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Cenote Grill

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1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
+1 760-740-9911
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
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Napa, California
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Super fresh, no lard, unusual sauces, and lots of flavor! Much better than the typical Mexican fare.

Thank Pam G
Escondido, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a small place. Plan to wait. I have never had a bad meal here. Not your typical Mexican food. Be adventurous.

Thank Ronald N
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were looking for Mexican food not too far from the hotel. The reviews on Trip Adviser convinced us to give Cenote a try. What a find!! They were super busy when we arrived at 7:00 but we found a cozy booth in the corner. Service was fast, friendly and welcoming. My partner ordered the enchilada bowl which was far... More 

Thank John T
Escondido, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I love this place! The food is so fresh and not greasy and heavy like so many Mexican restaurants. The couple that own it keep a great variety of specials in addition to the menu. The only thing is, be prepared to wait for service. It is slow.

Thank jrulien
Palm Desert, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2017

There were 8 of us, so we ordered a variety of dishes. All were very good. The service was very slow. They seemed short handed because our waitress also helped out in the kitchen.

Thank Ray F
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72 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My sister and I visited Cenote Grill because of its high Trip Advisor ratings. A small and popular place for nice Mexican food and dining. I had 3 street tacos plus a fish taco, both side orders, and ended up with more than I could eat. My sister loved her sweet and spicy Tacos al Pastor.

Thank Paula F
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I've been here several times, as my wife and her sister both like a couple of the dishes on the menu. Food is pretty good, though not exceptional, and beer choices better than average for a Mexican restaurant. Biggest issue for me - SLOW service, even when there isn't a crowd. I can understand delays in getting a meal to... More 

Thank Clay W
Los Angeles, California
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138 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Looking on TripAdvisor for restaurants and was intrigued by Cenote Grill's reviews. Well worth seeking out, even though GPS and street numbers weren't helpful, because the food really is well prepared. (Continue down El Norte Parkway about a mile and a half from freeway to a strip mall.) There are a few outside tables and a nice dining area. The... More 

1 Thank 101travelers
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Cenote has the freshest highest quality Mexican food of any other Mexican restaurant in San Diego County. I try to go once per week. Great Tacos Al Carbon and Burritos. Fresh " Real " quacamole.

1 Thank Luisnovoa
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I do love this restaurant. The staff is always very friendly and the food is so good. They have a different twist on Mexican food and it's delicious. Try the Enchilada Bowl, it's soooo good. The only downside is that it is very small and the wait time can exceed an hour on the weekends.

Thank Joann T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-740-9911

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?