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Carnitas' Snack Shack

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
+1 619-294-7675
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016 via mobile

We got a huge real nice juicy burger! Is was perfect. They have good craft beer as well. I will definitely recommend this place!

Thank Frederik-Emil J
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148 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant as part of a visit to San Diego. The food is nothing less than awesome! The fresh ingredients and the savory pork jumps in your face. I had the Triple threat and it is magnificent. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is great. All in all this is a must visit if you are in the... More 

Thank PeterTravelAdvisor
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

This is the original of now three locations in San Diego county (Del Mar Heights, and Embarcadero). If you like pork then find one of these restaurants.. it's their specialty! One the best BTL's of your life and make sure to add the crispy ham to it. Great carnitas tacos, and the triple threat is something that will make you... More 

Thank blackadam858
Azusa, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

This "little shack" has a few huge surprises. First, this is a business in the front, party in the back scenario. You order at this, well... shack. Little would you know there is a great dining area in the back with heaters, lighting, cool seating, and TVs. The atmosphere is great. Our food came quickly and just from looking at... More 

Thank Ashley M
Ancaster, Canada
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

This place needs no reviews... It's amazing!!! Food is cooked as ordered, no red bulbs here. Will visit again. Steak sandwich was 10+

Thank Mosando
Indianapolis, Indiana
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632 reviews
350 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Good place to eat.....order at the window on the street from an individual who is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. When ready, the food is delivered to your table by a friendly employee. You can sit in covered areas or under the sun or stars. Heaters are available in cool weather. Should you desire beer, it is available at... More 

Thank gold-vintner
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

I just had thier shack chicken sandwich after the Chargers and Jaguars game and it was AMAZING!!!!! The employees were amazing and the outdoor seating was perfect they had custom house soda and their black sweet tea is to die for

Thank Steven M
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

I enjoyed this little shop for lunch. I had a steak sandwich which was quite good. Don't get there too early because I don't think they're open before 11am, maybe 11:30 or 12.

Thank Rojayva
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

We stopped in at Carnita's Snack Shack on the recommendation of a friend and it was well worth it. I had the "Triple Threat" (amazing!) and the Mrs enjoyed the pork tacos. Probably should have ordered the potatoes/fries or something but forgot. A couple of beers and all was good.

Thank Callmechuck
Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

We visited and had ice cream amd a lemon lime craft soda. Neither was particularly good, certainly not worth what you pay.

Thank poly2014

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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 Avenue, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-7675

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