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Tacos El Gordo

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711 1/2 Oliver Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-5000
+1 858-272-9133
Today
08:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

did you ever think that you kind love through food? at this place you can find a whole lot of love. from carne to polo from tortilla I love this place

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Thank mrsbrownsugar1509
Seattle
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224 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Apparently, Tacos el Gordo is always crowded with several long lines that move fairly quickly. The tacos are delicious and they top them with lots of guacamole. You can also add pineapple and other condiments. They are small in size, so the five of us ordered about 20 tacos total. Drinks were tasty. Remember to tip the prep folks, they... More 

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Thank DeeFry
Seattle, Washington
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101 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great authentic experience. It's a taco shop in San Diego near the border. I believe they originated from TJ. We ordered one of each of the tacos they offer and they were quite flavorful. Some were a bit salty. The fountain drinks they were were good as well. Parking can be quite limited.

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Thank Adrian C
Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Great Fish Tacos from a little stand right next to the beach. Great value from this little spot right off the water.

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Thank Rich C
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 May 2016

Great food! TJ style tacos, with Mexican sodas. Go for a great experience. get the adobada, lingua and tripas tacos.

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Thank gogo h
Ekero, Sweden
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

I had the boiled shrimp tacos with cilantro and onions. I was told I had to wait 5 minutes for it which must be a stage act since I was the only customer at the end of the day...but ok. Expensive (2 tacos for $9) but not short on big shrimp. I appreciate the simplicity.

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1 Thank AmandafromVancouver
Community of Madrid, Spain
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85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

This place is a must go. We went there after dinner (yes after dinner, because it was the last chance to go) and the place really deserves. Tacos are basically awesome and tasty here, with this mexican flavour so characteristic. Such a good tacos for really low prices are difficult to find.

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1 Thank Fran_Toro_ZH
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

It is hard to find good tacos and these were great. They have regular tacos with pork or beef. but if you like exotic like cabeza, tripas and lengua they are great.

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Thank Rosie J
San Diego, California
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42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

Carne asada fries are amazing. they also have home made quasdillas with fresh corn tortillas being made in front of you. very authentic mexican food like asada, lengua, tripas, etc. great price and even better food.

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Thank 3Xavier3
Coronado, California
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207 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2015 via mobile

This place has the absolute best tacos in the US! Tue options and how fresh and authentic it is simply sets it apart. My favorite are the tripa, pastor, cabeza and carne asada tacos, man, I have a hard time picking between them!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Monday
08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 16:30
Thursday
08:30 - 16:30
Friday
08:30 - 16:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 1/2 Oliver Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-5000
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-272-9133

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