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El Jacalito Grill

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535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
+1 909-866-3537
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to El Jacalito a couple times and it never disappoints. Good food, good service. Tonight I tried the mango jalapeño margarita...YUM!

Thank Jill H
Canyon Lake, California
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122 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, tacos, taco salad yummy, all great and the sAlsa bar is really tasty the best beans and fun to eAt on pAtio n drink too

Thank 2kitty2
Huntington Beach, California
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first time for dinner at this friendly Mexican restaurant in Big Bear Village, one of my sister’s favorites. I chose the Shrimp con Salsa de Ajo entrée, while she went for the Carne Asada, and both were very good, with generous portions of beans. Service on a Monday night was prompt, and our waiter was always on... More 

Thank HBSnowFlower
Thun, Switzerland
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch on a Saturday. We arrived around 11:30 and were seated right away (party of 5 adults and 4 kids). The service was great. We got our food order and drink order in quickly. The kids didn't have to wait too long before their food came out. I had the trio fajitas which was good. My husband... More 

Thank nlee24
Manhattan Beach, California
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had dinner here; party of nine (9). It was early, so there was no problem setting up for our party (6 adults; 3 kids). They have a varied menu, so something for everybody and their kids menu was good too. The service and food were both very good; would definitely visit here again.

Thank Sheila Z
San Diego, California, United States
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

I've been to Big Bear several times now, and have had El Jacalito catered at the B&B I was staying at. The food has always been delicious. Had the opportunity to go to El Jacalito in person this visit though. The service was ok at best. We waited for our server to arrive, waited for silverware, had to ask for... More 

Thank Dawn B
Padua, Italy
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

They serve free nachos as appetisers. The portions are really big, so consider sharing. I recommend El Jacalito if you want to get full on a budget!

1 Thank Isaolol
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We had been to this place on our last visit for late lunch/early happy hour. Great happy hour tacos and Margaritas are also very good. this place is always busy so that should tell you something! Will definintely go back.

1 Thank Jacqueline F
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for a cocktail. The service and atmosphere were good and the food looked good. The homemade salsas were quite good. But we were disappointed to spend $14 per glass on premium Margos to get weak drinks that tasted like they were poured from a pre-made mixture. They were short on tequila and there was no sign of... More 

Thank Bart J
Palm Springs, California
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We were going to Peppercorn grill but they didn't take large parties (there were seven of us), so we went across the street and tried El Jacalito's Grill. When we tasted the salsa, we all knew it was going to be good. Great Margaritas and the best enchiladas that I've ever had.

Thank DHB100

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 Pine Knot Ave, CA 92315
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Bear Region
  • Phone Number: +1 909-866-3537

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?