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Carnitas' Snack Shack

2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
+1 619-294-7675
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“carnitas tacos” (59 reviews)
“steak sandwich” (32 reviews)
“pork belly” (27 reviews)
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2632 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2810
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I live in an apartment near Carnitas. The staff seem friendly. But they play the TV on their back patio at a high volume, no matter how many times I speak with them about it. This is inconsiderate to the dozens of families living...More

Thank One_earth_now
Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

Great little restaurant by the ferry terminals on the San Diego downtown bay front. It was close by our hotel and we loved sitting outdoors in the beautiful weather to eat. You order through a window and then choose your seats and the food is...More

Thank Aaron W
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We ordered one adult meal and got kids meal free in October. Very tasty and very filling. Embarcadero location very convenient! Food came quickly!

Thank lapitraveller
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Had the post with the salad and the pork with the sauce was amazing!! if they sold that sauce by the bottle I would have some! Cute little shack with great tasting food! would highly recommend.

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Carnitas is a great snack stop at San Diego's wharf area. We particularly liked the fish tacos, which are a popular staple. Gotta try it.

Thank Rob S
Reviewed 20 August 2017

My hubby and I stopped for a cooling drink after our Hornblower tour. Service was fast. Our drinks were good... The bar was set on sand so it felt like you were right on the beach. The place was close to many waterfront attractions.

Thank artistgirl1129
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Initially I was a little reserved when I arrived and I was just suppose to walk up and order from a guy in a window (similar to a taco truck). There was no going inside so I ordered the carnitas tacos and a fountain drink...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 11 August 2017

A large group of us ate at the snack shack and enjoyed our experience. The fish tacos were very flavorful with a little kick to them, BLT sandwich was very good with thick baco, chips & guac was good and the craft sodas quenched our...More

Thank Elissa R
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

My daughter and I stopped by to get something to eat after a long tour and were not disappointed. We had the steak sandwich and the Chicken sandwich with seasoned fries. Way too much for two and we ate it all. Loved our food and...More

Thank Glen B
Reviewed 22 July 2017

Homer Simpson's dream eatery: Pork, pork, pork, and beer. Everything we had was delicious. The three of us each had something different: Pork Belly, Carnitas tacos, and the "Triple Threat" (pork 3 ways - schnitzel, pulled pork, and bacon.) I can heartily recommend them all....More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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In 2011, Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack, their first joint venture in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego. The “Snack Shack,” as it’s affectionately called, serves up thoughtfully-sourced, pork- centric American cuisine and local craft beers in a fun, no-fuss environment. Over the years Hanis and Sara (and Carnitas – their pet pig!) have earned the respect of their colleagues through hard work, creativity, and dedication to their community. Inspired to share their passion for food and life with more people, the king and queen of pork launched a Snack Shack on the Embarcadero waterfront in Spring 2016, offering a full bar program and panoramic views of the San Diego harbor. Since then the Snack Shack has expanded to Petco Park, where it has two locations in left field.
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