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Don Carlos Taco Shop

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737 Pearl St, Ste 113, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-0056
+1 858-456-0462
09:30 - 20:45
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Mon - Tue 09:30 - 20:00
Wed - Thu 09:30 - 08:00
Fri - Sat 09:30 - 20:45
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Houston, Texas
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

excellent tacos. they were simply amazing. Mr and my husband ate here for under 15 dollars. the best value in all of La Jolla.

Thank TravelingBarbie96
San Diego, California
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319 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

You know you are in for a treat when they list the food by _weight_. Friend and I both had $8 shrimp burritos, they were amazing - huge and delicious. Mine had more shrimp than the last 3 burritos combined that I had at other restaurants. And oh so delicious - wow. My only gripe - I wish it was... More 

Thank Jack B
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I had stopped here "by accident" while looking for another place called the Taco Stand. I must admit that I had a delicious lunch that did not disappoint. I had the shrimp burrito and also the beef burrito. They were excellent and HUGE! I haven't tried the Taco Stand place yet, but Don Carlos Tacos Shack is definitely a place... More 

Thank Junior G
Saint Charles, Illinois
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Visiting the area, here for a conference. Skip the beans and rice...fill your hunger with different tacos and burritos. we started with tacos...a fish and potato and the 2nd was a shrimp. Both were tasty but the shrimp was off the charts!! The shrimp was a more simple presentation which let you enjoy the delicate flavor...super fresh and light. The... More 

Thank PaulaG63
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

A step above places like Robertos. Reasonably priced, especially for LA Jolla. Spent less than 40 on 6 people including drinks. Carne asada tacos, shrimp tacos and shredded chicken tacos are great.

Thank Jacob M
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This is a great place, it's basic in a good way - proper Mexican cafe/take away/restaurant. Fresh made food - I had chimichanga which was lovely. Good selection of chilli sauces. Great chips and guacamole. Seating inside or outside - outside is great to watch the La Jolla world go by.

Thank Richard H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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103 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I'm not normally a burrito person because I'm not a huge fan of beans and rice. This burrito replaces those with french fries... Yum! I had the carnitas california burrito... It was delicious!!!!!

Thank Rachel N
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

Everything was awesome! I had a Burrito and rolled Tacos, it was delicious as hell. Staff is really nice! I can totally recommend this place for everyone who's spending a day in La Jolla!

Thank Philipp K
Eunice, New Mexico
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

We were walking by and smelled the food so decided to walk in and try it. WOW!!! The group had different things and everyone loved what they ate, authentic Mexican food made fresh!

Thank Christy B
Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

Picked this place to meet friends at for lunch based on reviews. It's not fancy, small, but the food was good! The burritos my friends had were large and my tacos were loaded with meat.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Fast food, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 20:00
09:30 - 08:00
09:30 - 08:00
09:30 - 20:45
09:30 - 20:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 737 Pearl St, Ste 113, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-0056
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-456-0462

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