Q'ero
Q'ero

Q'ero

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.qerorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7607539050x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: Closed
    Tuesday-Thursday: 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m
    Friday: 11:30 a.m - 10:00 p.m
    Saturday: 12:30 p.m - 10:00 p.m
    Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Monica Szepesy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering menus are available upon request.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: D St. / E St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Q'ero
The enticing aromas that surround you, as you step into the intimate dining room of Q'ero, instantly transport you to the picanterias that you stumble upon while walking the quaint streets of Cusco. Located in the heart of downtown Encinitas on the 101, Q'ero serves authentic, wholesome food inspired by Peruvian cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Q'ero reviews from OpenTable diners
86 reviews since April 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.7
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (62)fit for foodies (59)special occasion (38)romantic (32)great for lunch (18)notable wine list (13)hot spot (10)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (6)late-night find (4)good for groups (4)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food quality is excellent and very well prepared. Very authentic! The staff is very professional & knowledgeable, humble and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yes but ...
    Carol
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Yes it is adorable with cute Peruvian artifacts and excellent food and pretty good service. Worth going to, but ... Where are the Peruvians? Don't seem to be in the kitchen. Or waiting tables ... Waitress didn't even seem to speak Spanish or understand what a real Peruvian Pisco sour was compared to the wine version they offer. Hmmm.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Hot Inside!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was great, however, the restaurant is miserably hot. Would have been much better outdoors, but there are only a couple of tables outside. Would go back in the winter months, but never again in the summer. Restaurant needs to invest in air conditioning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peruvian at its Best
    ServiceIsTheKey
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I grew up in Peru so have fond memories of the Peruvian cuisine. This restaurant is legit !! Fantastic decor - none of those gaudy woven hangings -very authentic. Nice, unobtrusive service; decent menu (although no anticuchos on the lunch menu which is what I really wanted...) but the empanadas were delicious! I was told the prices were very high - they're not. Do make reservations - it's a fairly small place.....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food was good service was great they had a problem with the AC so it was very hot inside the fans didn't help
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Peruvian
    GFinEncinitas
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We love this restaurant, both for the food and the vibrantly colored decor. The food is amazing. It's a very small restaurant so you will need reservations unless you go at lunch or very early in the evening. We love to tell the story about my brother who was so sure he would not like Peruvian food that he went kicking and screaming. It's now one of his favorite places also. Gluten free items are marked on the menu and there is a FG chocolate dessert that's amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Find!
    Ophelia
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The wait staff was very helpful with suggestions for lunch and when our food arrived we were all delighted! I would suggest going a bit early for your reservations as street parking can be an issue.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    disappointingVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    After many months of anticipation to dine here, we found it loud and extremely warm inside. The small venue provides little escape from overcrowding. While the food seemed to taste good and the porrtions were of shareable size, with all the food being warm, eating in an overheated room made me lose my appetite.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Q'ero
    Jess7286
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Q'ero is a wonderful Peruvian restaurant, perfect to go to for dinner. I took my dad here for his birthday and we ordered the Pernil de Chancho (pork shank), Costillas en Jora (beef short ribs), and Bistek a la Trujillana (skirt steak). All three were delicious. My favorite was the pork shank. The meat is succulent, cooked perfectly, tender, and flavorful. For appetizers, I highly recommend the ceviche. Delicious food. Definitely worth the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderfully flavorful!
    Mardi
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is the place to increase your palate and experience a wonderful meal; unique, authentic, incredible flavors, sophisticated and discriminating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    foodyatheart
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent food- nice to be there during a lull on a rainy Saturday. Recommend lunch as not as pricey, and recommend reservations!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    Mrsnak
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I'm not sure why we don't make this a Must Dine spot while visiting CA. The food is always fabulous. It's a little warm inside, but if you want to drink, you cannot sit outside to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FromFallbrook
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food and dessert were outstanding. Service was slow; however, every table was taken. Noise level, loud. Next time, we'll sit outside - weather permitting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great. missed the special occasion.
    breakinbread
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Pros:Service...excellent. The food was extremely tasty and not too $$$. Cons: It was too warm inside. I had included the occasion with the online reservation but there was no candle...:(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Divine Peruvian Food
    FoodyFooderson
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is a great place with great flavor. There are many dishes for the vegetarian and gluten free in the apps and sides sections and a couple of those are a good way to taste a lot of the menu and are very reasonably priced. I'm not a huge ceviche fan but this place's ceviche is to die for and the plantain crisps are delightful with that amazing dipping sauce!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Peruvian Food
    JDRobin
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Q'ero features creative and delicious Peruvian food. The ceviche is fabulous, and the main courses are equally wonderful. I had the ribs, which were delicious. The service was attentive and quick. It is a small restaurant, but the ambiance is charming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Foodie's Paradise!
    PatyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Q'ero's is one of my most favorite places to dine. They do the most incredible things with spices and create dishes that will have you coming back over and over again. When I want to impress someone with a new dining experience, I take them to Q'eros. The restaurant is quaint, the staff is very attentive, and of course, the food is out of this world! And while you're there, try their Sangria. It's some of the best I've had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CalVal76
    CalVal76
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Too noisy and crowded on weekend eves. Would never go again on F/S/S evening again. Lunch yes, dinner no.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buzzymike
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Have been eying this restaurant for years. The food didn't disappoint. But sadly our server almost ruined the entire experience. We edited on her more than she on us. Took forever to place orders or get refills. And when we did get to place then we were meet with a palpable insincerity. I'd like to say it was us who put her off but no matter how hard my wife and I tried to be overly kind we were meet with the same attitude. Could be they were understaffed for the evening. Food was amazing. Most places put an ethnic twist on an American dish but these were original if not traditional dishes. I can't say I know Bolivian or Peruvian food but everything we tried was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LeneVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Heard so much about you and now we know why. Fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yo Quiero Q'ero
    PizzaDan
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Don't be afraid to try this place. Sure, Peruvian sounds exotic, but it is crazy good for even the most skeptical/skittish eaters. They have pulled chicken or beef empanadas (basically little pot pies filled with beef, spices and goodness). The beet salad (Beteraba) is tasty as are the Amici greens with oranges and pepitas (I had to look that up, they are toasted and spiced pumpkin seeds). We shared a vegetarian empanada with lentils spinach and sweet potatoes which was tasty. The Lunch Boxes are a great special where you get an entree paired with one of the salads. I enjoyed the chicken empanada and tasted my friend's Quinoa crusted chicken which was quite good. Dessert menu is unique and we enjoyed the Tulum. Service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Noisy, Food not creative
    Ken12345
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food was dry and bland and super noisy. I couldn't even hear the person next to me. My wife had the duck special and it was not special at all. I don't know why everyone raves over this place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A memorable meal
    prhale
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    A few meals in life are truly memorable, and this was one of them. My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary, so we had it all. Appetizers of crusted scallops (with a chili bite!) and incredibly special ceviche. We split a warm spinach salad with local beets, goat cheese and walnuts, and then moved on to splitting the duck breast special, with a fabulous sauce and an array of beautifully presented veggies. The wine was a yummy malbec blend, big enough to support this dinner, all the way to the dessert I can't spell or pronounce, a cheesy filling between two chocolate crusts. Good thing we had to walk home. Q'ero is my new fav special occasion family-owned restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite authentic local place
    surfnik
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We dined there last Friday with 2 friends from Germany and Netherlands. 4 of us in total. They said this is the best meal they've had during their 3 weeks in the states, this is coming from foodies who've been dining at recommended places in SD and Chicago. This was our 2nd visit. The pork shank was incredible, and they ordered the 2 evening specials: Halibut, Duck. All tasty. The apps were good too, we ordered both empanadas and the ceviche. The food is different, remarkable and delicious. Service is good and we don't feel rushed. The space is small -good for 2-4 person party and those seeking intimate dining. The food is a bit pricey but well deserving of it. With 2 bottles of wine the bill is expensive. Going again soon for my b-day :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sanchman
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have heard so much regarding Q'ero and I wasn't disappointed. Our dinner was fantastic! Can't wait tot return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    RoloverVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Q'ero has a unique and interesting menu. The atmosphere is cozy and warm and the food is amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Encinitas
    Sandc
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Exquisite food, great service! Encinitas Gem. I've been going to Qero for a long time and it's still my favorite place to dine. I take everyone who comes from out of town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Still Great - but service?
    getoutandgo
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food and wine as always. But service has slipped. Too long to get food out. Lots of smoke from the kitchen. Wine glasses sitting empty on table, etc. Its a shame because this was one of our favorite restaurants in North County. It was always worth putting up with the tight squeeze for seating, and overcrowded pathways in the past, but not so sure now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • another great dinner at Q'ero
    Strokeanddistance
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Consistently wonderful place to eat. Amazes me how many people who live in the area have never been to Q'ero. But that's okay because it's hard enough to get a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    SauceonthesideVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Each dish that we had was delicious. The special ceviche, Peruvian style, was fabulous. I can't wait to come back for my birthday next month!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Find
    Arla
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My husband and I went to Q'ero for his birthday and what a wonderful find! We thought how much we would love it if Q'ero was in our neighborhood. We would be there all the time. Excellent food! Ambience! Service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    I've only ever had seafood here, because I'm a seafood junkie, and it is always excellent: very fresh and perfectly prepared. The ceviche is to die for... some of the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 24cali
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Food was unusual and delicious. Our waiter was excellent in helping us navigate the menu, but service was a little slow. The restaurant is VERY small, and VERY noisy when we got there at 8:00. It was touted as a date spot, but I think it was way too loud for that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dinner
    Kief97
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food and overall experience was delightful. We 'd highly recommend it. Due to the small size of the restaurant it fills up on most nights so reservations are necessary to get a table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A rare Gem
    Maritza
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Q'ero was a great surprise! My husband and I decided to try something new and Q'ero did not disappoint! I ordered a stewed chicken dish and my husband had the short ribs- delish! I could have dined on their appetizers alone. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the best!
    catitaVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    What can I say? Q'ero never fails....that's why there will be Case de Q'ero soon!! Yipppeee!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome peruvian spot
    armarac
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    traditional peruvian plates are awesome as well as more modern dishes. the quality of food is excellent and the desserts are a dream. highly recommended
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pervian Food!
    LJTGW
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love this restaurant - especially after traveling to South America! The food is wonderful! Need to make a reservation as it is small and fills up!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last dinner before NZ.
    1stqualityalways
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Man it is really noisy in the restaurant. My old ears where failing me thinks. I enjoyed everything! The decor is amazing and we came in and simply sat at our table. Some how I knew it was ours. What a feeling. And our sever was very accommodating. My daughter was late from a business meeting. But the entire dinner went very well, Thanks Alexis ! Will be back asap after NZ!! May Q'ero remain the most amazing restaurant always. :)
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Street Fair April 26, 2014
    Great
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This was a great place for lunch. We were a party of six. Service was attentive and the food was wonderful. Dining location was near Coaster station which was for good my wife and I as we came up from San Diego on the train.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.