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Fred's Mexican Cafe

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1165 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-2906
858-483-8226
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  • 67
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  • 41
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best Margarita

The fish taco was delicious, but the watermelon cucumber margarita was out of this world. We had to go back for more. The restaurant was clean, servers were friendly and attentive, food was fresh, and the cafe had a good atmosphere. Margarita - Ole!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Christine D
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
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Key West, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Ate at Fred's in old town March 28. Had a large group. They did a great job of getting us in. Service was good. That's the good part. The food was not good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The fish taco was delicious, but the watermelon cucumber margarita was out of this world. We had to go back for more. The restaurant was clean, servers were friendly and attentive, food was fresh, and the cafe had a good atmosphere. Margarita - Ole!

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Seattle WA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Staff here is friendly and its a lively place. Decent Happy Hour and they make good salsa. Try their house margaritas. Very good for $6. You can people watch and the place has lots of seating.

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Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Four of us had a late lunch at the restaurant. The atmosphere was very good. The food was okay, but being in San Diego, I was expecting better. The waitstaff that day, could use some customer service training. Overall good, but I'd recommend someplace else if your looking for great.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed an excellent meal accompanied by an mouth watering glass of local brewed beer at this Mexican Restuarant. The Staff were great and very friendly and made the experience even more enjoyable. By the way, try the Mexican food it's delicious and very reasonably priced.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

A friend and I came here for dinner on a Saturday night and were able to be seated right away. We order strawberry margaritas - which were DELICIOUS! They bring chips and salsa to your table to munch on while you wait for your food. I ordered the cheeseburger tacos - something different that I've never tried before and was... More 

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Sacramento
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Went on a Thursday night. More employees than customers - think the locals know something? Food was sub-par, wait-staff was indifferent, beers are $ 6.50 a pop? We won't be back - unless it's taco Tuesday . . .

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We choose Fred's on the Sunday during the Cinco de Mayo fiesta this past May 4. I'm not sure why we choose it but so glad we did. The fish tacos were great. The burrito was great. The beer was cold and the margarita just right. We'd come back if ever in San Diego again....thanks

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Gove, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

While living in Sandy Eggo for 18mths in 01/02 and 04, my friends and i used Fred's as our meeting place for pre-drinks and food before a night out in the Gaslamp, the food is great but the drinks are what bring you here. They have a wide selection of tequilas and margeritas, and you can take the Tequila challenge... More 

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Freedom, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Went there based on a recommendation from a friend who used to live in San Diego. Its located in Old Town and there are a multitude of Mexican restaurants to choose from! I'm glad we listened. The carnita enchiladas were amazing as was the Margarita! YUM!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1165 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-2906
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: 858-483-8226

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Bar scene

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?