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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

) #760 of 3,870 Restaurants in San Diego €€ - €€€ Mexican, Latin, Spanish
141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
+1 619-692-4200
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good34%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
€€ - €€€
141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great resturant! My wife and mother both enjoyed the meals. Service was outstanding. I would recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. Keep up the great service and outstanding food!!!

Thank Robert L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was there at happy hour, probably change of shift. Management sat me and took my order. My cadillac margarita had no color or bite and I asked if the Gran Marnier had been left out. The manager/waiter told me it had not, and that...More

Thank HikerWNC54
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had not been here for a long time, so was pleasantly surprised and chagrined at what we had missed. the service on the patio remains a little slow but the food does make up for it. The shrimp ceviche is on the Happy Hour menu,...More

Thank Coleman M
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious. Starting with the perfectly spiced soup. We had the lobster and shrimp special, grilled dorado veracruz (mahi mahi), and adobo carnitas tacos. Each dish was extraordinarily special. We will be back! and often.

Thank Joyce W
Reviewed 29 March 2017

There are so many poor TexMex type Mexican restaurants in San Diego that you begin to despair of finding something that offers real taste. Ortega's is one of the rare exceptions. My wife and I have been here several times and have always left pleased...More

Thank howcrab
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Many Mexican restaurants don't serve chile rellenos but Ortega's were really delicious. Next time we will go for dinner and share the lobster, prepared Mexican style.

Thank longponder
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

We got recommendation from the locals to visit this restaurant. Gorgeous food and staff. Specially guacamole, they make it just in front of your eyes. Worth visiting.

Thank Andrius D
Reviewed 6 January 2017

As a Mexican and native San Diegan, I KNOW MY MEXICAN FOOD. I've tried it all: low-end dives, mid-range, fast-food and high-end re-invented Mexican. This place offers a refreshing reprieve from the pervasive Mexican dives (cheap eats) that are found on every street corner in...More

Thank Sara P
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

... and awesome guacamole!! Great Mexican food, homemade tortillas (the best ever), great margaritas, even the chips are unique and delicious; just as its original location in Puerto Nuevo! It just needs the ocean view. Great service too. Kids enjoyed it as well.

Thank bossings
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We had eaten here the last time we visited and decided to try it again. Good choice! To start I found a parking spot right outside the door which is like hitting the lottery. The chips and salsa were delicious to start. My wife ordered...More

Thank ABFine
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-692-4200
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