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Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

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2968 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-729-8565
08:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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Montreal, Canada
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153 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had copious plates of nachos, soups, salads and a humongous dessert at Garcia's. We sat on the terrasse and enjoyed the colourful atmosphere. The staff were friendly, helpful and efficient too.

Thank demo51
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Carlsbad and again we frequented Garcia's numerous times in our 9 day trip. We love the chips and salsa and margaritas! Everything we've tried is delicious! We will be back our next trip to Cali.

Thank Laura C
Sedona, Arizona
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140 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a first time visit at Garcia's. Was within walking distance from where we are staying in Carlsbad. The drinks and food were excellent and will go back.

Thank johnwY8305UO
Portland, Oregon
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139 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Always good service! Always chips, delicious salsa, margaritas of many flavors, and tasty tacos, burritos, and other staples! They have outdoor seating with heaters which is great to enjoy the outside ambiance! Service is always attentive and good. Food can be a bit salty, but it is Mexican food! Parking can be found in front or in designated lots. It... More 

Thank 4snickers
Carlsbad, California
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 March 2017

THE portions are good but the food is not great and very salty, There are better mexican food restaurants close why waste your time here

Thank 19037Travel
Raytown, MO
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I have eaten here since 1984. Since I was visiting Carlsbad, I went back to Garcia's for old memories. Not only was the food cold, it was not even warm! The tamale had no maza coating but the meat looked red and raw! I left $1 tip and later wished I had left 1¢! I called the next day and... More 

Thank HelmetHead
Boulder, Colorado
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our family of 5 ate at Garcia's on 2 Jan 17. We were immediately seated and offered chips and salsa. The salsa was very good but a bit mild for our taste. They have Negra Modelo on tap and the prices for draft beer was good. The food was good but pricey. Service was excellent; attentive but not overwhelming. We'd... More 

Thank JR_Boulder
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38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

Had a very enjoyable meal here on our anniversary trip in Carlsbad. The food is wonderful, and comes on large plates with generous portions. The servers and staff are terrific. The walls are decorated with hundreds of photos of family--very eclectic, but fun.

Thank krestona
Oceanside, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Garcia's offers great Mexican food served by friendly, prompt staff. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating and the prices are moderate.

Thank Jeannie E
Encinitas, California
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Restaurant is very nice but food is average and a little pricey they do have great margaritas, I tried the Enchiladas and just average my wife tried the Burritos she told me it was just average.

Thank 09RayRay37

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2968 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-729-8565

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