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Fred's Mexican Cafe

1165 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109-2906 (Downtown)
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Ranked #780 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

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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132 reviews 132 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Went to Fred's on Garnet because we were too tired to search out other options. The décor was cute and the service excellent. Loved the chips and salsa bar, the happy hour margaritas, the fish tacos and the guacamole (these chips were hot and seasoned and appeared to have been fried). For our sides - not sure what type of... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Service was very Friendly and Welcoming. I thought that the food was good. I wish Mexican restaurants had more variety as sides other than Black Beans and Mexican Rice. Overall great restaurant for the entire family in the Gas Lamp!

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Blythe, California, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I love a good margarita, the Diva Rita has won my heart in best beverages! The food is delicious! The atmosphere is old style Mexican heritage, with added sports channel on the big screen TVs, great music, and lots of laughter at each table... This is by far my favorite Mexican restaurant!

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Carrollton, TX
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161 reviews 161 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We always have to have a visit to Fred's Mexican whenever we come to San Diego. We usually go to the one in Old Town but this one in Pacific Beach was on our way home from a golf outing. I don't like the atmosphere as much as the one in Old Town but it's fine. They now have a... More

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