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La Especial Norte

664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
+1 760-942-6421
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good40%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tortilla soup” (16 reviews)
“soups” (38 reviews)
“chicken” (12 reviews)
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Mexican, Soups
$$ - $$$
664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
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Reviewed 23 April 2017

Great restaurant with fun ambience, fabulous food, and amazing margaritas. We got a pitcher of Patron with lime juice-"rita" style margaritas. Very yummy at a great price. They have a large selection of soups on the menu (we had chicken tortilla and the regular chicken...More

Thank HoneybeeLady
Reviewed 31 March 2017

Coming down the Pacific Coast and wanted to stop for margaritas and not-too-big dinner. La Especial Norte caught our eye - ez parking - and we were in. We were pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to all the typical Mexican fare, there was...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgainNJ
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for a quick meal. The drinks were delicious. The food was very good. We all ordered something different and everyone was happy with their meals. Our server was attentive and helpful. We'd stop in again.

Thank Gail R
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Known for their excellent succulent soups they also serve amazing food and reasonable prices! My favorite is red snapper in salsa verde and my husband's is their tortilla soup...both excellent choices.

Thank Roy S
Reviewed 31 January 2017

.... the parking lot was full so we decided on our last night to try to find authentic Mexican and THOUGHT this might be a great place. Almost everyone we passed had huge bowls of soup in front of them so I went for the...More

Thank Vinnie1973
Reviewed 31 January 2017

We usually go there for the tortilla soup, especially on a cold day to warm the soul. It's a great chicken broth based soup with vegetables, chicken, and of course, fresh tortilla chips. But we also go there for the combo plates or the specialties,...More

Thank Mike4mula
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The best mexican food north of the border. Thier chicken soups are wonderful and the staff is Awesome.

Thank bajaclaire
Reviewed 18 January 2017

As far as Mexican restaurants go....and we have many in San Diego, this is our favorite. If you like Mexican style soups you can't go wrong. I especially like their chicken soup, home made and delicious! Great service, nice atmosphere, very friendly

Thank mmnrun
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Tried this place on a recommendation and am so glad I did. I had no idea that there were so many Mexican soups. They have 12 to choose from. The chicken soup was amazing. Even placed a second order to take home. Just average Margaritas.

Thank Roger R
Reviewed 18 October 2016

North County San Diego is a hot spot for some of the best Mexican chicken soup around, and La Especial might have the best! Nothing fancy here, just good Mexican food and friendly service.

Thank Mike S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 664 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2044
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-942-6421
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