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Old Town Mexican Cafe

#283 of 3,704 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Old Town
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2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
619-297-4330
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7:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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As a tourist, Old Town is great and OTMC is a great place to go. It is really more "taco shop" food. Their ceviche is fantastic. My staff is Hispanic and they rave about the ceviche. Beware however...if you get take out they do not give chips and pico de gallo. You end up paying for that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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San Diego
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

As a tourist, Old Town is great and OTMC is a great place to go. It is really more "taco shop" food. Their ceviche is fantastic. My staff is Hispanic and they rave about the ceviche. Beware however...if you get take out they do not give chips and pico de gallo. You end up paying for that. Also if you... More 

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Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We dine here whenever we are in SD and are never disappointed. Service is always prompt, friendly and attentive. Food is typical Tex/Mex but consistently done well. Prices are very reasonable and margaritas and sangria are very good. Can't go wrong dining here.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Looked like the place to eat , short wait at lunch time but nothing significant. I ad the Beef chilli - so so tender and not too hot. daughter had the chicken enchilada which she said was ok but nowt special & hubby had the port which he said was 'as tough as old boots' so I guess I got... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The food here is excellent and very authentic. It is very popular so expect to wait if you go during typical meal times.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is one restaurant that we truly enjoy each time we are in San Diego CA. We have tried others in the immediate area but really enjoy this one overall. The food is excellent and the homemade flour tortillas are the bomb! I highly recommend this Café for Mexican food.

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Sarasota, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Was told we had to visit old town while in San Diego. It was pretty cool to see the history there but it is more of a tourist stop (shopping & restaurants than anything else. We were hungry and the Old Town Mexican café was one of the busier restaurants open so we strolled in and ate at the bar.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

There are a number of Mexican restaurants in Old Town San Diego. This restaurants gets good reviews. It can be hard to find parking in Old Town especially at dinner time. Old Town Cafe has its own free parking lot behind the restaurant. There is a parking attendant to help you find a spot. There was only a short wait... More 

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Bushland, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We decided to try this place after reading many reviews on trip advisor. Did not disappoint every dish my family ordered was wonderful and the Portions were huge my wife and I could have easily shared. The whole place had a very authentic look and taste.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Sometimes restaurants in tourist areas become complacent and simply toss out the food. Not so the Old Town Mexican Cafe. The tortillas are great. So are the chips and salsa. The carnitas continue to taste good.i could go on for a while describing the food. It just does not disappoint.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

I used to go to the Old Town Mexican Cafe many times throughout the 80's & 90's. Yesterday I chose to meet my brother and sister in law for dinner based upon my fond memories and love for this place. When I saw the place, I almost didn't recognize it as it has nearly tripled in size and as always,... More 

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Additional Information about Old Town Mexican Cafe

Address: 2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
Phone Number: 619-297-4330
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 7:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 619-297-4330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?