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El Indio Mexican Restaurant

#131 of 3,845 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
+1 619-299-0333
08:00 - 21:00
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126 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We drove directly from the airport to the restaurant based on the reviews and the Triple D show. We weren't disappointed. The burritos were huge, the tortillas were legit, and the chips are out of this world.

Thank Michael W
Roseville, CA
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrific fish tacos! I wasn't sold on the chips; they were very thick, tough, and needed some salt. Salsas were good though.

Thank trvlwhenican
Alameda, California
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121 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As per our normal pattern...get to airport, get rental car, go to El Indio, then eat. On the way to the airport stop at El Indio and eat. Drop off car, shuttle to airport, and discuss what we had just consumed. It's always the first and last meal in San Diego. I've eaten there hundreds of times over the last... More 

Thank mwbudd
Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you love tortillas this place is a must. I went to San Diego and we stopped here for an impromptu lunch. The food probably one of the best meals I've ever eaten in a restaurant and I recommend this restaurant to people visiting the area constantly. The people were so nice and it felt like home.

Thank Amy H
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Dropped by on our way back home to the I.E. just as Yasu as I remember it from my college days. Consistent quality is sometimes challenging for restaurants that have been around as long as El Indio has been. Kudos to ownership for not letting me down!

Thank Craig S
New Orleans
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94 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visitors to the city of San Diego are usually not aware of this unusual restaurant. I lived in San Diego for a while so I know about it, and on this visit back to San Diego it is the 2nd restaurant that I went to. It is just the same and it is fabulous. Not much to look at, but... More 

Thank Cecilia37
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

We had seen this on Dives, Diners, and Drive-Ins and so we may have had high expectations. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't extraordinary. It was just Mexican food. The restaurant was an order at the counter, get your food and sit down - just not what we expected. Meat was dry in the fajitas. Chimichanga was pretty good.

Thank Carrie Anne d
Bogota, Colombia
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180 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

still great after all these years - carne asada burritos are sooo good, carnitas tacos very tasty and the quesadillas are huge - you get your $$ worth

Thank Marti_R_Cortez
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

I recently returned to San Diego and visited El Indio for lunch. It's been a few years since I ate here and I was disappointed. The beans and rice were bland. The beef tacos were ok but consisted of mostly lettuce. This is a great tourist spot and also well loved by locals. And the outdoor searing is pleasant. But... More 

Thank Kim N
San Juan Capistrano, California
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76 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

One of my fav Mexican places to eat in San Diego. Been coming here since High School. Tacquitos and burritos are excellent.

Thank Dakineguy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3695 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-4749
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-299-0333

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