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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

Old Town
Mexican
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2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
619-297-1631
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Lunch
Dinner

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
We ate in the garden and enjoyed a serinade

Nothing really fancy but very tasty Mexican food and a plate size that filled us up. The food arrived hot and quickly despite being a very busy Saturday night. Servers were not superior in any way but were friendly and helpful. We could return in the future but are likely to sample other Old Town... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
valpo1125
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Arizona
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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Arizona
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93 reviews 93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nothing really fancy but very tasty Mexican food and a plate size that filled us up. The food arrived hot and quickly despite being a very busy Saturday night. Servers were not superior in any way but were friendly and helpful. We could return in the future but are likely to sample other Old Town venues first.

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Kihei, Hawaii
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77 reviews 77 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

For over twenty years, when visiting San Diego we would make it a point to stop at La Pinata for lunch. We were never disappointed. We took some friends there this past week and found that the chicken taco and the chili relleno were bland. As usual the margaritas were excellent. I will still go back and give it another... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Stopped in for dinner after riding bikes in Coronado and had a great meal. Chicken Enchiladas were outstanding and the beers were nice and cold. Food is priced fairly and the service was good. Our kids had carne asada and quesadillas and loved those dishes. We'd return in a heartbeat!!

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Alpine, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I grew up in San Diego and never ate there. The last week we ate there twice. It is the best Mexican food in Old Town. It is the oldest restaurant in Old Town. Great people, very clean, great food at a very good price. You start off with chips or a cooked tortilla with melted cheese. For breakfast i... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I am server and am pretty forgiving. We got forgotten and then not all the drinks came for our table making our daughter wait with nothing. Food was pretty good but not amazing. In a pinch I might try again but I doubt it. Carnitas were good but the kid nachos were stale and boring.

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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Been coming for years to this restaurant. It has a home style Mexican cuisine. Personally I like the albondiga soup. If you are looking for a great place to have good Mexican food in a home style atmosphere this is the right place for you.

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Seattle WA
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371 reviews 371 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Stopped in here based upon reviews from locals. This place is relaxed and has an on site parking lot which makes parking easy in Old Town. The restaurant has piñatas hanging from the ceiling and is small in size. Staff is friendly. The salsa has a fabulous kick and I enjoy spicy foods. You choose between chips & salsa or... More 

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Merritt Island, Florida
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85 reviews 85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Being from FL (where we don't really get Mexican food), I was not disappointed in La Pinata. The tamales tasted just like the ones I had growing up in CO. Would definitely go there again.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

I regularly travel to San Diego for work. Years ago, around 2006, I stopped at Old Town for lunch. I had been to several Mexican restaurants in Old Town before. None of them were bad, but none of them were great. I went to La Pinata on the recommendation of a local. It was the best Mexican food I have... More 

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Lacey, Washington
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We visited Old Town in San Diego, and decided to eat at La Pinata, which is just outside the main Old Town area. Some of the restaurants in the center of Old Town looked mighty crowded, whereas this one was much quieter. For starters, instead of the standard chips and salsa, they offered us a "crispy quesadilla" which is essentially... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 619-297-1631

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?