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Old Town Mexican Cafe

) #70 of 3,969 Restaurants in San Diego $$ - $$$ Mexican, , Latin
2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
+1 619-297-4330
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“carnitas” (175 reviews)
“tortillas” (357 reviews)
“beans” (46 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
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Reviewed yesterday

I was afraid that this would be an overrated touristy place. It is touristy, but the food is still very good and reasonably priced. The crispy carnitas were SO SO good. I'm still dreaming about them. We had to wait 20 minutes for a table,...More

Thank Ida778
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The carnitas and fresh tortillas are delicious. I know the secret is lard, but hey, I'm on vacation! The food is great, and the atmosphere friendly. The table of white-haired Mexican ladies behind me seemed to approve, applauding the strolling guitarist and singing along.

Thank Cziel
Reviewed 6 days ago

Everything is homade, including the tortillas. Carnitas are to die for. don't let the line bother you, the place is huge inside.

Thank TSExpert
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is amazing! The tortillas are hand made on site! Excellent service and very reasonably priced. Definitely would return for second visit.

Thank Wilma J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family loves this restaurant. With so many choices in Old Town, this is a definite favorite. The corn and flour tortillas are simply the best in San Diego! On Tuesdays, their taco special is delightful, but you'll need to remember that their tacos are...More

Thank Nellie M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic late lunch early dinner. We loved everything we ordered. Drinks were awesome too. We beat the crowds & walked around Old Town seeing all the historical buildings & even saw a proposal under one of the big trees in the park.

Thank Jackie F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh hand made tortillas. the entire town has these on the side walk of every restaurant. But go eat here. The food is fantastic and the service is very good. There is usually a wait during lunch and meal times. But worth the wait.

Thank B C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place was recommended by many so we decided to give it a try. We were seated almost immediately, service was great. We ordered breakfast and the breakfast was really good! Salsa was very mild for my liking but I suppose many don't care for...More

Thank Jnjiemtz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great menudo! But has a variety of generous Mexican food. When in San Diego it's the place to stop to start and end your day.

1  Thank Manuel D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried this place at random, what a great find, we had a short wait until we were shown to our table which was under cover and out of the sun. The waiting staff were very helpful and friendly plus the food was plentiful and...More

Thank Darin C
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Arlene S
16 July 2016|
Response from Shoji K |
They said 3-7 pm, 10 pm till close, Monday to Friday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, 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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