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El Callejon - Encinitas
El Callejon - Encinitas

El Callejon - Encinitas Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.el-callejon.com/el_callejon/Pages/Encinitas.html#
  • Email: elcallejon@el-callejon.com
  • Phone: (760) 634-2793
  • 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.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: 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
  • Catering: 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
  • Entertainment: We feature 70's, 80's rock, reggae, Latin rock on Thursdays. We also have live Mariachi music Fridays and Saturdays from 6 -10.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Encinitas Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Coaster.
  • Parking: Public Lot
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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Diner Reviews
  • "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