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“Yuck!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Campeon Carnieria

El Campeon Carnieria
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
San Juan Capistrano, California, United States
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48 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Yuck!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

Food looks unhealthy catered to a Hispanic customers. Feel un welcomed. Rice was dry and beef tacos was greasy. Service was poor. Very disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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43 reviews from our community

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Capistrano Beach, CA
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“The best authentic Mexican in south county”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Let's see: has its own carneceria, its own bakery, its own tortillaria, and its own grocery store so everything is fresh. It also (weirdly) has its own electronics and music store but that is another story. I am usually the only gringo in the place. It is dive-y in that the seating is very rudimentary but to tell the truth it sort of feels like Baja - plastic chairs and soccer games on the television. The food is super good, not a bad dish to be had and the prices are terrific. It is my after-surf go to.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank globalcharlie
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Saginaw, Michigan
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105 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Excellent Carnitas!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

We took a day trip into San Juan by way of the Metrolink Train. When you exit the train you have a choice of the historic part of Capistrano or the town/mission area to search out lunch. Head toward the mission and turn right on Camino Capistrano. Just past the El Adobe Restaurant you will see the El Adobe Plaza. El Campeon is at the back (parallel to the street).

They have lots of authentic selections. The carnita tacos are awesome! The tortillas are flavorful and homemade. The pork tastes like your grandma made it. It is so good! Get them with the onion topping.

You can go to a fancy restaurant, if that's what you desire. But if you want great carnitas, go here. You can sit outside at their little tables after placing your order and picking it up inside (cafeteria style). Our two carnita tacos and two small drinks cost $6.60. What a steal!

I am ready to go back and get more. Yummy.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Carla222
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CA
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124 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Best place to eat in town.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2012

The bakery section has fresh bolillos rolls all day and they are the best I've had. The pan dulce - cookies, sweet rolls, etc. are always good. The food is always great. The picnic benches outside are always full. The place is always busy, service always friendly even if you don't speak Spanish. They cater special events too.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Knansea
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Los Angeles, California
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88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“genuinely good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2012

red chili combination plate: big chunks of pork in a slow-cooked homey chili sauce. Comes with rice, beans, tortillas, salsa. Locals fill the place.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank marino c
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