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Restaurante Los Pinos

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2019 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2703
+1 831-425-2554
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Hanoi
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117 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good for the guacamole, camarones and chile relleno. A lot of the dishes are just average, though. The wine selection is TERRIBLE! Drink the beer or a soda rather than taking a chance on their wines. It's true level is 'GOOD' wich is not an option, it is better than average but not truly 'Very Good'. Portions are more than... More 

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Washington
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397 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

We had high hopes for Los Pinos after reading all the positive reviews, and visually, it seemed like a cool hole in the wall type Mexican place. However, our burritos were pretty bland like something from the school cafeteria. For some reason, we didn't receive any salsa for our burritos, nor did the clerk offer us any. We did get... More 

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Santa Barbara, California
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72 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I would consider this more of an Americanized Mexican Restaurant rather than an Authentic Mexican Restaurant. That being said there's nothing wrong with getting French fries with your carne asada. Great comfort food and a nice place to relax, watch out for their habanero salsa, it packs a kick!!

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Arcadia, California
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

Passed by here several times gave it a go. Our youngest goes to UCSC and every time we come to Santa Cruz we try and mom n pop it for food. Los Pinos is family run love it. Very friendly and welcoming and smelled like a Mexican restaurant good signs! Nothing fancy about the place it was very relaxed.The Salsa... More 

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Thank MWM1958
Santa Cruz, California
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2016

Los Pinos has become my "go to" place for Mexican food in downtown Santa Cruz. The food is delicious, the service is fast, and the price is right. You won't find a better deal anywhere than their super tacos. Each meal comes with complimentary chips and salsa, and the salsa definitely has some heat to it. Another plus is, because... More 

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Los Banos, California
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

I took my friend out for lunch on his birthday. He recommended that we go to Restaurante Los Pinos. I'm glad he did. The salsa choices were an amazing compliment to their fresh corn tortilla chips. I ordered the carne asada burrito, while my friend had the chile verde burrito. I tried his chile verde and it was spot-on. My... More 

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Acton, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015 via mobile

We had just finished a fun day at the Roaring Railroad and were very hungry. Looked up this place on Trip Advisor. Looked like a sports bar from the street, but was far from that. We almost didn't stop by. Great food, service, and atmosphere. Hard to find good Mexican food while on vacation and this was definitely a good... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

Wander in to this modest place and have a bite of great Mexican food. It is not fancy, but we enjoyed our meals very much. Chips and salsa, great! Chicken Enchiladas, yummy. Carne Asada good and tender. We were wandering down town Santa Cruz, and hankering for some Mexican food, this place is off the main street, but not far.... More 

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Thank Lucy M
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

This is our go to place for crispy, carne asada tacos. served with rice and beans as take out can serve two for lunch. Nice little spot, usually lots of people inside eating, and nice hardworking family who run the place. The nachos are excellent. It has been in this location for many years and it won the crispy taco... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2014 via mobile

Just a bit off the main street with all the fancy eating and shopping. Find this place and you will be glad you did. First thing you notice is the number of Mexican people Eating here. This may be a family operation. Great service. Food is very fresh. I had two super tacos that were very large. Saw some surf... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2019 N Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-425-2554

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