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Cocina Del Charro

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890 W Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 745-1382
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Escondido, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went with the family Sunday morning here for breakfast. We experienced pretty bad service. Our waiter took forever to finally take our order. He was incapable of refilling coffee without being asked.. Lastly he got the orders mixed up. Those in our party that ordered eggs over medium got eggs easy or medium. We arrived at 9:00 A.M. and didn't... More 

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Thank Dennis J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

I travel in mexico a lot and most of the restaurants there do not serve hot spicy food. If you want it spicy they serve salsa's on the side. Cocina serves there food as it is served in mexico, flavorful but not spicy, Always enjoy myself there and they have excellent margaritas & a good choice for beer.

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Thank Michael D
San Diego, California, United States
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579 reviews
294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 301 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

This is a pretty good Mexican restaurant...especially if you have bland taste buds. I didn't see a single real Mexican eating here, but that doesn't mean its bad. Its clean, with friendly service, and has reasonable prices. $13 Carnitas plate...the blandest and most flavorless carnitas I've ever had, but even bland carnitas is still pretty darn good with some salsa... More 

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Thank John P
San Diego, California
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124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

Breakfast menu good. American and Mexican entrees. Pleasant service. Themed decor. Very good value. Easy parking.

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Thank SJR55
Napa Valley, California
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125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

In order for me to like a mexican restaurant, the chips, guacamole and salsa have to be good. All three were good here. The guacamole was really fresh and had a sneaking heat that was awesome. The carne asada was tender and without gristle. Alot of mexican restaurants use cheap cuts which have a lot of gristle. That was not... More 

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Thank Cali-Native2015
San Diego, California
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246 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 233 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2016 via mobile

Two of us ate a hurried lunch and I enjoyed the daily special pork while my wife enthused about her tostada. The food was especially fresh and the service was friendly, fast and efficient. Given all the Mexican restaurants in the area one has to be good to stand out in your memory and this one does stand out.

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Thank 22club58
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Food is really great and service is always wonderful and friendly. We go for brunch and there are tons of options, from cake and pastries to tamales to ceviche. Mimosas are delightful and the stuffed churros are delightful. Lots of savory dishes and plenty of traditional breakfast food, as well as an omelet bar!

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Thank KACACS
Carlsbad, California
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392 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The Cocina Del Charro restaurant is located in a small shopping center just East of The I-15 in Escondido. They have a full bar and a large menu with lots of choices. I had a good Bloody Mary and an egg dish with corn tortillas beans, rice and avocado. My wife said her chile rellano with rice and beans was... More 

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Thank DarylJ552
Escondido, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015 via mobile

Long time favorite in Escondido. Fast Friendly Efficient and excellent food. You see the same people there often, dome staff some customers.

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Thank 537MikeC
Escondido, California
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45 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

That is saying a lot. There are so MANY great Mexican Restaurants but his, in my humble opinion, ranks in the top three in San Diego County. The food tastes great and the prices are reasonable and most importantly, the quality is CONSISTENT every time you go there. There have been some really good Mexican restaurants in Old Town but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican, Spanish
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 890 W Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: (760) 745-1382

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?