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Old Town Mexican Cafe

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Old Town, San Diego
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  • Hal M.
    "Great carnitas, tortillas, and $4 house margaritas for happy hour."(26 Tips)
    MistressPrime
    "Love the home made tortillas, margaritas, mole, and chicken fajitas."(14 Tips)
    Gary A.
    "The chicken enchiladas are great!"(7 Tips)
    Daniel Y.
    "The hand made tacos in the store awesome"(13 Tips)
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  • Molly W.
    Molly WollOctober 4, 2014
    Every single thing brought to our table was amazing (see "after" photo). Went back for take-out lunch the next day on the way to the airport. I'm spoiled for the rest of my life because of OTMC.
  • Lyndsi W.
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    They have the best carnitas in San Diego! Their homemade tortillas are bomb and they are big so the wait moves quick! Also have 3$ margs on Taco Tuesday!
  • Leke B.
    Leke BriskuOctober 4, 2013
    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.
  • Rahfiki D.
    Rahfiki DavisFebruary 14, 2015
    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. ..
  • Ashley L.
    Ashley LMay 27, 2013
    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!)
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FlemingFebruary 23
    My 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.
  • Jenn
    JennJune 26, 2011
    This 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!
  • Keith K.
    Keith KaplanJuly 3, 2015
    Agree with everyone else...margaritas are terrible. Crispy Carnitas platter is amazing. Homemade tortillas are the best I've ever had. Loved the churros.
  • Kenny
    KennyJuly 15, 2013
    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!
  • Sal
    SalApril 26, 2016
    Corn tortillas are hand made fresh and different than in any other place. Tasty! Try the posole rojo is cheap and really good!
  • Carl G.
    Carl GSeptember 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Sean M.
    Sean MillerAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Been eating here for years. One of our favorite sit down mexican food spots in SD. Great food and very reasonable prices.
  • Cyndia M.
    Cyndia MarieDecember 6, 2015
    Great Cadillac Margaritas that the bartender said so high in alcohol keep away from open flames, true that!
  • Arthur M.
    Arthur MitchellDecember 4, 2011
    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.
  • kassie l.
    kassie larsonJuly 25, 2016
    we got carnitas for two and it was AMAZING. the tortillas are hella fresh, and it was more than enough food for two of us.
  • Dominic R.
    Dominic RiosMay 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge portions! Unless you have a monster appetite, you should plan on sharing or taking home left-overs!
  • Jim M.
    Jim McDonaldJanuary 4, 2014
    Favorite Mexican Restaurant anywhere. The Chicken Chimi is excellent...packed with chicken and delicious!
  • Rowena G.
    Rowena GilroyMarch 9, 2013
    Pancake breakfast is oh do good with eggs and bacon... Excellent service(Yamileth) will surely come back here
  • Nilda 🚲 T.
    Nilda 🚲 TownsendNovember 8, 2013
    The food is soooo yummy!! And you can't beat the Homemade Tortillas, they are deeeelicious!!! Yummmm.....
  • Alex S.
    Alex SpinnlerJuly 6, 2013
    Good service, but very obviously a tourist hotspot. Anyway...Ceviche good! Fresh, handmade tortillas good! Old Town "special" carnitas- below average.
  • Sean G.
    Sean GustiloMay 23, 2015
    Vegetarian options! They use a separate fryer for veggie dishes.
  • Sheila E.
    Sheila EstradaJanuary 16
    The red and green chile along with the carnitas are amazing! Worth the wait.
  • Dymphna
    DymphnaJune 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Super breakfast service! And they serve Organic Tequila Cocktails!
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleApril 13, 2015
    Tortilla ladies are my favorite part of Old Town! Love this spot and always have.
  • Dymphna
    DymphnaDecember 20, 2012
    So far the best menudo in San Diego! Perfect if you have a hangover! :)
  • Hal M.
    Hal MackinsNovember 19, 2015
    Great carnitas, tortillas, and $4 house margaritas for happy hour.
  • MistressPrime
    MistressPrimeJanuary 12, 2015
    Love the home made tortillas, margaritas, mole, and chicken fajitas.
  • Pearl ~Leah~ M.
    Pearl ~Leah~ MescaleAugust 24, 2012
    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!
  • Deborrah R.
    Deborrah RaySeptember 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best Mexican Restaurants in old town but always busy. Be ready for a little wait~
  • Betty
    BettySeptember 4, 2013
    Chicken plate is great! Juicy not dry. Tortillas are best in town.
  • Shawn B.
    Shawn BishopDecember 13, 2009
    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...
  • Raquel F.
    Raquel FraktasAugust 20, 2014
    Food and hospitality from the owner was amazing. Get the spinach enchilada.
  • Patrick P.
    Patrick PiumaMay 18, 2013
    Amazing hand made tortillas. Wish I had checked out part of the city sooner
  • Nakaylah L.
    Nakaylah LopezJuly 27, 2011
    Get the chicken verde enchiladas with extra sour cream... You'll need it!!! *Caution- Spicy*
  • matt b.
    matt buckleyJune 28, 2010
    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.
  • Manilyn S.
    Manilyn SMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shave Ice With Mango, Strawberry, Green Bean And Condensed Milk - A small is huge
  • Lisa N.
    Lisa NeedhamJune 17, 2013
    Been coming here since I was 2 or 3. Best carnitas around.
  • Carlos Z.
    Carlos ZelayaMarch 13, 2013
    The Shrimp Ceviche!! Omfg!! Order it and the flan best dessert
  • Kali Y.
    Kali YonApril 6, 2013
    Gotta get the chipotle salsa for ur chips- it's spicier!
  • Mrs. Stylinson
    Cheese enchiladas are super rich but really f'n good!
  • Lake L.
    Lake LouiseMay 11, 2011
    Handmade tortillas delish... Service is excellent... I'm visiting from Nor Cal... I'll be back
  • Matt R.
    Matt RosenbergJune 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here for brunch and don't leave w/o picking up a dozen of their homemade tortillas!
  • Monica B.
    Monica BaliMay 1, 2012
    Carnitas Platter with homemade tortillas.... Just like my Grandmas. Enjoy!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DiazFebruary 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you love this place, join the Facebook group!! :) http://on.fb.me/OTMCGROUP
  • Valerie M.
    Valerie MichelleJune 16, 2013
    Sit at the bar if you're into good vibrations cuz when the blender starts ~ whoa, baby! Reverberations x10
  • Shannon
    ShannonJune 30, 2013
    Bloody Mary. Must try!! Oh, and the food's good too. ;)
  • Anthony F.
    Anthony FerryMarch 28, 2011
    Park out back and make sure to get the fresh tortillas with whatever you get
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanOctober 25, 2014
    The best hand made tortilla's in all the land.
  • Victoria J.
    Victoria JenkinsonMay 22, 2012
    This place was amazing. Fresh tortillas are a must.
  • Aaron G.
    Aaron GoodwinDecember 31, 2013
    Get the Carnitas crispy. So taste!
  • Missie D.
    Missie De Leeuw-BonoDecember 13, 2009
    I had my first fish taco here! Great selections and when done you can walk Old Town. Awesome margarita's and homemade tortillas.
  • Russ J.
    Russ JohnFebruary 6, 2015
    Very busy but for good reason. Some of the best Mexican food I've ever had.
  • Scott R.
    Scott R.March 6, 2012
    Carnitas or Chicken Enchiladas but it's not a real check-in without (a) Margarita(s).
  • MaryAnn D.
    MaryAnn DunningJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The food is only so so and if you sit on the patio there are Lots of Flys!
  • Lisa B.
    Lisa BommerFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome wings at a Mexican joint, who woulda thought!!! And ask for Joe!
  • H8torade D.
    H8torade Dot ComAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    order the carnitas platter. you won't be disappointed.
  • Pamela P.
    Pamela PerezJanuary 28, 2013
    Carnitas with handmade tortillas! Can't go wrong ;)
  • Rheba S.
    Rheba SavoieSeptember 2, 2013
    The tortillas will make u say OMG! We had to buy more to go :-)
  • Robert W.
    Robert WoodMarch 11, 2012
    Get the Cubed, deep fried Carnitas..... the best in the world!
  • Melly B.
    Melly BMarch 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Not a meat eater any longer but the carnitas are freaking amazing here!
  • Dara D.
    Dara DestinoAugust 5, 2013
    Fantastic!! A must in your visit to San Diego!!
  • Daniel Y.
    Daniel YoungJuly 13, 2015
    The hand made tacos in the store awesome
  • Faith W.
    Faith WalkerJuly 2, 2012
    Food/service = 2 stars only. Definitely a tourist spot.
  • Janine A.
    Great food and great service
  • James L.
    James Lewis IIDecember 30, 2014
    Must get the Fajita .. must.
  • Dave N.
    Dave NielsenJune 10, 2012
    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 ;(
  • Teri R.
    Teri RamirezJuly 28, 2013
    They have the best corn tortillas and beans. But the service sucks.
  • David V.
    David VallsAugust 20, 2014
    Taco de pollo was very tasty!
  • Steven S.
    Steven SmithJuly 27, 2013
    Get the Chilli Colorado burrito
  • Jessi R.
    Jessi RedfieldJuly 11, 2013
    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!
  • LA F.
    LA FungHiDecember 31, 2015
    Everything
  • Manilyn S.
    Manilyn SMay 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Singapore Style Chow Fun - Good spice!
  • Dave M.
    Dave MacAugust 12, 2014
    Watching the tortilla making from the street before eating makes me hungry!
  • Dave N.
    Dave NielsenJune 10, 2012
    Carnitas are bomb and some shockingly good pancakes!
  • Joey M.
    Joey Mc MorrisAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken & ribs off of the rotisserie.
  • Eve G.
    Eve GonzalezJune 20, 2013
    Horchata is delicious and prices reasonable...
  • Alfa S.
    Alfa SantosSeptember 23, 2015
    Good happy hour, great drinks.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunsfordDecember 29, 2014
    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.
  • Manilyn S.
    Manilyn SMay 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Spicy Seafood Pad Thai In Hot & Sour Soup
  • Georgia T.
    Georgia TaylorMarch 14, 2013
    Carnitas & margaritas! Delicious!
  • Tim Y.
    Tim YackleMarch 4, 2016
    Carnitas is the best in San Diego
  • Lia F.
    Lia FApril 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the carnitas crispy style. You won't believe how good they are!
  • s r.
    s ravenJanuary 26, 2011
    love the lobster roll appetizer, definitely recommend
  • Priii
    PriiiJune 4, 2014
    Decent food but eat here at your peril. Waiters drop cutlery and plates on the floor here on a whim.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MoselleJanuary 9, 2015
    Carnitas, tortillas, & albondigas!
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph ConnorsDecember 7, 2013
    Generous portions great service
  • Scott S.
    Scott StewartDecember 3, 2014
    Fresh tortillas are the best.
  • Bernie Z.
    Bernie ZamoraNovember 19, 2015
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  • Melly B.
    Melly BJune 11, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Taco Tuesday in town!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SwintonJanuary 25, 2014
    Take some hand-made tortillas to go!
  • Heide
    HeideMarch 28, 2011
    Melissa is definitely my favorite hostess! She rocks!
  • Erick T.
    Erick TrujilloOctober 1, 2011
    The menudo is the best in San Diego!!!
  • Manilyn S.
    Manilyn SJune 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Seafood Chow Fun With Soy Sauce
  • april l.
    april lindsayJuly 25, 2015
    Salsa and home made tortillas....
  • Edgar R.
    Edgar RomeroMay 21, 2014
    Great food! Muy rica
  • Lucky U.
    Lucky UyAugust 25, 2011
    Carnitas Platter + fresh tortilla = HEAVEN!!! #TeamMuffinTop
  • Damon
    DamonMay 28, 2015
    Great Food!
  • Derek H.
    Derek Hays🍻July 22, 2013
    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. :/
  • Janine A.
    Great service and great food.
  • Kirsten B.
    Kirsten BarkerDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best bloody Marys in town!
  • Andreas P.
    Andreas PorterFebruary 8, 2015
    Muy sabroso, mucho mejor que muchos lugares del DF.
  • Pepe C.
    Pepe CoppelApril 10
    Las tortillas son lo mejor!!
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