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El Q'ero

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564 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531 (D St. / E St.)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Solana Beach, California
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94 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This family owned restaurant has some of the best food anywhere in San Diego. Wonderful selection of Peruvian dishes, which means great ingredients (meat, chicken or fish) with great spices and sauces. Empanadas are the best I've ever had. Should not be missed if you are in the area. Reservations needed because it gets filled up easily.

Thank sdphil
Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Loved the atmosphere, great hostess with great recommendations. Highly recommend the empanadas - perfectly spiced! Highlight of the weekend

Thank jsi45
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Amazing food, and really friendly staff. We loved the ceviche, calamari, desserts, and everything that we ordered. Everything was classic Peruvian food, and it was all homemade. We will recommend this to family and friends, and we will for sure be back!

Thank Elena G
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

I wish I could review the food but we never got served. We asked the waiter to sit outside and after awhile he brought us menus and water. After a fairly long wait, I went in to use the restroom and asked him to take our order. He never came back out. I stood in the doorway and made eye... More 

Thank Amanda G
Long Beach
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2016

We went for dinner to this charming little spot - just our kind of place. Staff is friendly and helpful, decor is colorful and artsy, and the food is great! If you aren't quite sure what to order, the waiter will help, and the recommendations were just right for us. The empanadas were unbelievable! This is a Peruvian restaurant.

Thank Helen C
Danbury, Connecticut
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016

Had a great midweek afternoon meal. All dishes were flavorful and at the right temperature. The hostess/waitress/owner was friendly and engaging. Will return.

Thank schreiberlaw
Vancouver, Canada
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298 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016

Sometimes the waiter speed reads the specials and you just sit there hoping to get the essence of the dish while being swamped in the flood of ingredients. Not so with Carman. Each dish is described in slow elaborate terms as if she were making it right in front of you as she speaks.

Thank Lloyd B
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food it a bit pricey but good I had the lomo saltado I highly recommend it. The sangria was also very good 0000000

Thank pegaso9co
San Diego, California
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287 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2016 via mobile

If you only visit one restaurant in Encinitas, make this the one. Make reservations and do it. This is Peruvian food at its finest. The service is top notch and the food...let's just say I've eaten at Michelin and Zagat rated restaurants in over 50 countries. This place is in my top 20...maybe top 10. My wife and I talk... More 

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Oceanside, California
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327 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2016

Classic Peruvian cuisine executed with flourish. The house made Empanadas are baked to perfection. The Aji de Gallina is prepared with a creamy delicious Amarillo sauce. The restaurant also features a superb selection of South American wines.

Thank CoastalCruiser27

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
Peruvian, Latin, South American, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
12:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 564 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531
    (D St. / E St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: (760)753-9050

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