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El Nopalito Restaurant

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560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
+1 760-436-5775
06:30 - 19:30
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San Diego, California
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98 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Not many places in San Diego where you can find a tortilla factory! What is suprising is that it's in Encinitas, the last place i would have thought where there'd be a demand for decent tortillas! OF COURSE i come here for my tortillas--you can usually get them while they're still warm. Then you can walk over to the refrigerated... More 

Thank Melovechocolate
San Luis Obispo, California
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242 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

You can always tell great Mexican food by the number of local eating there. This is one of those places. Great burritos! Try the Carne Asada. Also grab a half pound of the succulent, deep,fried carnitas. Pork with bits of fat left on them. Chewy, savory, melt in your mouth goodness. Not for cardiac patients! This place does a good,... More 

Thank SledMan
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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114 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This is a Mexican Restaurant, serving various burritos, tacos, fish tacos and beans, rice and such. We visited here for breakfast. I had a breakfast burrito, a Machaca, which was supposed to have shredded beef, scrambles eggs in a tortilla. It mainly was scrambled eggs; the beef was barely there. I opened up my burrito to search for shredded beef... More 

Thank Lm D
Fort Mohave, Arizona
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219 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

My friend and I ate there on a Sunday morning as I was just visiting him. Had never been here before. I had the Menudo which was excellent with fresh corn tortillas. He had the goat meat stew which he let me try and it was also very good!! His came with corn tortillas as well. Very reasonable and good,... More 

Thank Bobby31225
Encinitas, California
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2015

El Nopalito has the best chips and salsa in the state of California. We always get it at the taco shop and take some home for later. They have a market close by too. Great guacamole and amazing tortillas.

Thank Rusty M
Solana Beach, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2015

They have been in Encinitas for as long as I can remember and they have always rated #1 with me. You know it's good when most of the customers are Latinos! There is so much atmosphere here and everyone is so friendly.....just like my experiences traveling in Mexico. The food is all made from scratch and the aromas will drive... More 

Thank Princessa57
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

This is very authentic Mexican food. You can get a burrito, quesadilla, or a taco. Fillings range from cheese, carne asada, chicken, and other favorites. There are also some more exotic fillings. Chips and salsa selection are legendary. People drive out of their way to take some home. Look at the family to go items. They are a really good... More 

Thank petest50
San Diego, California
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219 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2014

Went there with a couple of friends today. The chicken tacos were great. We all enjoyed the salsa bar - about 5 different salsas, and chopped onions, cilantro, etc. to custom make your meal. My friend ordered the breakfast burrito and loved it - especially the crispy bacon! Feels like a Baja taco shop. Affordable and authentic. Plan to keep... More 

Thank jsearle99
Encinitas, California
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115 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Want to have lunch at a restaurant known far and wide for it's distinctive appeal and flavorful Mexican food? Hop into the car and head for the legendary El Nopalito on Santa Fe in Encinitas. No visit to El Nopalito is complete without trying their exceptional roasted salsa and magnificent tortilla chips. It matters not if you are dining in... More 

Thank Leonard K
San Diego, California
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170 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

El Napalito is a regular experience for us. Listening to Spanish TV, eating a burrito with the salsa bar - does it get much better than that? Well, yes, but it's a great experience for the price. It's easy to get to (next to the 5 freeway) and everyone is mellow. Another good place to hit after a surf session... More 

Thank jsearle99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-5775

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