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Old Town Mexican Cafe



2489 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

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(619) 297-4330

  • Sun - Sat 7:00am - 2:00am

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Cuisine: Cafes, Mexican Restaurants, Soups and Salads

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4.5 of 5.0 from 160 reviews


price range:$11 to $25

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Old Town Mexican Cafe Reviews

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  • ChefMozIt 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.

    11111 by ChefMoz.org


  • Mrs. Stylinson JCheese enchiladas are super rich but really f'n good!

    55555 by Mrs. Stylinson J


  • Janine A.Great food and great service

    55555 by Janine A.


  • Janine A.Great service and great food.

    55555 by Janine A.


  • Pepe JLas tortillas son lo mejor!!

    55555 by Pepe J


  • Lauren MMy favorite breakfast spot in town. The best huevos rancheros I've had, delicious carnitas (get crispy), good pozole and machaca con huevos. Nopales casserole too.

    55555 by Lauren M


  • Sheila SThe red and green chile along with the carnitas are amazing! Worth the wait.

    55555 by Sheila S


  • Carl G.I moved here 32 years ago and Old Town Mex was the first place I ate Mexican food in San Diego. It's tradition and I take everyone here.

    55555 by Carl G.


  • kassie Kwe got carnitas for two and it was AMAZING. the tortillas are hella fresh, and it was more than enough food for two of us.

    55555 by kassie K


  • SalCorn tortillas are hand made fresh and different than in any other place. Tasty! Try the posole rojo is cheap and really good!

    55555 by Sal


  • Tim Y.Carnitas is the best in San Diego

    55555 by Tim Y.


  • Rafael NMal servicio muy lento y si eres latino peor, que irónico

    22222 by Rafael N


  • LA DEverything

    55555 by LA D


  • LA DLook at this

    22222 by LA D


  • Cyndia KGreat Cadillac Margaritas that the bartender said so high in alcohol keep away from open flames, true that!

    33333 by Cyndia K


  • Bernie ZamoraHey Old Town Mexican Cafe, you should join Freebie! The benefits are amazing for both you and me.

    55555 by Bernie Zamora


  • Hal MackinsGreat carnitas, tortillas, and $4 house margaritas for happy hour.

    55555 by Hal Mackins


  • Alfa S.Good happy hour, great drinks.

    55555 by Alfa S.


  • Maria SОтвратительный ресторан!! Ужасно!!! :(

    55555 by Maria S


  • april l.Salsa and home made tortillas....

    55555 by april l.


  • Daniel EThe hand made tacos in the store awesome

    55555 by Daniel E


  • Keith K.Agree with everyone else...margaritas are terrible. Crispy Carnitas platter is amazing. Homemade tortillas are the best I've ever had. Loved the churros.

    55555 by Keith K.


  • Darth D.Great Food!

    55555 by Darth D.


  • Sean G.Vegetarian options! They use a separate fryer for veggie dishes.

    55555 by Sean G.


  • Tyler M.Tortilla ladies are my favorite part of Old Town! Love this spot and always have.

    55555 by Tyler M.


  • Jerry DavisFirst 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. ..

    55555 by Jerry Davis


  • Andreas PorterMuy sabroso, mucho mejor que muchos lugares del DF.

    55555 by Andreas Porter


  • Russ JohnVery busy but for good reason. Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had.

    55555 by Russ John


  • MistressPrimeLove the home made tortillas, margaritas, mole, and chicken fajitas.

    55555 by MistressPrime


  • Tyler M.Carnitas, tortillas, & albondigas!

    55555 by Tyler M.


  • Cristina P.Homemade tortillas!

    55555 by Cristina P.


  • James Lewis IIMust get the Fajita .. must.

    55555 by James Lewis II


  • Michael LunsfordBad 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.

    33333 by Michael Lunsford


  • Scott S.Fresh tortillas are the best.

    55555 by Scott S.


  • Justin S.The best hand made tortilla's in all the land.

    55555 by Justin S.


  • Albert V.Lunch with the family!!

    55555 by Albert V.


  • Molly WollEvery 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.

    55555 by Molly Woll


  • Lyndsi W.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!

    55555 by Lyndsi W.


  • Sean M.Been eating here for years. One of our favorite sit down mexican food spots in SD. Great food and very reasonable prices.

    55555 by Sean M.


  • Raquel FraktasFood and hospitality from the owner was amazing. Get the spinach enchilada.

    55555 by Raquel Fraktas


  • David VallsTaco de pollo was very tasty!

    55555 by David Valls


  • Thom P.Chicken Mole!

    55555 by Thom P.


  • Dave M.Watching the tortilla making from the street before eating makes me hungry!

    55555 by Dave M.


  • Joey M.Chicken & ribs off of the rotisserie.

    33333 by Joey M.


  • DymphnaSuper breakfast service! And they serve Organic Tequila Cocktails!

    55555 by Dymphna


  • Noëlle D.Just left & now I'm sick in the bathroom. :-/

    11111 by Noëlle D.


  • PriiiDecent food but eat here at your peril. Waiters drop cutlery and plates on the floor here on a whim.

    33333 by Priii


  • Edgar R.Great food! Muy rica

    55555 by Edgar R.


  • Marcelo Mars G.Great food and atmosphere

    55555 by Marcelo Mars G.


  • Jann L.Great service!

    55555 by Jann L.


  • J L.Does not dissapoint..best tortillas on the planet.

    55555 by J L.


  • Bruce L.The drinks were good, however the food was not the great and the portion size for the price was small.

    33333 by Bruce L.


  • Stephanie S.Take some hand-made tortillas to go!

    55555 by Stephanie S.


  • Jim M.Favorite Mexican Restaurant anywhere. The Chicken Chimi is excellent...packed with chicken and delicious!

    55555 by Jim M.


  • Aaron G.Get the Carnitas crispy. So taste!

    55555 by Aaron G.


  • Joseph C.Generous portions great service

    55555 by Joseph C.


  • Nilda 🚲 T.The food is soooo yummy!! And you can't beat the Homemade Tortillas, they are deeeelicious!!! Yummmm.....

    55555 by Nilda 🚲 T.


  • Daniel E.Try the fresh tortillas

    55555 by Daniel E.


  • Leke B.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.

    55555 by Leke B.


  • Deborrah R.One of the best Mexican Restaurants in old town but always busy. Be ready for a little wait~

    55555 by Deborrah R.


  • Betty H.Chicken plate is great! Juicy not dry. Tortillas are best in town.

    55555 by Betty H.


  • Rheba S.The tortillas will make u say OMG! We had to buy more to go :-)

    33333 by Rheba S.


  • Lineke D.Food quantity was high. Quality low, taco's where terrible

    33333 by Lineke D.


  • Dara D.Fantastic!! A must in your visit to San Diego!!

    55555 by Dara D.


  • Teri R.They have the best corn tortillas and beans. But the service sucks.

    55555 by Teri R.


  • Steven S.Get the Chilli Colorado burrito

    55555 by Steven S.


  • Derek H.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. :/

    33333 by Derek H.


  • Kenny C.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!

    33333 by Kenny C.


  • Jessi R.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!

    22222 by Jessi R.


  • MaryAnn D.The food is only so so and if you sit on the patio there are Lots of Flys!

    33333 by MaryAnn D.


  • Alex S.Good service, but very obviously a tourist hotspot. Anyway...Ceviche good! Fresh, handmade tortillas good! Old Town "special" carnitas- below average.

    55555 by Alex S.


  • ShannonBloody Mary. Must try!! Oh, and the food's good too. ;)

    55555 by Shannon


  • Eve G.Horchata is delicious and prices reasonable...

    55555 by Eve G.


  • NikkiClean banos

    55555 by Nikki


  • Lisa N.Been coming here since I was 2 or 3. Best carnitas around.

    55555 by Lisa N.


  • Valerie M.Sit at the bar if you're into good vibrations cuz when the blender starts ~ whoa, baby! Reverberations x10

    33333 by Valerie M.


  • Melissa B.Best Taco Tuesday in town!

    55555 by Melissa B.


  • Matt R.Come here for brunch and don't leave w/o picking up a dozen of their homemade tortillas!

    55555 by Matt R.


  • Ashley L.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!)

    33333 by Ashley L.


  • Patrick P.Amazing hand made tortillas. Wish I had checked out part of the city sooner

    55555 by Patrick P.


  • DG W.Taco Tuesday!

    55555 by DG W.


  • Dominic R.Huge portions! Unless you have a monster appetite, you should plan on sharing or taking home left-overs!

    55555 by Dominic R.


  • Kali Y.Gotta get the chipotle salsa for ur chips- it's spicier!

    55555 by Kali Y.


  • Jilly R.Carnitas!!!!!!

    55555 by Jilly R.


  • Scott K.Tourist trap. Long waits. It's not good San Diego Mexican food

    55555 by Scott K.


  • Georgia T.Carnitas & margaritas! Delicious!

    55555 by Georgia T.


  • Carlos Z.The Shrimp Ceviche!! Omfg!! Order it and the flan best dessert

    55555 by Carlos Z.


  • Rowena G.Pancake breakfast is oh do good with eggs and bacon... Excellent service(Yamileth) will surely come back here

    55555 by Rowena G.


  • Kia B.Pozole with onion & cilantro + avocado. Yum! Also, they have chilaquiles (MY FAVORITE!!)

    55555 by Kia B.


  • Elizabeth S.Ceviche delicious!!!

    55555 by Elizabeth S.


  • Pamela P.Carnitas with handmade tortillas! Can't go wrong ;)

    55555 by Pamela P.


  • DymphnaSo far the best menudo in San Diego! Perfect if you have a hangover! :)

    55555 by Dymphna


  • Kirsten B.Best bloody Marys in town!

    55555 by Kirsten B.


  • Tina G.Worst margaritas ever! They taste like gasoline!

    11111 by Tina G.


  • Jay A.Carnitas perfectas!

    55555 by Jay A.


  • Lindy R.Best breakfast ever

    55555 by Lindy R.


  • CalAwesome! Yum

    55555 by Cal


  • Rina B.Sent back two orders of the chicken chimichanga. Meat had definitely gone bad. Avoid.

    22222 by Rina B.


  • Pearl ~Leah~ M.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!

    33333 by Pearl ~Leah~ M.


  • Stephanie E.Great if you're craving a plate of salt.

    55555 by Stephanie E.


  • Faith W.Food/service = 2 stars only. Definitely a tourist spot.

    55555 by Faith W.


  • Dave N.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 ;(

    55555 by Dave N.


  • Dave N.Carnitas are bomb and some shockingly good pancakes!

    55555 by Dave N.


  • Evy Lyn V.Here to do the San Diego RNR Half..this is where we come to have some yummy food! Fresh tortillas!

    55555 by Evy Lyn V.


  • Victoria J.This place was amazing. Fresh tortillas are a must.

    55555 by Victoria J.


  • Monica B.Carnitas Platter with homemade tortillas.... Just like my Grandmas. Enjoy!

    55555 by Monica B.


  • Vanessa C.It is not as good as I remembered. Food lacks flavor.

    33333 by Vanessa C.


  • Cesar Z.Not what it used to be, I only go for the rice and beans.

    33333 by Cesar Z.


  • Sue D.Great guacamole.

    55555 by Sue D.


  • Becca B.Never come here if you are a vegetarian. You order soy chorizo and they give you intestine soup instead

    55555 by Becca B.


  • Robert W.Get the Cubed, deep fried Carnitas..... the best in the world!

    55555 by Robert W.


  • Scott R.Carnitas or Chicken Enchiladas but it's not a real check-in without (a) Margarita(s).

    55555 by Scott R.


  • Melissa B.Not a meat eater any longer but the carnitas are freaking amazing here!

    55555 by Melissa B.


  • Ryan D.If you love this place, join the Facebook group!! :) http://on.fb.me/OTMCGROUP

    55555 by Ryan D.


  • Tommy S.Worst Mexican food I've ever had, with a side order of food poisoning. Eat at your own risk.

    22222 by Tommy S.


  • Lisa B.Awesome wings at a Mexican joint, who woulda thought!!! And ask for Joe!

    55555 by Lisa B.


  • George A.Salsa is weak and bad service.

    22222 by George A.


  • Arthur M.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.

    55555 by Arthur M.


  • AJ L.Best Churros ever!

    55555 by AJ L.


  • Ron H.Tortillas made on site

    55555 by Ron H.


  • Dakota R.Make sure you ask for Leah! Best bartender on the planet!!!

    55555 by Dakota R.


  • Dan B.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.

    22222 by Dan B.


  • Erick T.The menudo is the best in San Diego!!!

    55555 by Erick T.


  • Lucky U.Carnitas Platter + fresh tortilla = HEAVEN!!! #TeamMuffinTop

    55555 by Lucky U.


  • DarHouse margaritas are awful. They taste like gasoline. Tacos aren't that good either.

    22222 by Dar


  • H8torade D.order the carnitas platter. you won't be disappointed.

    55555 by H8torade D.


  • Didem K.perfect margarita ^^

    55555 by Didem K.


  • Nakaylah L.Get the chicken verde enchiladas with extra sour cream... You'll need it!!! *Caution- Spicy*

    55555 by Nakaylah L.


  • brigida m.Triple enchiladas!

    55555 by brigida m.


  • Cory C.Here from Ohio on a suggestion from people. This place didn't disappoint!!

    55555 by Cory C.


  • JennThis is my favorite Mexican restaurant in SD! Love their OTMC queso, enchiladas, carne asada & fish tacos & also the margaritas. Horchata & handmade tortillas are a must with your meal!

    55555 by Jenn


  • Manilyn S.Try the Red Bean Ice

    55555 by Manilyn S.


  • Manilyn S.Try the Seafood Chow Fun With Soy Sauce

    55555 by Manilyn S.


  • Manilyn S.Try the Shave Ice With Mango, Strawberry, Green Bean And Condensed Milk - A small is huge

    55555 by Manilyn S.


  • Manilyn S.Try the Spicy Seafood Pad Thai In Hot & Sour Soup

    55555 by Manilyn S.


  • Lake L.Handmade tortillas delish... Service is excellent... I'm visiting from Nor Cal... I'll be back

    55555 by Lake L.


  • Manilyn S.Try the Singapore Style Chow Fun - Good spice!

    55555 by Manilyn S.


  • Anthony F.Park out back and make sure to get the fresh tortillas with whatever you get

    55555 by Anthony F.


  • HeideMelissa is definitely my favorite hostess! She rocks!

    55555 by Heide


  • Eric B.Do not order Chicken Taco Salad! The only vegetable is stale shredded taco lettuce. Too many better places nearby.

    22222 by Eric B.


  • Suzie R.love the lobster roll appetizer, definitely recommend

    55555 by Suzie R.


  • Gary M.The pozosole soup is delicious.

    55555 by Gary M.


  • Anne C.Come on Tuesdays for $2 tacos!

    55555 by Anne C.


  • Jesse D.The service sucks donkey dick. The food is average at best. Not coming back

    22222 by Jesse D.


  • Daniela LDon't waste your time coming here. The food is bland and the service sucks.

    22222 by Daniela L


  • Whitney V.I drive down for LA for the lobster burritos.

    55555 by Whitney V.


  • Pierre DCool it on chips...and the hot sauce is not that hot!

    55555 by Pierre D


  • Bob MGreat tequila! Over 130 options.

    55555 by Bob M


  • Gary A.The chicken enchiladas are great!

    55555 by Gary A.


  • Marcy SSaturday night= live music!

    55555 by Marcy S


  • David PMediocre food and inept service. No flavor to anything including the salsa. Tortillas are made fresh and they are better than average, but that's it. Seriously don't waste your time!

    22222 by David P


  • Bryan J.The food was ok, service was good. Had the carnitas. Pretty good, but think the burrito lookes better.

    33333 by Bryan J.


  • matt b.Sit at the bar all those guys are awesome.Keeth very nice polite.Jeff hes from philli need I say more.Kevin upbeat guy from east county. Joe mellow beach dude. Billy pretty boy but cool.

    55555 by matt b.


  • Lia F.Order the carnitas crispy style. You won't believe how good they are!

    55555 by Lia F.


  • Michael K.I was told that this was the best Mexican food in Old Town. That is not possible. The food was ok and the service was awful. I mean awful

    22222 by Michael K.


  • Joe B.Carnitas - crispy

    55555 by Joe B.


  • Brian D.Great food but long lines. Had to wait 30+ minutes at 2:30 p.m. so plan accordingly.

    33333 by Brian D.


  • Missie B.I had my first fish taco here! Great selections and when done you can walk Old Town. Awesome margarita's and homemade tortillas.

    55555 by Missie B.


  • Shawn B.must try the pozole! best in Old Town. If u don't know what Pozole is, you're in for a real treat. soup that equates to a major meal and packed with flavor...

    55555 by Shawn B.


  • Chuck L.Tortillas hechos a mano!

    55555 by Chuck L.


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