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El Zarape

4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
619-692-1652
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Ranked #260 of 4,058 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
Savannah, Georgia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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180 reviews 180 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

While in San Diego for business, I felt like Mexican but didn't want to drive to far. After reviewing Trip Advisor, El Zarape came up. The place itself was a little hole in the wall with about 3 tables, it was obvious they catered to the yong student take out crowd. Nonetheless the food was very good, service super quick... More

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Sullivan's Island, South Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

For some reason the only location for El Zarape listed on Trip Advisor is the very small, mainly carry-out place on Park Blvd. We've gotten food from there and it's very good, but try the other location for El Zarape on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights and you'll find a totally different experience. It's much more a full-size, sit down... More

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