Great food, killer moustache
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.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great place to meet friends
Great place to meet friends for happy hour! Appreciate the full menu with more options that just tacos and burritos.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
one of the best tequila selections!
one of the best tequila selections!
good fresh mex, lots of home cooking going on, fresh fish,shell his, good meats, great guac
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Family Owned Resturant
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.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
LOVE THIS PLACE! A+ ALWAYS!
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!!
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Menu (and Non-Menu) Favorites!
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"
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
surprised so good
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! !!!
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
El Callejon is the BEST Mexican
El Callejon is the BEST Mexican restaurant in San Diego County. Everyone should go!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have a unique and fabulous menu. The service is great, the staff moves fast!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not a burrito joint!
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.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
El Callejon Still Tops
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!
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good second choice
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.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding Mexican Food
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!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
They were very accommodating.
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!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best margaritas in town
We have been going to El Calejon for 10 years. It stays our favorite. Great service great food and the best margaritas in town.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just as good so many years later
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.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Mexican food; and tasty
Great Mexican food; and tasty STRONG margaritas! Very fast, attentive service. Fun/easy place to go with kids after day at LEGOLAND.
11/30/2013 4:00:00 PM