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El Rey

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16220 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA
+1 760-742-3343
09:00 - 21:00
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food is very good. I've been here many times and it's very consistent. Prices are also reasonable. The portions are enough to fill. Weekend parties and family get together and friends meeting. This is a good place for everyone.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped by with an infant, a 5 year old, a 7 year old, their parents, and the mother's grandparents (us) on our way up Palomar Mountain. It appears as if the restaurant has been there for some time but has a lot of charm. The server took very good care of us and our small children. As to the... More 

Thank elwhaswan
El Dorado County, CA
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I think that this is one of the best Mexican food restaurants I have ever eaten at. We always have great, friendly service.

Thank Vic S
Valley Center, CA
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Food is always great, Traditional Mexican. They make great chili Rellanos. Worth a visit. When the weather is nice you can sit outside.

Thank SherrieB1960
Pauma Valley, California
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

El Rey is a very popular restaurant because the food is excellent and the staff is very pleasant! The portions are very large and the margaritas are awesome! They have a lovely patio also to dine in! If you find yourself headed to a casino in the backcountry of San Diego you should eat at El Rey instead of the... More 

Thank mebetutu
El Dorado County, CA
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

My friend and I drove drove Oceanside to Pauma Valley just to eat at this restaurant. El Rey has the friendliest staff and has a great Mexican food menu. I have written about them before but the food is so good that I felt like writing again. Go there, sit in the patio and enjoy yourself, the food, the drinks... More 

Thank Vic S
San Diego, California
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274 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We have ridden by this place numerous times going out to Julian, but never stopped. Today we did and were glad we did. Like many places in SoCal the outside can be deceiving and not reflect what is hidden behind the doors. This place was no exception. From the outside it doesn't look like much. The sign is small and... More 

Thank Mr_Firestone
El Dorado County, CA
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2016

My friend and I have eaten here for lunch at least five times so far. Today we traveled from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park just to eat there. The Mexican food is hot, tasty, authentic and the prices are good. I recommend this restaurant and the area is a beautiful valley which is worth the drive from Riverside or... More 

Thank Vic S
Valley Center, California
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91 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2016

We love meeting our family and friends here for excellent Mexican food! Chips and Salsa -YUM! Margaritas are delish! I love the Chili Relleno and the Beef Taco plate!

Thank pdorschel
Pauma Valley
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This is a small family owned restaurant with great Mexican food it is not a hotel but a great place to eat.

Thank rutha541

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16220 Highway 76, Pauma Valley, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pauma Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 760-742-3343

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