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Embargo Grill: island fusion on the cheap

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Embargo Grill offers a fun fusion menu in unpretentious dishes. They offer meals full of flavors from the Caribbean, merging Cuban, Puerto Rican, Jamaican and other tastes into a user-friendly series of meal options. It’s clean, simple, and worth a try.

A little hidden away in a Point Loma strip mall, and occupying a location previously home to a string of short-term restaurant ventures, the first surprise is how busy they already are. The menu is simple and requires no particular expertise in island cuisines, making it an easy choice for people not yet familiar.

The name places the emphasis on Cuba, and it offers expected favorites like Cuban sandwiches and ropa vieja. However, there are also jerk sauces, the house favorite Boricua bowl featuring Puerto Rican touches, and Argentinian-style churrasco steak.

Prices are reasonable, and in keeping with the informal style. This is a step above fast-food in delivery style. Guests order at a counter, paying in advance and receiving order placards. Food is delivered in a timely fashion, coming straight from the kitchen in the hands of whomever is closest. So, it’s a great place for a work-day lunch, a casual meal with friends, or a family outing. What it doesn’t bring in romance, though, is present in good value.

Embargo Grill

  • 3960 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
  • 619-786-7522
  • Open 11-9 Sun-Thur, 11-10 Fri-Sat
  • Meal cost: $20-35 for 2
  • Beer & Wine served
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Catering available


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