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Death By Tequila, Encinitas, CA

Death By Tequila

4.1
4.1
284 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
  • Great for happy hour
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Charming
Death by Tequila. We know, we know, muy oscuro. We don’t mean it literally, of course. After all, our vibe is all about passion, community and good times. As the saying goes, “los muertos al cajón y los vivos al fiestón” (the dead to the coffin and the living to the party). We’re so particular about great produce that we insist on growing our own at local heritage farm, Aschbrenner Acres. Small batches of special varieties you won’t find anywhere else. They may not be the easiest to grow, but they’re packed with flavor. Each day, we roll up our sleeves and get our hands in the dirt. We crunch into this, bite into that and pick only the plumpest, ripest, tastiest organic vegetables, gently seasoned by the ocean air.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 795-9143
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 284 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

284 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was terrible and service was very slow. Won’t be back.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food in the past was very good, unfortunately the quality has fallen and it's not the same unique, high quality, food that it once provided. It's pretty standard, nothing stands out.

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  3. Ella

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I love this restaurant and the food. But I made reservations for Monday and when I showed up the restaurant was closed. So this star is really reflecting that they should update OpenTable and only allow you to make reservations on days that they’re open. 

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  4. KatyR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot, drinks are always on point and the bartenders are awesome

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  5. beth

    Greater Boston

    39 reviews

    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The restaurant was closed and I never got notification that they closed early. It was Cinco de Mayo and hard to get a table at other filled up places. An email letting me know would have been appreciated. I have eaten there before and it was excellent food and service however.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is absolutely delicious, some of the best elevated Mexican cuisine we’ve ever had, and we’re from Arizona where the Mexican restaurants are plentiful. Would highly recommend the mushroom enchiladas with prawns!

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  7. Brea

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Service wasn't the friendliest or accommodating and the food was terrible. Taquitos were unseasoned and soggy for something that should be fried. A stark difference from the three times I had visited this location previously.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They overbooked on Valentine’s Day, had multiple 4 tops open inside and 2 tops empty outside in the cold. They didn’t plan for Valentine’s Day at all and didn’t honor our reservation. Horrible customer service.

    1 person found this helpful

  9. HIgal

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed death by tequila. Cocktails were delicious - especially their old fashioned. Loved the food too! Ambiance from decor to bartender chat was very enjoyable.

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  10. DawnielleE

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    I’m really sad to write this review as my first review was so positive. I brought my group of friends here for a birthday brunch & I was really excited for them to have an experience like I previously had but I was VERY disappointed. Before I deep dive into anything, I would like to say Destiny & Parker were awesome. They worked really hard trying to maintain the amount of customers they had to service but it was obvious the restaurant was understaffed. We had to wait 10-20 minutes for drinks & instead of waiting on our server we decided to just walk up to the bar for faster service. We had to wait over 30 minutes for some of our food to come out & then was notified none of the tacos the group had ordered would be ready anytime soon. We waited an additional 20 minutes for the remaining food to come out. My friends empanadas were soggy and undercooked & the food was just okay & not hot. It was kind of embarrassing that this restaurant I hyped up to my friends & decided to bring my friend for his birthday brunch was kind of a terrible experience.

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FAQs

Death By Tequila offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 795-9143.

Death By Tequila is rated 4.1 stars by 284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Death By Tequila

569 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3532

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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