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El Lugarcito Restaurant

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128 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2833
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Healdsburg, CA
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330 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

I know chile verde. I know how it's supposed to taste. I know the consistency, the mouth feel...I even make my own at home. So when I try a Mexican restaurant for the first time, I usually order chile verde as an initial test because if they cannot make a flavorful, well seasoned pork stew (which is what chile verde... More 

Thank CaliforniaFellow
Coalinga, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2015

First off it was like an oven inside with only fans to blow hot air around, no ac. I mean come on, this is a very warm region in California during the summer. I wish we had just left right then! As for food, the menu was VERY limited and what we chose was the worst Mexican food I've ever... More 

Thank Patti M
San Jose, California
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2015

We love this place. It's way bigger now than it was years ago, but food is still good. Just standard California Mexican food, but good. And it must have the best carne asada in California, doesn't it? And 'camarones al ajo' is sure great, too, for example. Those two alone are enough to keep coming back for years. Long ago... More 

Thank Brent T
King City, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015

Always a good meal at El Lugarcito ! The best Mexican restaurant in King City ! you won"t leave here hungry. Seafood cocktails, oysters, or Carnitas,tacos, you won't be disappointed. Take the whole Family !

Cayucos, California
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2015

The food here is so-so. I've wondered if all the Mexican restaurants in King City get their food pre-cooked from the same source, as it all looks exactly the same. Service was grumpy, we'd interrupted their TV show. Water glass was never refilled, and we had to hunt for someone to give us our bill. I'd never go back.

Thank Kerry B
Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2015

Real Mexican food, local family, great service. You have to tryy the mariscos, with garlic. Stop by and have a real treat.

Thank Jefe16
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

Every time I go to a Mexican food place I get the same thing, cheese enchiladas, beans and rice. At this place I could not even finish half my meal because of how incredibly spicy it was!! It wasn't just me, my parent's plates were just as bad and we barely touched our plates. I want to say they were... More 

Thank MamaKittypokk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

I adore this place. Been coming here since it opened and I live 2 1/2hrs away. Autentico. The food is that good. Menu ranges from seafood to the land. Haven't tried breakfasts, never been early enough

2 Thank Nick C
Sunnyvale, California
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149 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2014

Like others, I'm not sure where the positive reviews came from. There was no AC, just fans, and at the lunch hour it was too hot to enjoy the meal which was supposed to be a special visit with relatives passing thru town. Food was really overpriced for the area; ours wasn't horrible, but not worth what we paid for... More 

Thank Ispeak4u
Atlanta, Georgia
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

This is a place for really fresh and authentic Mexican in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Great stop on the 101. You can tell a lot about a place by its salsa, and this is some of the very best!

1 Thank Dave S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 128 Broadway St, King City, CA 93930-2833
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  King City
  • Phone Number: 831-385-4521

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