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4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
619-692-1652
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Ranked #388 of 4,125 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Maybe because of the Adams street fair the food was just okay. Service was good but food lacked flavor The chili rellano was just okay and the enchilada not so good. Shrimp appetizer tasted like frozen fast food, no shrimp taste at all. The dipping sauce was good though. Service was good. My phone said secure WiFi was available, but... More 

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Top Contributor
247 reviews 247 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
325 helpful votes 325 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I was taken here for lunch by family members, and a few hours later I went back with other family members. Decor (Mexican) very colorful, service exceptional, food great. Out of the way, so that you have to search.

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Really enjoyed my meal here and my daughter who does not like Mexican loved it!!We went to the one on Adams Ave because it was closer and much more of a sit-down inside restaurant. Parking was an issue but I loved the restaurant itself, waitress was helpful and knowledgeable and food was delicious. Would definitely recommend a visit!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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81 reviews 81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

As with many of my favourite restaurants around the world, this one is little more than a hole in the wall. The extensive menu is written on a blackboard, and you better be quick in picking something that appeals because there always seems to be a line-up behind you. Great, tasty food in more than generous servings.

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Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

The food at El Zarape is AMAZING. Truly delicious and if you are in the area I highly suggest giving them a try. The only reason this did not get "excellent" is because of the help we received and the atmosphere. Overall very grungy, and the staff was less than helpful. Go for the food.

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Corona, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Went here on the recommendation of a friend for a light afternoon snack. Was not disappointed. It is in the University Heights area where there are a number of eating establishments. It is a hole in the wall with a small dining area (lines form all the time). Menu is on blackboard with a large variety of things (too many... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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145 reviews 145 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

This ironically turned out to be one of our best meals in San Diego, the menu is vast and to someone like ourselves that do not know Mexican food very well, it was a bit hard to choose but what we went for in the end it was very tasty. I would highly recommend trying this place, there is nothing... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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200 reviews 200 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We actually went to the larger restaurant on Adams Street, which isn't that far from the one in University Heights. Parking is just as much a nightmare. But once you get inside the food is worth it. I had a blueberry mojito on happy hour while the wife had a beer. There were actual blueberries in my drink and it... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

I grew up on the Texas-Mexico border, so my expectations are high and this place delivered. Get the calamari taco now. Thank me later.

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Normal, Illinois
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Once again,Trip Advisor steered us to a fabulous hole in the wall we NEVER would've found. This Texan Mexican food lover was skeptical about a California joint getting such good reviews. CREAMY guacamole, grilled fresh veggies, and an AMAZING homemade salsa bar came at a super-low price. There's limited seating, self-service, but if you want big servings of GREAT food... More 

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Address: 4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
Phone Number: 619-692-1652
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Mexican

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