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El Indio Mexican Restaurant

#123 of 3,823 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
+1 619-299-0333
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I recently returned to San Diego and visited El Indio for lunch. It's been a few years since I ate here and I was disappointed. The beans and rice were bland. The beef tacos were ok but consisted of mostly lettuce. This is a great tourist spot and also well loved by locals. And the outdoor searing is pleasant. But... More 

Thank Kim N
San Juan Capistrano, California
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my fav Mexican places to eat in San Diego. Been coming here since High School. Tacquitos and burritos are excellent.

Thank Dakineguy
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

El Indio is loved by many in San Diego. All the classic cal-mex dishes are available here. Great taco plates, I like the chile rellenos. Alway fresh. In a wonderful little corner of San Diego right off Hwy 5.

Thank lovewarmwater
Yucaipa, California
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116 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017

I came here with my family. We had twenty people and luckily found seating before the rush. This place is packed at lunch time and I understand why. Excellent food at a reasonable price. Homemade tortillas too:) I had a carne asada taco. Excellent flavor. We will be back.

Thank Dartravelgirl
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

Enjoyed the restaurant but wasn't living up to the immense hype that we received before going there.

Thank Asouthernfamily
Ellicott City, Maryland
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231 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

Two of us had a delicious Mexican lunch here in early December. Everything is cooked to order using fresh ingredients. It all tasted delicious. You'll wait a few minutes for your food during the lunch rush, but it is worth it. Go eat and enjoy!

Thank William J
San Diego, California
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433 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

Have driven by and have heard much about this place so decided to try them out. Was not disappointed at all, They make thier own tortillas and thier food is very fresh and great flavor. Mostly take out, but some indoor seating. Great Mexican food and menu and worth the visit.

1 Thank Perry H
Farmington, Minnesota
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

Stopped in here today because of the diners dives and drive-ins episode. This restaurant is close to my hotel so I thought I would give it a shot. This place is very authentic and it is an icon to the San Diego area. I've had a lot of Mexican food all across the country this food was good. I had... More 

Thank davetiede
Atlanta, Georgia
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215 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

A must stop when flying into San Diego! Straight from the airport to El Indio. Carne Asada was ecellent and of course had to have the mini morditas!

Thank Helix88
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143 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

Came recommended by a local. The service was very poor. The cashier was unhelpful, unfriendly, and short on patience. We bought a bag of their chips to eat with their salsa and they were thick and flavorless. I had tamales that were all masa and little meat. The fish taco was okay. The pork carnitas were dry and extremely salty.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-299-0333

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