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Carnitas' Snack Shack

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
+1 619-294-7675
11:00 - 00:00
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We happened across this awesome little restaurant our first day of vacation...great start! We enjoyed delicious burgers and craft beers while sitting outside on their private patio! The staff was friendly and the patio was private and perfect for our lunch!

Thank oliver013
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46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really great food with great service in a great location on the harbour side. Area was very busy and food was served fast and with a smile.

Thank Graeme H
Carol Stream, Illinois
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133 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in town as part of a cruise. This place is located very neat to the spot the ship docks so convenient. Seating was a challenge and service a bit slow but in fairness it was busy. I ended up just ordering a beer at the bar. It did look like folks were enjoying their lunch however and it... More 

Thank Gregory W
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486 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a fabulous outdoor bar for people watching. There is free entertainment in the little park beside the bar. Bartenders make awesome drinks and especially the Mojito's! They serve the snack shack menu at the bar. The Carnitas Tacos and the Steak Sandwich are awesome.

Thank Perseverance
Coral Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We went by this place on the San Diego Pier and the sign bragged about the best soft serve ice cream around. After we ordered, I noticed a container of low fat vanilla and questioned the young man who was helping us. Turns out that they are serving frozen yogurt. That's fine if they choose to serve that, but don't... More 

1 Thank Melissabk59
San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

When we had a hankering for some good tacos in San Diego, this joint was our first stop. We had the carnitas tacos, fish tacos and pork sandwich. The star of each dish was definitely the meat. Well seasoned and great texture. I wouldn't say they tasted like a traditional or authentic taco but they were sure damn good.

Thank Dan P
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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131 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a fast food place. You can order at the counter or sit to be served. We ordered the Triple Threat & the 2 tacos with carnitas. Overall – we really liked this place and highly recommend it. Food – The pork items were great. We make a lot of carnitas at home and have to say that they... More 

Thank grzzz
Manchester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped off on way back to hotel after very poor reception/ dinner at Hyatt. Nice warm spot with good beer at sensible (firUS) price

Thank Jacimri
San Diego
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The line out the front speaks for itself. This place is very popular and for good reason! The food is incredible - fresh and delicious. Everything hon the menu is amazing. Pork belly app is a personal favorite. You won't regret eating here!

Thank CaseyMac81
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

I snagged Carnitas' Snack Shack last night on uber eats and boy was it delicious. The pork tacos were incredible, super juicy and very tasty - however could have been spicier (I asked for spicy on the order). In addition, I got the french fries with the fancy ketchup which was also delicious. They were thin cut and cooker to... More 

Thank Josh G

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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
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-7675

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