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844 reviews
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$30 and under
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Open for lunch and dinner, Q'ero in Encinitas, CA is dedicated to serving the most authentic Peruvian cuisine to the local community. With a rotating menu that changes every week, it is an award-winning restaurant with an inspiring and savory menu.

The seasonal options at Q'ero will always include starters as well as entr�es. Choices include antojitos that are crispy plantain and yucca chips with garlic dip or empanadas made by hand and filled with an array of delicious ingredients. Other options include meat and seafood dishes, a popular ceviche and fresh salads with innovative ingredients like greens, candied pepitas, Valencia orange and goat cheese. Desserts are a must at Q'ero and can include caramel cookies, sponge cake and chocolate or chili tortes.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Peruvian, South American, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Currently Closed for Remodel. Please visit our second Location, Casa del Q'ero
at 815 Birmingham Drive, Cardiff. Hours:

Dinner: Tuesdays-Saturdays: 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday - Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(760) 753-9050
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Monica Szepesy
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Private party facilities
El Q'ero, dedicated to tradition, great taste, & cooking as an artisan craft which brings communities together in various ways. Inspired by Peruvian cuisine, Q'ero wishes to convey a feeling of warmth & pride in the food we prepare. Private dining seats up to 36 & up to 45 for tapas & wine.
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Private party contact
Monica Szepesy: (760) 753-9050
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Catering menus are available upon request.
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Cross street
D St. / E St.
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Special events & promotions
New Years Eve Dinner Promo for ($65 prix fixe) 12/31/2015
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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4.5  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2016

I had heard good things about this restaurant and my husband and I decided to try it last week when our son was visiting. Although the main dish was tasty I found the food to be luke warm (both the empanadas and hand pulled chicken and the cerviche was fairly tasteless. We were disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

Great food. Great service. Not too pricey. I suggest the fried plantons. While we had entrees, there are many other less e pensive choices.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2016

Pisco sours are great.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 18, 2016

We were there early enough that it wasn't busy so the noise level was down from when it is crowded. It's usually crowded because the food is so good and fresh. My husband loves the shredded spicy chicken. The fried plantain and yucca chips are excellent. The limited beer selection is surprisingly good. And the tres leche cake is amazing.

vipOpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

Consistently a fantastic special occasion restaurant and A long time favorite restaurant of ours.

vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2016

Excellent food and service

KarsonS (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on August 4, 2016

very limited menu.....greasy plantain chips, so so ceviche...not like before, won't go back very disappointed.

SamV (Houston)
4.0  Dined on July 28, 2016

The food was good. Service a bit slow at 1pm but not a major issue. Menu a bit limited but good Big con- dining room was hot. It was 1pm and ceiling fan didn't help things - suggest a stronger, bigger fan. Great ambiance, music. Bought their hot sauce - great stuff. NOTE - it is "modern" Peruvian cooking - snobby Peruvians might not be expecting the new twist to menu. I am Peruvian and I don't mind - it's pretty good -but it (menu) is not your mothers' cooking either. A bit overpriced. But so is all of California - there I finally said it.... the truth hurts.

vipScotty (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Our first visit here; we were not disappointed. Nicely decorated, friendly service, and very good food. We shall most definitely return, next time we're in the neighborhood.

vipLovetoeat (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 14, 2016

Interesting, delicious food. Located on Hwy 101, great for people watching.