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Casa De Pico

5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942-3016
+1 619-463-3267
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Ranked #4 of 186 restaurants in La Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: At Casa de Pico in La Mesa, guests can enjoy outdoor patio dining year-round, surrounded by trees, colorful flowers and splashing fountains. Rounding out the Mexican dining experience are the strolling mariachis and famous award-winning giant margaritas.
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81% Recommend
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San Diego, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

There is nothing special about the food here. However, the atmosphere is WAY better than any other Mexican Restaurant I have been to in SD. There is a live band playing and that makes it entertaining, except when they start playing next to you and you are kind of expected to give them a tip.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with the girls after bridesmaid dress shopping. Food was wonderful, service was great and the coconut margarita is HIGHLY recommended. (I was curious and so grateful I ordered it!).

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San Jose, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

A fun place with solid Americanized Mexican dishes. We used to go to CDP when it was in Old Town, San Diego. Inside, it has a very festive atmosphere similar to the original and you don't realize you are in a mall parking lot! I enjoyed the tamales and tostada. My dining partner said the enchiladas were very good also.... More

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We've been going to Casa De Pico for years and I've never thought of submitting a review before, but this time I ordered their Grilled Salmon Fresco. I don't know if it's new on the menu or I just haven't noticed it before but I swear, this salmon was the best I've had anywhere - not too much, not too... More

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Layton, Utah
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151 reviews 151 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We've visited San Diego several times over the past 10 years and every visit includes a meal at Casa de Pico. We first visited them when they were in Old Town and followed them to La Mesa after the move. We know we can count on a filling dinner in a relaxing environment with quality food. They have a beautiful... More

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Aguanga, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

The best Mexican food in town, only surpassed by the sister restaurant in Old Town Casa Guadalajara (which also has a much nicer patio area). If I was only going to visit one Mexican restaurant while I was in San Diego, it would be one of these two. Excellent carne asada, the best refried beans anywhere, outstanding selection of Mexican... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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263 reviews 263 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

My daughter loves this place and the granddaughters,too. The girls love their rice and beans and my daughter loves their margaritas. As do I. So everyone wins! Their chicken tortilla soup is excellent and I usually pair it with an enchilada. My daughter prefers their grilled chicken and avocado taco. And the food is always served quickly and courteously. Jose... More

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Houston, Texas
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50 reviews 50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Being from Texas, this is a completely different style and taste of Mexican food. Extremely delightful, and while filling, not heavy. They have great specials, and a happy hour buffet which is complimentary.

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

The atmosphere is not the same as when Casa De Pico was located in Old Towne, but the food and the service is still excellent. The homemade tortillas are still just as good. The bar is big enough for large parties to wait for their table comfortably. I have yet to have a bad meal there. We had had a... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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64 reviews 64 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013 via mobile

This is the perfect place for families, couples, friends or just yourself. With a large outdoor seating area it is a fun place to have drinks during happy hour. Coming from the east coast, I was curious to see if there is a difference between Mexican food on the coasts. I can now assure you there is a HUGE difference... More

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