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Cenote Grill

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern
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1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
+1 760-740-9911
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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San Marcos, California
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121 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Found this place on Tripadvisor and tried it based on its high rating on a Friday night with a business associate. It was very crowded and we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. It was worth it and the food was excellent. We had the mix and match items and the food was plentiful, fresh and very tasty.... More 

Thank xhotelcritic
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I truly think that Cenote Grill is one of Escondido/San Marcos' best kept secret. Although everyone who knows of it loves it. The food is fabulous and a little different than the typical Mexican restaurant. We love Mexican food, it is a favorite of our family, but for a treat we come to Cenote. I love their Chili Relleno Burrito... More 

Thank 330jeanned
San Diego, CA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

My realtor told me about this place 8 months ago and I totally forgot about it until my daughter and son-in-law tried it and said it was AMAZING and we must go! We actually went the Friday after Thanksgiving and they weren't open, really bummed. So we went last Saturday night and I could not believe when I walked in... More 

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Upland, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Cenote Grill was on the Welk Resort concierge restaurant list, and it had good reviews on Trip Advisor, so we decided to try it. The food was excellent! Also good margaritas. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The burritos were huge, so we had delicious leftovers the next day. Wish we lived closer. I would definitely go there again.

Thank krmkitty
Escondido, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have been to Cenote Grill a number of times, and each experience has been very positive. The food is delicious, and the wait staff have always been helpful and friendly. The prices are very reasonable. When I am not hungry enough for a full meal, I order from the single menu items list and have been very satisfied. TIP:... More 

Thank Susan M
Jenks, Oklahoma
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

Trip Advisor had this place highly rated and we were a bit concerned when we found the place in a strip mall in Escondido. The atmosphere was lively with nearly every table filled with the lunch crowd of all ages and ethnicities. I learned why they all came there...it was the great food. We ordered two burritos and in ten... More 

Thank dcwuellner
Rowley, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Lots to choose from and took the waitress recommendation of the relleno and grilled fish taco. Husband had the street tacos and the pork was moist and delicious! Great casual choice in Escondido!

Thank R J
Valley Center, CA
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This is definitely one of our go to restaurants starting with their wonderful menu of healthy choices and variety. We've been here multiple times and tried different items and always great. My husband is celiac and the staff is always helpful. Love it! You will not be disappointed.

Thank SherrieB1960
Greenville, South Carolina
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1,127 reviews
736 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 289 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were visiting some friends who lived in this area and they suggested we have lunch at Cenote and we're glad they did. Our server Lisa was excellent, friendly, helpful, fun and made us feel very welcome.The portions are large so try not to over eat. We had the Fajita Plate, The Cenote Burrito w/Steak, The Relleno and the 1/2... More 

Thank Richard F
Poway, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were looking to try out a new Mexican Restaurant, different from the likes of El Torrito or Borders. We found this thru TripAdvisor. It had good reviews. We were not disappointed. The Lettuce wraps we tried were very good. We chose to try "Create your own combination". We tried Roasted Chile Relleno and Enchilada. Chile Relleno was very good.... More 

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-740-9911

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