El Camino

4.3
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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El Camino is a restaurant and bar concept, created by Mauricio Couturier, to provide an exciting and memorable Mexican dining experience in a kitschy neighborhood atmosphere. Our menu reflects an authentic blend of recipes and food concepts of popular modern foods from Mexico. We strive to seasonally source as much as possible from local area farms and businesses in San Diego. El Camino introduces a funky restaurant hangout to the Little Italy community that strives to be affordable, accessible, and addicting.
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San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Overall it was an amazing time! We enjoyed the amibiance!

PD
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience5

I will lead off with the decor is great and the food was fine, but rather expensive for what you got ($16 for three merely okay tacos? Really?).

Restaurant called and asked if I wanted inside or outside. I said outside. On arrival, we had to wait, then were seated inside. Asked to be moved outside per our request. That must have been a mistake because the service was a zero from that moment on. Told we had to be done by 9 (it was 7). Pacing was way off. We felt very rushed by server to order drinks right away with no chance to really look things over. Same with food. Appetizer came out with meal, not before. Not asked it we'd like a second round of drinks, but only if we were ready to leave. So we said, yes, indeed, we really were ready to leave. After getting a "of course you are" look from the server, we left our half-finished first round of drinks--that's how fast the food came--on the table and walked out. You might blame this on them needing the table in another 90 minutes, but that did not stop them from seating another party (of three) at the other end of the six-top, so I don't think that was it.

We felt like they wanted to get rid of us, so we obliged. We were there only about 35 minutes from start to finish. Hardly a nice evening out.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience4

I used to go to El Camino all the time and was really excited to go back for my birthday but was incredibly disappointed in how small the portions are now. The food itself is still decent but the portions are now a quarter of the size they used to be but still the same price. The service was also disappointing as well it felt like he forgot about us throughout our meal. Sadly I don’t think I’ll be going back.

L
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter choose El Camino for dinner before the Homecoming dance and the management and staff couldn't have been nicer! Good food, super fun atmosphere, and the kids felt like rockstars...Great experience!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinners with family

CS
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot to start the night, on Saturday happy hour from 5 to 7pm is awesome!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I reserved a last minute table for 15 for a surprise party. When we got there we had the best seat in the house. The hostess helped us with the surprise making it seem super casual (without any prior notice).

Our waitress made it so easy for everyone to pay their own tabs and split it up in groups of 2-3 which was SO HELPFUL when it came to paying the bills.

We were extremely loud at the end of the night but so was the reat of the restaurant. It was perfect!

5 stars all around for service, ambience, apps and drinks!

H
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Best service ever, went there for my 19 birthday and was blown away just by how nice the staff was. I had such an amazing time just enjoying being in there presents it’s a very comfortable place to be and to my surprise at the end of the night the DJ decided to pay for me and my boyfriends meal without us knowing. I will be going back without a doubt

CP
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The options are limited and very trendy. Lacked the feel of traditional mexican.

TS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The Food was good but parking was AWFUL! If parking was better, they’d get all stars.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very helpful & accommodate our party. Thank you for a wonderful night! Everyone had a lot of fun!

DE
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my top 3 spots in San Diego. Been coming here for years, it never disappoints. Great drinks & jams with an awesome ambience!

AB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Only complaint we had was the pitcher of margarita that we ordered was a little watered down. Definitely could taste the tequila though! Shrimp and carne asada quesadillas were delicious, as is their chipotle dipping sauce- so addicting! Even though the planes are loud going over the patio, I love the outdoor seating area and would only choose to sit out there!

t
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HAD A AWSOME TIME AND SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT OUR WAITER WAS GREAT NEVER HAD A EMPTY GLASS WAS ALWYAS THERE WHEN WE NEEDED SOMTHING WILL RECOMMEND TO FAMILY AND FIRENDS.


THANK YOU

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Super mediocre food. Even the guacamole wasn't good. Fun ambiance though.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! Thank you so much, we will be back!!

F
Detroit
31 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I’m great little restaurant serving good Mexican food in the flight path of San Diego’s international Airport.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had so much fun celebrating my birthday here! Karaoke night and happy hour on Tuesdays made it even better!! The service was great but there was not much value in the full price food options. Small portions and kind of bland. Highly recommend though!!

JU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It is a cool Mexican cantina with great drinks and decor.

LM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall amazing! Host recommended some of the best drinks to start off and I took her recommendations. Our server Tory was amazing always checking what else I needed.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Birthday. Was very fun and staff was nice, just need more waitressing especially for a big party of 15. Also did not know after 10pm there is a long line and had friends wait an hour in line. Overall very fun, food was good. Recommend for smaller parties.

MD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I love this place! My friends had never been there and they really enjoyed the ambience. They and I will be back soon!

JC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Great place to hang. Food and service definitely a disappointment this time round

CH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome location and vibe

MW
Nashville
5 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in Little Italy !!!

OT
Baja California
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the place, service and food 👍🏼

SH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The service wasn't so great. It wasn't very crowded and we had to wait too long after being seated for someone to come ask us if we wanted a drink. Then our drinks were empty for quite some time before we had to flag down the server and ask for another one

OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was just okay and the music was loud for being somewhat empty.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

It was really eh. The food was fine but over priced. Loud. But super cool space. We won’t be going back for dinner. But I hear drinks and dancing are cool here

KK
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

The decor inside was nice. The music was way way to loud. Impossible to talk. They were playing disco music which didn’t really go with the Mexican Food experience. The drinks were not good either. My date ordered a Paloma which tasted like watered down sprite with some orange flavor. I ordered a sangria which also tasted like watered down wine. Food was good, service very slow.

J
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Server felt very cold and bothered by request for salsa. Super cool environment, but it was cold in the patio. Not enough heaters. Squeezed a party of 9 onto one of their high tables. 4 of us had to sit on one side and it was very tight and uncomfortable. Wasn't impressed by food. Taco's were so so, not bad, just so so and guac didn't taste fresh. Not a horrible experience, but not fantastic either. Would return if invited, but wouldn't be my choice 2nd time around.

T
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Service was ok table was dirty drinks where great food needs more flavor but over good atmosphere

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my 25th birthday and it was incredible ! We sat in the outside area in our own private spot where it was a bit warmer. I love seeing the airplanes fly over! It was happy hour all night, and they had a taco Tuesday deal. The food was amazing ! I recommend the carne asada fries, and chicken tacos! For desert the fried ice cream was absolutely incredible. We got several pitchers of margaritas, and the sangria tasted so good (very cinnamony!) Our waitress checked in on us often and the guy who brought out the foot had about 6 plates he was able to carry and that was extremely impressive. All of the murals, and the Christmas lights really set the mood and it was an overall amazing experience. I’ll be returning again for sure!

JK
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, Mexican food and service, what more could you ask for!

G
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The music was extremely loud with offensive lyrics. They messed up our food two times and it was not very good. I will never go back and I will not recommend this place ever.

AH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Fun ambience and atmosphere. Food was tasty. I had a skinny (flaca) margarita and it was overdone on ice and not much tequila or other ingredients- skimpy not skinny. I chose beer for my second drink instead.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Super cute restaurant. Loved the menu.

CE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Fun atmosphere and easy going vibe. A little pricey but what do you expect, your in SD. Only thing I recommend is shots in happy hour menu 😉 love this place.

A
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I made a reservation and it was great ! Overall, food, drinks and everything else was amazing . Although the music was mediocre but still able to have great convos, dance and drink!

L
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot but just noisy due to the planes flying over but if you get drunk enough you don’t even notice them. Lol.