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Cenote Grill

) #2 of 296 Restaurants in Escondido $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Vegetarian Friendly
1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
+1 760-740-9911
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good22%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sopes” (15 reviews)
“burrito” (34 reviews)
“lime shrimp” (10 reviews)
Open Now
16:00 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
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1 - 10 of 218 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Super fresh, no lard, unusual sauces, and lots of flavor! Much better than the typical Mexican fare.

Thank Pam G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small place. Plan to wait. I have never had a bad meal here. Not your typical Mexican food. Be adventurous.

Thank Ronald N
Reviewed 28 April 2017 via mobile

We were looking for Mexican food not too far from the hotel. The reviews on Trip Adviser convinced us to give Cenote a try. What a find!! They were super busy when we arrived at 7:00 but we found a cozy booth in the corner....More

Thank John T
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I love this place! The food is so fresh and not greasy and heavy like so many Mexican restaurants. The couple that own it keep a great variety of specials in addition to the menu. The only thing is, be prepared to wait for service....More

Thank jrulien
Reviewed 31 March 2017

There were 8 of us, so we ordered a variety of dishes. All were very good. The service was very slow. They seemed short handed because our waitress also helped out in the kitchen.

Thank Ray F
Reviewed 27 March 2017

My sister and I visited Cenote Grill because of its high Trip Advisor ratings. A small and popular place for nice Mexican food and dining. I had 3 street tacos plus a fish taco, both side orders, and ended up with more than I could...More

Thank Paula F
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

I've been here several times, as my wife and her sister both like a couple of the dishes on the menu. Food is pretty good, though not exceptional, and beer choices better than average for a Mexican restaurant. Biggest issue for me - SLOW service,...More

Thank Clay W
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Looking on TripAdvisor for restaurants and was intrigued by Cenote Grill's reviews. Well worth seeking out, even though GPS and street numbers weren't helpful, because the food really is well prepared. (Continue down El Norte Parkway about a mile and a half from freeway to...More

1  Thank 101travelers
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Cenote has the freshest highest quality Mexican food of any other Mexican restaurant in San Diego County. I try to go once per week. Great Tacos Al Carbon and Burritos. Fresh " Real " quacamole.

1  Thank Luisnovoa
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I do love this restaurant. The staff is always very friendly and the food is so good. They have a different twist on Mexican food and it's delicious. Try the Enchilada Bowl, it's soooo good. The only downside is that it is very small and...More

Thank Joann T
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Denice S
I live in NY and would like to give my niece and nephew a gift card to this restaurant. They live in Escondido. Is there any way I could get a gift card mailed to me if I used a credit card to purchase one?
11 March 2015|
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Response from SteveTignor | Reviewed this property |
I think they would do that .
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
16:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1896 W El Norte Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92026-3343
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Escondido
  • Phone Number: +1 760-740-9911
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