WINNER! Best Mexican Restaurant 2008, AOL CityGuide San Diego



WINNER! Best Mexican Restaurant 2006, AOL CityGuide San Diego




Tue-Sat 11:00-2:30, 4:00-9:00 

Sun 11:00-2:30, 4:00-8:00

Closed Mondays







     Cenote (say-NOH-tay) literally means sink hole.  One might ask, why would anyone name a restaurant sink hole grill?   The first reason comes from our honeymoon in Cancun and  a deeper look into what cenotes really are.... "The natural wonders of the state of Yucatan, cenotes, or underground rivers, are sources of plentiful crystalline water which have fulfilled men's needs throughout the centuries and can be found only in Florida, the Yucatan Peninsula and the island of Cuba."

     There are four different types of cenotes, those that are completely underground, those that are semi-underground, those that are at land level like a lake or pond and those that are open wells.  Today at least 1000 cenotes have been located among the approximately four thousand that are believed to exist in the State of Yucatan.  These unique places are now included in the ever increasing number of tourist attractions of the area, both for the archaeological value they offer, as in the cases of Chichen Itza and Dzibilchaltun, and for the exquisite natural beauty they possess, as found at the Dzitnup cenote near Valladolid".  So, as you see cenotes are more than just sink holes.  They were and still are an important part of the Yucatan culture.


     The second reason comes from being long time restaurant employees, and the risk and cost associated with starting such a venture.  We considered all of the difficulties associated with getting a restaurant "out of the hole", and decided to interject some humor into our name and call it "as it is".

     The third reason, if you count humor, is my passion for the restaurant business, my love of cooking and our love of Mexican cuisine.  My dream has always been to open my own restaurant and provide healthy, flavorful Mexican fare.  So,  following our last trip south and a few too many cocktails, we decided to follow the dream and name it after the natural wonders known as Cenotes.





Russ Taylor, Owner/Chef

Pam Taylor, Owner

Cole  & Brady Taylor, the "Real Owners"

Below Photos shot by Carla Seidlinger

760.740.9911 Main

760.740.9931 Fax


1896 W. El Norte Pkwy

Escondido, CA 92026

(2 miles west of the 15 freeway, In the 7-11 shopping center)