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El Callejon - Encinitas

We are a Mexican restaurant like you never seen before in the US.


We pride ourselves to prepare our dishes the old fashion Mexican way. We use truly Mexican traditional dishes and we do not offer any of the typical southwest options. Our sauces are delicious. We offer chipotle, poblano, mole. cilantro and many other options with either fish, shrimp, chicken and meat.


Our bar is also special. We have one of the largest collections of tequila. Over 1000 bottles and counting. We are like a tequila museum Our margaritas are also made the way they are supposed to be made. Freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec and tequila. You are going to love them.


Hope to see you soon...
94 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
(94 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 94 reviews
5 stars
(42)
4 stars
(30)
3 stars
(12)
2 stars
(6)
1 star
(4)
Food 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • great for outdoor dining(57)
  • good for groups(46)
  • neighborhood gem(44)
  • kid-friendly(43)
  • vibrant bar scene(29)
  • great for lunch(26)
El Callejon - Encinitas Reviews List
Review 1 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Best place to go to

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 2 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 3 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Last night and we will miss this icon of eats

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2015
Special Features: hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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Review 5 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 1/29/2016
 2008
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Review 6 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2013
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2013
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Review 7 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

consistantly tasty

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Never had a bad meal here. Shrimp and fish dishes are outstanding"
Dined on 1/22/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 8 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
"They didn't have our reservation"
Dined on 1/23/2016
 2014
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Review 9 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/26/2014
 2012
Dined on 5/26/2014
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 5/26/2014
 2012
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Review 10 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 11 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 12 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/03/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/03/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/03/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 13 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 12/28/2015
 2013
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Review 14 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Service

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"The service was poor. Very crowded, very noisy. Waiters seemed aloof. Ordered food, no lettuce or fixins with the tacos.
Ordered a 2nd martini never came but was on the bill, had to ask to have removed.
"
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2013
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Review 15 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 16 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent food from a fantastic staff..

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The food was fresh,very tasty, well prepared and served by excellent staff. The portions were generous, and our party of 4 all took home the extras for a snack the next day. NOTE: Their margaritas ARE Exceptional . Whether your in the mood for lunch, dinner , snacks or just to have some fun with friends, El Callejon is a place to visit."
Dined on 12/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 17 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 12/28/2015
 2006
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Review 18 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Dined on 12/19/2015
 2012
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Review 19 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2015
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was ok until all our party had stomach issues that night. And yes I eat Mexican food All the time."
Dined on 12/12/2015
 2015
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Review 20 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/04/2015
 2012
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Review 21 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2012
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2012
Dined on 11/20/2015
 2012
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Review 22 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"El Callejon - Encinitas is an authentic Mexican restaurant with a grand selection of tequilas and great margaritas. The food is flavorful and they have a great variety of dishes we started out with a patron margarita on the rocks and enjoyed a appetizer then went on to have carnitas tacos with beans and rice the food and drinks were right on and the prices are very reasonable ."
Dined on 11/23/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 23 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/17/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 24 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, kid-friendly
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Review 25 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/04/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 26 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Yummy unusual entrees

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"This is not your typical Taco/burrito restaurant. They prepare fish in many different styles and offer unusual combinations. I had the special shrimp/carne asada enchiladas in a poblano sauce Devine. Best margaritas in town"
Dined on 11/06/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 27 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 10/31/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 28 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 10/31/2015
 2007
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 29 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/29/2015
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 30 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 31 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

North County top Mexican Restaurant

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This is one of the best Mexican restaurants in North County. Atmosphere is always lively. Margaritas are some of the best you can get.
The food is always spot on. The unique covered outdoor dining and mariachi band on the weekends gives one the feeling of being away on vacation while still being in your home town. Service is fast but not so much you feel like hey want you in and out.
"
Dined on 10/22/2015
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 32 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good central Mexican food

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Enjoyed our dinner on Monday evening with friends, great night to go if you want to have conversations. Food was good in a casual dinning setting."
Dined on 10/19/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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Review 33 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Best Mexican Seafood I've Found in SD County

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I’ve been to this restaurant several times. It is my go-to place for seafood. The fish is fresh and always served with outstanding and unusual sauces. The rest of the menu is fairly unremarkable. It’s good, but nowhere near the level of the fish or shrimp dishes. Negra Modelo on tap is a personal favorite. They also make a very good classic margarita."
Dined on 10/15/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 34 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 7/29/2015
 2006
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 35 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2009
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 36 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2012
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Review 37 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2015
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/03/2015
 2015
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Review 38 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Very pleased and satisfing

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"My family and I arrived around 7:50ish my reservation was at 8 and the staff sat us anyways. The first server we had was very rude, very plain and not welcoming at all! It was our first time there and we informed him of that and his reply was "well there's the menu" I then told him I wanted a different server due to his lack of interest in helping us out. The second server was very professional very friendly. He apologized for the inconvenience and made us feel welcome and started to ask us what we where in the mood for. I got a fish plate and my wife got a shrimp plate wich where amazingly good!! My daughter's got a cheese qhesadilla and a hamburger.
I give the food a 8 1/2 out of 10
Only downfall was they did not have horchata, Jamaica or tamarindo water =/ but overall great experience
"
Dined on 9/26/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 39 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/25/2015
 2011
Dined on 9/25/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/25/2015
 2011
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Review 40 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Reliable and consistent, Best Margs!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"As the title says; reliable and consistent and hands down the best margaritas in the County.
Their food is authentically from central Mexico and not "americanized" like Tex-Mex, or Cal-Mex..folks that like these styles seems to prefer ground beef, for example, in their tacos instead of shredded beef, or carnitas, or carne asada like El Callejon serves.
Great variety of combo plates, fish, shrimp, and outstanding carnitas.
"
Dined on 9/14/2015
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 41 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 9/16/2015
 2012
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Review 42 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/12/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 43 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/11/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, late-night find
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Review 44 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Mexican Gem in Encinitas

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"One of the best indoor/outdoor restaurants in North County SD. I highly recommend that you give El Callejon a try. The chips and salsa are home made and fresh. Try the Cadillac Margarita pitcher for the group. One of the best Margarita's that I have ever had. Many choices to choose for Adults and for children. The ambience is very well suited for any type of group events and the staff is extremely accommodating. Highly recommend El Callejon when you are in Encinitas."
Dined on 9/08/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 45 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

A little piece of Mexico

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 9/06/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 46 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Just as good as it has been

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We hadn’t been here in at least a year, and I was concerned after reading the recent reviews on Open Table and other sites which said it had gone downhill and the food is like fast food now. I’m glad we decided to try going anyway, as we didn’t find any significant change from the past and it was still very good. Sure, this is not celebrity chef nouveau Mexican, but it is very good traditional Mexican food, with a particularly nice range of fresh fish dishes. We had the same fresh, hot tortilla chips to start with good salsa and good guacamole. Next I had black bean soup from the special vegetarian menu (ask for it) which was perfectly fine. Then I had the pescado Zarandeado with snapper, which was delicious. I substituted the sautéed potatoes for the rice it normally comes with– the potatoes were extremely delicious breakfast type potatoes, with just the right amount of salt and. We also got the NY steak, which was fine, and a kids’ quesadilla meal. The same mariachis as in the past are strolling and performing, and the atmosphere is lovely open-air as if you are dining in a plaza in Mexico on a cool evening. Service was not as good as the food, but our waitress was certainly friendly if not always checking in with us. We would certainly return."
Dined on 9/05/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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Review 47 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 9/04/2015
 2007
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 9/04/2015
 2007
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Review 48 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Solid Mexican food with some emphasis on seafood. Not going to blow your socks off but worth a visit."
Dined on 9/01/2015
 2005
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Review 49 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 12/12/2014
 2011
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Review 50 for El Callejon - Encinitas
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Not our usual experience

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Poor service; Waitress wasn't listening brought wrong drinks; food was cold, refried beans especially"
Dined on 8/22/2015
 2012
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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