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Tropical Star

Caribbean, South American, Puerto Rican
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6163 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3105
+1 858-874-7827
11:00 - 20:45
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:45
Sat 11:00 - 17:00
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love this place! I can get all of my seasonings and Puerto Rican snacks in one place! Their cooked food is delicious! Always a good experience and feels like I'm visiting family.

Thank nanivorise
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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57 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Was looking for some Puerto Rican food while in San Diego and found a great place! Felt like I was in PR, little place with a couple tables and little market, food was excellent and loved the variety, including the pops (was happy to find coco rico and cola champagne), super friendly and accommodating staff. Great value for price.

Thank DolceMinneapolis
Pensacola, Florida, United States
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Where to start.. ok. DIJON mustard ,are you kidding me. Let me recommend to owners, educate your team on your staple sandwich, the sandwich people will drive across town, have road rage over for. Ok. Moving on the sandwich is just dry not made right.*(add butter before flat grilling it) First, let me recommend just don't waste effort. This hole... More 

Thank Angel J
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Love the array of South American food you can order and the groceries you can pick while you eat in. It is a bit small and a bit tight inside the shop so we usually pick it up than eat in. Friendly staff though! :)

Thank gowiththeflowgal
Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Tropical Star is legit South American (SA) food in an authentic SA environment (Read: small, muggy grocery market/kitchen with a few tables). It's consistent, the food is really good, and the people who work there are affable. It's tucked away off a main thoroughfare in San Diego, so it's easy to overlook, but it's worth the stop for casual dining.... More 

Thank LR L
San Diego, California, United States
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682 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 366 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2014

This is just a small Hole-In-The-Wall Latin/South American grocery store and eatery that has quite an extensive menu of unique and tasty foods from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Venezuela, and more...and all for pretty cheap! Appears to be run by small friendly family. $2.50 Papa Rellena: potato puff, crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, filled with seasoned... More 

Thank John P
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 August 2014

I'd been looking for authentic Latin food in SD for a long time but hadn't found the real thing until now! I've been back at least once a week since. It can get pretty busy at lunch time and on the weekends hence the previous review about dishes on the tables. It's due to its small size and customer turn... More 

Thank Almost360
Stevenson Ranch, California
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74 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2014

It was dirty outside, the tables had plates of food that were never picked up, but my husband ordered because he was hungry We were hungry, he wanted some puertican food but he was disappointed. ONLY the tostones were good. The beef with onions was terrible and the pastel had no flavor. Sorry but it was a disappointment. Maybe we... More 

Thank californiadelia

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Caribbean, South American, Puerto Rican
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:45
11:00 - 20:45
11:00 - 20:45
11:00 - 20:45
11:00 - 20:45
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6163 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-874-7827

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