We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
$25 Amazon.com Gift Card Get yours when you book a hotel on TripAdvisor and review your stay!

Carnitas' Snack Shack

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
6192947675
Website
Today
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

247 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 233: English reviews
Winter Garden, Florida
Level Contributor
128 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2016

This is a little hole in the wall place. Very economically priced but the portions are not that large so you need to order extras to get full. Seating in the back is nice but hard to get on busy nights. I loved the corn salad that came with my tacos. Delicious and light.

Helpful?
Thank K-Corona
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

The triple threat pork sandwich and beet terrine were awesome. Great beer topped it all off. Not a fan of the bacon whiskey chocolate truffle. Can't wait to go back and try the carnitas tacos.

Helpful?
Thank Kelly W
Dallas, Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

I smelled the meat cooking while waiting for a shuttle the first day I arrived and decided to go back after reading the reviews. Nice outdoor spot. Beautiful scenery. Decent prices. Great for a quick lunch or place to hang out for a drink. I wanted to try the carnitas tacos and the fish tacos so I had a "combo... More 

Helpful?
Thank gprincess16
Chandler, Arizona, United States
Level Contributor
11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Great location, right off the water by the Midway and other boat tours. Outside but covered bar that allows you to enjoy the sights sounds and wonderful weather of San Diego. Great food with a wide variety of preperation of pork, pork belly was delicious. The couple next to me were raving about their selections too: tacos and sandwhich. The... More 

Helpful?
Thank Lalaine D
Level Contributor
75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Pure yumminess!!! Steak sandwich was awesome too. Kids loved the tacos. Prices were good and the court yard dining is perfect! Love finding gems like this to eat at!!!

Helpful?
Thank Tate V
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Came here this past Sunday and we were so lucky to come on a day with little or no line at all. I heard this place gets packed with long lines and last weekend I think everyone else was still busy with brunch at 12:00pm. It was our second time here, we brought my boyfriend's mom and uncle this time... More 

Helpful?
Thank Katherine C
Fargo, North Dakota
Level Contributor
171 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

5 of us sat right away on a weekend evening for dinner at Carnita's back patio. THE FOOD WAS GREAT!!! Mostly pork dishes (obviously) and they were all perfect. We shared veggies and chips & salsa. Order at the walk up window and sit in the back of the outdoor patio, which was very comfortable. Take your number and they'll... More 

Helpful?
Thank Nicole N
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

The pork belly appetizer was amazing! The side salad that came with it was also excellent. Tried the fried chicken sandwich as well which was huge and very tasty. The side salad of corn that came with the sandwich was average at best. My second visit I tried the pork tacos, very large portion, tasty but not amazing to me.

Helpful?
Thank robinjk3
Level Contributor
23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Whilst in San Diego on business I luckily found the Pig. I was ravenous anyway and was expecting average fare based on the setup; bending down to order through a window was a little Wendy's. However before you disappear the food was exceptional. I ordered the steak sandwich and was blown away! I am not exaggerating this was by far... More 

Helpful?
Thank Duncan Y
Mooreville, Ms
Level Contributor
60 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

A definite must try when in San Diego. Great food at reasonable prices. Loved it!! Try the guac and chips and the carnitas. Oh and the cheesecake woo bar was smackin!

Helpful?
Thank terrastem

Travelers who viewed Carnitas' Snack Shack also viewed

 

Been to Carnitas' Snack Shack? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
American, Mexican, Bar
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 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: 6192947675

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Carnitas' Snack Shack staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?