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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Old Town
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2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
+1 619-297-1631
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here with a party of seven last week. The food was very good, and they gave the kids little pinatas, which they loved. Service was friendly and nice. Plenty of chips and great salsa, the fajitas were terrific, all the food was very good. Everyone said they would like to go again when we get back to San... More 

Thank Mike H
Anaheim, California
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238 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We decided to dine here, enticed by their sign stating something like "Best Mexican Food in all of San Diego" After our experience here I'm going to state I think they might be stretching the truth just a little bit. We showed up there on a Saturday night and were promptly seated. The place was very crowed and busy. We... More 

Thank Mark B
Lakeside, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

While La Piñata has been around since 1928, my family's experiences date from 1971. In all of this time, we have enjoyed consistently excellent service and equally excellent food... until the recent change in ownership. Waiters and waitresses, many of whom had been loyal employees for decades, assured us that the changes would be cosmetic. The chef and the recipes... More 

Thank badams43
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Showed up right as they opened and received great service. Cheese crisp is exceptional. Carnitas was tender, juicy, and shredded. Excellent spot for lunch! Will have to go back for weekend brunch.

Thank Nash W
Tama, Iowa
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our waiter Pancho T. was so nice. The food was amazing! Two of the well known restaurants were suggested but we opted for the more quaint. We were not disappointed! The Margaritas were not the syrupy yuck but very good. We would highly recommend.

Thank Susan Y
Cobden, Illinois
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40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in here while making a quick pit stop in San Diego. The food was really good, although I didn't particularly like their enchilada sauce, but it was still overall wonderful. The service wasn't so great though. Took a long time to order and only saw the waiter a couple times.

Thank Kyle C
Seattle, Washington
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were visiting San Diego for the first time, and this was the first Mexican restaurant that we ate at during our trip. We were visiting Old Town and looking for a place to eat, and we weren't really sure where to go. We walked by this place, and decided to give it a try, particularly since... More 

Thank Bodhi88
Spring Hill, Tennessee
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104 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While in Old Town we wanted some local Mexican Food and tried La Piñata. We were not disappointed. First the service wad great, our waitress was very personable. Our food was delicious. I would suggest this location to anyone.

Thank Mike E
Osoyoos, Canada
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54 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

When visiting a friend in San Diego, she took me to La Pinata. She has been coming here for many years and I could see why she recommended it. It's cute and quirky, with excellent Mexican food (I was visiting from Mexico!) and friendly staff. The decor is charming, as is the building. My friend often eats outside in summer,... More 

Thank BritsInABus
Trumbull, Connecticut
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

The sign outside this restaurant tries to tell you they were rated the best Mexican restaurant. I think not. We went there for lunch and were very disappointed. Food could not be more mediocre. Menus were dirty and so was the bathroom. Not good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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: +1 619-297-1631

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