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La Especial Norte

664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
+1 760-942-6421
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Overview
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“tortilla soup” (19 reviews)
“soups” (38 reviews)
“chicken” (12 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 am - 11:59 pmAll hours
CUISINES
Mexican, Latin, Soups, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
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1 - 10 of 136 reviews

Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a multigenerational family meal here recently. Everyone found something they liked from their ample menu. The room was comfortable and our service was good. Only a small wait for some tortillas that were part of a fajita order. The chile relleno was excellent! Would...More

Thank traveljunkie1972
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We got house margaritas and angels special.... neither were strong and angels was $12.50 each so that was disappointing. They both tasted pretty bad and for a $40 bar bill indefinitely expected more. I got shrimp fajitas and my fiance got chicken/steak fajitas. They were...More

Thank Kristen46341
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Saw this place and decided to stop in for some lunch on our way to La Jolla. Was able to get a seat right away but had we come in any later we would have had to wait. Great place starting at the door all...More

Thank Christine N
Reviewed 17 August 2017

This is my go to place, when I want authentic Mexican soups! They are by far the best around! You won't find a better Chile Relleno, anywhere this side of the border!

Thank readingteach
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

First time here with our son since we brought him at just 3 week old. It was 1997- our debut date night out with the "new baby". Bought him here tonight to celebrate a return home after 19 years. Tortilla soup still rocks. I had...More

Thank 4chrisryan
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Other people like this place but I think the food is poor. The staff are good, the room OK but whoever is in the kitchen seems to have no sensitivity to food. I have been there maybe five times over the past few years. This...More

Thank m p
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great restaurant with fun ambience, fabulous food, and amazing margaritas. We got a pitcher of Patron with lime juice-"rita" style margaritas. Very yummy at a great price. They have a large selection of soups on the menu (we had chicken tortilla and the regular chicken...More

1  Thank HoneybeeLady
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Coming down the Pacific Coast and wanted to stop for margaritas and not-too-big dinner. La Especial Norte caught our eye - ez parking - and we were in. We were pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to all the typical Mexican fare, there was...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgainNJ
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick meal. The drinks were delicious. The food was very good. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy with their meals. Our server was attentive and helpful. We'd stop in again.

Thank Gail R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Known for their excellent succulent soups they also serve amazing food and reasonable prices! My favorite is red snapper in salsa verde and my husband's is their tortilla soup...both excellent choices.

Thank Roy S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Monday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-6421
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