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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
619-282-4413
Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Wet burritos swim in sauce

So close to the border, I was hoping for better food than I can get in my small town in Connecticut. Even though service and server were terrific, along with decor, and the margarita, the chips tasted homemade but with a strange aftertaste and the salsa was nothing to writer home about. I ordered a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Harriet W
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Manchester, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Been going here for 35 years and the food is exactly the same taste and quality. Thye've expanded over the years and added the bar the patio can be a nice place to people watch as well. Every time I go to San Diego I go here. Just the chips & salsa, hot carrots and queso dip are worth never... More 

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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Before making a recent trip to San Diego, we saw Ponce's on a list of top local Mexican restaurants in the San Diego area. My husband & I took note of this since we enjoy good Mexican food & drinks, & we weren't disappointed! Our only complaint was parking (we had to park a few blocks down on the street),... More 

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Manchester, Connecticut
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26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

So close to the border, I was hoping for better food than I can get in my small town in Connecticut. Even though service and server were terrific, along with decor, and the margarita, the chips tasted homemade but with a strange aftertaste and the salsa was nothing to writer home about. I ordered a chicken and a cheese burrito... More 

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San Diego, CA
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great food, great margaritas and great staff. Never disappointed! We always order ala carte and the portions are a good size. I always look forward to my leftovers the following day.

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San Diego, California
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place never fails on service or quality...after 30 years I've never had a bad meal. I recommend the chicken enchiladas and chile relleno.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Got there at around 8:50pm. The wait said it would be about 20 minutes for a party of four. I asked about going to the bar and the host told me happy hour was in 10 minutes if we wanted to wait and save money. Heck yeah! It's great when other people try to save YOU money. That threw me... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I grew up in San Diego and am sad to say I only found Ponce's later in my life. It is such a great place that even though I do not live in the area any longer, whenever we visit San Diego, we make a point to go there. Love the atmosphere, food and hornitos margaritas!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

If we can't agree we go to Ponces... The food is great, kids always like what they get, margaritas are delish! Be warned, no more than 2 margaritas otherwise you are in for a PARTY night!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

The staff is A-1, and the atmosphere is fun & relaxed. The food, well,the food is amazing. Spiced & seasoned to perfection, and the portions are quite generous. Let me conclude with 1 word ...... yummy!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I recommend the machaca con huevo and their daily special margarita. Service is excellent and at the right price.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-282-4413

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?