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Carnitas' Snack Shack

2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
+1 619-294-7675
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“carnitas tacos” (59 reviews)
“steak sandwich” (32 reviews)
“pork belly” (27 reviews)
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American, Bar
2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
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Reviewed May 22, 2017

From the front you'd think no way; but let me tell you, stop, eat & drink for this is a great hangout. Eat out on the patio area and had a blast, the food was great, so were the portions, and like the bar even...More

Thank Marvintm009
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Pork carnitas tacos were amazing! Outdoor seating is dog friendly and a bar around back make for a really nice bite. Fries were fresh and served with "bacon" ketchup!

1  Thank huertatravels
Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

Whoop whoop missed my Taco in Mexico but got them here. Nice wee shack drinks n food. Pork Taco was devine. Right on the wharf by the USS Midway.

Thank 45rossite
Reviewed May 4, 2017 via mobile

The food at this place is simply wonderful. Order your food at the window and sit down in their yard. Good food and friendly staff. Love it.

Thank Hassehans
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Had dinner here. The pork belly appetizer was excellent!! Had the triple threat sandwich - very good! Outside seating was nice since it was a beautiful evening!

Thank EEC6
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

We happened across this awesome little restaurant our first day of vacation...great start! We enjoyed delicious burgers and craft beers while sitting outside on their private patio! The staff was friendly and the patio was private and perfect for our lunch!

Thank oliver013
Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Really great food with great service in a great location on the harbour side. Area was very busy and food was served fast and with a smile.

Thank Graeme H
Reviewed April 20, 2017

We were in town as part of a cruise. This place is located very neat to the spot the ship docks so convenient. Seating was a challenge and service a bit slow but in fairness it was busy. I ended up just ordering a beer...More

Thank Gregory W
Reviewed April 2, 2017

a fabulous outdoor bar for people watching. There is free entertainment in the little park beside the bar. Bartenders make awesome drinks and especially the Mojito's! They serve the snack shack menu at the bar. The Carnitas Tacos and the Steak Sandwich are awesome.

Thank Perseverance
Reviewed March 14, 2017 via mobile

We went by this place on the San Diego Pier and the sign bragged about the best soft serve ice cream around. After we ordered, I noticed a container of low fat vanilla and questioned the young man who was helping us. Turns out that...More

1  Thank Melissabk59
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-7675
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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.
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