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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#205 of 3,740 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great margaritas and tequila selection. They mix drinks on the strong side and prices are reasonable. Place is always busy during peak times so plan to wait. Excellent salsa and chips. Everything we had was great. Food is quality and menu is pretty traditional and extensive. San Diego is over saturated with Mexican restaurants and I think most are sub... More 

Thank Cscogg
Tualatin, Oregon
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

One of my sister-in-law favorite Mexican restaurant. Very popular local neighborhood place. Good food, good margaritas, good atmosphere, good service. Outside patio to enjoy.

Thank buddiespac13
San Diego
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I really enjoy this place. Great service and food is good. I really enjoy their margaritas. Great neighborhood restaurant!

Thank amytud1
Carlsbad, California
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend and I enjoyed visiting Ponce's at the advice of a friend. It was busy at lunch, but we were able to grab a spot at the bar which offered the full menu. We tried the chicken enchiladas and street tacos. Delicious. Everything we saw coming out of the kitchen looked good, we'll be back to try more. The... More 

Thank Michael S
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come here weekly if not a couple times a week. We consider this our second kitchen and have had everything on the menu. My favorite is the Tapequina (steak and cheese enchilada). But for health reasons, I usually have the ensalada supreme done my way - no chips no cheese, extra veggies and choice of protein. I order the... More 

Thank Ken C
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our favorite place and has been for years. Frankly, I am far from an expert on the full menu because I always order the same thing, ground beef tacos. They do something with that ground beef that is heavenly. My wife, on the other hand, loves the camarones mojo del ajo and the chile rellenos. The only negative... More 

Thank haysnoe
Riverside, California
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a favorite "neighborhood" restaurant. Excellent, food, friendly, efficient staff, delicious Margaritas. We don't live in Kensington or even San Diego but make it a point to come down ever 2-3 months for a late lunch and Margaritas. Highly recommended.

Thank ceshanks
Cathedral City
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57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Ponce Mexican Restaurant is a local establishment located in the Kensington section of San Diego that is extremely well liked by the San Diegans. The mixed drinks were delightful and the food was overflowing and tasty. The salsas, green and red, were different than what I am used to at home, but it was a good difference that accompanied and... More 

Thank 858marca
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

There are many Mexican food places in San Diego. Those that get rave reviews from East Coast people, and those that give bad reviews for the same place from locals. Ponce's is the perfect place for us. We are Hispanic, my wife's family are from Tucson AZ. So they would be very picky about San Diego places that claim to... More 

Thank Nash A
Brookfield, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

This place is wonderful, lots of character! Inspite it was busy, the service was fast and great , food was very tasty , will definitely come back.

Thank Lena R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $15
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-282-4413

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