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Old Town Mexican Cafe
2489 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
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- Sun - Sat 7:00am - 2:00am
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4.5 of 5.0 from 106 reviews
price range:$11 to $25
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Old Town Mexican Cafe Reviews
It is a shame that this restaurant is in a very popular tourist spot in San Diego. Many people go there expecting to experience authentic Mexican food. The food is low quailty and not very good tasting. Even the Margaritas are bad. I don't intend to go there ever again unless I get dragged in like the last time I was there.
Tortilla ladies are my favorite part of Old Town! Love this spot and always have.
by Tyler M.
First time here, great food better atmosphere. . The service and waitress was great. And to top off the lunch. ..strawberry Margarita/Mango, thank you for a great time. ..
by Jerry Davis
Muy sabroso, mucho mejor que muchos lugares del DF.
by Andreas Porter
Very busy but for good reason. Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had.
by Russ John
Love the home made tortillas, margaritas, mole, and chicken fajitas.
Carnitas, tortillas, & albondigas!
by Tyler M.
by Cristina P.
Must get the Fajita .. must.
by James Lewis II
Bad food, bad service, bartender...slow. Don't go unless your a tourist that has never had Mexican food. After that go to the many great taco shops San Diego has, El Zarape for one.
by Michael Lunsford
Fresh tortillas are the best.
by Scott S.
The best hand made tortilla's in all the land.
by Justin S.
Lunch with the family!!
by Albert V.
Every single thing brought to our table was amazing (see "after" photo). Went back for take-out lunch the next day on the way to the airport. I'm spoiled for the rest of my life because of OTMC.
by Molly Woll
They have the best carnitas in San Diego! Their homemade tortillas are bomb and they are big so the wait moves quick! Also have 3$ margs on Taco Tuesday!
by Lyndsi W.
Been eating here for years. One of our favorite sit down mexican food spots in SD. Great food and very reasonable prices.
by Sean M.
Food and hospitality from the owner was amazing. Get the spinach enchilada.
by Raquel Fraktas
Taco de pollo was very tasty!
by David Valls
by Thom P.
Watching the tortilla making from the street before eating makes me hungry!
by Dave M.
Chicken & ribs off of the rotisserie.
by Joey M.
Super breakfast service! And they serve Organic Tequila Cocktails!
Just left & now I'm sick in the bathroom. :-/
by Noëlle D.
Decent food but eat here at your peril. Waiters drop cutlery and plates on the floor here on a whim.
Great food! Muy rica
by Edgar R.
Great food and atmosphere
by Marcelo Mars G.
by Jann L.
Does not dissapoint..best tortillas on the planet.
by J L.
The drinks were good, however the food was not the great and the portion size for the price was small.
by Bruce L.
Take some hand-made tortillas to go!
by Stephanie S.
Favorite Mexican Restaurant anywhere. The Chicken Chimi is excellent...packed with chicken and delicious!
by Jim M.
Get the Carnitas crispy. So taste!
by Aaron G.
Generous portions great service
by Joseph C.
The food is soooo yummy!! And you can't beat the Homemade Tortillas, they are deeeelicious!!! Yummmm.....
by Nilda 🚲 T.
Try the fresh tortillas
by Daniel E.
The food, margarita and the service was above above average. The best part, the home-made corn-shell tortillas. Those tortillas are very tasty and filling so try not to over eat or over order.
by Leke B.
One of the best Mexican Restaurants in old town but always busy. Be ready for a little wait~
by Deborrah R.
Chicken plate is great! Juicy not dry. Tortillas are best in town.
by Betty H.
The tortillas will make u say OMG! We had to buy more to go :-)
by Rheba S.
Food quantity was high. Quality low, taco's where terrible
by Lineke D.
Fantastic!! A must in your visit to San Diego!!
by Dara D.
They have the best corn tortillas and beans. But the service sucks.
by Teri R.
Get the Chilli Colorado burrito
by Steven S.
The service and food have slipped in just another crappy mexican food restaurant lacking in flavor. Margaritas are watered down and full of ice. Try somewhere else. :/
by Derek H.
Popular place. waited 30min to be seated. We ordered carnitas, chicken mole, and TEQUILA RIBS. first 2 were ok, but ribs where AMAZING! falling of the bone, tender... will fly back to SD for them!
by Kenny C.
Waitress came twice within five minutes, when we'd barely looked at the extensive menu, then made herself scarce the rest of the night. Food was average, fried ice cream terrible!
by Jessi R.
The food is only so so and if you sit on the patio there are Lots of Flys!
by MaryAnn D.
Good service, but very obviously a tourist hotspot. Anyway...Ceviche good! Fresh, handmade tortillas good! Old Town "special" carnitas- below average.
by Alex S.
Bloody Mary. Must try!! Oh, and the food's good too. ;)
Horchata is delicious and prices reasonable...
by Eve G.
Been coming here since I was 2 or 3. Best carnitas around.
by Lisa N.
Sit at the bar if you're into good vibrations cuz when the blender starts ~ whoa, baby! Reverberations x10
by Valerie M.
Best Taco Tuesday in town!
by Melissa B.
Come here for brunch and don't leave w/o picking up a dozen of their homemade tortillas!
by Matt R.
Check out the ladies in the front rolling fresh corn tortillas! Order some as an appetizer (spread butter, roll into a taquito then dip in the tomato sauce!)
by Ashley L.
Amazing hand made tortillas. Wish I had checked out part of the city sooner
by Patrick P.
by DG W.
Huge portions! Unless you have a monster appetite, you should plan on sharing or taking home left-overs!
by Dominic R.
Gotta get the chipotle salsa for ur chips- it's spicier!
by Kali Y.
by Jilly R.
Tourist trap. Long waits. It's not good San Diego Mexican food
by Scott K.
Carnitas & margaritas! Delicious!
by Georgia T.
The Shrimp Ceviche!! Omfg!! Order it and the flan best dessert
by Carlos Z.
Pancake breakfast is oh do good with eggs and bacon... Excellent service(Yamileth) will surely come back here
by Rowena G.
Pozole with onion & cilantro + avocado. Yum! Also, they have chilaquiles (MY FAVORITE!!)
by Kia B.
by Elizabeth S.
Carnitas with handmade tortillas! Can't go wrong ;)
by Pamela P.
So far the best menudo in San Diego! Perfect if you have a hangover! :)
Best bloody Marys in town!
by Kirsten B.
Worst margaritas ever! They taste like gasoline!
by Tina G.
by Jay A.
Best breakfast ever
by Lindy R.
Sent back two orders of the chicken chimichanga. Meat had definitely gone bad. Avoid.
by Rina B.
Good Drinks & Food! But watch out for crazies in the parking lot(including myself!) Almost had to intervine and pop some old guy in the lot! Lol!
by Pearl ~Leah~ M.
Great if you're craving a plate of salt.
by Stephanie E.
Food/service = 2 stars only. Definitely a tourist spot.
by Faith W.
This is our Sunday regular...I am sad to say old town service and food have steadily gone to shite. Today may be our last Sunday here ;(
by Dave N.
Carnitas are bomb and some shockingly good pancakes!
by Dave N.
Here to do the San Diego RNR Half..this is where we come to have some yummy food! Fresh tortillas!
by Evy Lyn V.
This place was amazing. Fresh tortillas are a must.
by Victoria J.
Carnitas Platter with homemade tortillas.... Just like my Grandmas. Enjoy!
by Monica B.
It is not as good as I remembered. Food lacks flavor.
by Vanessa C.
Not what it used to be, I only go for the rice and beans.
by Cesar Z.
by Sue D.
Never come here if you are a vegetarian. You order soy chorizo and they give you intestine soup instead
by Becca B.
Get the Cubed, deep fried Carnitas..... the best in the world!
by Robert W.
Carnitas or Chicken Enchiladas but it's not a real check-in without (a) Margarita(s).
by Scott R.
Not a meat eater any longer but the carnitas are freaking amazing here!
by Melissa B.
If you love this place, join the Facebook group!! :) http://on.fb.me/OTMCGROUP
by Ryan D.
Worst Mexican food I've ever had, with a side order of food poisoning. Eat at your own risk.
by Tommy S.
Awesome wings at a Mexican joint, who woulda thought!!! And ask for Joe!
by Lisa B.
Salsa is weak and bad service.
by George A.
Long known for it's vibrant bar scene, the food has slipped markedly over the past ten years. They have 'gringo-ized' the food to appeal to the touristas that come to Old Town State Park.
by Arthur M.
Best Churros ever!
by AJ L.
Tortillas made on site
by Ron H.
Make sure you ask for Leah! Best bartender on the planet!!!
by Dakota R.
Disappointing. It had been highly recommended. Waitress never checked on us. Food was either bland or salty. Chips were burnt. One step above Taco Bell.
by Dan B.
The menudo is the best in San Diego!!!
by Erick T.
Carnitas Platter + fresh tortilla = HEAVEN!!! #TeamMuffinTop
by Lucky U.
House margaritas are awful. They taste like gasoline. Tacos aren't that good either.
order the carnitas platter. you won't be disappointed.
by H8torade D.
perfect margarita ^^
by Didem K.
Get the chicken verde enchiladas with extra sour cream... You'll need it!!! *Caution- Spicy*
by Nakaylah L.
by brigida m.
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