindy D
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Chula Vista Ca
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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293 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chula Vista Ca
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

this is an order and go restaurant. authentic food. casual dining . there is a nice patio area that I enjoyed more than the inside restaurant seating. Food was very tasty and generous portions. I had a pick your item plate which was perfect, since I never can decide. Fun Saturday afternoon place to eat

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Lakewood, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

I saw El Indio on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and had to go. When we head south to San Diego we try to stop there because its easy to get to, its authentic, and family owned since the 1940's. They make their own tortillas and everything is from scratch. Its very affordable, the combo plates are very filling. I recommend... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Tremendous find and enjoyed a fish taco, a chicken taco, along with a tostada and tamale! Huge portion, left happy and full! Truly a great find and I will definitely return.

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Recommended by family as a terrific place for Mexican food. Very casual, quite a long line to order at lunch on a Saturday. I had a shrimp enchilada, which was on a separate shrimp menu, added beans and rice as this was not included with this particular dish (it wasn't stated, fortunately we asked.) The enchilada had salsa Verde and... More 

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Monterey, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Stopped by for an early dinner with my husband and 2 daughters and I'm sorry but none of us enjoyed our dinner :( Had read lots of good reviews but we were not impressed. I had the chile relleno burrito, my husband the chile relleno plate, girls a bean and cheese burrito and chicken taco. The food was just sooo... More 

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Temecula, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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
24 helpful votes 24 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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177 reviews 177 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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
53 helpful votes 53 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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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

Questions & Answers

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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?