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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#256 of 3,733 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin
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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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San Diego, California
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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246 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 stars 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 stars 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 stars 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
Carlsbad, California
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50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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 

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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, Southwestern, Latin
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
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?