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Garcia's Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2968 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-729-8565
10:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Oregon
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137 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always good service! Always chips, delicious salsa, margaritas of many flavors, and tasty tacos, burritos, and other staples! They have outdoor seating with heaters which is great to enjoy the outside ambiance! Service is always attentive and good. Food can be a bit salty, but it is Mexican food! Parking can be found in front or in designated lots. It... More 

Thank 4snickers
Carlsbad, California
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

THE portions are good but the food is not great and very salty, There are better mexican food restaurants close why waste your time here

Thank 19037Travel
Raytown, MO
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have eaten here since 1984. Since I was visiting Carlsbad, I went back to Garcia's for old memories. Not only was the food cold, it was not even warm! The tamale had no maza coating but the meat looked red and raw! I left $1 tip and later wished I had left 1¢! I called the next day and... More 

Thank HelmetHead
Boulder, Colorado
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our family of 5 ate at Garcia's on 2 Jan 17. We were immediately seated and offered chips and salsa. The salsa was very good but a bit mild for our taste. They have Negra Modelo on tap and the prices for draft beer was good. The food was good but pricey. Service was excellent; attentive but not overwhelming. We'd... More 

Thank JR_Boulder
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Had a very enjoyable meal here on our anniversary trip in Carlsbad. The food is wonderful, and comes on large plates with generous portions. The servers and staff are terrific. The walls are decorated with hundreds of photos of family--very eclectic, but fun.

Thank krestona
Oceanside, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Garcia's offers great Mexican food served by friendly, prompt staff. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating and the prices are moderate.

Thank Jeannie E
Encinitas, California
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37 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Restaurant is very nice but food is average and a little pricey they do have great margaritas, I tried the Enchiladas and just average my wife tried the Burritos she told me it was just average.

Thank 09RayRay37
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We walked to this restaurant after we saw a play in the area. Very charming (& busy) area. I had a margarita which was very good! The service was very good! They were not that busy when we were there. Our food came less than five minutes after we ordered it. My chicken enchiladas were warm but not hot. The... More 

Thank Mary B
Carlsbad, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

One of the better Mexican restaurants in the area among a sea of Mexican wanna-be's. A wide selection of items with good service.

Thank MondialeTravels
Carlsbad, California
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61 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Food is very good. Portions are large.. The locals go here and you will know why, after you have a meal. Very good service and food.

Thank Joe T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2968 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Carlsbad
  • Phone Number: +1 760-729-8565

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