El Indio Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 3695 India St

    San Diego, CA 92103

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  • 619-299-0333

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This is my steady place to go if I am hungry for some Mexican food. They have amazing staff in here and they always make sure that their customers are pleased.

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★★★★★

This is my steady place to go if I am hungry for some Mexican food. They have amazing staff in here and they always make sure that their customers are pleased.

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Do you NEED tacos? Because this is where we can get a lot of variations and amazing tasting tacos! They certainly have that amazing Mexican flavors to the tee!

3
★★★★★

Do you NEED tacos? Because this is where we can get a lot of variations and amazing tasting tacos! They certainly have that amazing Mexican flavors to the tee!

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I could go here every week and still get surprised by the food. They have fresh tasting food and they never seize to amaze the gastronomical analyst out of me.

3
★★★★★

I could go here every week and still get surprised by the food. They have fresh tasting food and they never seize to amaze the gastronomical analyst out of me.

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I would love to go back and take each one that I know who enjoys a incredible Mexican meal. I like it in here, warm and warm and the services are not that shabby, definitely one of the better place to have a Mexican meal.

3
★★★★★

I would love to go back and take each one that I know who enjoys a incredible Mexican meal. I like it in here, warm and warm and the services are not that shabby, definitely one of the better place to have a Mexican meal.

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El Indio catered our wedding. There were a series of problems with their management and communication. This email was sent to El Indio dated 11/17/11. As of this date these issues with their catering have not been resolved. If you are considering using El Indio as your caterer for an event, please beware and read on:\n\nEl Indio,\nI want to get back to you with some disturbing feedback in regards to your catering services for our wedding reception.\n\nWhile the flavor and preparation of the food was good, we had some very concerning problems with the customer service, presentation and lack of management.\n\nThe rental company Martha used for tables was extremely slow, and Martha kept us waiting. As you can imagine, we have enough to do on the day before our wedding, and waiting on you and calling you repeatedly was not on our list of priorities. We expect you and your affiliates to have seamless organization.\n\nAfter this incident, Martha failed to show up to our event. Up to this point, she was planning to be there and we did not receive a phone call to explain her absence.\n\nWe had also spoken with Martha and Rudy on at least two occasions about the food being presented on trays and bussed around the event by your wait staff. This did not happen. Instead we were given a 'buffet' style dinner which\nlowered the tone of the evening. We did not pay to have our guests stand in line for food. It is my understanding that typically switching from ""waited"" staff to a ""buffet-style"" setting should result in a reduced cost.\n\nWe had given specific instruction to Martha and Rudy that the wedding toast would be a tequila shot. The staff then opened SIX bottles of Champagne (which we paid for and supplied to the bartender) most of which went to waste and was thrown away. We don't expect your staff to be wasting our money.\n\nThere were also considerable issues with the barman you supplied. We had discussed with Martha (through email dated 11/2/11) and Rudy (at our site visit on 10/8/11) specific orders that the bartender stop serving drinks at 8pm and clean the bar area. This did not happen. He kept serving drinks and the area was left with trash everywhere at the end of the night for us to clean up.\n\nWe also had some very disturbing feedback from our guests in regards to the quality of service. We received complaints that he was drinking and that some guests had received beer that had been mixed with other drinks.\n\nAdditionally, we had given Martha specific instruction that the kegs of beer were to be 'self service'. Again, I want to reiterate, we purchased and supplied all of the alcohol for our event!! Instead, the bar man pulled them into area behind the bar, forcing our guests to ask him to pour the beer, which he did badly. We had numerous complaints that our guests received a beer that was mostly foam.\n\nEach of your wait staff was generously compensated for their time on top of the flat fee charged by El Indio. Myself and my Grandfather personally gave them $100 each as a tip. Your bartender also used one of our cups as a ""tip jar"" (which I found to be in poor taste especially when we supplied the alcohol and he drank some of our offerings that were intended for our guests)!! Consequently, I don't expect to have a laundry list of problems, poor customer service and lack of management. Myself, my wife and other couples using your services expect and deserve better.\n\nPlease call me as soon as you can to discuss these issues.

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★☆☆☆☆

El Indio catered our wedding. There were a series of problems with their management and communication. This email was sent to El Indio dated 11/17/11. As of this date these issues with their catering have not been resolved. If you are considering using El Indio as your caterer for an event, please beware and read on:\n\nEl Indio,\nI want to get back to you with some disturbing feedback in regards to your catering services for our wedding reception.\n\nWhile the flavor and preparation of the food was good, we had some very concerning problems with the customer service, presentation and lack of management.\n\nThe rental company Martha used for tables was extremely slow, and Martha kept us waiting. As you can imagine, we have enough to do on the day before our wedding, and waiting on you and calling you repeatedly was not on our list of priorities. We expect you and your affiliates to have seamless organization.\n\nAfter this incident, Martha failed to show up to our event. Up to this point, she was planning to be there and we did not receive a phone call to explain her absence.\n\nWe had also spoken with Martha and Rudy on at least two occasions about the food being presented on trays and bussed around the event by your wait staff. This did not happen. Instead we were given a 'buffet' style dinner which\nlowered the tone of the evening. We did not pay to have our guests stand in line for food. It is my understanding that typically switching from ""waited"" staff to a ""buffet-style"" setting should result in a reduced cost.\n\nWe had given specific instruction to Martha and Rudy that the wedding toast would be a tequila shot. The staff then opened SIX bottles of Champagne (which we paid for and supplied to the bartender) most of which went to waste and was thrown away. We don't expect your staff to be wasting our money.\n\nThere were also considerable issues with the barman you supplied. We had discussed with Martha (through email dated 11/2/11) and Rudy (at our site visit on 10/8/11) specific orders that the bartender stop serving drinks at 8pm and clean the bar area. This did not happen. He kept serving drinks and the area was left with trash everywhere at the end of the night for us to clean up.\n\nWe also had some very disturbing feedback from our guests in regards to the quality of service. We received complaints that he was drinking and that some guests had received beer that had been mixed with other drinks.\n\nAdditionally, we had given Martha specific instruction that the kegs of beer were to be 'self service'. Again, I want to reiterate, we purchased and supplied all of the alcohol for our event!! Instead, the bar man pulled them into area behind the bar, forcing our guests to ask him to pour the beer, which he did badly. We had numerous complaints that our guests received a beer that was mostly foam.\n\nEach of your wait staff was generously compensated for their time on top of the flat fee charged by El Indio. Myself and my Grandfather personally gave them $100 each as a tip. Your bartender also used one of our cups as a ""tip jar"" (which I found to be in poor taste especially when we supplied the alcohol and he drank some of our offerings that were intended for our guests)!! Consequently, I don't expect to have a laundry list of problems, poor customer service and lack of management. Myself, my wife and other couples using your services expect and deserve better.\n\nPlease call me as soon as you can to discuss these issues.

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if you like hospital cafeteria food you'll love this place.\r\n\r\n I've eaten many versions of ""mexican"" food and although not a professional critic, i know what good mexican food is. I ordered the carnitas plate and recieved about 2 tablespoons of overly salty pork meat with some tasteless beans and even more tasteless rice.\r\nThey neglected to tell us they were closing and after our food arrived they began slamming the chairs on to the tables around us. Then they placed the trash cans next to our table and made it very clear we were not welcome.\r\n My girlfriend ordered the chicken fajitas and recieved a very small portion of greasy boiled chicken with some burned bell peppers thrown in. \r\n The guacamole was great and well worth the money but the chips we purchased were stale and rubbery. Our meals were around $9.00 per plate....not a lot of money...but i've paid less and had food that was at least edible. We paid a total of $25.00 and had a very difficult time parking. \r\n If you're looking for frozen T.V. dinner food this is the place for you.

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★☆☆☆☆

if you like hospital cafeteria food you'll love this place.\r\n\r\n I've eaten many versions of ""mexican"" food and although not a professional critic, i know what good mexican food is. I ordered the carnitas plate and recieved about 2 tablespoons of overly salty pork meat with some tasteless beans and even more tasteless rice.\r\nThey neglected to tell us they were closing and after our food arrived they began slamming the chairs on to the tables around us. Then they placed the trash cans next to our table and made it very clear we were not welcome.\r\n My girlfriend ordered the chicken fajitas and recieved a very small portion of greasy boiled chicken with some burned bell peppers thrown in. \r\n The guacamole was great and well worth the money but the chips we purchased were stale and rubbery. Our meals were around $9.00 per plate....not a lot of money...but i've paid less and had food that was at least edible. We paid a total of $25.00 and had a very difficult time parking. \r\n If you're looking for frozen T.V. dinner food this is the place for you.

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Having grown up in S. Cal in the 60's/70's, I have come to understand that over the years, both Calif and Arizona have ""dumbed down"" good Mexican food for tourists and residents who have relocated here. Sonoran style is generally the most mild, cheesy and greasy - but there are complexities to good mexican food you aren't going to get at El Indio. Caliornia needs to take a lesson from New Mexico regarding sticking to authentic flavors and spice!\r\nWe had seen the review of this restaurant on ""Diners, Drive Ins and Dives"" and sadly, this happens to be the 3rd restaurant that Guy Fieri has struck out on. I love him, but no longer trust the show's content....given that another restaurant reviewed on that same episode was directly next door - how convenient for the film crew.\r\nThe Salsa has no spice to it. The Chili Relleno had been pre-frozen ( a common practice to prevent the cheese from leaking out)...however, the cheese was still cold and had a ""Velveeta"" consistency. The red sauce lacked flavor and had no smokiness to it at all. With all the really good, family owned restaurants in San Diego county - this is at the bottom of my list!

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★☆☆☆☆

Having grown up in S. Cal in the 60's/70's, I have come to understand that over the years, both Calif and Arizona have ""dumbed down"" good Mexican food for tourists and residents who have relocated here. Sonoran style is generally the most mild, cheesy and greasy - but there are complexities to good mexican food you aren't going to get at El Indio. Caliornia needs to take a lesson from New Mexico regarding sticking to authentic flavors and spice!\r\nWe had seen the review of this restaurant on ""Diners, Drive Ins and Dives"" and sadly, this happens to be the 3rd restaurant that Guy Fieri has struck out on. I love him, but no longer trust the show's content....given that another restaurant reviewed on that same episode was directly next door - how convenient for the film crew.\r\nThe Salsa has no spice to it. The Chili Relleno had been pre-frozen ( a common practice to prevent the cheese from leaking out)...however, the cheese was still cold and had a ""Velveeta"" consistency. The red sauce lacked flavor and had no smokiness to it at all. With all the really good, family owned restaurants in San Diego county - this is at the bottom of my list!

Pros: cheap prices, clean restaurant

Cons: Tasteless, lacking authenticity, over-rated

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super tasty mexican food at reasonable prices. my only complaint is that parking can be a pain sometimes. love their food though.

4
★★★★☆

super tasty mexican food at reasonable prices. my only complaint is that parking can be a pain sometimes. love their food though.

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Wonderful Mexican food at very affordable prices! You can build a meal of exactly what sounds good to you..pick and choose to make it just right! The people there are very nice and the service is very quick! Great shredded beef enchiladas! (among lots of other things!)

5
★★★★★

Wonderful Mexican food at very affordable prices! You can build a meal of exactly what sounds good to you..pick and choose to make it just right! The people there are very nice and the service is very quick! Great shredded beef enchiladas! (among lots of other things!)

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I don't know why this place has such a good reputation yet the food is left without much taste. The staff is not attentive and rushes you through the line...but most of all, the food is awful. It was a big disappointment to me and my significant other that the food was less than average. We have eaten good mexican food many times but the food here is cheap and very plain.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I don't know why this place has such a good reputation yet the food is left without much taste. The staff is not attentive and rushes you through the line...but most of all, the food is awful. It was a big disappointment to me and my significant other that the food was less than average. We have eaten good mexican food many times but the food here is cheap and very plain.

Cons: Worst tamales ever eating

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El Indio is one of San Diego's original Mexican Restaurants and you wouldn't be considered a true local without visiting it....great food and very authentic!

4
★★★★☆

El Indio is one of San Diego's original Mexican Restaurants and you wouldn't be considered a true local without visiting it....great food and very authentic!

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El Indio Shop is a landmark. Whenever I am in the area I have to go.They have everything, and make all of their own food. It is all excellent, especially the fresh tortillas.I recently did a fundraiser event, and they supplied all of the food. I ordered a day ahead, and they had everything ready and waiting when I arrived to pick it up - even napkins and silverware.Everyone at the event raved about the chicken burritos. These and the fresh tamales - outstanding!!! If you are in San Diego, and like authentic Mexican food - El Indio is a must.

4
★★★★☆

El Indio Shop is a landmark. Whenever I am in the area I have to go.They have everything, and make all of their own food. It is all excellent, especially the fresh tortillas.I recently did a fundraiser event, and they supplied all of the food. I ordered a day ahead, and they had everything ready and waiting when I arrived to pick it up - even napkins and silverware.Everyone at the event raved about the chicken burritos. These and the fresh tamales - outstanding!!! If you are in San Diego, and like authentic Mexican food - El Indio is a must.

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I love this restaurant. We've been going here for years. The food is always consistently good. It's always busy which is a good sign. A bit out of the way, but well worth it. Nice atmosphere too.

5
★★★★★

I love this restaurant. We've been going here for years. The food is always consistently good. It's always busy which is a good sign. A bit out of the way, but well worth it. Nice atmosphere too.

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My boyfriend and his family have been going here for years and he finally took me this past weekend to this very busy, very tasty mexican joint. The line was long but worth the wait for our beef tacos, bean burrito, fresh beef tamales and of course the delicious, spiced tortilla chips and guacamole. We took our meal to go and ventured towards Downtown where we had a picnic by the bay- the food really made it the perfect lunch.

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and his family have been going here for years and he finally took me this past weekend to this very busy, very tasty mexican joint. The line was long but worth the wait for our beef tacos, bean burrito, fresh beef tamales and of course the delicious, spiced tortilla chips and guacamole. We took our meal to go and ventured towards Downtown where we had a picnic by the bay- the food really made it the perfect lunch.

Pros: My kind of mexican food- deelish!

Cons: long line

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Like the other reviewer, saw it on foodtv and drive with my wife that same day for a little taste. Luckily the line wasnt too bad. We ordered beef tacos, tamales, and rolled tacos and all were a big let down. It may have been one of the worse tasting mexican foods we had. Ingredients seemed fresh enough, but flavor and seasoning were not there in any of the dishes. The tamales, one of my favorite dishes, especially was a big disappointment. It was covered in chilli (tasted like canned chilli).... is that authentic? Not sure. We were both puzzled as to why this is a legendary place.

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★☆☆☆☆

Like the other reviewer, saw it on foodtv and drive with my wife that same day for a little taste. Luckily the line wasnt too bad. We ordered beef tacos, tamales, and rolled tacos and all were a big let down. It may have been one of the worse tasting mexican foods we had. Ingredients seemed fresh enough, but flavor and seasoning were not there in any of the dishes. The tamales, one of my favorite dishes, especially was a big disappointment. It was covered in chilli (tasted like canned chilli).... is that authentic? Not sure. We were both puzzled as to why this is a legendary place.

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I have tried plenty of Mexican restaurants around San Diego and I must say that El Indio has one of the best chicken burritos. The chicken that they put it taste really FRESH and FLAVORFUL unlike the pollo asado found in other places where it taste like a pile of grease. They really take their time making all your orders hot, fast, and fresh so you know what you are eating hasn't been sitting there for a while. Also, they don't charge extra for you to customize your burrito to your liking, so feel free to ask them to put lettuce and tomato in your burritoes.

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★★★★☆

I have tried plenty of Mexican restaurants around San Diego and I must say that El Indio has one of the best chicken burritos. The chicken that they put it taste really FRESH and FLAVORFUL unlike the pollo asado found in other places where it taste like a pile of grease. They really take their time making all your orders hot, fast, and fresh so you know what you are eating hasn't been sitting there for a while. Also, they don't charge extra for you to customize your burrito to your liking, so feel free to ask them to put lettuce and tomato in your burritoes.

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Coming from a lifetime resident of San Diego (and lifetime Mexican), I can tell you that El Indio is NOT the best Mex food in town.

I ordered the Carne Asada plate. Carne Asada my ***! What I got were bland, little lumps of "beef," sub-par frijoles, and flavorless red rice.

The place was hoping, but looking around, I noticed my girlfriend and I were the only Mexicans in the joint. I wonder why? Well, at least it explains the watered-down version of "Mexican" cuisine I was served. Sad thing is, all the employees are Mexican-- they know a lot better than to be serving this crap, and that this cuisine is nothing but a cheap knockoff of what they eat themselves.

If you want real Mexican food, don't be afraid to venture in to a neighborhood where the locals truly know what they're talking about. Don't settle for this "touristy" version of our great culinary delights.

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★☆☆☆☆

Coming from a lifetime resident of San Diego (and lifetime Mexican), I can tell you that El Indio is NOT the best Mex food in town.

I ordered the Carne Asada plate. Carne Asada my ***! What I got were bland, little lumps of "beef," sub-par frijoles, and flavorless red rice.

The place was hoping, but looking around, I noticed my girlfriend and I were the only Mexicans in the joint. I wonder why? Well, at least it explains the watered-down version of "Mexican" cuisine I was served. Sad thing is, all the employees are Mexican-- they know a lot better than to be serving this crap, and that this cuisine is nothing but a cheap knockoff of what they eat themselves.

If you want real Mexican food, don't be afraid to venture in to a neighborhood where the locals truly know what they're talking about. Don't settle for this "touristy" version of our great culinary delights.

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After it was fetured on DDD, I went and gave it a try...food was average and service slow. The tortillas they make were good and I brought 2 dozen home to Montana! Cant say I would travel 1600 miles to do again.

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★★★☆☆

After it was fetured on DDD, I went and gave it a try...food was average and service slow. The tortillas they make were good and I brought 2 dozen home to Montana! Cant say I would travel 1600 miles to do again.

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Awesome Mexican food. You can order take out or eat it there. There is an outdoor dining patio. You can also purchase tortillas and their menu items to cook at home. Highly recommend this place.

5
★★★★★

Awesome Mexican food. You can order take out or eat it there. There is an outdoor dining patio. You can also purchase tortillas and their menu items to cook at home. Highly recommend this place.

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Since 1940, El Indio has been dedicated to serving the finest Mexican food north of the border. We satisfy hungry San Diegans and visitors from all over the world with our traditional recipes and quality Mexican Food at reasonable prices as quickly as possible.

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The imported, Mexican ceramic tiles that colorfully line the floor at this friendly no-frills eatery have been in place for decades, as have many of the kitchen staff in back. Get in line by the rod iron gate under the…

 

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