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El Nopalito Restaurant

560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
+1 760-436-5775
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good21%
  • Average18%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“tamales” (6 reviews)
“guacamole” (4 reviews)
“burrito” (6 reviews)
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6:30 AM - 7:30 PMAll hours
560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
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11 - 20 of 31 reviews

Reviewed 19 August 2015

They have been in Encinitas for as long as I can remember and they have always rated #1 with me. You know it's good when most of the customers are Latinos! There is so much atmosphere here and everyone is so friendly.....just like my experiences...More

Thank Princessa57
Reviewed 2 December 2014

This is very authentic Mexican food. You can get a burrito, quesadilla, or a taco. Fillings range from cheese, carne asada, chicken, and other favorites. There are also some more exotic fillings. Chips and salsa selection are legendary. People drive out of their way to...More

Thank petest50
Reviewed 21 September 2014

Went there with a couple of friends today. The chicken tacos were great. We all enjoyed the salsa bar - about 5 different salsas, and chopped onions, cilantro, etc. to custom make your meal. My friend ordered the breakfast burrito and loved it - especially...More

Thank jsearle99
Reviewed 31 July 2014

Want to have lunch at a restaurant known far and wide for it's distinctive appeal and flavorful Mexican food? Hop into the car and head for the legendary El Nopalito on Santa Fe in Encinitas. No visit to El Nopalito is complete without trying their...More

Thank Leonard K
Reviewed 16 July 2014

El Napalito is a regular experience for us. Listening to Spanish TV, eating a burrito with the salsa bar - does it get much better than that? Well, yes, but it's a great experience for the price. It's easy to get to (next to the...More

Thank jsearle99
Reviewed 5 May 2014

El Napolito is by the high school so all of the kids go there often and love the food. The chips and salsa are sold all over town and everyone loves them!! I had them cater a party for 50 recently and everyone loved the...More

Thank LJucha
Reviewed 22 February 2014

We went to El Nopalito because it was rated the top Mexican restaurant in Encinitas. Even though one reviewer call it "a dive," because the ratings were so good, we expected a more upscale restaurant. One orders at the counter and food is brought to...More

Reviewed 27 September 2013

Let's get one thing out of the way from the start. El Nopalito is definitely a dive (by Guy Fieri's standard) but, when you find many of the local stores carrying their salsa's, you gotta believe something is being done right! We were steered there...More

Thank Jim C
Reviewed 3 September 2013

Encinitas has a plethora of really good little Mexican restaurants and this is one of them. I had a carnitas burrito which was very good and as much as I could have eaten and it was $4.75 or so. They have a salsa bar which...More

Thank xsteves
Reviewed 3 September 2013

casual eat in or quick take out. fresh, authentic Mexican food. especially good for Christmas tamales

Thank motherHEncinitas
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 560 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024-4640
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-5775
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