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CUISINES
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Television, Table Service

Menu

Nachos
Crisp tortilla chips topped w/ melted cheese. Garnished w/ sour cream, mild sauce & onions
$6.95
Super Nachos
To our "Nachos" we add beef & beans. Jalapenos optional
$8.95
Fajita Nachos
To our "Nachos" add chicken or beef fajita
$11.95
Guacamole Dip
A large bowl of our special blend of avocados, tomatoes, onions & mild spices
$6.95
Spinach & 3 Cheese Quesadilla
Spinach, feta, jack & cheddar cheeses w/ tomato & sautéed onion.
$7.95
Add mushrooms $8.25
Flour Crisp
A crisp flour tortilla topped w/ melted cheese, sour cream & mild red sauce
$5.95
With chicken or beef & guacamole $7.95
Jalapeno Cheese Quesadillas
Three​ corn tortillas stuffed w/ jalapeno cheese
$6.95
Chatitos
La Tapatia's name for bits of beef rolled in two crisp flour tortillas. Topped w/ guacamole, sour cream, tomatoes & onions
$6.95
Botana Gran Tapatia
A large platter filled w/ La Tapatia's favorite appetizers mini brochettes w/ carnitas, carne asada & shrimp, wedges of cheese quesadilla, chatitos, flautas, avocado slices, olives & hot carrots. Served w/ sides of sour cream & our house cilantro pumpkin seed dip
$14.95
Shrimp Quesadilla
Delicious bay shrimp, jack & cheddar cheese in a grilled flour tortilla
$8.95
ENSALADAS- SALADS​
Dinner Salad
Crisp, fresh lettuce garnished w/ tomatoes, carrots, cheese & olives
$3.95
Garden Guacamole Salad
Fresh shredded lettuce & chopped tomatoes lightly seasoned w/ French or Italian dressing & topped w/ a large serving of our tasty guacamole. Delicioso
$7.95
Grilled Chicken Salad
Grilled seasoned chicken breast, thinly sliced on a bed of garden fresh lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado & olives
$9.95
La Compuesta
La Tapatia's taco salad made w/ lettuce & tomatoes. Topped w/ chicken, ground or shredded beef, sour cream, olives, cheese & guacamole
$9.95
Ensenada Shrimp Cocktail
Succulent​ Mexican shrimp. Served in the traditional style w/ a tangy sauce & fresh limes
$9.95
Mexican Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce tossed w/ Caesar dressing, croutons & parmesan cheese
$7.95
With beef $9.95
With chicken $9.95
With large Mexican shrimp scampi $13.95
Grilled Calamari Salad
Tender grilled strips of calamari. Served atop romaine lettuce w/ feta cheese, red onion & corn kernels
$9.95
CALDOS - HOMEMADE SOUPS​
Cup
Black Bean Soup
A thick hearty soup of black beans simmered in delicate spices & garnished w/ a touch of cotija cheese & a sprinkle of green onion
$3.95
Tortilla Soup
Crisp strips of tortilla served in our chicken broth base w/ bits of chicken, tomato, rice, simmered onions & spices. Very traditional
$3.95
Caldo de Pollo
Our delicious chicken broth, tender pieces of chicken, fresh vegetables & rice, seasoned Mexican style
$3.95
Caldo de Papas
A flavorful homemade soup prepared w/ Idaho potatoes, celery & onions. Topped w/ jack & cheddar cheeses & seasonings
$3.95
Albondigas
Mexican meatballs simmered in broth w/ carrots, celery & onion. Great
$3.95
Menudo
A real "macho" soup! Homemade
$3.95
Vegetable Soup
Made w/ potatoes, carrots, broccoli & other seasonal fresh vegetables
$3.95
Pozole
A traditional pork & hominy soup. Served Sundays on our brunch buffet
$3.95
Very Fresh! All of our soups are made to order. The regular bowl & super bowl are served w/ flour or corn tortillas
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

We were so hungry and excited for mexican food. Tacos were the special so that is what we ordered. The taco shells were so saturated with oil that you couldn't even bite them! The chicken was bland, the the beans were flavorless! Dumped salse on...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 8, 2019

There are so many Mexican restaurants to choose from but this one is well worth a visit. Great ambiance and food. Only negative is a dearth of parking.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 11, 2019

I have lived in Escondido my whole life and I probably have only eaten here 2 times before this one and I have been missing out! We made this our date night because we stopped in before and we saw what they had. The menu...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

My son and I had a late dinner here a few nights ago and we had a great time. Of course some of that great time may be due to their awesome HUGE margaritas! We had very good service from our friendly waiter and we...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

The occassions was an early 5pm dinner with good friends before a show at the performance arts center. Excellent service, great food, flavorful generous margaritas, delicious. Char0acter family establishment in downtown. We will return.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed July 25, 2019

This place has been around a long time and with an old time latin tavern feel, it's no wonder. Great for a chill lunch or fun dinner I would def recommend sitting out on the patio.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

I live in Mexico and when I visit friends in Escondido we visit and love this place, most authentic Mexican restaurant North of the border... Great friendly staff, perfect margaritas and excellent food. On a chilly winter evening their huge fireplace keeps everyone nice and...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed May 28, 2019

We went on Friday night and there was beautiful live music playing. It felt like we were in an old John Wayne western movie with the harmonica etc. The food and service are excellent!! There is even parking on the side of the building. Overall...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 22, 2019

Tasty. Good portions. The burito will take care of 2 meals! Reasonably priced. Have eaten then twice and both times were good. Lots of parking options.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 13, 2019

Food is just wonderful. Service was fine. Drinks … Top Notch. Everything we had tasted great …. and we are looking for a reason to get back to the area so we can go again.

Date of visit: February 2019
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