We had a great dinner and service and the decor was very nice. The menu has a great selection of interesting dishes and we loved what we ordered. The music was good also.
Great food and atmosphere! Had the crab cakes, prime rib and some wine.
We invited friends to join us for dinner. They had never been before. Everything was fantastic. Everything we ordered was delicious, the live music was great and as always, awesome service.
Nice dinner with friends on a Wednesday evening - happy hour menu is great!
Always a great meal and time! Our server was excellent!
I enjoyed this place very much for the music, unusual menu items and desserts. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the servers were friendly.
I come here pretty regularly and i'm never disappointed. Food and drinks are amazing, staff is fun and friendly.
Too noisy; band was not good in the singing. Friendly waitress.
Everything was delicious!!!
Great server, tasty apps and nice happy hour pricing.
Its a fun place with alot of food choices. Not cheap but its good food. VERY LOUD inside. Ill sit outside next time. The coconut Margaritas were awesome. Samantha was our server and was very sweet and service oriented!!
We took our daughter out for her birthday and had the best time! The food was amazing and service outstanding. Thank you!
If you are looking for a great spot in Encinitas for dinner then this is the spot. Chef Matt is fantastic I have dietary restrictions and he made it his mission to make me a meal that was outstanding. He came out to the table and talked with me about options. Everything came out great. Talk about above and beyond. Check them out on Tuesday their happy hour is all evening and the fish tacos are great!
We came here for happy hour on Sunday. We were a bit disappointed because we had hope to get the tacos with the cheese shell but were informed that was only available during lunch. However the last time we came for a happy hour we were told they were available. The waitress basically said it depended on the cook and certain ones will still make them. However, the cook working that afternoon she knew he would not. The other couple we were with comes here more than us because they are closer and they said they have yet to figure out when the cheese shell tacos are available. It would be great if this could be added for happy hour. It’s a great keto option.
Great local place, and we're locals. That said, we did request an outside table via OpenTable, but were seated inside. Inside is WAY to loud, and soon as the staff was able to move us they did. Not sure where the fault came from, but it was all made good...cheers to Le Pappagayo for being so accommodating!
Returned to Le Papagayo after a long hiatus. Atmosphere, décor, menu and staff have greatly improved - so glad to have discovered it again. Only criticism is wait staff clearing plates when not everyone has finished their meal. Just let everyone enjoy the food, relax and chat … Otherwise, great food and fun location.
I went to Le Papagayo based on many good reviews that I read about its great Latin fusion food. First, the ambiance was EXCELLENT. However, the food and service were actually awful. I never leave reviews because I, like most people, am busy and don't have the time. Nonetheless, I feel it necessary to inform of my unlucky experience at your restaurant. We ordered many dishes to try, including the fried calamari, chicken wings, green salads, butternut squash, as well as cocktails. Nothing at all about this food was "Latin" in the sense of Latin American or even Iberian/Italic at all. I am from a family of incredible Italian cooks who would have been astonished to see that the word "ravioli" was even used for this nearly uneatable version of butternut squash. It was entirely flavorless, the filling completely lacking seasoning and texture (even a little olive oil, cream, or butter would have done it wonders). The so-called "pesto" was one of the reasons we ordered the dish in the first place (I even explained this to the server who should have then warned me), turned out a pathetic and stingy fresh parsley garnish. I suppose calling this dish "dumplings" would have better suited the dish, since it was resonant of an Asian pasta and did not utilize the basic Italian flavors in any way. The fried calamari--while I admit it must be a favorite as we saw that many tables around us had ordered it--was drenched in sweet and sour sauce that overpowered the calamari flavor we hoped for. To top the meal off, even the green salad was upsetting! In my dining experience, it is nearly impossible to ruin a simple green salad, but this is what I was unfortunately served: semi-wilted lettuce mixed greens, untossed and lacking sufficient dressing. I usually like salad lightly dressed anyway, but imagine what this experience was like: chewing mostly room-temperature dry leaves without dressing at all! Safe to say I will be warning my friends and family of this farce of restaurant hype.
Get the Miso Sea Bass with crab fried rice, you're welcome.
We stood and waited for 15 minutes at 5:30 (our reservation time). Nobody came to talk to us.
The girl with blue hair passed by us 3-4 times and ignored us.
Very bad first impression.
I would not go back again.
Great food. Not the best service. Our waitress often went mia for a while and wasn’t very attentive. Great food and drinks though
Delicious food and great size portions! Everybody in our group raved about the food.
If you like a quiet dining experience where you can talk without literally yelling, be sure to sit outside. Le Papagayo is a fun happening place. The food, however can be iffy. Recently went for their specialty prime rib. Have had it in past and it was fantastic. Huge cut of meat. This last time the prime rib was literally tough as leather! My dog even had trouble chewing it. So, in the future, may just go for the vibe, order drinks and appetizers and sit outside.
Great food, great ambiance with great music!
Big portion, drinks amazing!
Will definitely come back!
First time there. We really loved the food and service. First thing, I was greeted by a new male employee by my first name. Awesome experience. We live in OC. Just camping in San Elijo. Will come again.
This was our second time eating here. I surprised my husband with reservations for our anniversary as he really enjoyed our first time here a few weeks ago. We arrived a bit earlier than our reservation time and waited till our table was ready. Upon being seated our waitress greeted us and handed us our menus. We placed a drink order. They arrived quickly . My husband had the mai tai and I kept it simple with a soda. He said it was very good. We ordered our appetizers and entrees. A short time later the mussels appetizer came out and it was delicious. Tender, flavorful and the sauce was perfect for dipping the crunchy crust bread. Soon after finishing up our mussels our entree came out. My husband ordered the Hawaiian pork entree and I got the lamb chops. I asked them to be medium rare. They arrived medium well. I quickly mentioned it to our waitress who apologized and said a fresh order would be made. My husband began eating and said his meal was very good. When my new meal came out, our waitress explained that because the lamb chops were small it’s sometimes hard to judge how much they’re cooked. Really?!? I find that hard to believe that a seasoned chef couldn’t judge the difference between cooking it medium rare and medium well. The second dish did come out correct and to our surprise the chef cane to check on my satisfaction and again stated that since the lamb chops vary in thickness it is hard to judge how much they were cooked. Same excuse. I felt a bit let down by this. My second meal was really good but I would expect them to get it done right the first time. This isn’t a fly by night operation, it is an established restaurant. I will give them another chance but will most likely just order drinks and appetizers.
This has been one of my go to places for many years. After Saturday night, I’m not so sure. I was taken out for my birthday celebration. We asked for one slight modification on a dish, and it came out wrong. Wait staff was not attentive, and even getting To Go Boxes seem to be a challenge.
Really dissappointed... I had gone to this restaurant in the past and had a great experience, not the case this time. We had a reservation and had to wait an additional 30 min to sit down even though there were many available tables. We went there for the live entertainment and we were placed outside where we could hear absolutely nothing. The feed was pretty good, but wasn't as great as I remembered. Too bad... i liked the fact that it was a local place with live music instead of a chain.
Went on a Tuesday when they have happy hour all day! Happy hour apps are delicious!
As always very good food, service was a little laggong
Absolutely loved it!! Food, ambiance etc.... it’s a must if you are in the area.
We had an amazing night Excellent appetizers including Cauliflower, Artichoke Bottoms and Poke. The Prime Rib was delicious and all meals were thoroughly enjoyed. We sat outside on the patio and had a great evening. I highly recommend this fine restaurant as the ambiance, food and service were great.
never disappointing. Have been going for many years and if there was ever a small issue it got intermediately resolved. Manager, Kari i believe, was walking around all the time making sure everything was right.
We love Le Papagayo! The food is absolutely amazing! I wish parking was more available but that is all over Leucadia. Its great to have live music, casual beach feel, with fantastic food that tastes great but is healthful too! Love it!
Very good menu selections.
Bill was higher than I expected.
The only problem I had was with the hostess who made us wait for a table 45 minutes when I could easily see 5 tables free the whole time. And I did not look into other back room or the back patio. So clearly many tables available she said where reserved. After finally getting seated, one table next to us was free from time we arrived at 4:45 to 7:15 when we left. (Almost 3 hours) as were many other tables. Also , Many tables then afterward were not bussed and people were waiting outside. This does not make sense. Originally, We were about to leave and I believe that other people did. What saved our night was Kelly our server. She was respectful of our complaint. Wanted to make it right and did with excellent service. We ended up leaving happy but because of Kelly’s service and the good food and drinks.
Enjoyed a great Saturday night out - had dinner in the bar and listened to the band. Really fun place! Recommend a reservation - it was hopping!
The service and food was good. I made a reservation several days in advance and requested patio because I was taking my dog. We were seated at a table with gravel at my feet and a palm tree from the ground, reason for the gravel I suppose as I did not see gravel at any of the other tables. It was a Friday night and packed. It was the only open low table and most comfortable to us. I would have asked for another table but would have had to wait and unfortunately I didn't have much time to wait. The tree was my forward facing view. It would be a good seat if they would remove the palm tree and gravel. Other than that it was good.
Food is fantastic! The restaurant is a bit loud but overall we always enjoy coming here. Yum!
Been here a couple of times now. Everything has been great. Recommend flat bread and the lamb.