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La Tapatia

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340 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2606
+1 760-747-8282
11:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 21:00
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Good food the tables are old and uncomfortable service slow but still good food. Not many set down Mexican restaurants left like this one, most are fast food

Thank virginiasue65
Boise, Idaho
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394 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My brother is a bit of a picky person, so for him to keep returning to La Tapatia Restaurant & Cantina means that they are doing something right! He'll drive a dozen miles or so to come here because the food is consistently good; they have a "Whatever you want" attitude of service, and they're all so friendly. It's not... More 

Thank StuartGustafson
San Diego CA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I lived in Escondido for about 6 years and would go to La Tapatia on a regular basis. Even now when I live close to downtown San Diego, the trip up to Escondido is worth it for the food.

Thank LooseElectron
San Diego, California
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187 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

La Tapatia seams like it has been here forever. We eat here about once every other year. Allways the same large portions and you leave full. There is something for everyone.

Thank Keith M
Chandler, Arizona, USA
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We ate here when we traveled to Escondido for a craft fair (don't bother to go to the craft fair) and stopped to have a bite to eat. The service was good, but the chimi and burros that we ordered were pretty bland. Nothing to write home about.

Thank szambed
Eastvale, California
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217 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

My wife had the Chicken Salad and I had a combo plate ( Taco, Tostada and Enchilada ) Everything was Super ............ even the Margaritas and Chips And Salsa. Some other reviews said they had bad service ......... ours was mostly a young guy from behind the bar that was very busy , yet he was still friendly and gave... More 

Thank Countrydude4444
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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73 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is a comfortable, authentic enough restaurant to get a decent Mexican meal. I enjoyed my Chicken mole very much and even the chips and salsa were above par. The service was epically bad,however, particularly considering that there were two servers and only 4 tables of guests when we arrived. I had to get out of my seat and find... More 

1 Thank Thomas G
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Fish tacos lunch special with rice n beans was tasty! Tacos had Fried, breaded pollock with drizzle of sauce, cabbage and radish. Rice was rather bland and beans were fair. Chips were thicker than standard Mexican cuisine. Salsa was decent, not spicy but tasty. Service was attentive and pleasant! Would visit again.

Thank Arnold K
Boise, Idaho
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394 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We went to La Tapatia on a recommendation, and the food was good. It felt like family inside, and we had plenty of time to enjoy our meals and conversation. This is a good place if you want "home cooked" Mexican food such as shredded beef or chicken tacos, a bean tostada, or a cheese enchilada.

Thank StuartGustafson
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37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016

Great chips, meals, salads, drinks, family friendly, great parking. Great service and ambiance, worth a try

Thank lisak56

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 340 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025-2606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-747-8282

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