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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, Gluten Free Options
2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
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Reviewed June 3, 2016

Hard to find because it has no name on the outside and it is a shack. Look for the large pig on top of the roof. Walk up to the window order and walk around back - WOW - A beer garden and casual seating....More

Thank sailingmama700
Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

The carnitas is so tender & moist. The sandwiches are served on brioche buns which adds to the quality of meals. If you're looking for a unique experience, this is it.

Thank Vickie I
Reviewed May 31, 2016

What a find in San Diego. Carlito's is a simple "shack" on a hillside with mostly outdoor seating. As promised there was a line but the wait lasted only 15 minutes or so. My family had an assortment of sandwiches and they were all fantastic....More

Thank StudioCityMark
Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Definitely doesnt look like much when you walk up to it, but the food was terrific! The outdoor seating area around the side of the building and out back was just right on a beautiful San Diego evening. We will be back soon!

Thank kvnshnk11
Reviewed May 27, 2016

This place is quickly becoming a San Diego staple. I have eaten at all of their locations and the new one on the Embarcadero is beyond legit. I always recommend the pork belly app or the triple threat sandwich, but you literally can't go wrong...More

Thank JCMoney858
Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here during our weekend getaway after seeing in featured on the Cooking Channel. We got both the triple threat sandwich and the carnitas tacos. Both were yummy but we could of easily split one of them, for the portions are HUGE. Between the...More

Thank tatartot1
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Everytime I drove by, I wanted to stop so finally I did! It was amazing! Delicious! The back patio is great too. I have been back several times and am working my way thru the menu.

Thank ABrannon
Reviewed May 11, 2016

If you like good food and like pork this is a must have. Ordered 2 carnitas tacos and the May special(Triple Threat Sandwich w/pork belly). The tacps were stuffed full of the best tasting pork I've ever had. The sandwich was pilled high with 4...More

1  Thank Jeff V
Reviewed May 5, 2016

Great idea for a place. Caters for on site and take away diners from the ordering window on University Ave. At the side/back of the kitchen you have a combination of patio and covered deck dining, with a soda fountain and separate bar serving only...More

Thank pbh73
Reviewed May 2, 2016 via mobile

Cute little place to check out. Basically you place your order at the window up front and they have a nice outside seating area on the side of the building. Prices were good for the amount of food you get. There was so much carnitas...More

Thank Lisa B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
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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