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Le Papagayo Encinitas, Encinitas, CA

Le Papagayo Encinitas

4.7
4.7
1765 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Sunday 7:30am - 11:00pm On Saturday and Sunday for Brunch our minimum web party size is 6 guests.

  • Phone number

    (760) 944-8252

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lina

  • Catering

    Since 2004 Le Papagayo has been welcoming you to a cozy and friendly atmosphere. Pacific Islands, Mediterranean influences and unplugged live music make for an amazing and unique experience. We will do the same with Le Papagayo Catering.<br /><br><br>Choose your menu, relax and enjoy time with your guests we do it all!!<br />

  • Private party contact

    Darrin Campbell darrindda@gmail.com: (760) 944-8252

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Cross street

    Leucadia Boulvard

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Entertainment

    Live unplugged music every nights. Flamenco, Blues, Motown Blues, Island Groove, Rock & Folks, Jazz, Samba.Please check the music calendar on our website

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,765 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Hot Spot

  • North San Diego

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North San Diego

    American

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  1. D

    Djokovic

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Usually a much better experience but last night was definitely an off night at Papagayo. My gf had her usual favorite butternut squash ravioli, and I decided to try the calamari strips appetizer ($16) and ahi tuna entree ($34) for the first time. The ravioli looked steamed and watery instead of the usual lightly fried appearance. Calamari was like heavily breaded cheese sticks covered in a generic thai chili sauce. Not good at all. Ahi itself was okay but the plating of unseasoned broccoli and carrots on poorly cooked white rice was very underwhelming. Another one to scratch off. The ambiance and service were great as usual.

  2. LE

    Love2Eat

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service1ambience4

    We’ve been eating here for years, this was by far the most disappointing experience ever. The food took well over an hour to arrive, except for one entree that came 20 minutes before everyone else got theirs. When the food finally came, one entree was cold. A couple of items were not prepared nicely at all. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

  3. A

    Alan

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    good value, fun atmosphere, very tasty food..gets busy

  4. PG

    PGMD

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Early dinner with our daughters visiting from out of town on 6/18/22 with 5:15 reservation. We were 5 minutes early. Only a few tables occupied. Hostesses were APPALLING. No smiles. Made a point of telling us that “you have a reservation behind you at seven pm, so just keep that in mind”. Very bizarre, very uncomfortable and very unfriendly. Like a threat. Completely unnecessary. Everything else was good as always. Our waitress was friendly, efficient and made an effort to connect with our daughters. Food was excellent.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The seabass is fantastic!

  6. D

    Dini

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed wonderful dishes with a dear friend. Service was great &amp; our dishes tasted good. The ambiance seating outside is wonderful. We listened to some live music that was played inside, but people seated outside were still able to hear through the speakers which was very nice .

  7. AK

    AngelaK

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Cute place! Good music! Food tasty but a little pricey. Recommend sitting outdoors because inside the tables are too packed and it’s very difficult to converse with others unless they are right next to you.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always a fun time!

  9. l

    loreto

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing! Great place to celebrate a birthday.

  10. JE

    JEEE

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    We had a reservation and were greeted with a firm “you must leave in 2 hours” free m an unfriendly 16 year old hostess. We were given a horrible table near the back of the restaurant by the 2 bussing stations. We asked to move to a booth and were told no. The chairs did not allow for a purse. The floor was less than clean, so I held it on my lap. Our waitress was attentive and friendly. Food above average. Overall don’t go at 5:30

  11. MK

    MaryK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Paella, braised short ribs and steak tacos were great! Weirdly, they were out of ingredients for the 2 drinks I wanted, but hey- supply chain :) No worries, the bartender made something else that was perfect! I forgot how noisy it gets inside when it's full, but there are many other seating options! Overall, great. I would go again, probably soon :)

  12. SC

    SoCal

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Used to be a favorite but the food is slowly changing: mussels were good, bread &amp; pesto were fantastic, duck tacos were just okay and the fig flatbread was terrible! Absolutely terrible, all four of us thought that, hardly any cheese on it, figs were marginal (were they canned?) and it was mostly bare flatbread with nothing on it. Service was average, the busboy had a fun personality. And what’s with telling us the table we are being seated at is reserved in four hours so we will need to be finished by then when we also had reservations? I hate that! Allow customers to dine! I reserved a table, it’s rude telling diners how long they have to enjoy their meal &amp; conversation. We took a 1.5 hour for a party of four not four hours. Times have changed

  13. MA

    MattA

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening with friends! The ceviche was great and would highly recommend the sea bass.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, service and a fun evening with live music.

  15. AR

    AnnR

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fun atmosphere on a Saturday night, with live music playing to add to the scene. Tapas were great and server was very knowledgeable.

  16. AB

    AliciaB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and wonderful service :) Great birthday experience for our son! Love this place. Live music was great!

  17. SC

    SoCal

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    A favorite establishment of ours but a bit lacking this night. Apparently, graduation celebrations going on with loads of reservations BUT lots of empty tables and we had a reservation for two and were sat at a crummy table with a palm tree in the middle. The problem was the unmovable seating and unmovable table were quite a distance from each other and I had to balance a menu on my lap covered with a napkin for fear of dropping food on my clothing - it was ridiculous. No other seating was available, tables remained empty……. Service was good, attentive because they were not full and the food was very good along with their drinks. Yes, we asked to be moved, they said nothing was open. After we ate, numerous table were still available as we left, even small tables. The hosts seemed confused and overwhelmed.

  18. JR

    JimR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great meal. It was a graduation celebration and we had 7 in our party. The food and service was outstanding. Only issues was a bad glass of wine and it was promptly replaced. Food all came out together. Not one issue with the food. Large portions, enough for lunch the next day. We were outside. Could hear the music from inside. Very pleasant. Would come back again.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Anniversariey

  20. CB

    ChristinaB

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Friendly Staff - food was okay - the ambiance is nice if you are able to dine in the front or attached patio - other areas are not as nice or clean

  21. EA

    EdwinaA

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect. Warm

  22. BC

    BerkeleyCA

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Overall good, but disappointed with the sudden scarcity of chips that’s served when I ordered chips, salsa and guacamole. Had to ask for a refill and was given another scarce amount of chips and was annoyed to have to request another serving so we didn’t.

  23. S

    Shelvis

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, music and ambience! Always love it! Great restaurant!!

  24. TF

    ThereseF

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Dinner was good as it always is. The halibut a little dry. Sea bass deliciois

  25. LP

    LeslieP

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Emma was our server yesterday and she went above and beyond with service. She was so friendly and attentive to all of us - full of positive energy! Emma is an asset to any restaurant/ company and we highly recommend asking for her section should you dine at Papagayo in Encinitas!

  26. HB

    HunnyBunny

    Orange County

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Always their lobster bisque is Amazing! The last two times I was here, they changed the crab cake recipe. The former version was delicious. Now it’s like breaded balls and not Betty good. I had flat iron steak I couldn’t finish. Coleslaw and scallop potatoes that seem hard to do poorly but I couldn’t eat them. The waiter was nice. There are heaters for dining outdoors. I’d go back for the bisque only.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was excellent! So was the live music! Can’t wait to go back

  28. S

    Samcc

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    Food was a bit overpriced for the quality. Calamari strips were a 2/5

  29. KA

    KATE

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service.

  30. MK

    MeredithK

    San Diego

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Still a favorite and always a great dining experience! Terrific service and a menu with something for everyone..never disappoints. Add Connor to the list of excellent servers😊

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing at Le Papagayo. The Bread basket was amazing and fresh, and the food was timely and delicious! Can’t wait to go again soon!

  32. JF

    JenniferF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, great atmosphere - had a 2 man musical band on the night we visited - very good duo. Fully enjoyed ourselves.

  33. C

    Carlbadian

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant was lively and full of fun and happy people enjoying themselves! Atmosphere was great. Food was delicious and service was excellent. I can't wait to go back.

  34. DG

    DianeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always have a great experience dining here. The service is friendly and attentive and we never feel rushed. The food is delicious and fairly priced. The “local vibe” is fun. Highly Recommend!

  35. TW

    TomW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a nice group of high school friends; great meal and atmosphere

  36. AM

    AlexM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and sangria!

  37. G

    Gw28

    Cincinnati

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is really hard to get helpful and attentive and friendly servers, but every time we go to Le Papagayo, the service is always perfect! Last night we had a bit of a hiccup bc I think people didn't see us, but they quickly rebounded and all was really great. :-)

  38. LC

    LizC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful evening, the staff is very accommodating and friendly and the food is delicious!

  39. MH

    MichaelH

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mothers Day Dinner. We’ve seen this place driving by for years and never thought to try, until local Encinitis residents told us we absolutely need to have our dinner here. And they were right. Even though the restaurant was incredibly busy, they sat us immediately. Every single thing we ordered, appetizers, salads, main courses, and desserts, were absolutely fantastic. The combination of the casual cool vibe with amazing food was such a pleasant surprise It is now absolutely on the list!

  40. M

    Mary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    The egg Benedict wasn't thing that I expected. It was boiled egg on the top of a bun... It took so long they bring us food. The pancake came without syrup! Overall it didn't worth the money. I'll never come back!

FAQs

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

Le Papagayo Encinitas is rated 4.7 stars by 1765 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Le Papagayo Encinitas

1002 North Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas, CA 92024

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Leucadia Boulvard

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Hours of operation

    Mon-Sunday 7:30am - 11:00pm On Saturday and Sunday for Brunch our minimum web party size is 6 guests.

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Breakfast

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Michael Lina

  • Entertainment

    Live unplugged music every nights. Flamenco, Blues, Motown Blues, Island Groove, Rock & Folks, Jazz, Samba.Please check the music calendar on our website

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (760) 944-8252

  • Catering

    Since 2004 Le Papagayo has been welcoming you to a cozy and friendly atmosphere. Pacific Islands, Mediterranean influences and unplugged live music make for an amazing and unique experience. We will do the same with Le Papagayo Catering.<br /><br><br>Choose your menu, relax and enjoy time with your guests we do it all!!<br />

  • Private party contact

    Darrin Campbell darrindda@gmail.com: (760) 944-8252

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