Juanita's Taco Shop Estilo Tepatitlán

  • 290 North Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024 | Directions
  • 760-943-9612

Also 248 Main St., Vista, 760-758-4531. The food’s cooked in the style of Tepatitlán, a small city near Guadalajara. Their specialty is carnitas — which Juanita’s does up by the plate or by the pound. Open late weekends. Inexpensive.


Day Hours
Sunday 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Monday 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday 7:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Mexican
Price range of entrées $2 - $6
Delivery No
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room No
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu No
Occasional live music No
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Vegan friendly Yes
Payment Options Does not accept credit cards

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Great carne asada burritos. The rest of the menu is good but not great. A very busy, surfer, beachy Mexican restaurant that is quick and cheap. Local kids love this place. But it has no atmosphere or even bathrooms sometimes.

Very authentic and fresh Mexican food. Served in healthy-sized portions with a smile by Juanita's family. It is easy to miss as it is a small building on the corner of Encinitas' main drag, but look for the blue and white shack and the line at the window. Very good food, very reasonably priced. Juanita started this little place after her husband died to support herself and her children. Since then it has become a neighborhood icon and was featured on a local TV show as one of the "must see" places if you find yourself in Encinitas.

You cannot go wrong with any of their soups, fish tacos, or burritos. If you are looking for taco bell type nachos you'll be disappointed. You can't go inside, and the few outdoor tables they have on their little corner face a parking lot. But get it to go and walk down to the many picturesque oceanside viewing spots just a block or two away and enjoy!

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