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Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
+1 619-295-2070
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good42%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (5 reviews)
“enchiladas” (11 reviews)
“guacamole” (13 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This restaurant is sort of in the middle of nowhere, there are no other restaurants in the proximity apart from a coffee shop on the next block. This place must have been there forever, it looks very authentic, very colorful inside and the chips and...More

Thank MakeMyBed
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been several times when we visit SD. We love the way they combine traditional Mexican fare with fresh seafood. Have had the cucumber margarita and the mold bloody Mary. Both very delicious.

Thank coulsonshome
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing food! Good service! The music is nice and fits the environment. Definitely worth a visit. Especially after walking all day at the San Diego Zoo.

Thank Smile J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was across the street from our hotel. We went there for a late breakfast. The food and sauces were delicious. The service was friendly and timely. We went there the next day for lunch too we liked it so well. Plus, it was...More

Thank NurseladyLN
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was highly recommended by our hotel staff. We felt very welcomed though we had no reservations. It is a relatively small place. We were seated and quickly attended to by Michelle for drinks followed by dinners. We had the usual dishes with tacos,...More

Thank Marilyn K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was at a friends house and ordered via postmates delivery service only to get the wrong order incredibly flat soda and what order was right was fairly terrible. Only giving them two stars because I don’t think it’s 1,000,000% fair to give a place one...More

Thank cstruyk
Reviewed 14 May 2018

After reading several reviews my wife and I decided to try it. Not what we expected, would not go back. I ordered an enchilada with red sauce. I was expecting red enchilada sauce and I got a dark mole sauce. I don't like mole sauce....More

Thank Bob T
Reviewed 11 May 2018

Great restaurant with very tastey food and great service and price. We had the Asada Chicken Burittos which were fantastic. Loaded with meat and great taste!! Definitely a great place to eat!!

Thank stephen s
Reviewed 24 April 2018

Our family flew into San Diego from all over the country and upon arrival went looking for a place to grab lunch. The hotel recommended we head over to Jimmy Carter's. Our immediate thought was weird name and it doesn't look like much, but we...More

Thank Ben J
Reviewed 16 April 2018

Right across the street from our hotel. We had dinner there twice in the 10 days we stayed in San Diego. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. I will go back when I'm in the area.

Thank Roberta F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-2070
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