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Old Town Mexican Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
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Old Town
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2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
+1 619-297-4330
07:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 02:00
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Spring Valley, California
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been coming to this place since I was a teenager. When the family would go down to San Diego from Los Angeles, we would stop here. Now that I live in San Diego, I stop by every so often. I have tried almost everything on their menu. Some of the best Mexican food I have ever eaten! I... More 

Thank esethebomb
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Although surrounded by other Mexican restaurants, I like this one the best. There is plenty of outdoor seating and on a cool San Diego evening, there are few better places (not directly on the water) to enjoy a relaxing meal.

Thank Todd M
Level Contributor
92 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good foods top to bottom. Good beer at reasonable prices. Good tequila list. Bartender was very friendly and a lot of people seemed to know and like him. That's a good sign that it's for real. All of the staple Mexican foods, I want to have this restaurant in my town.

Thank kunfushuss
CHULA VISTA, United States
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Just like my Grandma's cooking. My Grandma was from the state of Jalisco Mexico. The food is delicious. Home made flower and corn tortillas. I had the pork carnitas. My wife had the enchiladas de mole. My friens shared the molcajete . Lava stone bowl with shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas. Margaritas are small but potent. Free mariachi music. Just... More 

Thank Julian G
Escondido, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carnitas plate with homemade tortillas is the best! A tradition for out of town guests to experience great Mexican food!

Thank Anon92027
Level Contributor
32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I never knew there was an Old Town San Diego - so this was an unexpected surprise. The food at this café was delicious and very affordable. The wait was about an hour to be seated and they don't take reservations. The bar was pleasant to wait in and it made the hour long wait seem very short. They have... More 

Thank nancyj154
San Jose, California
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My cousins told us we needed to eat here because it's delicious! It was an understatement !!! Yummiest tortillas! The large ceviche dish is a must and even better the next day!! The fish tacos were amazing! The drinks - went down smooth! The fried cheese- u gotta try !! Large plates .... Perfectly priced. So glad I came here... More 

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Los Angeles
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82 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit there and even though I like the ambiance and the old Mexican style, I had a hard time relaxing and enjoying the meal. The waiters seemed to be running through the restaurant to take orders and then deliver them promptly. Our waitress was very sweet but only had time to smile and make sure that... More 

Thank LAVict0ria
Silverton, Oregon
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459 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've eaten at several restaurants in Old Town over the years, so decided to give this landmark a try. We loved the tortillas made before our eyes, and the rest of the food was good. It's just regular American Mexican food, but the ambiance of the place makes it just a little better, and knowing that it's all made here... More 

Thank 03Val48
Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had no idea we would find this place and in fact, we were not even looking for good Mexican food. Came to San Diego for a Stampin' Up! convention at the San Diego Convention Center and stayed for the weekend just outside of the down town area in the Old Town area at the Courtyard Marriott. This is a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
07:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-297-4330

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?