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“One reason only...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Nopalito Restaurant

El Nopalito Restaurant
560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
760-436-5775
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Ranked #26 of 224 restaurants in Encinitas
Cuisines: Mexican
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Encinitas, California, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“One reason only...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Marginal restaurant in a marginal shopping center. Not very secure with all the riff raff walking around BUT they are world famous (or should be) for one thing...their roasted red pepper salsa. If you like mexican food you must try this !

Visited August 2012
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English first
San Diego, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Friendly Taco Shop”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

We are craving Mexican and wanted something extraordinary. Did our local lookup and found El Nopalitio. This is basically a taco shop, with the usual menu of Mexican food. I ordered the enchiladas and they were good, but nothing spectacular. Salsa bar was very good, and the service was excellent and friendly. But the food was on par with pretty much every other taco shop I’ve tried.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Carlsbad, CA.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Authentic Food and Decor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Great food and a fun atmosphere. The service was good and the food tasty. They had some unusual dishes , like cactus. Salsa was great!

Visited July 2012
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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61 reviews 61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Kick [--] Mexican food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2012

Go here now. Stop looking for a place to go. This place is Authentic, amazing and a great deal. Get the tacos, burritos, or tamales.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego
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205 reviews 205 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 79 cities Reviews in 79 cities
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
“No frills, outstanding food that you know is home made and as fresh as can be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012 via mobile

This restaurant has some of the best Mexican food in the city. They've been around decades and make incredible tasting salsas amd their chips are made fresh every day in-house.
Family owned and operated restaurants are few and far between nowadays, so please give them a try try te next time you want genuinely great tasting food

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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