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Cenote Grill

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026
+1 760-740-9911
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant was worth the short wait to get in for dinner! Small and intimate, the food was prepared using fresh ingredients and knowledgeable chefs. We started with a basket of stone ground tortilla chips and yummy salsa, and shared the Tilapia dinner and Broccoli salad. The Tilapia was served with capers which enhanced the taste in a nicely savory... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love, love, love the Cenote Grill! Always fresh and delicious. Whether it is take out or dine in...I am always pleased! Have to say that the street tacos are a great bang for your buck and my favorite is the the Tacos al Pastor....With a side of sour cream because they can be spicy!

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Thank Shannon9802
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have visited it twice, but I do not find it authentic or good. Same flavor as a taco shop, and taco shops, are not authentic either. Place is always crowded. A lot of people like it. Just not me. I am sure there must be something good, no other reason why it is always crowded.

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Thank Rafael G
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love fresh flavors in California Mexican cuisine be sure to visit! We eat here regularly and love taking visitors. Everything is fabulous from salads to burritos. Best lettuce wraps ever!

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Thank painterjane1
Escondido, California
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Food is out standing the carnitas and carne asada are flavorful, large servings. friendly staff will stop and converse with you, great Sangria. sometimes theres a little wait but well worth it.

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Thank Robert M
Escondido, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great atmosphere and even better food. The cream of poblano soup is to die for! BBQ Chicken Salad is great, just ask for a bit less dressing.

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Thank dawnchristie2014
San Marcos, California
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121 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place on Tripadvisor and tried it based on its high rating on a Friday night with a business associate. It was very crowded and we had to wait 30 minutes for a table. It was worth it and the food was excellent. We had the mix and match items and the food was plentiful, fresh and very tasty.... More 

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Thank xhotelcritic
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

I truly think that Cenote Grill is one of Escondido/San Marcos' best kept secret. Although everyone who knows of it loves it. The food is fabulous and a little different than the typical Mexican restaurant. We love Mexican food, it is a favorite of our family, but for a treat we come to Cenote. I love their Chili Relleno Burrito... More 

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Thank 330jeanned
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 8 December 2016

My realtor told me about this place 8 months ago and I totally forgot about it until my daughter and son-in-law tried it and said it was AMAZING and we must go! We actually went the Friday after Thanksgiving and they weren't open, really bummed. So we went last Saturday night and I could not believe when I walked in... More 

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Upland, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Cenote Grill was on the Welk Resort concierge restaurant list, and it had good reviews on Trip Advisor, so we decided to try it. The food was excellent! Also good margaritas. The wait staff was friendly and helpful. The burritos were huge, so we had delicious leftovers the next day. Wish we lived closer. I would definitely go there again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-740-9911

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