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Carnitas' Snack Shack

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
+1 619-294-7675
12:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This most certainly is more than a shack! I was so impressed with the friendliness of the people, the quality of food and the speediness of the service! I'll definitely be making this a place I visit regularly!

Thank Angela J
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this restaurant this week for the first time. It was outstanding! It looks a bit like a walk up dive at first glance, but they have a very nice, outdoor dining area around the side of the place. I had a carnitas taco and the steak sandwich. They were both very good, large portions, and unlike anything I've... More 

Thank Mark C
Keller, Texas
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201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ordered the triple threat pork sandwich thinking it was more of a gimmick, but wound up eating the whole thing. Schnitzel, pulled pork, bacon turned out to be a great combo.

Thank Deac83
Annandale, Virginia
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198 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is right on the side of the road and completely unassuming. We drove right by it and we were looking for it specifically! It's in an area where you don't expect and has only a small road front. But once found parking is easy and plentiful on the street or side street. Ordering is easy once you make... More 

Thank Stef4115
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We got a huge real nice juicy burger! Is was perfect. They have good craft beer as well. I will definitely recommend this place!

Thank Frederik-Emil J
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Visited this restaurant as part of a visit to San Diego. The food is nothing less than awesome! The fresh ingredients and the savory pork jumps in your face. I had the Triple threat and it is magnificent. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is great. All in all this is a must visit if you are in the... More 

Thank PeterTravelAdvisor
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is the original of now three locations in San Diego county (Del Mar Heights, and Embarcadero). If you like pork then find one of these restaurants.. it's their specialty! One the best BTL's of your life and make sure to add the crispy ham to it. Great carnitas tacos, and the triple threat is something that will make you... More 

Thank blackadam858
Azusa, California
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This "little shack" has a few huge surprises. First, this is a business in the front, party in the back scenario. You order at this, well... shack. Little would you know there is a great dining area in the back with heaters, lighting, cool seating, and TVs. The atmosphere is great. Our food came quickly and just from looking at... More 

Thank Ashley M
Ancaster, Canada
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

This place needs no reviews... It's amazing!!! Food is cooked as ordered, no red bulbs here. Will visit again. Steak sandwich was 10+

Thank Mosando
Indianapolis, Indiana
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331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Good place to eat.....order at the window on the street from an individual who is friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. When ready, the food is delivered to your table by a friendly employee. You can sit in covered areas or under the sun or stars. Heaters are available in cool weather. Should you desire beer, it is available at... More 

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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
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-7675

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