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El Campeon Carnieria

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31921 Camino Capistrano Ste 12, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3219
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Carlsbad, CA
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299 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have everything you can imagine, spanish/mexican. Even the dessert cabinets are full of fresh made pastries of every kind imaginable. You order from the large menus at the counters and all is made fresh to order. You either pick up at the cash register or have it delivered to a table inside or out.

Thank jrodenhausen
Los Angeles, California
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288 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is my very favorite Mexican place....I LOVE to come here for lunch. It's a hole in the wall, inside a strip mall, but the food they serve is very authentic and you find dishes here that you won't find in most other Mexican restaurants. The food is soooo good...I've had the taquito place a couple of times...it comes with... More 

Thank GermaicanSpiceGirl
Quezon City
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

There were so many choices, it was difficult to decide. We had to he lengua which was very tender and tasty in a stew. Reasonable prices, zero ambiance :)

Thank lizajg
Orange County, California
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I have a bit of a sweet tooth so the bakery is what I go for. What a great selection of all the things sweet. And if you are in the mood the tacos, burritos, and all the meal items are to die for as well.

Thank Markimbrooks
Dana Point, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Breakfast, lunch and dinner - there's a line out the door with people from all walks of life represented. The food is authentic, fresh and delicious with a friendly staff. The aguas frescas and pan dulce always get me. I'm here at least 3 times per week. This places crushes it.

Thank JoeyJaimeBrixton
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581 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

It's my go to stop for goat taco meat or carnitas to take home and create an incredible salad topping or fresh taco dinner. Of course their menu is super for dining in as well, so take your pick.

Thank yogiacomo
San Juan Capistrano, California
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

The lines are long if you are there during lunch hours. You really can't go wrong with what order. I usually order grilled chicken in a cup (protein) and I pour into it green salsa, onions and cilantro and a squeeze of lime. That cup is weighed, so I usually spend about $5.50. It's quite filling, healthy and delicious. Their... More 

Thank Tiffany J
Oakdale, California, United States
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298 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

Great value! Huge portions! Good taste. Not fancy at all but if you love great Mexican food you should give it a try. White tiles on the counters and a simple but effective outdoor dining area make this place a bit unique. A butcher shop and market are attached. It really reminded me of a great Mexican Restaurant in Zillah,... More 

Thank Robert D
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Great mexican, can buy bulk at affordable prices, greet for hosting a mexican buffet!! Pick up some rice pudding or fresh flan at the bakery attached to the food building!!

Thank JEFF L
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581 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015 via mobile

It's worth the difficult parking, and long lines all are indications why the food is so good. Always packed with locals enjoying great Mexican specialties, large portions, and great prices.

Thank yogiacomo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Latin, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31921 Camino Capistrano Ste 12, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3219
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: 949-489-9767

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