Le Papagayo

4.6
1437 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Le Papagayo blends New American and Pacific Coast cuisine to create an amazing fine dining experience. The Chef and Myself combine the freshest of local ingredients and flavor to create a unique character for each meal created from scratch.




Dining at Le Papagayo is a full 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 heated patio and unplugged live music every night.
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LouM
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently great as well as their specialty drinks. The smokey Italian is tasty!

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OsideFoodi
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, excellent service. Ambiance while dining in the parking lot leaves a little to be desired. Covid is an excuse for everything. It’s getting really old.

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SusieB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Awesome food. Waitress was spread a little thin - but did a good job anyway.

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nofastfood
Orange County
89 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Watermelon Margarita: Excellent
Miomi Pinot Noir: Excellent
Salad: Caesar Salad: Excellent
Fig and Blue flat bread: Excellent
Mussels: Excellent
Artisan bread w/ pesto dip: Excellent
Live Duo: Great vocals; good woodwinds and guitar - solos too notey for my taste.

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SusanF
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat out on the patio. It was really open and our table was private. The music was awesome!!!

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SergeiK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t go wrong eating here at any time of the day or closing your eyes and picking something off the menu blindly. Such an amazing place to eat and a great patio.

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Abbey
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love Le Papagayo. The menu selection is so versatile with so many delicious options. Service was great. We sat outside in their newer outdoor dining area which doesn’t have much ambiance. Not sure I would choose to sit out there again. Martini was $17 which is a bit high for the Encinitas beach community. Other than that, food and service was great.

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vipMicheleD
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We really love this restaurant but we felt rushed during our dinner meal and it was $175 for the three of us and we were in and out in an hour. We were seated in the tent which used to be part of the parking lot so the ambience wasn’t exactly what we hoped for. But the food is great and we appreciate the hard work the staff does to keep this great restaurant running.

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WarrenG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't beat this place, with the bar, live music, and GREAT food.......it is a true blessing to have this restaurant so close.

JF
JeffF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places I've eaten in ages. The menu is very unique. It has just the right number of selections. Various meat, and seafood dishes along with unique tapas and a happy hour menu until 6 PM. I will go out of my way to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food….the waiter had forgotten what my drink order was, he came back with an order of bread on the house as an apology….the duck tacos were amazing pared with the toasted coconut margarita…

Can’t wait to go back and try everything on the menu.

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LydiaM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious and unique menu. Ambiance is compromised with tables set up at far end of parking area.

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danj
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local restaurant, where we take out-of-town guests. Great food, reasonable prices, excellent service, laid-back Leucadia vibe.

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GabDag
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Laid back friendly service. Reliably good food. Outdoor ambience very nice. Always bring our visitors here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service!

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Priscilla
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We ordered the paella and the braised short rib, along with the ahi and blue crab appetizer. The appetizer was good, but could’ve used more sauce and seasoning. The taro chips that came with it were very oily and a little too thin to be used as a vessel to eat it with.

The paella and braised short rib were both to die for. Both were very flavorful and despite being extremely full, we ended up eating every last bite of both entrees. The only complaint I have is that the rice from the paella could’ve used some more salt. It was flavorful, but just a bit bland in taste.

Overall, it was an amazing experience and definitely put Le Papagayo on the list of our favorite restaurants in North County.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was my first time at the Encinitas Le Papagayo location and we were a party of 6. I was disappointed by the food and by the service. It took awhile for our food to come out, and the quality wasn’t anything spectacular. Considering the difficulty in parking for the location, this place is not somewhere I would visit again.

JG
JeannineG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun evening.... we had the spaghetti bolognese and the pineapple pork ...scrumptious! Our waitress Emi had the best smile and gave great recommendations.... the butter cake was out of this world...and to be immersed in wonderful live music under the moon lit sky... what an unforgettable evening!!!

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vipJayS
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a very lively fun restaurant in Leucedia. Wait staff was very friendly and hustled. Cocktails were excellent. My wife’s Kailua pork was great. My salmon was good quality but I was not a fan of the spicy sauce that accompanied it. My bad for not ordering a dish I knew I would like for sure. We enjoyed the evening very much and will return sometime soon.

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TiffanyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Fun atmosphere. A bit pricey, but enjoyed overall!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated quickly. We had a wonderful server named Shannon. She was awesome, bubbly personality and very attentive. Food was excellent. Enjoyed our evening out!

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vipMike
New England
7 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Service was decent but the food wasn’t good. We tried the calamari and it wasn’t a classic version. It was some sort of sweet teriyaki type of seasoning served almost like chicken tenders. We didn’t think it tasted good and it was also overcooked.

Good and strong drinks here though

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu for all tastes. The paella was substantial and authentic. Service was very good and the atmosphere casual. Loved the outdoors eating area

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MarniN
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere and awesome that they have live music every night. It’s a great spot.

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RachelT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this local gem. Great food and excellent service.

SM
vipSMez2112
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service, love the sangria of course and the outdoor seating ambiance was really great

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a fabulous hostess. I will definitely be going back!

KB
KarlaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server Emma was amazing. It was only her second day and she was exceptional. We would go back just for her. Food was great up until entrees. Just a few issues but they were handled by Emma and the manager immediately! It was a great night! First time for dinner there. I usually go for brunch.

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Sara
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My husband and I had our first date there 10 years ago. We went for our anniversary and have to say it was just okay. They need to put some effort into cleaning up their patio and food quality. Otherwise sangria is good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience!

JF
vipJocelynF
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good happy hour selection, loved the live music and our waiters were awesome!

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StevenB
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going for several years and always a good experience. Staff is attentive and friendly. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. I recommend going for happy hour.

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vipdebo
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was delish. Started with the roasted beet caprese. It was wonderful.
I had the bolognese and I loved it. Hubby had the short rib and ate every bit.
Service was very good. Staff upbeat and very pleasant.
The ONLY kinda iffy thing is the decor’. There is none. Place could use a little update. Your basically earring in a parking lot.
I’d still go back

VERY big menu and cocktails 🍸were also great!

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LawrenceB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food but we found the service to be slow even tho restaurant not crowded.

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stepheng
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

really nice place, perfect atmosphere. they're busy, and like most places, a bit short of help right now, but overall very good experience. great food, we sampled multiple tapas between us.

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AlyssaC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for date night and it did not disappoint. Great music, food and service.

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vipLefty
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there many times and always enjoy. First time eating outside and very nice. Andrew was our waiter and he is the best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Drinks were great and appetizers were fine. Sitting outside under a tent in parking lot. No big deal but part of the Covid parking lot expansion. Had a couple clients and coworkers with us. After an hour or so, the waitress brings us our last drink and says we need to vacate in the next 15mins as someone will be arriving for the table. We had a reservation and a time limit was a first for me. Not like we were loitering. We spent over $250. Chalk it up to the manager or the waitress I guess? Weird

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! I had been a loyal customer for almost 20 years, never disappointed either breakfast, lunch or dinner. The live music is a plus on this summer nights.

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vipKellyW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had an awesome server and the food was really good. While it is noisy (right next to the train tracks) there is a nice ambiance outside. We really enjoyed the live music and the attentive servers. I would highly recommend this place if you are in Encinitas!

FAQs

Le Papagayo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 944-8252.

Le Papagayo is rated 4.6 stars by 1437 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.