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El Campeon Carnieria

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31921 Camino Capistrano, #12, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3219
+1 949-489-9767
08:00 - 21:00
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San Juan Capistrano, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

OMG, this is the best place ever, for true authentic Mexican food in old town san juan. You might need an interpreter, but that is fine because the food is hot an fresh, and the prices are just right. Don't forget the aqua fresca. This is a must go to for real Mexican food.

1 Thank tykane01
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779 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is great walk up Mexican cuisine. So many great options. Tacos of every style to tantalize and complicate your choice. Good luck.

Thank yogiacomo
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164 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2016

This is a combination grocer take out joint up the street from Mission San Juan de Capistrano. It is a "must stop" for food. Cafeteria style with some seating they offer a full array of foods. Soups, salads, carnitas, pollo, jugos, rice, beans, desserts, they got it. And a great alternative to the pricey tourist and local restaurants. We ate... More 

1 Thank DBKuper
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

I have been coming here for years to eat. The food is amazing. I come here every time I am close to the place to eat.

Thank James S
Orange County, California
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

I have been coming here for years. The tacos are the best. I love the bakery too. Go often and you will become a local too.

1 Thank Markimbrooks
Castle Rock, Colorado
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81 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Actually the whole small strip mall area is full of buildings with signs in Spanish, and this restaurant is 100% authentic. I only knew what half of the menu was, and it was a very large menu. Not only the food is authentic but so are the drinks and the desserts too. The price was great and the food was... More 

Thank GuyJW
Mission Viejo, California
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

This place is more like a taco shop than a restaurant, although there are a lot of tables outside. The food is excellent and it's a great place to get lots of food for a party. The food is more authentic than most Mexican joints. They also offer lots of juices and traditional sweet breads. Mind you, on a hot... More 

1 Thank Bubuflu
San Juan Capistrano, California
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We bought a family pack (meat, beans, rice, tortillas and salsa) since we had friends in town. The value was excellent and the food was delicious! This is VERY authentic mexican food.

Thank omlil
Carlsbad, CA
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411 reviews
311 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

They have everything you can imagine, spanish/mexican. Even the dessert cabinets are full of fresh made pastries of every kind imaginable. You order from the large menus at the counters and all is made fresh to order. You either pick up at the cash register or have it delivered to a table inside or out.

Thank John R
Los Angeles, California
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350 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is my very favorite Mexican place....I LOVE to come here for lunch. It's a hole in the wall, inside a strip mall, but the food they serve is very authentic and you find dishes here that you won't find in most other Mexican restaurants. The food is soooo good...I've had the taquito place a couple of times...it comes with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 31921 Camino Capistrano, #12, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-3219
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  San Juan Capistrano
  • Phone Number: +1 949-489-9767

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?