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2175 Avienda de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
+1 858-459-7900
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

This is the real deal- don't miss it! Reasonable prices, friendly staff and awesome food offerings. This is not a place you want to loll around all day taking in the surroundings. This is a okay you come for an authentic atmosphere, welcoming staff and a really scrumptious bite.

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Thank J B
Clovis, New Mexico
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

My husband and I are from New Mexico wherr the Mexican food is amazing. We tried El Charro not expecting much from the reviews. We ended up really liking it! Fast service, huge burritos, and cheap. Get the Carne Asada burrito with cheese, sour cream and guacamole.

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Thank Julie S
Spokane
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

I was quite impressed with this little place. We had a little bit of everything from the menu and liked it all. Would definitely recommend!!

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Thank JJWats1989
Vantaa, Finland
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Mexican-type fast food. The burritos were not especially tasty. They actually lacked any taste. Not too expensive though.

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Thank Kallukka
Prairie Village, Kansas
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94 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

Nacho with jalepenos, quite disappointing. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos, pretty light on the fish and shrimp. Beer selection, light. Shrimp ceviche tostada was pretty good. I think it's a bit expensive for the Quality of food. I'd give it a 2.5 if I could.

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Thank Tae K
South Jordan, Utah
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

We ate here after our kayaking adventure and found good food for a good price. The location was great; easily within walking distance of the beach. The price was right and we all enjoyed the food. We would eat here again.

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Thank sksgkl
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015 via mobile

I got a surf and turf burrito and it was huge first of all, second it tasted fantastic! The tortilla was home-made! If you are in La jJolla you have to stop here! Service was great and fast too!

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Thank Gabriel S
paulandcamille
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

This place is pretty cheap and has beer, and it's very close to the beach at La Jolla Shores. The food isn't that special though. It does come out quickly and the order taker was nice.

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Thank paulandcamille
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2015

This is a good place if you want a quick bite to eat. The food is authentically Mexican. My Mom and I visited thinking this was a sit-down restaurant so were a little disappointed about that. It would be better if MTV was not playing in the background. It seems popular with the teenager crowd who surf at the Shores.

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Thank AdventureTravel621
Montgomery, Texas, USA
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

We got 2 breakfast burritos and not only was it a good and a good value but it was so big we didnt eat the rest of the day. We liked the spicy red sauce the best of the 3 sauces to choose from. Friendly staff too which told me the line circles the building certain times of the weekend

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Cuisine
Mexican, Fast food, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2175 Avienda de la Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-459-7900

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