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“You may not even know you like Peruvian food yet. You do.”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Q'ero Restaurant

Q'ero Restaurant
Ranked #41 of 295 Restaurants in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: D St. / E St.
Encinitas, California
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75 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“You may not even know you like Peruvian food yet. You do.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

If you're like me, you don't even know if you like Peruvian food. One visit to El Q'ero and you'll learn that you do. It's not Mexican, it has more of a continental Spanish feel but with the added interest of the Peruvian culture. You get the feel for the vibrant culture as soon as you walk in; colors are both strong and inviting.

The best tribute I can pay to the food is by telling a story about my picky-eating brother. He begrudgingly went to el Q'ero at his wife's insistence. He was so unhappy about being there that it showed on his face. The waiter came over to ask if something was wrong (they had not been served yet). That got him to realize he should at least give it a try. Guess who recommended the restaurant to us? It is now his favorite place to eat.

As others have noted, you will need a reservation for dinner, even if it is early. Just plan a few days in advance and it's easy.

  • Visited June 2014
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Tirana, Albania
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A delicious assault on your palate.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

From the moment one enters the restaurant the customer service is impressive. While the restaurant's decor is definitely Peruvian, the menu offers a variety of dishes that deliver a tantalizing experience. From the calamari in special sauce, to the scallops, to the pork the food is presented elegantly. The taste is out of this world. This restaurant is a must. Reservations are required.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank hcinco
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Encinitas, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very unique experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

El Q'ero is a wonderful dining experience. Very tiny and intimate, so book a reservation. The food is unique and tasty. Come with an appetite, meals are large and you will want to sample several courses!

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Kiminchina3
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Encinitas, California
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195 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Charming, exotic, delicious and expensive”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

If you're tired of the same ol', same ol', then Qu'ero will hit the spot. It's a delightful and unique place that gives you a So. American experience to savor both for the eyes and the palate. Great stuff. Wish it cost less.

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Thank Patty8888
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Peruvian. Treat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

We arrived at 630 Friday night (party of 4) with reservations to find the restaurant at near capacity. It's was our first time here. Looking around the decor and space inside was cozy. We ordered the sangrias, yummy! My husband loved the cut up bits of apples and hint of cinnamon in the drink. For our starters we ordered the ceviche Don cucho and that was simply amazing. We slso ordred the tapas style sampler to include two types of sweet potatoes and a quesidilla like corn meal patty. Overall great as well. For our entrees we order the short ribs, salmon special and the skirt steak. Overall, the meal was delicious. Our must have treat was the tres leche cake which imo was one If the best I've ever had. Will return again for for a special occasion.
Negatives
Service was a bit slow
Noise level got high

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Thank Paigeville
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