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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
619-282-4413
Today
11:00 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, Reservations

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  • 32
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  • 14
    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
Good Margarita

The food was good the Margaritas were fantastic and super strong. The atmosphere was fun and lively. We had a mixture of food from enchiladas to fajitas and tacos. all very good, hot and ready within a reasonable amount of time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
hopemamma
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Buffalo, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Buffalo, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

The food was good the Margaritas were fantastic and super strong. The atmosphere was fun and lively. We had a mixture of food from enchiladas to fajitas and tacos. all very good, hot and ready within a reasonable amount of time.

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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Every time I'm in San Diego I make a pilgrimage to Ponce's. My son drove down from LA to have lunch there, and it has become the standard against which we judge mexican restaurants...including those in Mexico! After 20 years of eating there, every time I feel a sense of relief that nothing has changed in what is really important... More 

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San Diego, California, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I live in the neighborhood and have been coming here for a few years. The margaritas are great. Most of the food is OK but nothing special. I have been eating the same thing every time - burrito Adobada - and it is great. My wife orders different each time and I can't say it is anything special.

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Belleville, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Off the turists beaten path..that's good! Much better than those mexican places in old town....It's true that I was expecting little more authentic Mexican food...but overall it was good. The Carne Asada was tasty...the guacamole very good..you can tell it's homemade. Margaritas are good but make sure you ask for the short one! The place is cozy and the waitress... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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Additional Information about Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
Phone Number: 619-282-4413
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Mexican

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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
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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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