Le Papagayo
Le Papagayo

Le Papagayo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lepapagayoleucadia.com/
  • Phone: (760) 944-8252
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary French, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,<br>Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Since 2004 Le Papagayo has been welcoming you to a cozy and friendly atmosphere. Pacific Islands, Mediterranean influences and unplugged live music make for an amazing and unique experience. We will do the same with Le Papagayo Catering.

    Choose your menu, relax and enjoy time with your guests we do it all!!
  • Private Party Contact: Francois Patanchon 7609448252
  • Entertainment: Live unplugged music every nights. Flamenco, Blues, Motown Blues, Island Groove, Rock & Folks, Jazz, Samba.

    Please check the music calendar on our website

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Leucadia Boulvard
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Le Papagayo
Le Papagayo blends Mediterranean & Asian influences and Pacific coast cuisine to create an amazing fine dining experience. The Chef and Myself combine the freshest of local ingredients and Mediterranean & Asian flavor to create a unique character for each meal created from scratch.

Dining at Le Papagayo is a ful experience that will delight all your senses.

Amazing food and a warm and inviting dining room which looks like an art gallery are all part of the experience.

We also offer a loundge, a heated patio and unplugged live music every night.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Le Papagayo reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (18)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (11)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)special occasion (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Loved it!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We were on line looking for a new restaurant - something different and we found it! The ambiance is loud and fun with music. The appetizers were awesome. I split the pork dish with a friend and it was some of the best food that I have eaten!! Loved the whole evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Wonderful food and service great neighborhood place to eat would definitely recommend to others visiting in leucadia/encinitas
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere Mediocre Food
    Ladythatdines
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We went last week with a group of friends. The atmosphere was great and we enjoyed the live band and to m antic setting!The calamari, crab cakes, and Kobe sliders were good. Our main dishes were nothing special. The paella was very dry, the halibut needed flavor and was on a large mound of soy beans and rice. The filet mignon had too much mushrooms and needed seasoning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PersnicketyDiners
    PersnicketyDinersVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Tasty food well prepared. Rustic, basic tables & seating. Casual dress code. Beachy atmosphere. If you like a quiet meal, finish before the band warms up at 6:30.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MtbikejohnVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great drinks, great food, great service and great music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the noise
    Oside
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The noise level was just abit to much for us. The food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good find
    papos2cents
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Very good service, varied bar and food menu. Exceeded expectations. One outside seating area, had benches to sit on, unacceptable. Otherwise, food, drinks and service were worthy of recommending and making a return trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • calitransplant
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    We enjoyed the music and it was nice because we were able to hear it from the other dining room. Our kids loved the kids menu, which came with ice cream for dessert. Fun, inventive and beautiful food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Le Papagayo is a foodie experience. Each dish served at our table was unique and delicious. The portions were large and the service was great. This is a casual beachie restaurant with some beautiful paintings hung art gallery style on the walls. If you're looking for elegant decor look elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good post-race place
    jc4gr8meals
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had never been to Le Papagayo before, and were pleasantly surprised when we went there after a day at the track. The food was very good (Salad with huge beat chuinks, avocados, and a great dressing; and a very tasty seafood/chicken paella), and available wine was fine. Service was pleasant and friendly, and we thought the prices were very reasonable for the quality and serving size of the food. The environment is a bit funky, but when I lived in San Diego a few decades ago, Leucadia was considered Hippie Heaven, so that's OK. A good experience all around, and we had fun listening to the terrific music of a 3-man guitar-and-bass group that sounded a lot like Crosby, Stills and Nash! It's a definite find, and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I love this place. I try to go at least once a week and bring different friends every time so they can experience the food. From right when you walk up the hostess all the way to the bus boys helping the servers. You can tell everything is organized and they love the job. Also Food is always amazing! Love Love Love this place !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Le Papagayo reviews archive.
  • Great as always
    Kief97
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner outing here. We are repeat customers and brought our friends here because we wanted to show them our favorite restaurant in Encinitas. Everyone enjoyed the dinner and the atmosphere. We'll definitely be back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beachy Sophistication....
    Food4thotVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    A gem of a dining experience near the beach in Leucadia....many delectable offerings such as spicey calamari, filet mignon, Hawaiian Pork, to name a few.....happy hour is also lively with a casual surf ambience.....we enjoyed the music scene featuring a good variety of pop, rock, and a splash of country.....a neighborhood find not to be missed....
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and music
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Are for dinners were all delicious and we heard great music
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    HDLPRLVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had never been to Le Papagayo before; was in the area and it looked good on Open Table - and it was. Nice cocktail selection; varied menu with lots of good choices. The pesto served with the bread is fantastic. Vibrant place; has live music on Friday night; though overall restaurant is a little on the noisy side/
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • came for a few tapas
    tapas
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    From the time we got there, during the meal and afterwards, the staff (matra di, waiter, water person, bread delivers, etc) were tentative, helpful and full of smiles. That really really makes for a wonderful overall restaurant experience. We came for the happy hour menu and had several tapas. One of each of the tacos-all had distinctive 'melt in your mouth' flavors. We had the clams in the wine sauce-wow, perfectly flavored with a hearty serving of fresh clams. You can't go wrong with the mac n cheese and truffle fries either! Both quite delicious dishes. Overall, a great experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delighting experience
    Shellie
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Food terrific, both to eat and look at. Thoroughly enjoyed entertainment on Monday night, Memorial Day, which we weren't expecting. It was the bonus to the overall experience. Sangria really is the best we've tasted. Lots to choose from on the menu. Dinner menu was great, but some of us made our meal of the many choices on the appetizer menu...everyone very satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last Monday of Each Month
    DavidW
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    This was the third time I have been to La Papagayo for dinner and to listen to live entertainment. It's always a great time. I really appreciated how Francois was able to get me a great table to see the band.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to the reviews
    GLS3VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Overall great experience. Great service and good music. Hands down the best pesto and bread ever!! Our new favorite, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really liked the live band
    Robbie
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Really liked the live band and music. Very nice outdoor back patio. Food was very simple though. However tasty. Service a little slow. Waitress forgot about us at one point.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Papa Wow Wow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had a great Valentines dinner. The Paella was awesome!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been better
    Beachsideeats
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    I had the lamb which was slightly overcooked, the garlic mashed potatoes had no garlic (or at least I couldn't taste it); my salad was very lightly dressed. Other food was under seasoned. If this improves, I'd be happy to come back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun
    HappyguyVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Fun spot with live music and good food. Cool leucadia crowd too
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Again
    FoodFanaticsVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We were seated promptly given we had reservation. Was the worst table in restaurant between front door and bar. When we asked to be moved and were willing to wait. Without giving it a second thought, hostess said had no other tables. After repeating we were happy to wait, server said doesn't matter, they had other reservations. I said, shouldn't be a problem, you can give them our table. After a moment, she said they specifically requested the table. I said ALL of your later reservations specifically requested their tables? After a pause, Yes, was the answer. It was clear, she didn't care. So we left. Perhaps its success is getting to it. Too many good restaurants to tolerate such apathy. We'll never go again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good catch
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Surprising place in Encinitas. Opentable described it accurately. May not look as a first choice from the street but try it. People are nice and the food is excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the food!
    LovesgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Had another pleasant experience dining at La Papagayo - this is my third visit. The appetizer of bread and pesto is fantastic, one of the best bread starters I have ever had. Overall a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big disappointment
    WindanseaVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    The menu sounded so great online but the food was very mediocre. The service was equally disappointing. We constantly had to ask after our food, then sent it back, we had to keep asking for more water, utensils, and they delivered a birthday cake to the wrong table. I would not return nor recommend this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local vibe
    CoconutVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2013
    Was welcomed immediately. Food was great. We ordered lobster bisque, fish tacos, Kobe sliders, bouillabaisse, and creme brûlée. Only disappointment was creme brûlée and glass of Cabernet which had a fermented prune taste about it. Stick to beer or sangria. Music nightly and doesn't disappoint. Our server was very attentive and sat outdoors near heaters. Fun end to date night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back.
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    What a find, not only fun people and great jazz music, but the food was crazy good. I had hawaiian pork described as cooked Laua style...I thought of when I ate some in Hawaii and thought could they possibly compare.....EXACTLY the same...as if cooked underground. Run, don't walk to this gem of a restaurant, you will not be dissappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went on a Tuesday evening.
    Wildcat
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    Went on a Tuesday evening. Happy hour prices all evening. Very lively place with good food. Gets very loud inside especially with the music playing. Sitting outside is great. Wonderful sangria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was exceptional! Fish
    DcheiVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    Food was exceptional! Fish was fresh and cooked to perfection! Music was loud which limited some conversation, but the food was that good, I'd go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real and raw...Le Papagayo..
    KBDKVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Real and raw...Le Papagayo.. Excellent food without attitude and often live music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    happycamper
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Best mussels in north county and all seafood items are fresh and well prepared. Nice outdoor patio my wife and I like a lot. It is quiet. We can sit next to each other and somehow the atmosphere is conducive to people between tables chatting and being friendly. Excellent kitchen, imaginiative menu and reasonable prices. The casualness is actually very romantic and we always see a wide range of ages enjoying their dinners. It is small and I always fear that I may be shutting myself out by making it too popular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice
    ColinM
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Wonderful food. A hole in the wall with great ambience and waiters
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Almost Perfect
    Terrance
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    My wife and I had dinner here. The only negatives were that service was a little slow and that it was really loud due to the acoustics which amplified conversations. We loved the oil, pesto, and baguette combo. We highly recommend the seafood medley (Le Papagayo Dynamo?). My wife had the vegetarian paella which had too much vinegar (I lived in Spain for half a year, so I'm biased). My chicken satay was on point. The live guitarist covered Led Zep, so huge bonus points there. Overall, we had a nice romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lively digs
    Tina
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    love this place for the appetizers, flatbread with brie, mussels etc. Remembered a more eclectic wine list, not too much on the white wine side. Music is always great, can get a little loud when you are sitting close or in the dining room to the right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Service were great!
    DonSVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    We loved everything about Le Papagayo. Shannon our waitress was excellent. I told them in advance that it was our friend's birthday and they provide a dessert surprise for us. We get to Leucadia a few times a year and will make sure we eat here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very tasty but not cheap
    Bellaq
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The food was good except the truffled mac and cheese was very blah. (Stouffer's is better) the Calamari was delish-( a bit spicy for my family) different than most of the calamari around town ( I have been eating my through Encinitas's calamari offerings! So far- Beachside is #1, but Le Pap is definitely in 2nd place) The music is good, but there is loads of outdoor seating that isn't right under the band so you can enjoy it while still conversing with your guests. I think the entrees were pricey for the location, but there were lots of ways around it. We will definitely be back. the server and the busboy were charming without being cloying. Attentive without hovering. Engaging without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been on Friday nights
    CathieVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    I've been on Friday nights - GREAT live entertainment! I would recommend the restaurant based on the bar/entertainment scene.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dichotomous experience, but fun!
    Here45
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    We sat at a long, counter-height table, good for groups. Inside there was some mediocre live music, so it was nice to be further away from that. The caprese appetizer received did not match the description in the menu, but it was good, though a small portion. My salmon was cooked well, the sauce was light, nothing was oily. I was a disappointed that the veggies consisted of exactly 3 string beans. My husband's vegetarian paella with grilled chicken on top was delicious with veggies galore. The dichotomous part of the restaurant is due to the service. It seemed like everyone was a trainee. It was sort of charming, but could be annoying if you are expecting a more impressive dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.