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Carnitas' Snack Shack

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American, Bar
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
+1 619-294-7675
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2017 via mobile

When we had a hankering for some good tacos in San Diego, this joint was our first stop. We had the carnitas tacos, fish tacos and pork sandwich. The star of each dish was definitely the meat. Well seasoned and great texture. I wouldn't say they tasted like a traditional or authentic taco but they were sure damn good.

Thank Dan P
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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131 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2017

This is a fast food place. You can order at the counter or sit to be served. We ordered the Triple Threat & the 2 tacos with carnitas. Overall – we really liked this place and highly recommend it. Food – The pork items were great. We make a lot of carnitas at home and have to say that they... More 

Thank grzzz
Manchester, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

Stopped off on way back to hotel after very poor reception/ dinner at Hyatt. Nice warm spot with good beer at sensible (firUS) price

Thank Jacimri
San Diego
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed February 16, 2017 via mobile

The line out the front speaks for itself. This place is very popular and for good reason! The food is incredible - fresh and delicious. Everything hon the menu is amazing. Pork belly app is a personal favorite. You won't regret eating here!

Thank CaseyMac81
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 15, 2017

I snagged Carnitas' Snack Shack last night on uber eats and boy was it delicious. The pork tacos were incredible, super juicy and very tasty - however could have been spicier (I asked for spicy on the order). In addition, I got the french fries with the fancy ketchup which was also delicious. They were thin cut and cooker to... More 

Thank Josh G
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,746 reviews
1,061 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 335 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

This place has such good options for meat and pork options. The tacos are good. The triple bypass was decent. The steak sandwich was my favorite! So good all the way around even down to the bread.

Thank Autumn M
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164 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Pig and nothin' else. Pork belly, pork belly, pork belly. Did I say I liked the pork belly. The turkey sandwhich missed the mark. The burger was good. Good beer selection, friendly competent staff. Get the pig

Thank DBKuper
Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2016 via mobile

The snack shack is not a shack. It's more like a take-out window under a bridge. Maybe to be fair, December is not the best time to be dining outside, even with the patio heaters blaring the food was cold in minutes. We ordered an assortment of dishes, some better than others. The BLT was very good, perfect bread and... More 

Thank j g
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2016

This most certainly is more than a shack! I was so impressed with the friendliness of the people, the quality of food and the speediness of the service! I'll definitely be making this a place I visit regularly!

Thank Angela J
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed November 18, 2016

I visited this restaurant this week for the first time. It was outstanding! It looks a bit like a walk up dive at first glance, but they have a very nice, outdoor dining area around the side of the place. I had a carnitas taco and the steak sandwich. They were both very good, large portions, and unlike anything I've... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?