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La Especial Norte

664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
+1 760-942-6421
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tortilla soup” (17 reviews)
“soups” (39 reviews)
“chile relleno” (11 reviews)
Open Now
00:00 - 23:59All hours
Mexican, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
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1 - 10 of 134 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Saw this place and decided to stop in for some lunch on our way to La Jolla. Was able to get a seat right away but had we come in any later we would have had to wait. Great place starting at the door all...More

Thank Christine N
Reviewed 16 August 2017

This is my go to place, when I want authentic Mexican soups! They are by far the best around! You won't find a better Chile Relleno, anywhere this side of the border!

Thank readingteach
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

First time here with our son since we brought him at just 3 week old. It was 1997- our debut date night out with the "new baby". Bought him here tonight to celebrate a return home after 19 years. Tortilla soup still rocks. I had...More

Thank 4chrisryan
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Other people like this place but I think the food is poor. The staff are good, the room OK but whoever is in the kitchen seems to have no sensitivity to food. I have been there maybe five times over the past few years. This...More

Thank m p
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great restaurant with fun ambience, fabulous food, and amazing margaritas. We got a pitcher of Patron with lime juice-"rita" style margaritas. Very yummy at a great price. They have a large selection of soups on the menu (we had chicken tortilla and the regular chicken...More

1  Thank HoneybeeLady
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Coming down the Pacific Coast and wanted to stop for margaritas and not-too-big dinner. La Especial Norte caught our eye - ez parking - and we were in. We were pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to all the typical Mexican fare, there was...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgainNJ
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick meal. The drinks were delicious. The food was very good. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy with their meals. Our server was attentive and helpful. We'd stop in again.

Thank Gail R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Known for their excellent succulent soups they also serve amazing food and reasonable prices! My favorite is red snapper in salsa verde and my husband's is their tortilla soup...both excellent choices.

Thank Roy S
Reviewed 31 January 2017

.... the parking lot was full so we decided on our last night to try to find authentic Mexican and THOUGHT this might be a great place. Almost everyone we passed had huge bowls of soup in front of them so I went for the...More

Thank Vinnie1973
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We usually go there for the tortilla soup, especially on a cold day to warm the soul. It's a great chicken broth based soup with vegetables, chicken, and of course, fresh tortilla chips. But we also go there for the combo plates or the specialties,...More

Thank Mike4mula
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-6421
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