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Q'ero Restaurant

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564 S Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531 (D St. / E St.)
+1 760-753-9050
11:30 - 09:00
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San Diego, California
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346 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

If you only visit one restaurant in Encinitas, make this the one. Make reservations and do it. This is Peruvian food at its finest. The service is top notch and the food...let's just say I've eaten at Michelin and Zagat rated restaurants in over 50 countries. This place is in my top 20...maybe top 10. My wife and I talk... More 

2 Thank TheAnvil
Oceanside, California
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327 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016

Classic Peruvian cuisine executed with flourish. The house made Empanadas are baked to perfection. The Aji de Gallina is prepared with a creamy delicious Amarillo sauce. The restaurant also features a superb selection of South American wines.

Thank CoastalCruiser27
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

As we were exploring Encinitas, we happened across El Q'ero, a Peruvian restaurant. The ambiance was cozy, warm, and artistic, with interesting paintings to look at. Although it is a small space, it is very colorful and inviting. The service was excellent, and the mother-daughter team answered all our questions, and the appetizers and meals were served quickly. The food... More 

Thank Azmaira M
Encinitas, California
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80 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016

I really like this place! I've had them cater evens at my house and its always a hit. The warm Q'ero salad is a must. They don't serve hard alcohol, but have beer and wine. Must try for something different!

Thank Efshany
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2015

We booked a Friday night table at El Q'ero whilst staying in Encinitas and we were impressed with the quality of the food. The squid starter was absolutely amazing and would highly recommend if you enjoy seafood. We had traditional Peruvian main courses which were very tasty and authentic. El Q'ero is a tiny restaurant so you may need to... More 

Thank Tomlaw2
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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109 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2015

El Q'ERO Peruvian restaurant in Encinitas Ca is very good. Always has been very good and continues to separate itself from the many restaurants in the area by being consistent ,innovative and delicious. The original location is small ,intimate and charming.They have a new larger location nearby but I prefer this location especially for a date night out with your... More 

Thank Tattalat
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222 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2015

Fabulous, freshly made Peruvian cuisine! The calamari was absolutely delicious. Not a place for kids, they really had a hard time finding something they liked. But for adults it is a great experience and they go out of their way to make your meal enjoyable and make suggestions!

Thank Spolar999
San Diego
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244 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 502 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2015

When it first opened, it was almost impossible to get a table so I was surprised that I succeeded the same day (a Saturday night!) We soon discovered that they have now opened a sister restaurant, Casa Del Q’uero on Birmingham Drive, Cardiff, behind the gas station. The El Q’uero now only offers smaller plates of food for sharing whereas... More 

1 Thank 92075
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Have been going here for years, and the food is amazing. We go as a group for a Christmas present to each other. We bring a nice bottle of wine and pay the corkage fee, and share a ton of great food. Totally a great experience!

San Diego, California
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153 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

The food is absolutely delicious! The ceviche is not to be missed! Reservations are necessary or else you'll never get a table. The restaurant is TINY. I would have given this 5 stars, except the last time we dined there, we felt like we were rushed. It's not a place where you are welcome to sit, relax and sip your... More 

Thank Jeanne P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Peruvian, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
11:30 - 09:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 564 S Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531
    (D St. / E St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-753-9050

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?