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The 8 Best Mexican Restaurants Near Encinitas

Updated: May 2, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in Encinitas for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We assimilated millions of diner and critic reviews from top review sites to find the best tortillas in Encinitas. Don your sombrero, order a margarita, and enjoy chile relleno and other Mexican classics at one of the spots below.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Death by Tequila

Latin, $$, EncinitasLatin, $$Encinitas
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Los Tacos

Mexican, $, EncinitasMexican, $Encinitas
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Raul's Shack

Mexican, $, EncinitasMexican, $Encinitas
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Cotixan Mexican & Seafood

Mexican, $, EncinitasMexican, $Encinitas
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2021

    San Diego’s Top Drive-Thru Taco Shops

    Eater, 2021

El Nopalito Restaurant

Mexican, $, EncinitasMexican, $Encinitas
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Alce 101 Kitchen + Tequileria

Peruvian, Solana BeachPeruvianSolana Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    20 Essential San Diego Happy Hours

    Eater, 2020

Tony's Jacal

Mexican, $$, Solana BeachMexican, $$Solana Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Rudy's Taco Shop

Mexican, $, Solana BeachMexican, $Solana Beach
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0

How did these spots get chosen?

Finding the right Mexican restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We used our boam magic powers to analyze 823905 local restaurant reviews, Google and Yelp ratings for 10162 restaurants, and 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life. The restaurants you see have been featured in Eater - 20 Essential San Diego Happy Hours, Eater - San Diego’s Top Drive-Thru Taco Shops and Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so you can trust what you see and enjoy the city’s hidden gems. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Questions & answers

Death by Tequila, Juanitas Taco Shop, and La Especial Norte are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in Encinitas.

Death by Tequila, Wahoo's Fish Tacos, and Rubio's Coastal Grill are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in Encinitas.

Death by Tequila, Juanitas Taco Shop, and La Especial Norte are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Encinitas.

There are 20 Mexican restaurants in Encinitas.

Death by Tequila, Juanitas Taco Shop, and La Especial Norte are some of the highest-rated late-night Mexican spots in Encinitas.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Pale Ale with bean, cheese, rice burrito

    When considering how to best enjoy your bean, cheese, rice burrito, we would highlight how well a glass of Pale Ale complements the dish as it cuts through richness.


  • Go for ESB with beef burrito

    To elevate your beef burrito experience, we recommend some ESB to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer balances fatty flavours.

  • Pair Grenache with pork carnitas

    A nice red wine that will bring the most out of the bold flavors of your pork carnitas would be Grenache.

Did you know?

  • The go-to pairing

    Often considered one of the most iconic drinks in Mexico, cerveza preparada is a popular choice across the country, often prepped with beer, lime juice, hot sauce, chili spices.

  • A 1,653 pounds feast

    1,653 pounds is the record for the biggest flour taco. We hope people were hungry!

  • A hefty price-tag

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

Parking information

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Mexican spot.

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