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Miguel's Cocina

Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, Southwestern
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5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
+1 760-759-1843
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We have been to Miguel's once before and loved it. Still loved it this time, but I was a little less in love with my order of fajita combination (chicken, shrimp, and beef). I have had fajitas in many places and I know that the meat is combined with onions, peppers, etc. This time around there was way way more... More 

Thank John B
Oceanside, California
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While there are many things to look at on their menu, might I suggest going there for happy hour and setting in the bar/lounge area. They have happy hour prices that are ONLY good in the bar/lounge area during the week. The food is good and the service is good too. The bartender, Kayla is very nice and always has... More 

Thank Greg H
Escondido, California
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Based on the reviews and the rating or one of the best in Carlsbad, I had high expectations. The place was crowded for a Monday night, a good sign. We were able to get in quickly. I had the blue enchiladas which a mushroom, poblano with goat cheese. OK not a traditional Mexican dish but hey the flavors should pop... More 

Thank EsconBill
Tacoma, Washington
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138 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We always stopped at Miguel's one or twice a visit and were excited when one further north was opened. However in our recent visit the menu has changed which no longer offered the calamari torta and pollo asado which my wife and I always ordered (the torta was really the reason I came here) nor could they make it. So... More 

Thank tac0matraveler
Los Angeles, California
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103 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy restaurant but good food. Prepare to wait at peak times. Has a large bar area and also an outside waiting area.

Thank 31MIK
Georgetown, Texas
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32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a class operation! Casual, family friendly, cheerful, snappy service,clean. Good ambience, great noise suppression, no blaring TV. The food was excellent in taste, quantity and quality, a great value for the price. We are fajita fans...this was equal to the best anywhere we have been for Mexican food - we're Texans, national travelers throughout the year. Made several stops... More 

Thank 510dele
San Diego, California
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100 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered takeout over the holidays, to enable pairing with our own wine at home. It is not often that I perceive real value in restaurant food. Here, I did. Our order of fish tacos (with rice and black beans) and a quesadilla was accompanied by a full-sized bag of tortilla chips, generous helpings of salsa and a cheese sauce,... More 

Thank SeekingVines
Edwards, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our server seemed a bit inexperienced. My water was never refilled and was left completely empty toward the end of the meal. We also didn't have any silverware and had to ask after the meal was already served. The atmosphere was great, decorating and lighting is very beautiful and well done. The food was slightly disappointing both the flavor and... More 

Thank Grace H
McKinney, Texas
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402 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a Texan that loves Tex-Mex so I'm biased when it comes to Mexican food. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavors of our food. Loved the salsa and white queso that comes with your chips. We had chicken enchiladas, surf & turf burrito and the shrimp tacos. We also had the pork taquitos for an appetizer. Good food and... More 

Thank Tenishea T
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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124 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What sold this place is the decor and the queso sauce. Food was super salty. We had a large group and were seated within 20 minutes. Hotel gave coupon for free appetizer. We go the ceviche which was an excellent way to start the meal.

Thank CHinSoCal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1843

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