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El Tejate

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205 W Mission Ave Ste R, Escondido, CA 92025-1733
+1 760-594-1231
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri 09:00 - 01:30
Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Just by chance we ended up eating at El Tecaje Mexicans restaurant yesterday with a group of friends. Food is fantastic and authentic, order the mole, the fajitas and the tacos. We are retiring very soon.

Thank Adriana S
San Diego, CA
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140 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Great service by only one staff in front during lunch! Menu is good and the food great, 3 people for lunch and ordered three different things, tasted all and they all were fantastic. Looks like the torta offered a great bang for the buck and the ability to taste several key items in one large mexican sandwich. The traditional drinks... More 

Thank Eduardo_TJ
Vista, United States
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

El Tejate my new discovery and a good one. Mexican Restaurants are a dime a dozen but this one stick out because it offers "Gastronomia Oaxaquena", the cuisine of the city of Oxaca in southern Mexico. Almost all of the items in their menu are not usually found in common Mexican menus; the clientele as well is close to 99%... More 

Thank G B Nino C
Escondido, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013 via mobile

The food was excellent and the service was great. The owner came to the table to make sure everything was good.

Thank Merle C
San Diego, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2013

You can’t judge a book by its cover – nor even by its location. El Tejate in Escondido sits in a small strip mall in Escondido, with a very unassuming store front that emphasizes karaoke. There is nothing Mexican or Spanish about the entrance which was probably an insurance office sometime in the past. Ah, but once you are inside... More 

2 Thank Kip W
Escondido, California, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2012

I have eaten here twice and both times were excellent. The Chile Rellano and pork Tamal were outstanding. The Tamal was prepared in a banana leaf was the largest, most moist and flavorful tamale I have ever had. The authentic traditional dishes brought back great food memories from Oaxaca. The salsa roja was smokey and the salsa verde was nice... More 

2 Thank Dwight D
San Diego
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2010

It's easy not to see the restaurant as you drive by. It was recommended for it's great food and we are glad we found it. We just returned from our 3rd visit. Each time we try something new and have not been disappointed. They start with chips and salsa and the salsa is unique and tasty. It's hard to beat... More 

3 Thank SanDiegoBarbara

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 01:30
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 W Mission Ave Ste R, Escondido, CA 92025-1733
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-594-1231

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