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Cafe Coyote

Cafe Coyote

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Old Town, San Diego
178 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • lively
  • carnitas
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  • Chiara C.
    Chiara C5 days ago
    Authentic?!? Not at all to my taste. Nor cheap--charged $15 for three tacos!
  • Alexander M. R.
    Asked for the free flan after checking in.. got a free fried ice cream instead 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
  • Alexander M. R.
    Surf & Turf Burrito super BOMB!!
  • Hector Z.
    Hector ZermenoOctober 27, 2016
    Loved the food. Great place for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyOctober 26, 2016
    Go here for some yummy Mexican food + margaritas after you wander around Old Town park.
  • Carrie H.
    Carrie HugginsOctober 12, 2016
    Taco Tuesday is a great day to visit. Awesome tacos and great service. You have to have a churro after dinner, so yummy.
  • Ron H.
    Ron HOctober 6, 2016
    Old Town Carnitas with the flour tortillas are the way to go!!!
  • Ann B.
    Ann BerghmansSeptember 22, 2016
    We had a delecious Mexican breakfast! Loved the atmosphere!
  • Jonathan W.
    Jonathan WeirSeptember 6, 2016
    The GIANT margarita is worth sharing (or one by yourself if you want a few giggles from the other tables)
  • J. I.
    J. I.G.August 24, 2016
    The Margaritas are great
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MasihJune 30, 2016
    pro-margaritas, outdoor seating, atmosphere, service. Cons-everything else. Food is SOOO bad. Tourist trap, never go. it's Cali how can mex food be THIS bad
  • Tom S.
    Tom SedlacekJune 30, 2016
    Wow.. If this is #2 in town I'd hate to see #10! Salsa was TERRIBLE. My ketchup at home is more salsa-y. Wabo-rita had very little "wabo" and the enchiladas were ordinary at best... Cisco all the way
  • Aleso
    AlesoJune 27, 2016
    This place is always packed but neither the dishes or the cocktails aren't that good, in the other hand the place is cozy and the staff very friendly
  • Seth M.
    Seth MerrittJune 19, 2016
    Great breakfast
  • Pelin G.
    Totally recommend the 1800 Coco Pina margarita it is reaaally good. The fajitas are average...
  • mark
    markMarch 26, 2016
    Definitely a bit touristy but agree with other reviews - solid food and great margaritas.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SadlerMarch 5, 2016
    San Diego has the best burritos. Cafe Coyotes carne asada was no exception. Order some handmade tortillas for your appetizer.
  • Benson B.
    Benson BleierMarch 3, 2016
    My enchiladas tasted like Amy's frozen enchiladas
  • Justin B.
    Justin BurnsJanuary 28, 2016
    Ask for the vegetarian menu. Flour tortillas and potatoes have dairy in them and the pinto beans have lard.Meh
  • Mary A.
    Mary AndersonJanuary 19, 2016
    Horchata is a-ma-zing
  • Mary A.
    Mary AndersonJanuary 19, 2016
    Carnitas of course, chicken with chipotle was amazing too
  • Erik B.
    Erik BrokJanuary 15, 2016
    Patron margerita
  • Mohammad A.
    Mohammad AliJanuary 4, 2016
    Don't try the sop
  • Elizabeth S.
    Elizabeth SmithDecember 16, 2015
    The food was great, but the service was extremely slow.
  • Jay P.
    Jay PerskeNovember 17, 2015
    Wow! This place is awesome! Fish tacos were awesome, burrito was gigantic! The Salsa, the best I ever had. The flan! Crazy good!
  • Ece B.
    Ece BolatNovember 14, 2015
    Delicious fajita, and strawberry frozen margarita at its best!
  • Neil J.
    Neil JainOctober 7, 2015
    Epic food and drinks
  • Alexandra C.
    Alexandra ChacaraOctober 6, 2015
    Ordered the Chile Colorado plate. Very tasty, not too filling. Service here is great; waiter was timely with food. Complication with margarita earned us free flan, tasted like cheesecake!
  • Rohan D.
    Rohan DsouzaOctober 1, 2015
    The fish tacos and carnitas are amazing
  • Hamna D.
    Hamna DanciSeptember 11, 2015
    Good guacamole and freshly made tacos!
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosAugust 27, 2015
    Cannot go wrong with anything on the food or drink menus.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MercadoJuly 29, 2015
    I enjoy doing here for a night out with friends and family for great, traditional Mexican food. The margaritas are always mixed well with a perfect blend of tequila. A popular tourist so it is crowded
  • Ed H.
    Ed HouriganJuly 25, 2015
    excellent food!
  • Candace L.
    Candace LahrJuly 25, 2015
    The tortillas are the best especially due to the fact that it was handmade.
  • Roger M.
    Roger MaJuly 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Grab fresh tortillas right from the sidewalk!
  • Gerben S.
    Gerben SteyaertJuly 12, 2015
    Awesome food! Best Mexican food ever!
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanJuly 11, 2015
    Their house Margarita is tasty. Food is great as well.
  • Giancarlo S.
    Giancarlo S.July 8, 2015
    The chicken flautas are excellent. If you order cafe salad instead of beans and rice, get it with the Mexican dressing.
  • Begum T.
    Begum Tekin CiftciJuly 2, 2015
    Great menu and delicious mexican food. They have a good selection of Margaritas. The prices are moderate and the portions are big.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleJune 6, 2015
    Crazy pants. OTMC or El Charko have better chow and friendlier staff.
  • L C.
    L CMarch 21, 2015
    The carnitas were amazing! Crispy skin, well seasoned and served with homemade tortillas! The wait can be long so call for reservations Id possible. The wait is worth it though!
  • Tash H.
    Tash HopsonMarch 17, 2015
    Try the Frida 's Passion Margarita:-)
  • Sal
    SalFebruary 28, 2015
    Tacos are oily. It is good...but not the best. I would rather go to other places before this one in old town...such as Fiesta de Reyes
  • Michael N.
    Michael N7February 25, 2015
    Tres dish was fantastic!! Super Margaritas. Reasonable prices!
  • David G.
    David GravesFebruary 24, 2015
    Like stepping into a giant Mexican stereotype. Fun place, mariachi band, HUGE margaritas. Not the most authentic experience but definitely fun and satisfying.
  • Dena
    DenaFebruary 19, 2015
    ENORMOUS margs, delicious food, and a mariachi band. Does it get any better?
  • Enrique G.
    It's, by far, the best Mexican foreign restaurant I've tried. Still they are missing some things, like using black beans instead of brown ones...
  • Julie C.
    Julie CummingsJanuary 27, 2015
    I had the flauta plate & my husband had variety plate (taco, enchilada, & chili relleno). Both had an AWESOME smokey chili flavor. Atmosphere's great & lots of seating space.
  • Alicia B.
    Alicia BennettJanuary 25, 2015
    Gross food but fast service
  • Giovanni C.
    Giovanni CaporicciJanuary 2, 2015
    Best food in San Diego's old town district! Always fresh great drinks and awesome patio!
  • Evrim S.
    Evrim SonerJanuary 2, 2015
    Margaritas rock
  • Ines H.
    Ines HenningerNovember 10, 2014
    best margarita! we shared a guacamole and el was way too much for two people...very tasty, friendly service,very good price and grande margarita f or only 12.75! would definitely come again!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereNovember 2, 2014
    The tortilla soup leans on the salty side. I didn't finish it.
  • Chris T.
    Chris TorrezOctober 15, 2014
    The atmosphere is great, the service is fast, and the food and drinks are amazing!
  • Courtney O.
    Courtney OchiOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
  • Mike B.
    Mike BarkerOctober 2, 2014
    Great Mexican food
  • F E.
    F ESeptember 28, 2014
    Best burritos ever. It's just melts in your mouth.
    Upvoted Mar 20
  • Kathy S.
    Kathy StrainSeptember 17, 2014
    Lunchin with Bryan :)
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my top choices for Taco Tuesday. They have great food all around and cheap drinks during special times. The line might seem long but, they move through it very quickly!! Delicious tortillas
  • April💋 M.
    April💋 MiszkoSeptember 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the carne asada fries
  • Avonlea O.
    Avonlea ObnillasSeptember 1, 2014
    Dinner at coyote cafe😋🇮🇹
  • Doug K.
    Doug KafferAugust 31, 2014
    They have a 32oz margarita!
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 27, 2014
    oh my gosh this place was the best!! everything we ordered was delicious and will certainly go again!!! i had the red white and blue margarita and it was soooo good.
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    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
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  • Ciroc O.
    Ciroc ObamaAugust 23, 2014
    Wonderful atmosphere. The waiters are very nice but the food is average.
  • Selen Yigit Ö.
    Selen Yigit ÖzdemirAugust 23, 2014
    Perfect place to lunch and dinner
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AbsherAugust 15, 2014
    Fun atmosphere
  • Alexa P.
    Alexa PomericoAugust 7, 2014
    Delicious margaritas and cheap but tasty Mexican food! The fries are in not served on the side of the California burrito.
  • Clemson T.
    Clemson TomJuly 15, 2014
    Great food and even better service!
  • Shane B.
    Shane BaileyJuly 4, 2014
    GOOD: Habanero Margarita & Spicy Salsa Sampler were interesting ... BAD: Watered down cheese dip & bland guacamole.
  • Elif T.
    Elif ToprakApril 28, 2014
    They have absolutely perfect lemonade! Try it!
  • Bill G.
    Bill GApril 19, 2014
    Mediocre tourist Mexican. The push you in and push you out. Service was friendly but kind if fake. Screwed up our order but they made it right. Has to be better places here!
  • Hiroshi ♛
    Hiroshi ♛March 21, 2014
    Ask for your favorite song! Have fun!
  • Lysandra C.
    Carne asada and margaritas!
  • Bruce L.
    Bruce LeflarFebruary 23, 2014
    Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, this restaurant is surrounded by other Mexican restaurants, but don't be fooled. Cafe Coyote is by far the best. Best food, best drinks and best service.
  • Mike K.
    Mike KaderabekFebruary 19, 2014
    Awesome for taco Tuesday!!!
  • Di R.
    Di RamirezFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Juliette for your server. She rocks and is super nice. She never rolled her eyes when I was ordering. I'm lactose intolerant and she was super understanding. She need a raise.
  • Venetia R.
    Venetia RamseyFebruary 12, 2014
    The salsa was mostly raw onions, order a side of beans to have something to dip your chips in
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaJanuary 2, 2014
    The queso dip strays from your typical cheeses and offers up a really light, slightly jalapeño tasting delight. Don't forget to ask for home made tortillas to dip (vs. chips).
  • Jacob Higuera H.
    Jacob Higuera HigueraDecember 15, 2013
    Make sure you take some of my nana's tortilla Para llevar!
  • Cindy W.
    Cindy WoodmanNovember 30, 2013
    The food was as good as it was hyped up to be! Loved eating here!!
  • Abigail M.
    Abigail McQuattersNovember 3, 2013
    Watery margaritas. Go to Fred's, they're better there.
  • ecofroggy
    ecofroggySeptember 28, 2013
    Great atmosphere
  • Dominic
    DominicSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Steer away for a while. Locals that come every other month. Quality and service seriously declined over last three visits.
  • Brenda F.
    Brenda FortadoSeptember 1, 2013
    Megan is the best server!!
  • Oleksandra P.
    Oleksandra P.August 26, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Very big portions! Great service! Tasty food!
  • Mina R.
    Mina ReyesAugust 21, 2013
    Bad service ok food dont be fooled by the crowd
  • Liz T.
    Liz TAugust 7, 2013
    Margaritas are a must!
  • Madame No Name
    Madame No NameJuly 26, 2013
    Nice and famous restaurant.... Enjoy the food
  • Jessi R.
    Jessi RedfieldJuly 11, 2013
    Buy tortillas on the street, delicious and bad in all the right ways.
  • Scott Kleinberg
    Scott KleinbergJuly 4, 2013
    Oh the tortillas are so good!!! And they are über fresh.
  • Spencer C.
    Spencer CollinsJune 26, 2013
    AMAZING food and even better customer service! We got many things taken off our bill because our waitress said she got too busy. We didn't wait any longer than anywhere else! Thanks Yesenia!
  • Jay G.
    Jay GoodelmanJune 23, 2013
    Ask for David, he is the "BEST" waiter. Food and drinks were awesome !!!!
  • Jill O.
    Jill O'RileyJune 12, 2013
    Wow this place is awesome! I came with some friends for Taco Tuesday. The tacos are like $2 to $3 each which isn't bad for the quality you get. There was plenty of meat and fixings in there.
  • Peggy K.
    Peggy KingJune 9, 2013
    The service was great, however the fajita beef burrito was ALL mushroom little grilled bell pepper, and 3 small bites of beef! Would not have that again.
  • Sarah I.
    Sarah IshoApril 8, 2013
    This place is DISGUSTING! It's the place white people go to get "authentic Mexican food" and thinks its delicious when really it's 10 bars lower than Chevys, yuck!
  • Bree C.
    Bree CarvajalApril 2, 2013
    Tortillas and butter served curb side! Ugh! DELICIOUS!
  • Devanee R.
    Devanee RichardsMarch 27, 2013
    The fresh tortillas you can get while you wait are the bomb!!!!!!!
  • Cinn Y.
    Cinn YeahMarch 20, 2013
    If u want a real ice tea dont order it it tastes like water. But food is great !
  • Sal
    SalMarch 15, 2013
    Ask for fresh avocados on the side instead of the subpar guacamole.
  • Giuliana N.
    Giuliana NavaJune 5, 2016
    Excelente lugar. Todo lo que pedimos estaba bueno. El agua de horchata muy rica. Antonio nos dio el mejor servicio de todo Old Town.
  • José Miguel T.
    José Miguel TorresOctober 15, 2015
    La comida mexicana está muy bien. Buen ambiente y tienen tortillas recién hechas.
  • Maha A.
    Maha Al-TamimiAugust 12, 2015
    جميييل وكل شي فرش ولزيييز ❤️
  • Thiago M.
    Thiago MarcengoNovember 16, 2013
    Tu bigode sudará, cabrón!
  • Ahmad M.
    Ahmad MesawaJune 10, 2013
    The Fajita is good, the Chimichanga as well, almost nothing else. الفاهيتا جيدة ، والشيمي شانجا بالدجاج ، وتقريباً لاشيء آخر
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