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Le Papagayo Encinitas, Encinitas, CA

Le Papagayo Encinitas

4.5
4.5
1935 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Mediterranean, Breakfast

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (760) 944-8252

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Benjamin Contreras

  • 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 1,935 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • North San Diego

    Hot spot

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  1. MC

    MaryC

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Excellent food, friendly staff- service a little slow- got food well before drinks. Music too loud
  2. EG

    EricaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and really great service. The drinks were also great, especially the Sangria! The Steak frites were perfect
  3. K

    Kiki

    Anchorage

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience1
    Made reservations ahead of time. Yet we were seated in the “street” seating. On a Saturday night traffic was very very loud. Not nice ambiance at all. Our waitress is a seasoned one ( we’ve had her a couple of times in the last few months) yet she did not know her beer list. She could not answer if they had any bottled IPA’s. Said she’d find out but must’ve forgotten & we just ordered something else.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu with multiple options …..Mark was a great waiter which made dinner very enjoyable!!
  5. MM

    MikeM

    New England

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and Excellent service!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience4
    We've been to this restaurant a handful of times and usually the food and service is great. Last night was an exception. Our waitress was very rude. Really compromised our experience.
  7. S

    Sandiegofoodie

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, creative and consistent.
  8. BG

    BobG

    Boise

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall1food3service5ambience1
    Table was in the parking lot.
  9. O

    Ohmpce

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Husband’s birthday celebration - happy hour with friends
  10. G

    Gw28

    Cincinnati

    39 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Really nice server. Excellent food. But service was really slow We took friends who were visiting from NYC. Kind of a letdown.
  11. CM

    94901CM

    Tahoe

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    An absolute favorite of ours but I was disappointed with the service at our recent reservation. I made a reservation for a standard inside low table but the hostess started leading us to an outside table. When I said that wasn’t what I requested she checked again and said that I requested (Open Table email states otherwise). Then she said only a high to was available which I agreed to take - she sat us with 5 chairs and menus but our reservation wS for 3 so I corrected her again.
  12. b

    beth

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to restaurant. It never disappoints. Service and food are exceptional!
  14. H

    Happy

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food4service2ambience1
    I have tried Papagayo three times now over several years and every time it is the same: so many odds and ends that go wrong that it adds up to a negative experience. I requested a seat indoors. We were not dressed for the cold. We get there and there’s no seat available indoors anytime soon. Plus they have a loud band. Way too loud for a small venue like that. So they seat us outside at a fire table— on WET CHAIRS!! Of course by the time you realize your chairs are wet, it’s because your pant seats are now wet. So moving to new chairs will not be any help because now our pants are wet! (The outside chairs are wicker, but they have a cushion underneath the wicker. The cushion was soaking wet. So while the wicker wipes dry, the cushion is like a sponge.) The waitress took our drink order quickly, and then disappeared for about 20+ minutes. We had to find a hostess to tell the server to come back. The food was very good (four different entrées +2 appetizers.) But we were all freezing our butts off. We even had two blankets from the car and I was fully for a cold night but one member of our party had no jacket since we had requested to eat indoors. The wet chairs and the cold air and the lack of service. It all added up to a negative experience. We couldn’t wait to get out.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing but the outdoor heaters in the front patio don’t emit much heat so it was very cold
  16. MH

    MadocH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant with great vibes, great music, and great food.
  17. LI

    LILu

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great cocktails and food overall! Mussels super fresh and delicious. Crab cakes were full of crab. Just skip the prime rib though. Not prime at all. We ordered medium and they threw it in the grill like a steak and the meat was tough to chew.
  18. C

    Cbadca

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    maybe a rookie waitress - pleasant - did the minimum - needs to learn more about how to engage with people and be a professional waitress - we had to ask for everything including desert - again a very pleasant person though - busboys were the professionals here
  19. HT

    HarmonyTurmoil

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Usually Love Le Papagayos. Server was excellent. Prices went to astronomical. Too bad.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite restaurant. Worst part is deciding what to order because they have so many incredible options! I still haven’t tried anything I didn’t like here.
  21. C

    Cauliflower

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was DELICIOUS! The lobster bisque is the best I've ever had. We will be back again and again.
  22. E

    Elissa

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No doubt, we will be going back! The best overall restaurant experience we have had recently.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and amazing service. Big portions and great happy hour menu. Live music was nice
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food , music and service !!!
  25. m

    momstheword

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    We were seated outside under a tent, so I have no idea what the actual restaurant feels or looks like. Rhe menu is a little confusing. In n9t are what kind of food they consider their target. I can't recommend this place.
  26. A

    Actionmancali

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's one of our favorite spots in encinitas. Quiet, close, and convenient, and the food and service is always top-notch
  27. JS

    JayS

    San Diego

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good restaurant for sure. Service and food were great. Only drawback at all is it is expensive.
  28. CC

    CheersCharlie

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Why oh why do restaurants have windows and doors open in 50 degree weather? We booked a table indoors hoping to be warm. It is not a pleasant experience when you are wearing your coat and still shivering during your meal. Appart from that, the food and service were good. May return in summer.
  29. GA

    GAZELLEB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Got seated quick after check in but didn’t get greeted with water or anything until about 10 min after being seated. The place was so loud with the live music me and my husband were yelling at each other in order to hear. By the time the waitress came for the first time, we ordered everything and she was very attentive after that. Our entrees got really backed up that we didn’t even get our food for an hour after we ordered. The waitress was really apologetic though and because we were there for almost 2 hours at that point, they comped us a dessert which we took home because we were exhausted. The place got really cold because our table was by a door and they kept leaving the door open. The food was alright - I think I expected so much from this place being highly rated and a friend saying it was really good but I didn’t like it much (possibly because it was really meat heavy). I did put on our OpenTable reservation we were celebrating our anniversary but they didn’t recognize that which isn’t the first time that OpenTable reservations never really did much for us on a special occasion. Overall, this was the first food spot we had on our trip to Encinitas and were continuously disappointed each day. I really wanted to give small businesses an opportunity here but I couldn’t give any of the food spots more than 3 stars and that’s coming from the top rated restaurants in the area.
  30. LP

    LarryP

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food was good. Fun place. Very loud. Waiters were very polite.
  31. b

    beth

    New England

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What amazing service!!! Great food! Thank you for allowing dogs on your patio!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This restaurant has a small, rather cramped indoor space, but two expansive outdoor patios with seating. Unfortunately, it was raining, so all of the reservations were pushed inside, which made it feel even more crowded. There was also live music, which added to the noise level and made it really hard to have a conversation with someone not sitting right beside you. On the positive side, the food and service are top notch. Our waiter was great with suggestions and food came out quickly. We were celebrating a birthday and he made a fuss and brought out a birthday dessert with a candle, which was a nice touch. I ordered some food to go at the end and when we didn't leave right away, the kitchen insisted on remaking it so it was hot when I left. I look forward to going back when we can sit outside.
  33. MM

    MaureenM

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed our eve!
  34. GL

    GastroLou

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The thing to come here for is the food and entertainment. We started with the ribs appetizer and it was delicious...some of the best asian style ribs I've ever had! Next I had the prime rib. It looked to be seared right before serving and the internal temp was perfect. All the fixings to make it amazing! Drinks we're decent and service is good. The also accommodating us to move inside as the front patio was way too cold even with heaters. We'll definitely be back again!
  35. FF

    FaithF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shannon was/is an amazing waiter. Knows the menu and what each dish is about. She asks questions about what we like...happy, funny, engaging Thank you!
  36. S

    Swordfish

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    My husband and I have frequented Le Papagayo for many years, mostly to enjoy dinner or dessert and drinks, and to see musicians we like perform. We have noticed some inconsistencies in service over the last several months. A few weeks ago, we came for dinner and waited nearly an hour for our entrees. The waitress, who was very nice and accommodating, apologized and said the kitchen was backed up. We asked for a basket of bread, which she brought us immediately. After our entrees arrived and we finished them, we ordered dessert. After waiting nearly a half hour for it, we told one of the servers to cancel it as it was a Sunday night and we had to get up early for work the next day. He said he understood. Last night, we were seated near the music as requested, and when we sat down my husband's chair was practically in the doorway to the front patio. We moved the table and chairs so they were away from the doorway. Nevertheless, a server delivering several dinner entrees to diners on the front patio dropped a plate of short ribs on his way out, which crashed to the floor and the broken plate hit my husband's leg. The staff moved to quickly to clean up the mess, and one server told me husband "Don't worry," instead of asking him if he was OK. They neglected to clean up the food that had fallen near his chair and our table leg, so a few minutes later my husband asked them to do so. He was upset that it wasn't cleaned up properly and that he or someone else might slip on it. He chastised the server for this, and he apologized and removed one of our entrees from the bill. In both cases, the restaurant should be praised for taking a bad situation and making it right, but these instances with service seem to be happening more frequently. Perhaps the staff needs more training in how to deal with mishaps. We still like Le Papagayo and will continue to visit as we really enjoy the music, the food and the company, but we wish these incidents were fewer and farther between.
  37. PW

    PhilW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Food and service are excellent. The menu is extensive with something for everyone. We highly recommend Papagayo.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    I love this place for music and atmosphere but not for their food. This last time was very disappointing. I’m a local and frequent here but moving forward I will eat somewhere else first.
  39. W

    Woody

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Great food, drinks, and friendly staff! Only wish there was more clarity on which patio we were reserving for (we ended up on the sidewalk).
  40. SA

    SusanA

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the taco and a salad and enjoyed both very much. The wait staff was friendly and professional. We sat outside in the back and it was quiet and enjoyable.

FAQs

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

Le Papagayo Encinitas is rated 4.5 stars by 1935 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 19 times today
Google Map for Le Papagayo Encinitas

1002 North Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Leucadia Boulvard

  • Neighborhood

    Encinitas

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 7:30 am–10:00 pm

  • 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

    Benjamin Contreras

  • 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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