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Carnitas' Snack Shack

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
+1 619-294-7675
11:00 - 00:00
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Coral Springs, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went by this place on the San Diego Pier and the sign bragged about the best soft serve ice cream around. After we ordered, I noticed a container of low fat vanilla and questioned the young man who was helping us. Turns out that they are serving frozen yogurt. That's fine if they choose to serve that, but don't... More 

Thank Melissabk59
San Francisco, California
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When we had a hankering for some good tacos in San Diego, this joint was our first stop. We had the carnitas tacos, fish tacos and pork sandwich. The star of each dish was definitely the meat. Well seasoned and great texture. I wouldn't say they tasted like a traditional or authentic taco but they were sure damn good.

Thank Dan P
Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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129 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fast food place. You can order at the counter or sit to be served. We ordered the Triple Threat & the 2 tacos with carnitas. Overall – we really liked this place and highly recommend it. Food – The pork items were great. We make a lot of carnitas at home and have to say that they... More 

Thank grzzz
Manchester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped off on way back to hotel after very poor reception/ dinner at Hyatt. Nice warm spot with good beer at sensible (firUS) price

Thank Jacimri
San Diego
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75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

The line out the front speaks for itself. This place is very popular and for good reason! The food is incredible - fresh and delicious. Everything hon the menu is amazing. Pork belly app is a personal favorite. You won't regret eating here!

Thank CaseyMac81
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I snagged Carnitas' Snack Shack last night on uber eats and boy was it delicious. The pork tacos were incredible, super juicy and very tasty - however could have been spicier (I asked for spicy on the order). In addition, I got the french fries with the fancy ketchup which was also delicious. They were thin cut and cooker to... More 

Thank Josh G
Stamford, Connecticut
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1,688 reviews
1,018 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 324 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This place has such good options for meat and pork options. The tacos are good. The triple bypass was decent. The steak sandwich was my favorite! So good all the way around even down to the bread.

Thank Autumn M
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163 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Pig and nothin' else. Pork belly, pork belly, pork belly. Did I say I liked the pork belly. The turkey sandwhich missed the mark. The burger was good. Good beer selection, friendly competent staff. Get the pig

Thank DBKuper
Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

The snack shack is not a shack. It's more like a take-out window under a bridge. Maybe to be fair, December is not the best time to be dining outside, even with the patio heaters blaring the food was cold in minutes. We ordered an assortment of dishes, some better than others. The BLT was very good, perfect bread and... More 

Thank j g
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This most certainly is more than a shack! I was so impressed with the friendliness of the people, the quality of food and the speediness of the service! I'll definitely be making this a place I visit regularly!

Thank Angela J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-294-7675

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