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La Pinata Mexican Restaurant

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2836 Juan St, San Diego, CA 92110-2713
619-297-1631
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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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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Thank JBakersfield
El Cajon, California
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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!!!

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Thank Tai K
San Diego, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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Orange County, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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!

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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I just wasn't that impressed. Service was a bit slow, but tolerable for the most part. Food was good, not great, but good. I was disappointed, I was looking for that Old Town food I remember.

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Sheffield, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Yummy and affordable prices! Free Chips and Salsa (a bit spicy)! Suppose to be the oldest one in Old Town! Free Parking! Seating inside or on their patio! We'd stop back if in town again!

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Thank surgtech16rn
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This colorful restaurant in an old house is a visual delight with lots of bright paints, hanging piñata, and an authentic menu. Margaritas are very good; service is very informal and friendly; it is not too noisy despite its small size and it is just a nice place to go for modestly priced, moderately tasty food. Just have vacation expectations... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?