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Le Papagayo
Le Papagayo

Le Papagayo Details

  • 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 American, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Dinner: Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm,
    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 (760) 944-8252
  • 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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...."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Are for dinners were all delicious and we heard great music"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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/"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We had a great Valentines dinner. The Paella was awesome!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Fun spot with live music and good food. Cool leucadia crowd too"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/15/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013
  • "Real and raw...Le Papagayo.. Excellent food without attitude and often live music!"
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Wonderful food. A hole in the wall with great ambience and waiters"
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "I've been on Friday nights - GREAT live entertainment! I would recommend the restaurant based on the bar/entertainment scene."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "We enjoyed dinner off the Happy Hour menu! Lots of tasty choices (we unofficially split; the split charge is just 1.00 for appetizers if you're fussy) so we'll have to return to try the ones we didn't get to. Duck confit tacos were amazing! Loved the salads; I could add a protein and be happy for dinner. The dinner menu looked amazing, but we were "on the cheap" but very pleased."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "There were 8 of us for dinner. Members in our party had been there before, saying it was hit or miss. 7 out of 8 of the dishes were too salty to eat."
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "2 1/2 years ago my husband and I had our first date here, so it's one of our favorite spots! The food is amazing! Great ambiance! This year we celebrated my birthday there with 15 of our closest friends and we were equally pleased! The gal who waited on us was great, our food came out in a timely manner (despite the size of our group) and we found out it was happy hour all night on Tuesdays! There's also a band and great music with people dancing. So really vibrant and fun! We had a blast! (the other nights are not loud like Tuesday nights if you're considering taking a date...good vibes there obviously cause it worked for me and my husband :)"
    Dined on 7/23/2013
  • "Loud and energetic with great live music. This casual, beachy joint has good food and a fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/13/2013
  • "Inside was lively with music and noisy, but the outside patio was heated and quiet, which is where you will find us next time. Great for kids. The food was fantastic and way beyond our expectations and our server took great care of us. My wife had bouillabaisse and raved about it I had the pineapple pulled pork, which was very tender, juicy and flavorful. The bread and pesto dipping sauce to start was a hit with my children. My 9 yo daughter had almost 2 full orders of the Shanghai ribs herself and my son had the chicken satays. The desserts were delicious (Key lime mousse, fried banana bites and lava cake) and the big cotton candy ball with a candle for my birthday was memorable for my daughter who now wants to have her birthday here."
    Dined on 5/9/2013
  • "Love this place. Normally we are lucky and get a table in the back, where the music is heard but not overly loud like this time in the front of the restaurant. But the food is wonderful. Everybody loved the flatbread, the crab cakes and for the mussels - they now have three different kinds - we needed extra bread and spoons, the broth is that great. Huge selection on very interesting wines. Will definitely go there again and try out the outdoor seating when it's a little warmer."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Great Fun Spot. We went there to celebrate a birthday with a group of eight, and had a great time. Live music every night; reasonable prices and good portions. Everyone liked their meal. Will return when I'm looking for a casual, loud, fun spot."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "Jamaican/Caribbean flare. I enjoyed the variety of the food and beverage menus. Exciting and fresh ideas. I hade the vegetarian lasagna, and rice and bean wrap. Delish! Mojito's were good. Desserts were great too."
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "We were not expecting too much but were pleasantly surprised. We enjoyed it!"
    Dined on 10/30/2012
  • "this restaurant is not in Encinitas, it's in Leucadia so we wasted 10 mniutes trying to find it and had to call the restaurant to find out how to get to it. We had a reservation but the place was in chaos when we arrived and we waited at least 7 minutes to be even acknowledged as having arrived. It was not encouraging that while we were standing around the table nearest to where we were standing sent back there food becasue it was cold. We did eventually get a table on the front patio in hope of it being less noisy and it was okay. But trhe food was no more than okay and was poor value for money."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "This was our second visit to Papagayo, and I already can't wait to go back. Everything was amazing, from the sangria to the dessert, and though our server had many tables, she still provided excellent service. The food is amazing here, so fresh and beautifully presented. The only problem is deciding what to order, and the small plates are excellent in that regard. You can try all sorts of things. I can't wait to go back for brunch!"
    Dined on 3/23/2013