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Juanitas Taco Shop

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290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
+1 760-943-9612
07:00 - 00:00
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a good lunch place. It has everything you'll ever want for an authentic Mexican lunch. The service is pretty exceptional. The only drawbacks are that it's a beat up hole in the wall, and the prices. California taxes businesses so badly that you can see that reflection in the prices on the menu. Irregardless, I would still recommend... More 

Thank Evan W
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

I love Juanitas and so does my other half. I go there at least once for breakfast and dinner when I'm in town. The food is authentic and inexpensive. Their breakfast burrito will hold you over until dinner. My favorite local spot when I'm in town.

Thank hollijs01
Socorro, New Mexico
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

A local friend took us to Juanita's for lunch and we had some of the best burritos that we have ever had. He had the carnitas, my hubby had carne asada, and I had chicken asada. They were huge and delicious. Had lots of other things on menu that looked good. This will definitely be on my eat list for... More 

1 Thank pammillerb4
St. George, Utah
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

If you are in the Encinitas area, ever, you need to make a stop to Juanitas Taco Shop. This restaurant is totally unassuming from the outside, and for most would probably be considered a "dive" (don't mind the bars on the window), but aren't those always the best places to eat? We went here multiple times during our week long... More 

1 Thank Mat A
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We were looking for Tacos and came upon this shop. Its a small mom and pop Mexican food joint. They have amazing Taco's and Burritos. Taste was very authentic Mexican.

Thank Shreyas S
Sacramento, California
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Juanitas taco shop is about as authentic as you can get. Small, crowded, but good Mexican food. The fish plate is good and you can make your own tacos with the food provided. Authentic sodas and juices. They speak English, too.

Thank claudia b
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115 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped for a couple tacos, one carnitas and one carne asada. The carne asada taco was decent, the carnitas was excellent, much better in my opinion. The girl who took my order was friendly and polite, and another gentleman behind the counter was also friendly and engaging with another customer. Not a fancy place, but the food was good... More 

Thank SamPav
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

Our annual trip to San Diego wouldn't be complete without a stop at Juanitas. Some local friends showed us this treasure a few years ago and now whenever we are in town this has become a must stop. Not a pretty place by any stretch of the imagination but as authentic as it gets when it comes to Southern California... More 

Thank NCblue2
Corvallis, Montana
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Just made it back to Juanitas for the fist time in years. I use to live in Encinitas and ate at Juanitas at least a couple of times a week. Bar none, it is the best carne asada burrito of any taco shop that I have ever been to. When I left Encinitas 25 years ago, I knew there would... More 

Thank Bradley M
Sacramento, California
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84 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Local, local, local. If you want good, local, authentic Mexican food, try Juanitas! Good service, good food. I like the plates as there are beans, rice and lettuce, and I make my own "tacos" from the variety on my plate. The atmosphere is questionable, and there is "indoor" and a picnic table outside to sit and eat. Located in Leucadia... More 

Thank claudia b

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 03:00
07:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 290 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3254
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-943-9612

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