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Cenote Grill

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern
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1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026
+1 760-740-9911
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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Escondido, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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101 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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1,093 reviews
710 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 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 

Thank Travelnut4evr
New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Locally owned and operated restaurant. Made to order SW Mexican food. Have eaten there many times and it is where the locals go for good food and friendly staff.

Thank Lois L
San Diego, California
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Have read some positive reviews about Cenote, and we decided to try them on a Saturday night. When you first walk in, you're not sure if this is a order/pick up place or a sit down place. But don't be fooled - just go up to the counter and tell them how many in your party. We had a wait... More 

Thank Dale B
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

This is a neighborhood Eatery for us and we decided to order takeout we had the Carnitas burrito and shared it it.It is huge, delicious and healthy. It was more than enough food for two people We love this place whether you dine in or take out. It is Mexican food with a healthy twist they serve beer and wine.

Thank homesbyaurora1
Escondido, California
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139 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Never having eaten a pupussa, and always ready to try new food, I ordered the pupussa appetizer. I found this dish to be a bit heavy - sort of like a corn cake filled with cheese. I could only eat a half of one pupussa and shared the rest. Also ordered a pork enchilada with green sauce. I gobbled it... 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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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
  • 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?