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Alamo Mexican Cafe

Old Town
Mexican, Southwestern
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2543 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110-2869
+1 619-296-1112
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Las Vegas
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130 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in here while waiting for a train at the nearby station. Pleasantly surprised! Bartender was fabulous. Good selection of draft beers. Food came quick even on a busy Sunday night. The rolled chicken tacos were great & the pork flautas were out of this world good. I would come back here no problem whatsoever.

Thank Rich807
Vancouver, Canada
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101 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

My wife and I were staying in the Old Town area and came into this restaurant for dinner. We were seated by and served by Katie who was very attentive and provided excellent service. I had the Chicken Fajitas with rice and refried beans and my wife had the Chicken Salad Bowl. Food is good, portions are not huge so... More 

Thank davidmP7608YO
Pueblo, Colorado
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91 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We were there for lunch during the week and there were only 3 other tables of people while we were there. Our waiter was nice but very slow with everything. We had ordered and I had to move the car which was parked quite far away. We still didn't even have our appetizers by the time I returned. When our... More 

Thank ColoradoRN
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

While all the mexican places were asking us to wait for 40-50 mins, we had several open tables here in this place when we visited. As kids were hungry and cranky, we've decided to go for our dinner and the food was very average but the person who served us was amazing and everyone like their cocktail/mocktail but not the... More 

Thank Karthik S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016 via mobile

The Alamo Mexican Cafe is the best Mexican food in San Diego followed by the best bar! The staff is so friendly and amazing meeting all my needs whenever I come in. I've been coming here since October and not once have I ever had a bad experience! I highly recommend this place if you live here or even just... More 

Thank Tamara S
Phoenix, Arizona
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2016

Beautiful day as we drove up and found that Alamo with good parking! We had us a quick lunch, Margaritas were yummmmm with the house Tequila. We all got a variety of plates ordered and it was very good!!! We will return again!

Thank Lovey602
Eagle, Idaho
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127 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

If you ever find yourself in Old Town San Diego, have lunch at this great little eatery. We loved the guacamole and their salsa is divine!

Thank suzettestokes
Woodland Hills, CA
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I am a vegetarian and a low carb person, so it's hard to please me at a Mexican restaurant. The guac was good, my bean burrito with scrambled eggs was ok. They put rice in it even though I asked for no rice. the salsa was really watery. Sorry!

Thank Jessica C
Tenerife, Spain
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306 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

After wandering around the Spanish quarter, decided to walk up the road and came across this restaurant, and wanted some Mexican food. Lovely restaurant, lots to look at, great menu. As we had skipped breakfast we had the tacos. Excellent. Great waitress Christina who was excellent. I had the prawn taco, my husband loves re-fried beans, and said these ones... More 

Thank Mavis B
Sammamish, Washington
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73 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2016

Visiting San Diego we did a short side trip to Old Town and had lunch at Alamo Mexican Cafe. This place is a block over from the main Old Town area so was a little less crowded. The service was very good and the food was good. I am always skeptical of the tourist places but this was an enjoyable... More 

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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
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2543 Congress St, San Diego, CA 92110-2869
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-296-1112

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