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Gutierrez & Rico Drive-In

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61 Sherwood Dr, Salinas, CA 93901-2833
+1 831-424-8382
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Fleming Island, Fl
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Go there and you'll find out that chicharrones are not those things in a bag by the potato chips. Although Salinas has some stand out places, this is among the absolute best.

Thank Jaxsonjay
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Salinas.... Great Mexican food every block. Gutierrez is the king of carnitas and have yet find anywhere in the country that can compete. I took some friends that don't care for carnitas, now we go weekly just for the carnitas. I can't review anything else there because I don't see anything where possibly being the good. 23 years eating Mexican... More 

Thank wcrotts
Reno, Nevada
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

We grew up in the area and eat here on most of our return-visits to Salinas. You order at the counter and wait for your number to be called. Tables/chairs/decor are simple. The restaurant is between a government housing project and an area frequented by prostitution so it isn't recommended for an anniversary-dinner but we've always been comfortable bringing our... More 

Thank McBubby
Fresno, California
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140 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Without a recommendation 20 years ago, I wouldn't have considered stopping at Gutierrez Drive-In; now, 20 years later, I am a faithful regular when I am in Salinas. Order and pick-up at the counter; a full range of authentic Mexican food - from simple tacos and burritos, to full meals that are too large to finish in one sitting. The... More 

Thank LBlank-SalinasCA
Salinas, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015

Good mariscos, (Mexican style seafood.) Reasonable prices. Service can be slow at times, if the place is crowded.

Thank FritzConle
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255 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Our friends drive up from Atascadero (2 hours) to meet us for lunch and they said it was worth the drive. Seafood here is great. I had octopus (pulpo) with peppers and onions in a nice red sauce. The others had fish tacos, chicken tostada and a whole, deep fried fish. This is a busy place but very close to... More 

Thank Joe-Lincoln-CA
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

stop by here was a great call by my friends ad we were passing by truly great food after a long week of stress . filled us up and put us back ontrack!

Thank kevan d
Prague, Czech Republic
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

If you want glossy glitter, this is not the place. If you want perhaps the best Mexican food on the Central Coast, nitty-gritty decor (it's a former DQ) and atmosphere to take your breath away (the little girls in their First Communion dresses on Sunday are absolute charmers) - in other words, if you want a totally down home experience,... More 

Thank Dan S
Salinas, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2014

Horrible service. . Horrible food..their was a fly on my burrito the did not want to give my money back.. just plain rude.. no flavor on the food... just eat rocks they would taste the same and their food.....

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Mount Shasta, California
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

Gutierrez & Rico’s Drive-In is the place to go for fresh and delicious, authentic Mexican food. The place is filled with locals and Mexicans, which is always a good sign that you are about to eat some great food. The dining area is small as most people get their orders to-go. Feel free to sit in the parking lot and... More 

Thank Janny H

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    3 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: 61 Sherwood Dr, Salinas, CA 93901-2833
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Salinas
  • Phone Number: +1 831-424-8382

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?