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Cenote Grill

1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
+1 760-740-9911
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“sopes” (15 reviews)
“burrito” (40 reviews)
“fish tacos” (23 reviews)
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
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Reviewed yesterday

My friend and I took our granddaughters to Cenote for dinner on Saturday night. We waited for a table for over 45 minutes and then waited for 1.5 hours for our dinner to arrive. It was awful! So disorganized. I will not be returning.

Thank californiagal2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

How did I not know about this restaurant? I love the food here and the delicious Sangrias. My favorite is their carne asada with bacon! Who does not love bacon. This small restaurant fills quickly at dinner time, so be prepared for a wait with...More

Thank SDLocal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Obviously if I'm a regular I enjoy the food. Returning frequently is the highest honor I could bestow upon any restaurant. Try it...you won't be disappointed. Warning it is very popular and doesn't take reservations you could be waiting awhile.

Thank egnarts11
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When in North County stop and grab a glass on Sangria. The pulled pork, chile relleno, enchilada style burrito is out of this world.

1  Thank Isabel D
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

Delicious food! Very fresh! Busy with lots of locals and repeat customers!!! I loved everything I tried here!

1  Thank Ally E
Reviewed July 9, 2018

We were arrived at 4:50 pm for dinner to avoid the Saturday evening rush. We were seated right away. Looked like only one waiter was working. It took 10 minutes to get our order taken. It took another 45 minutes before the food arrived. It...More

Thank Roy M
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have been having dinner at Cenote Grill every Friday night for years, but tonight changed everything. A couple with two young children were sitting smack in the middle of the restaurant. For an hour we endured that family who were so...More

2  Thank Elizabeth D
Reviewed June 4, 2018

I'm an out-of-towner and during a business trip visit I ordered carryout lunch from online menu for the staff I was visiting. I had heard this was a good place, but wow it was good. Got the fish tacos (grilled cod) and they were fantastic....More

Thank K828OMbrianp
Reviewed April 17, 2018

Cenote Grill is simply fabulous food, served in plentiful portions by very attentive staff. It is a must try in Escondido!

1  Thank BTPI
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

Censored is the best Mexican food in Escondido. That is saying a lot because Escondido has many Mexican restaurants. It’s a small place and usually have to wait to get in but it is worth it. It is run by a couple and their family...More

1  Thank Reyeskid8
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-740-9911
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