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El Indio Mexican Restaurant

#332 of 3,690 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 140
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 20
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Good norteno food

On a recommendation of a friend, I went to this restaurant. Despite its McDonalds like fast food appearance, the food is quite good. I had a

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
pchas
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San Francisco, California
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
San Francisco, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

On a recommendation of a friend, I went to this restaurant. Despite its McDonalds like fast food appearance, the food is quite good. I had a

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San Diego, California, USA
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

This restaurant was originally opened back on 1940's and it's one of the most favorite local Mexican eateries in San Diego. I have been eating here for long time and what I noticed today the cheese they use on their dishes do not taste real. It is also very busy because of the touristic attraction. It is sad to see... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I've gone here 2-3 per year since 1969. Best Mexican food in San Diego. Avoid the growds mid afternoon on weekdays.

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Bermuda Dunes, CA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

While in San Diego for the weekend, we decided to try El Indio because we'd seen it on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. The food was okay -- especially in view of how reasonably priced it is ($20 for two very generous combo plates, a bottled water & a dozen handmade corn tortillas to go), and the woman who took our... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Horrible!!! The food at best is substandard!!! You want good Mexican food Tio Lios Mission George San Diego is one place Marietta's La Mesa is another place. I thought the food was bad the first time we went but I thought this place is so busy it must just be what I ordered came back no it's not just what... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We ordered right away no wait. The chilaquiles were excellent. Definite stop when visiting san diego.

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Chula Vista Ca
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 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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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 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, 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?