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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713 (Old Town)
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Ranked #772 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Neighborhood: Old Town
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77 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Delicious food, fast service in spite of being near capacity, gracious servers in charming Mexican costume/uniform, Mexican music and troubadours giving table side serenades, nostalgic authentic Mexican decor and atmosphere, indoor and garden dining (we dined in garden), and very reasonable prices. Sign outside says this is the oldest Mexican restaurant in San Diego. Well worth the visit.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We met friends here...they bring out a cheese crisp as well as chips and salsa right away and we really liked the crisp. I also liked that since a couple of us ordered water, they brought us out a pitcher. I hate having to wait to have it refilled at a place with hot salsa! The food was very good.... More

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CA shores
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

We usually go here rather than going to the huge Mexican restaurant 2 doors up from it. We just prefer the more intimate setting at La Pinata. They have a small dining room and patio for outdoor dining, and some off street parking as well. The food is above average to very good, and the margaritas are also good. Not... More

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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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62 reviews 62 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Okay- I knew going into this that any of the Mexican restaurants in old town would probably be average due to the volume of business to tourists. I wasn't really prepared for the terrible margarita though. The atmosphere is great and the service is friendly and attentive. Just don't expect real Mexican food- unless you like yours over microwaved. Old... More

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San Diego, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

Very average Mexican food. Just ate here with the family. Service was slow and food was not very good. I have had better food and service here in the past, but this meal has me wanting to go most anywhere else in Old Town next time.

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San Diego, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We are regulars at La Pinata! The food is wonderful, service friendly and prices reasonable. Our out-of-town guests always enjoy a lunch or dinner and request to go back on subsequent trips. It is very authentic and cozy, with pinatas hanging from the ceiling. One of the wait staff was voted "best in San Diego"! A very fun experience, as... More

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san diego
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This restaurant is a regular for our family. Founded in 1920, it is also the oldest restaurant in Old Town. The food is great and it is one of the few restaurants in Old Town that has its own parking lot! That is a big plus particularly in summer when the crowds are largest. The staff is very friendly. You... More

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been going to "La Pin" forever!! As a native San Diegan I have had Mexican food my whole life...and always return to my favorite, over and over. Located in "Old Town" it is the oldest restaurant in San Diego! And it has ample, free parking which is un heard of for this area! But it is the food,... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The food at the restaurant is very good, and very reasonably priced. If you get there before 4 pm for the lunch specials, even better. Their Chilli Rellenos are the BEST. They do not come with any meals and have to be ordered ala carte. They are an option with rice and beans on the Friday lunch special. Fresh, homemade,... More

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Novato, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Not much different from other Mexican food places, but it was fresh and well-prepared. Staff was attentive and friendly. Good location to walk around after in Old Town to help your food settle.

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