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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

Old Town
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 43
    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
Great food and atmosphere.

Stumbled upon this place when some others were way too busy on a Friday night and were fortunate we did. Had a great authentic meal sitting outside on their patio on a warm February night- I guess life is not so bad!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
verieli
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

In Old Town, but not on the main road. It is where the locals go for Mexican food. It is not your regular american/mexicana but more when you would get in a Mexican home.

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Encinitas, CA
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We've been coming to this place for over 30 years - still have yet to be disappointed. We always bring friends and family here when they visit. The patio is warm in the winter, cool in the summer. The staff friendly and attentive, the food, which comes way too soon for my taste, is always fresh and hot. Not much... More 

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San Diego
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111 reviews 111 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Our family has been coming to La Pinata for at least 20 years now and it is always great. Love sitting outside in the courtyard, not sure but I think we have only eaten inside 1 time. The staff is very good some of whom have been there for many years. This is not a place that a lot tourists... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Stumbled upon this place when some others were way too busy on a Friday night and were fortunate we did. Had a great authentic meal sitting outside on their patio on a warm February night- I guess life is not so bad!

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

La Pinata is on Juan Street, on the periphery of the Old Town Area in San Diego. It is a tiny, colorfully decorated Mexican restuarant. With it's friendly and warm staff, it's immediately clear upon entering that this is not a franchise, rather a place where the locals gather. There is a nice outdoor patio. We were given a choice... More 

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Arizona
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103 reviews 103 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 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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78 reviews 78 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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104 reviews 104 reviews
40 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?