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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
619-282-4413
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican family fun

What a pleasure it was coming out of the rain into this buzzing friendly family restaurant. Feeding large hungry teenagers is never easy, but they loved this place. Large tasty helpings and wide range to choose from - and what seemed to be reasonable prices. Not haute cuisine but an authentic... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Richard M
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Cape Town, South Africa
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a pleasure it was coming out of the rain into this buzzing friendly family restaurant. Feeding large hungry teenagers is never easy, but they loved this place. Large tasty helpings and wide range to choose from - and what seemed to be reasonable prices. Not haute cuisine but an authentic neighborhood restaurant which seems to be deservedly popular -... More 

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Thank Richard M
San Diego
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This family owned restaurant has history and has been in the Kensington San Diego neighborhood for many years. We have been coming to this establishment since 2001 and each time we feel welcomed and feel like part of the Ponce family. My boyfriend says they make the BEST Chili Rellenos and we both agree they have the BEST Cadillac margaritas.... More 

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Thank carolz352
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

They bill this as "Mexican Comfort Food," an apt description. The place was packed on a Monday night. Salsa and verde at the start are both puréed, not chunky. The full menu has all the typical Tex-Mex dishes, and all very reasonably priced, with full meals ranging from about $9 to $14. I enjoyed a big plate of Carnitas with... More 

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Thank Eric B
San Diego, California
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82 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Is it authentic Mexican? Not really. But it is a very good gringo Mexican place. The staff was friendly. The food can quickly and was hot. I had the carnitas. The daughter had a burrito. Both were very good. The price was ok but not cheep.

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Thank Dfettner
San Diego, CA
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

There is always a wait to be seated at Ponce's Restaurant for good reason. The homestyle Mexican cooking is consistently good. They make their own sauces for the food, all of which are excellent. Ponce's is our go-to restaurant for Mexican, we haven't had a bad meal here. The margaritas are very good, splurge the extra dollar to get the... More 

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Thank desederata
Paris, France
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53 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Been to Ponce's every time we visit San Diego, and always pleasantly surprised to be served by the same smiling waitress. No beers on tap at this Mexican bar and eatery, although you can sample good Mexican beers and delicious guacamole. Salsa and chips are served immediately, and there are many food choices, from burritos ( huge) to delicious tacos.... More 

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Thank jakjabes
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015 via mobile

There's one thing that I can say about Mexican restaurants, and that is if the chips and salsa ain't right, we might as well find somewhere else to eat. I went here to meet with some of my daughter's college friends and their family, and after hearing about this place, I was oober exited. Despite having to wait an hour... More 

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Thank hawaiijohnson1
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

One of our favorites. Fun place to take out of town guests. Great location - easy to locate, right off interstate 15. Fantastic food with friendly servers. Some of the best margaritas I have ever had.

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Thank thrashc
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a great neighborhood place in Kensington area of San Diego.Their food is relatively inexpensive and goood!. I really like the Ponce's special which is a type of tostada, but the whole menu is great. Gets really busy Friday and saturday nights...go early those days. Great margaritas!

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Thank Vet3X
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had not been here in awhile, not since they had a full bar. Best Mexican food in San Diego and the Margeritas also best on this planet. Service was A + and very friendly. When you are in this area, treat yourself to something special, you won't be sorry!!!!

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?