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Hernandez' Hideaway Restaurant

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19320 Lake Dr, Escondido, CA 92029-8108
+1 760-746-1444
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Del Mar, California
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131 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I grew up eating at Hernandez Hideaway but I was driving by last night with my boyfriend and wanted to stop and eat there to show him one of my childhood memories. It was pretty much the same as how I remember it looking when I was younger. It's a nice cozy place with a bar when you walk in... More 

Thank ErinP27
San Diego
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110 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

The place is cute and definitely a throw back to earlier times. The waitress was sweet as can be. The food was good.

Thank bostonsig
San Diego, California
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185 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

After living near here for almost 30 years, we finally decided we must try this place. Right next to Lake Hodges, only restaurant around.... kind of old school, good 'ol boy place... probably hasn't changed in 50 years. Food was good but nothing outstanding. Staff not overly friendly, but our waiter was good! Not many here on a Sunday at... More 

Thank Claudia M
Escondido, California
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83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Mexican food is a staple in this area, and this place used to be a go-to when we had visitors in town. Unfortunately it has gone downhill. The decor, which used to be quaint and interesting is now in need of attention. The mural walls are chipping and flaking and the whole restaurant looks tired and dated. Food was edible... More 

Thank Wshiresd
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325 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Summary: This is a really nice off-the-beaten track Mexican place. It's consistently good and I have been here a few times over the years. And will definitely come back again. Food: Genuine Mexican food. We ate in the middle of the afternoon but the food was freshly made and tasted great. Ambiance: Definitely mid-range Mexican in its feel. Comfortable and... More 

Thank DHWShanghai
Bonsall, California
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171 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

We visited on a Saturday at about 2 PM. They were busy, but there were some open tables. Two of us found the food to be very good and we'd give the Chicken with rice (Arrozo con Polo) a 5 and the chicken crispy tacos a 4 or 5. The lobster tacos were really tasteless with soggy tortillas. The chips... More 

Thank R H
San Marcos, California
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37 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

I had not been at this delightful restaurant for 25 years. It was always a quant hole in the wall but well worth revisiting. We went on a Saturday night and it was packed and very noisy ! I had the Chicken Fajitas and my wife had the Classic Enchilada Pie, both were delightful and exactly what we had expected... More 

Thank Wally Z
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Original deal. A fun low key hang-out with good food and great service. Awesome location across from Lake Hodges. Take a lake hike and then go for lunch and margaritas. Good energy in the place.

Thank jamesrR4473SK
Maui, Hawaii
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140 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Certainly not Great but for atmosphere, attentive owners and for an out of the way change, Hernandez is worth a try. I will say, we've had better from here than on this visit. Our waiter couldn't be bothered. Took the order and that was the last we saw of him until he ran past the table, dropping the bill off... More 

Thank John K
San Francisco, California
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111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

...As opposed to "American" Mexican food, if you know what I mean. This place has been around for decades! The food is consistently good, the margaritas are delicious, there are traditional old hand-painted murals and servers that have worked there for years. There is a feeling of being far away from the madding crowd, but it's only five-ten minutes from... More 

Thank Linda T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19320 Lake Dr, Escondido, CA 92029-8108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-746-1444

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