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El Zarape

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4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
619-692-1652
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best burritos in town!

If you like "unusual" burritos - like soft shell crab, calamari, or lobster - this is the place to go in San Diego's University Heights neighborhood. I adore the calamari one - it's incredible! My husband had more varieties - but all of them were great too. El Zarape became our "go to" dinner... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2015
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Oakland, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

If you like "unusual" burritos - like soft shell crab, calamari, or lobster - this is the place to go in San Diego's University Heights neighborhood. I adore the calamari one - it's incredible! My husband had more varieties - but all of them were great too. El Zarape became our "go to" dinner spot - and often lunch too.

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Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

After reading some online reviews for Mexican food in the location near to our Sheraton Mission Valley my family to the short drive up to University Heights to order some take out from El Zarape and were not disappointed. It was our last night of a California family trip and we were craving something that wasn't room service or from... More 

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Barcelona
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015 via mobile

very good Mexican restaurant! Incredible variety of tacos and burritos, including fish tacos and all kind of sea food burritos, besides the famous beef and chicken ones... I tried the wasabi burrito and it was delicious! The price is really good as well!

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Latham, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Visited recently while visiting my son who lives nearby. Agree with other reviewers who described it as "a whole in the wall" with little ambience and no table service. You order from a blackboard and then pick-up your food when called. Food was good and genuine Mexican at a good price. Clearly popular with locals, who line up and generally... More 

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

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4642 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92116
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-692-1652

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $5 to $10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine

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