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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

Old Town
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2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Loma Linda, California
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125 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have enjoyed La Piñata for many years. We visited with a large family group. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating with colorful south of the border decor. Our drink and food orders were taken rapidly. We enjoyed fajitas, tostadas, chimichangas; and, enchiladas. The food was plentiful and delicious. Only downside. The restaurant is not staffed adequately for a... More 

Thank James K
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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101 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've eaten here a number of times and it's proven to be a consistently good, authentic, Mexican-style restaurant. The service is good and they make good margaritas. I also enjoy the two music performers even though they're not the best musicians.

Thank Rojayva
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here after finding other restaurants nearby already filled up for a very early dinner. The decor is super cute and fun, the kids loved it, and the staff was very friendly. Sadly, none of us liked our meals. Meat was dry and the food was not very flavorful. Reading the other reviews, I hope the chef just had... More 

Thank Germangirl76
Bakersfield, California
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82 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

I first started coming here in the 1970's for college. I regularly return to San Diego and when I am in town this is one place I always stop. Good Mexican food and fantastic drinks. Great value and not as crowded as other restaurants in the area. The family running the place is fantastic and welcoming. Do yourself a favor... More 

Thank JBakersfield
El Cajon, California
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

La Pinata has some of the best Mexican food in San Diego! Ask for a crispy casa dia! You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu but please don't tell too many people; it's a local secret! Oh and did I mention the margaritas? Yummy!!!

Thank Tai K
San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

The food was really good. The location is perfect. Enjoyed with my friends. Would recommend. The weather was also perfect that day as well. Would be coming here again

Thank Danielramirez88
Orange County, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I was very impressed with the friendliness and excellent customer service provided by the staff of La Piñata in Old Town San Diego. The chips, salsa, house wine, and entree of enchiladas I ordered were delicious! Highly recommend La Piñata to visitors passing through Old Town for the day. Delicioso!!

Thank jmllhughes5
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Good food! The whole family loved it!! Tacos, Chili Verde, cheese burger, Margaritas!! Nice environment, nice people..

Thank Tamara D
Raleigh, North Carolina
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We had a large group of 14 and they were very accommodating! Delicious food, but be careful with the salsa, it's fresh, but spicy!

Thank Jodi B
San Diego
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170 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

My wife and I have been coming here for over 20 years. Most of the time it has been very good to excellent. We went here for my birthday dinner and came away so disappointed. I ordered the carnitas. They say they are juicy and tender. Well mine were dry and tough, with no flavor. Even adding salsa couldn't make... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 619-297-1631

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