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5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4461
+1 760-804-9404
10:00 - 21:00
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Prince George, Canada
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71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hungry after a long drive we made the mistake of picking the first restaurant we saw. Rubio's turned out to be a small fast food Mexican restaurant. We shared a shrimp taco. He had a side dish of pinto beans. They don't serve coffee. The music was tinny and annoying. Couldn't wait to leave.

Thank CappuccinoLady
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

The food was the average Rubio's. We went about 2pm and there was only one person working the counter and he was rushing around trying hard to make everyone happy. It took us awhile to get our food and we had to clean off a table for us to use.

Thank Pia T
Houston, Texas
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Craving Mexican food close to the hotel I was staying at. My search brought me here and was not disappointed. The tacos and quesadilla were excellent, dip them in their smoky but spicy red sauce. Even better.

Thank Jorge P
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

We were staying at the Legoland Hotel and drove a few minutes to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. We were looking for something fast, but did not want fast food. Rubio's was not greasy, it was tasty and fresh. Even my 8 year old enjoyed her meal!

Thank Julie S
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45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

OK, the place was pretty empty so I had my order within seconds. The place was spacious and clean with outdoor seating. I had the California bowl with grilled chicken. It was fresh and tasty. I like the salsa bar too.

Thank Richard J
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93 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Seems to have a nice selection of fish tacos. Beans were good along with chips. Taco seasoning was slightly more than I expected but OK. Flavorful in general

Thank steve s
Jupiter, Florida
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223 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Pretty good fish tacos and burritos for an outlet mall. Had the blackened Mahi Burrito and enjoyed it. This is probably the best food I have had in an outlet mall.

Thank DiverM
Berkeley, California
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394 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I honestly cannot remember ever visiting a Rubio's, maybe I did years and years ago but if I did it didn't leave any lasting memories. Yes I had heard about their fish tacos so we had the opportunity to try them while shopping at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets. This Rubio's location has high ceilings, plenty of natural external light bathing... More 

Thank flashncrash
Irvington, United States
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

No trip to SoCal would be complete without a visit to Rubio's where the fish is fresh and the tortillas soft. Great selection and condiments.

Thank RustySpe
New Delhi
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128 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Whether its the Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos or the Quesadillas - this is the best place to have it in the entire of Carlsbad. The Nachos are good too.

Thank SoumyaM

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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
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Mexican, Fast food, Seafood, Healthy, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5620 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008-4461
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-804-9404
The first restaurant was opened in 1983 in San Diego by Ralph Rubio and his father, Ray, who started the fish taco phenomenon that spread across the nation. Today, Rubio’s menu has grown from The Original Fish Taco® to include additional chef-crafted seafood recipes that feature shrimp, wild salmon and ono. In addition to sustainable seafood, Rubio’s offers chargrilled chicken and steak, fresh made guacamole and salsas and sauces that are prepared daily.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?