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Carnitas’ Snack Shack

1004 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3316
+1 619-696-7675
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Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“carnitas tacos” (22 reviews)
“sandwich” (14 reviews)
“fries” (19 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Bar
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
1004 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3316
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Service was good. We were able to sit down and order not just order at window. We had chips and Guac, chicharrons and carnitas queso fries. All were pretty bland no spice. Fries were the best out of the three. Pretty bland.

Thank Christine W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We flew into San Diego airport (first time this far south in CA) and was looking for a quick bite close by before heading north to Long Beach. Beautiful location just ten minutes away on Harbor Drive with a view to the water! You order...More

Thank judiths776
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the stellar review! So glad you enjoyed. Come back next time you're in town!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've visited here twice on different years, both times at night. The politeness wasn't the best and the welcoming attitude was hit and miss with bartenders. On our last visit in May at night, we were ignored while sitting at the bar by a tall...More

Thank Tony G
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for bringing this to our attention, Tony. We are sorry to hear that your were unable to enjoy your visit with us. Please know that we will bring this to the attention of management. Thanks again, Tony!

Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We went here for lunch I got the pork belly sliders they were very tasty just wish the buns were grilled. My friend had fish tacos they looked fantastic. The service was friendly and fast she even made sure to refill my iced tea. Great...More

Thank chefjeff60
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thank you for the great review, so glad you guys enjoyed!

Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

I got fish tacos and they were solid. Niece LOVED her “gigantic” carnitas taco. Guacamole and chips were great. Pilsner was a refreshing complement to the meal

Thank Claiborne B
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Awesome! Thanks for the kind words, Claiborne!

Reviewed August 31, 2018

Fab food on the embarcadero in San Diego..... Not cheap but delicious and plentiful....the fries are awesome...the cauliflower tacos were great and the chicken sandwich lovely.... Refillable soft drinks and free water from a dispenser. If you are eating there they will give you a...More

Thank Angie R
Reviewed August 27, 2018

This is a small outdoor taco restaurant right on the main walkway along the bay. Plenty of table and chairs. Food is good and not overpriced, given its location. They do serve beer. It is informal and not a quiet sit down meal. Great place...More

Thank Richard P
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2018

Thanks for the stellar review, Richard! We appreciate it!

Reviewed August 3, 2018

The food is decent albeit a bit on the pricey side. It's one of the only food options in a 1/2 mile radius. At night they blare music really loud so you're better off getting food to go.

Thank sfjiggles
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2018

Thank you for the feedback! Please know that we will bring this to the attention of management.

Reviewed July 21, 2018 via mobile

Sat down for a drink whilst waiting for our hop on off bus and after seeing nearby tables food decided to try it ourselves. Was pretty good and portions were very generous. Service was quick and friendly. Gluten free options handled very well. Worth a...More

Thank LondonRhino
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Thanks for the great review! We hope to have you back again soon!

Reviewed July 21, 2018

This is a busy place where you can order at the counter or get full menu service at the bar. We did the latter. The food was decent (I had the fish tacos). For whatever reason, they had run out of several of their draft...More

Thank CyclingGeo
Katie B, Manager at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2018

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed the fish tacos and that you were able to find a good beer given our circumstances. We appreciate the feedback!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Cuisine
American, Bar
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Scenic view, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1004 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-3316
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-696-7675
Description
In 2011, Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack, their first joint venture in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. The “Snack Shack,” as it’s affectionately called, serves up thoughtfully-sourced, pork- centric American cuisine and local craft beers in a fun, no-fuss environment. Over the years Hanis and Sara (and Carnitas – their pet pig!) have earned the respect of their colleagues through hard work, creativity, and dedication to their community. Inspired to share their passion for food and life with more people, the king and queen of pork launched a Snack Shack on the Embarcadero waterfront in Spring 2016, offering a full bar program and panoramic views of the San Diego harbor. Since then the Snack Shack has expanded to Petco Park, where it has two locations in left field. Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving - Closed Christmas Day - Closed
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