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Miguel's Cocina

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
+1 760-759-1843
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has so much potential. The atmosphere is lively, the bar has tv's on every side and the tap beer is ice cold. However the food is very average. I have been so many times hoping that I would be pleasantly surprised. But I always leave after paying a decent tab thinking....was that worth it? It has been almost... More 

Thank Kirby W
Irvine, California
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255 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here because we went to Legoland and this was close by. Food was pretty good. Server was very nice. I think it was a bit loud for my taste but not too bothersome. Food came out in a timely manner. I think we were there early because it seemed to get very busy when we were on our way... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Between the 3 of us we had Chile Verde, Fish Taco's, and Chicken Chimi, and taquitos for an apetizer. Food was good, about what you would expect, nothing that would really grab your attention. This is a large restaurant, and on Sunday evening very busy. We were told the wait would be 15 minutes and that is what it was.... More 

Thank L R S
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lived in Carlsbad for over 15 years I have eaten at this restaurant several times. In addition, since this living area is in southern California near the border between the USA and the country of Mexico, there are many Mexican restaurants in the area and Miguel Cocina rates right up there among the best.

Thank josephd547
Carlsbad, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed by the great tasting salsas. But what really struck me was how fast the food comes out. They got the orders right the first time and the food was nice and hot.

Thank Don W
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112 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Miguel's was recommended to us by the concierge at the resort. Extremely pleased that we tried it. The Combination Fajita (steak, shrimp and mushrooms) was outstanding. The ahi ceviche was also delicious.

Thank TraveledKat
Waldport, Oregon
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Each time with come to Carlsbad we eat here and have never been disappointed. Great service and yummy mexican food. And affordable !

Thank Deneann Z
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
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197 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Resort we were staying at recommended Miguel's Cocina for great Mexican food and they didn't steer us wrong. They start you with complimentary chips, salsa and a white warm queso cheese dip. You could make a meal of this alone and it is worth the trip just for the cheese dip! Cesar, our waiter, took our drink order, Pomegranite... More 

Thank Ronald Y
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Mexican restaurant was very convenient from my hotel, and was surprise about the service and staff friendliness and the how big it was on the inside ,and the food was excellent with very large portion . I had the taco fish and chip and was the best dish Mexican dish . the price was very reasonable and command this... More 

Thank 846Gilles
San Diego, California
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

When you live in or are visiting North County, San Diego and you want great Mexican food that's memorable, you might think you've got to drive 45 minutes South to the big city or find a veritable Hole-In-The-Wall Taco shop on the PCH. Not so. You can have an excellent meal and warm, inviting surroundings including trendy communal seating near... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5980 Avenida Encinas, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-759-1843

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