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Fred's Mexican Cafe

#174 of 3,836 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
Mexican, Southwestern
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2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
+1 619-858-8226
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 12:00 am
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

There are 4 restaurants across the street from each other on San Diego Ave in Old Town. We picked Fred's because the wait was a little shorter, not necessarily expecting amazing Mexican food. Our family of 5 ate the calamari steak tacos, tortilla soup, and burgers - all were delicious. The calamari especially was cooked perfectly. We also loved the... More 

Thank kimchristian50
Tyler, Minnesota
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our son picked this restaurant because his nickname is Fred. We were served great food and drinks with a very friendly waitress. I would definitely go back.

Thank Jeff S
Istanbul, Turkey
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193 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The colors took my attention and here I was enjoying my "mexican dinner" with a margarita at their quiet patio :)

Thank Elif B
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A swell place to relax. I drank lunch here, and therefore I can't comment on the food. Those that I knew who did eat didn't complain at all. Service was good, and we had a great time here.

Thank missouriplowboy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Fred's on a Saturday night just by chance. It was busy but the manager made sure we didn't have a long wait. Our server, Eddie, made sure we had everything we needed. He gave us suggestions about what to have and we weren't disappointed! The food was fantastic!!! The margaritas were amazing. I had the house margarita... More 

Thank Jill B
New Mexico
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95 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Charm and service get five stars, the food gets only three. Probably depends on the style of Mexican food you are accustomed to eating. Very cute and colorful with a dog friendly patio. Happy Hour from 3-6 pm everyday except Tuesday. The Happy Hour price for the house wine was $6.45 per glass. Some discounted appetizers available. Outdoor patio heaters... More 

Thank B H
Brewster, New York
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85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We decided to go here because we wanted to eat out side and get some sun while eating. Fred's has some area that you can eat outside and get some rays while eating. The bartender makes a great Skinny Martini. The food was great and we ad a great experience.

Thank valwed
Las Vegas
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204 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a popular place to go that is right on the main street of Old Town. The service was fast and the drinks were good. Food was OK but not great.

Thank Greatplacesnv
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161 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017

When we are in Old Town we always stop by and have drinks and a great meal at Fred's - once again they did not disappoint - this is a go to spot when in Old Town...

Thank TripGal63
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Loved this place during my stay in San Diego. I really like the decoration and atmosphere, an open and colorful patio. Service is very kind but sometimes slow. Tacos are quite decent, well priced and they taste good. My favorite was surf and turf, cheeseburger is very popular too. Ginormous and tasty Margaritas for 5$ (tuesdays) and free chips.

Thank Marinasdz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
10:30 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-858-8226

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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?