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El Callejon - Encinitas
345 Pacific Coast Hwy 101,Suite C2
Encinitas, CA 92024
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El Callejon - Encinitas Details
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 3:00PM. Saturday - Sunday: 10:00AM - 3:00PM.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 3:00PM - 10:00PM. Friday - Saturday: 3:00PM - 11:00PM.
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
We can cater your event from 25 people to thousands. We have catered the Super Bowl pre-event party twice!
Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurant is divided in sections. We can reserve one of those sections to accommodate your needs.
Private Party Contact:
Bernard Jourdain (760) 802-2520
We feature 70's, 80's rock, reggae, Latin rock on Thursdays. We also have live Mariachi music Fridays and Saturdays from 6 -10.
A word from 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...
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Never disappoints! Love the
shareable Parelladas... pork, steak, chicken on a hot pan... make your own tacos! Yum!"
Dined on 6/13/2014
Good food, average service, basic
Mexican setting, price is right."
Dined on 5/15/2014
There is the typical tourist fare
at El Callejon. You can find wonderful moles to traditional two item conmo. Try the Enchilada Benito with a chipotle cream sauce. YUUUUUM."
Dined on 6/1/2014
We've been coming here for about
20 years. The food is always excellent. With over 90 items to choose from, there is something for everyone. My favorites are the seafood dishes. Excellent flavor, great presentation, plenty of food and simply good. If you enjoy margaritas, EL Callejon has some of the best. The bar has a huge selection of tequilas at reasonable prices. As for that 'Pretty Restaurant' quote, that is what our daughter used to call the place when she was just 5. She is right. "
Dined on 5/20/2014
Saturday night before Mother's
Day, the place was packed, loud, but very festive, roaming Mariachi band was great. Margaritas were awesome, and the food was very good. Service was decent, food came quickly. Overall, a bit expensive for Mexican, but you're paying for the authentic old-Mexico ambiance and the great location in Encinitas."
Dined on 5/10/2014
San Diego has great Mexican
dining, North County Coastal has some really good, authentic Mexican dining. Unfortunately the food at El Callejon is really mediocre, especially for the price. My go to item to gage how much I like a Mexican restaurant is the chile relleno, I ordered a plate with rice and beans. The meal tasted like a frozen dinner, bland and spongy. The other guests at my table felt the same about their meals, we left a good 2/3s of our meals' on our plates. The atmosphere is lively, the bar looked fun if you were meeting friends for drinks but there was a bit of a stink in the restaurant that further dampened our experience. "
Dined on 5/3/2014
I had a reservation for 14 people.
They were very accommodating for our large group. We loved the mariachi band!"
Dined on 3/15/2014
Great food - unique Mexican (they
still have standards but their non-standard are amazing). Best margaritas in town."
Dined on 3/2/2014
We went on a Sunday night and had
a wonderful time with attentive but not intrusive service. We took our time eating and visiting with family and never felt rushed. Food was very good and the carnitas outstanding. Margaritas a bit strong. The feel is relaxed and decor is rustic Mexican."
Dined on 1/26/2014
The jalapeño mango margarita and
flautas were OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!"
Dined on 1/21/2014
The food was good, but they ran
out of salsa. What Mexican restaurant runs out of salsa?"
Dined on 12/30/2013
Great Mexican food; and tasty
STRONG margaritas! Very fast, attentive service. Fun/easy place to go with kids after day at LEGOLAND."
Dined on 12/1/2013
We frequent El Callejon often and
food is pretty consistent, but they can't seem to get the service right. I appreciate the first "hello", but then disappears for over 20 minutes and we don't even have menus......drinks? Anyone? I had to get up and hunt someone down for service. Unfortunately, this seems to happen more often with large groups and looking around the restaurant, there are usually multiple large groups. Hopefully, they'll be able to figure out this situation."
Dined on 11/26/2013
We are from the LA area on
vacation down in Carlsbad. This restaurant was recommended by a local, and told us that this is where her chef friends all go for Mexican. Great recommendation! First, the margaritas were fantastic. They were the real deal! They actually had more liquor than mix in them. In fact, we don't think they even used a mix. Now the food. There were 5 of us and we all had something different and everyone was really happy. The fish of your choice with the mango sauce was delicious. The ambiance is more funky than fancy....but it works."
Dined on 11/17/2013
El Callejon was understaffed for
lunch with only one waiter and a food runner. Instead of closing sections to fit the wait staffing, they left all tables in this sizable restaurant open. That made the lack of staff worse with too much floor space to service and to much time wasted walking to various sections. When patrons growing concerned asked if their food would soon be ready the waiter instead went into a long litany of how many tables he had and that there was no help. He repeated this to all every time he was asked. People were getting visibly upset since most patrons cannot linger at lunch time. El Callejon's food is pretty good Mexican but not so great that a boring hour and a half wait is worth it!"
Dined on 11/5/2013
We went here with our party of 10
on a Sunday around noon. I haven't been in about 7 years. The food was fantastic and the service was great. Very fun! We also had two little kids with us and or waiter put the kids order in early which was so nice. We need to not wait 7 years to go again."
Dined on 10/20/2013
We have been going to El Calejon
for 10 years. It stays our favorite. Great service great food and the best margaritas in town."
Dined on 10/11/2013
They were very accommodating.
Excellent service, very patient with me and my group that had doubled in size. Good was terrific! It was a perfect choice for my birthday dinner!"
Dined on 9/28/2013
We recently went for dinner and
were extremely disappointed. Most of our appetizers never showed up, and our entrees were lukewarm at best when they did show up. The appetizer that we did get, a Caesar salad, was unfortunately one of the worst I've ever had. One of our entrees was also equally inedible. We won't be going back."
Dined on 9/14/2013
From the chips and salsa, to the
drinks, to the main course, everything is perfection! You know it is a good restaurant when the chili rellenos are great. I come especially for the rajas. I have never seen them any where else. The service is always good, always an abundance of waiters keeping a watchful eye on all tables to provide excellent service. A nice casual atmosphere. I have been coming here for 15 years and have never had a bad meal or bad experience. I drive down from Dana Point and it is worth the drive!"
Dined on 9/7/2013
I couldn't get reservations at
Q'ero in Encinitas, so I tried this place. I was pleased. It's above-average Mexican. Good tortilla chips, tasty salsa. I had Camarones Mexicana, which was very good. My wife had shrimp with garlic, which was also good. The waiter was good and the bill was reasonable. Overall better than I expected. I would go back if I were in Encinitas."
Dined on 8/10/2013
With a Mexico/Encinitas ambience,
long-time El Callejon continues to serve the best drinks - especially tequila, margaritas, etc. - and the best Mexican food. Bernard, the gracious host/owner is always there and makes your visit feel like you're visiting family. And by the way, El Callejon has been serving chipotle-based dishes for years and they are definitely among, if not the best. This is a true neighborhood gem!"
Dined on 8/7/2013
Made a reservation the night
before for a large group lunch. Arrived and the restaurant didn't have our reservation, but worked to seat us quickly. Food was great, waiter tried his best, was a little overwhelmed I believe by the large group."
Dined on 8/1/2013
El Callejon has been my family's
favorite restaurant for many years. They continue to become more popular, but have maintained the same very high quality of food. My favorite dishes are the Halibut Vera Cruz (grilled Halibut with sauteed onions, tomatoes, olives and capers) and the Puntas Oscar (chicken breast pieces with a rich chipotle sauce and cheese). They have the best tamales in the area (Oaxacan style, wrapped in banana leaves), and their Carnitas is not only delicious but served with a side of rajas. The chips are served with Pico de Gallo, but don't forget to ask for their spicy red sauce it you like it hot."
Dined on 8/3/2013
They have a unique and fabulous
menu. The service is great, the staff moves fast!"
Dined on 7/18/2013
My favorite item is the fresh fish
with a Mexican flair, lots of different sauces to choose from to customize for your taste. Portions are generous. Unfortunately, the service is not friendly and at times seems disorganized. Although the guacamole is good, the chips are not, but good margarita's. Festive outdoor atmosphere, perfect for summer. Look for discount coupons in the local magazines. Fun to work off dinner with a walk to Moonlight Beach after eating. I recommend this restaurant with the caveat, don't expect friendly personalized service."
Dined on 6/26/2013
El Callejon is the BEST Mexican
restaurant in San Diego County. Everyone should go!"
Dined on 6/28/2013
Excellent service. Quick with the
drink.....which our choice of drink could be considered dangerous. The food was better than expected, and there was a high expectation goung in. I'm not going to say or suggest what we ordered yry it all ...... what we oreded was excellent! !!!"
Dined on 6/26/2013
El Callejon has great sauces. Pick
the meat you want, then decide what sauce you'd like (of course not all sauces are a good match for all meats). We LOVE their sauces - creamy chipotle, guajillo chile, mole, cilantro, to name a few. Also, if you like a little extra spice, ask them for a side of their habanero sauce (and use sparingly!) Some dishes we love: carnitas chipotle (pork with chipotle sauce), camarones al mojo de ajo (garlic shrimp), rajas (pasilla chiles with cream sauce), cochinita pibil (beef with mushroom sauce), tacos al pastor (barbecued pork tacos). We also have "off the menu" favorites: osso buco, crepas de langosta (lobster crepes), meat parillada platter modified with "puntas Oscar" chicken and "crispy carnitas""
Dined on 5/31/2013
Great service! Our server was
attentive + helpful. Came here to celebrate graduation and couldn't be happier. Excellent margaritas! Not made with mix like Las Olas or others in the area. Homemade chips, salsa, & guac = superb. Great atmosphere. El Callejon is definitely recommended!!"
Dined on 5/18/2013
If you are looking for a quite
Mexican Resturant for a romantic evening, El Callejon is not the right choice. However of you are in the mood for excellent food, a live group of Mexican musicians to serenade you and the high energy of family and friends having a good time talking and laughing this is a good choice. The food is really good and a a good value. Our server was helpful, friendly and even made a fresh pot of coffee when requested. The specials were interesting and we had a good time."
Dined on 5/11/2013
one of the best tequila
selections! good fresh mex, lots of home cooking going on, fresh fish,shell his, good meats, great guac"
Dined on 3/31/2013
I will admit, we ended up at El
Callejon because it was close to Legoland and took a reservation for a party of 11. But I'd come back for the great ambiance, yummy food, and great service. Pro tips: get the queso fundido with chorizo, and ask for the server with the huge moustache. You'll be glad you did."
Dined on 3/29/2013
Great place to meet friends for
happy hour! Appreciate the full menu with more options that just tacos and burritos."
Dined on 3/30/2013
I have been to this restaurant
numerous times, and this was by far the worst experience I have ever had there or anywhere for that matter. The food took forever, the restaurant ran out of children's items (fries and churrows) and our waiter, Victor A., NEVER came back over to check on us. Attempts to flag him down were unsuccessful, he was frazzled and looked miserable. Our birthday party (table for 17) had a terrible time and it was so unfortunate. We spoke with the manager on-site and that was a waste of time. The manager just told us to call the owner the next day (after we spent 10 minutes telling him our experience while he poured drinks for people). I will never go back there and I will not recommend it to anyone."
Dined on 2/17/2013
You can eat healthy Mexican food
here - wonderful fish dishes - especially Pescador al Limon (love the Halibut but you can have it with any fish). Great Shrimp dishes too!"
Dined on 1/2/2013
Great food and the best
margaritas. Puntas Oscar (chipotle chicken) and carnitas are excellent."
Dined on 12/28/2012
Vince was great. Food took forever
to come out but he gave my husband an extra margarita."
Dined on 12/27/2012
I have been to this restaurant
numerous times, different nites of the week, bar, restaurant, etc. This was by far the worst experience I have ever had here. The food was luke warm when it arrived, including the tortillas, our server NEVER came back over to check on us, and our multiple attempts to flag him down were unsuccessful, as he didn't even look in our direction. When we finally got his attention to get more tortillas, our food was now ice cold, and even the new tortillas were barely warm. We should have spoken to the manager, but we just wanted to get out of there. I will give it another try, as I have had good experiences in the past, but the service is usually only average."
Dined on 12/20/2012
Very casual Mexican dining. Good
food. And fast. Could stand to turn down those indoor heat lamps! Nothing sensational, but good fare, solid tequila menu, and quality homemade salsa."
Dined on 12/23/2012
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