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“Romantic outside - Inside, it's party time”
Review of Norte

Norte
Ranked #33 of 341 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Northridge, CA
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Romantic outside - Inside, it's party time”
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Had just arrived with my family in Carlsbad and walked over to the nearby place. It had a very strong Spanish/Mexican style atmosphere with a lot of outside seating. A fountain and raised fire pits for warmth added to the outside atmosphere. We opted for inside seating since we were a larger group. Service was ok and we all thought the various salads, enchiladas, and other items were very good. The only disappointment was the so-called salsa that accompanied the chips. Salsa it was not. Spicy tomato juice might be more descriptive. Also, the ambience inside the restaurant was the opposite that of the quiet, more romantic outside dining. Inside it was very noisy and you had to make an effort to carry on a conversation.

  • Visited November 2013
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Oak Park, IL
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Touristy but good”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

This is kind of a touristy place, but the food was pretty good and it was close to the ocean. The Pollo Asado was nice

Visited November 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great tamales”
Reviewed November 2, 2013 via mobile

We stopped overnight in Carlsbad and asked a local where to get good Mexican food. We got takeout which was very good. In particular, the pork tamale was outstanding and the grilled fish burrito had plenty of fish in it without being stuffed with carb high filling. The chicken in the tostada was cooked just right, still moist and tender. We would certainly return here next time we are in the the neighborhood.

Visited November 2013
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Irvine, California
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90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Go for the mole and relleno skip the taco”
Reviewed October 24, 2013 via mobile

Really long menu with a lot of choices, beer served in frosty mugs(!) my relleno was superb as was my partners mole. My chicken taco was average. Lots of shrimp specialties. Nice waitron.

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Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“yum yum yum”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

authentic Mexican food, outstanding service, terrific outdoor patio...my boys ages 10,8 and 7 loved the place! highly recommend for lunch or dinner in carlsbad

Visited October 2013
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