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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#316 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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New Castle, New Hampshire
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128 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

But in San Diego not really. The Margaritas where horrible, the food just above average, stay in the gas lamp district do not be sucked out to this place.

Thank JohnHC
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a 1st time visit to this place. We went on a Thursday after work. When we got there, we were immediately told there was a 2 hour time limit at the table. That was not a good way to be welcomed on our 1st visit. The best part was the Service, it was great but that is where... More 

Thank FelipeAndrade
La Jolla, CA
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125 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our waitress was Paloma. I couldn't decide what to order so she made some suggestions! I ended up with Enchilada Suizas with carnitas instead of chicken. It was heavenly. I was so wrapped up in my food I don't remember what my husband had although I remember he loved it. We have now deemed Ponce's as the one and only... More 

Thank patilajolla
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Ponces is filled with the sounds of friends and family having a great time and the smells of fabulous food. They have all the basics like enchiladas, burritos, tacos, juicy carnitas. The service is fast, efficient and genuinely friendly. Very popular with the neighborhood so plan to wait a little (they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more).... More 

Thank Kathy H
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Went there with my wife you had a 45-minute wait no problem I'm home we got us we had some knock jokes I ordered two tacos and enchiladas and my wife ordered tamales. Both of our meals lacked the Mexican staple ingredient called Cumin. Without Cumin you just cannot have that authentic Mexican flavor. So we left disappointed and decided... More 

Thank Cassie Renee G
San Diego
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

I've been coming here for over 20 years. I enjoyed the "Little Secret" Great Food, Great Service & Great Value ! I enjoyed coming to the counter and having the "Very Reasonable Priced" Lunch Specials - No Longer ! I'm not sure who was waiting on me because I saw 3 different people. I hate when I have to ask... More 

Thank richardmP5622QI
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264 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

Ponce's Mexican Resturant is one of my favorite restaurant in San Diego. It's great restaurant and a very cute area called Kensington. The staff is nice and friendly. Everything on the menu is good. My favorite is the Chili Verde. They have a nice bar as well. Alway have great drinks, food and time there..

1 Thank A. Vinnie V
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 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 

1 Thank Cscogg
Tualatin, Oregon
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56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2016 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.

1 Thank buddiespac13
San Diego
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank amytud1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene
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?