We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
+1 619-692-4200
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good37%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“lobster” (23 reviews)
“queso fundido” (7 reviews)
Closed Now
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (137)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 135 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

I stopped in for a mid-week lunch, based upon their American Airlines dining program affiliation, and was so pleased that I did. Ordered Carnitas Hash with scrambled eggs, and was delighted with the flavor. The portion was enormous -- at least 3 eggs, and lots...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank mshbnyehud
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice location in Hillcrest. Spacious and well appointed. Service was excellent. They have some exotic drinks including Mexican and Cuban cocktails which were quite good. Got the lobster and the fish tacos. Both were very good. The lobster was a tad tough. Other alternative would...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank ShreekantP
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here countless times and for any guest visiting San Diego, this place is a must for Mexican cuisine. This is not a taco shop nor a typical Mexican restaurant and instead has traditional Mexican dishes. Not often to I find this many...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Enzo_Gorlomi
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were very pleased with our meals at Ortega’s. We started with Margaritas and an appetizer, the Baja Shrimp Ceviche. The marinade of tomatoes, cilantro and jalapeños was excellent. Our two main courses were also very good. The Carnitas, tender slow roasted pork cubed and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank TorontoMac
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We spent some time in the Ocean Beach CA area and ate here a few times. Outstanding Mexican cuisine! Mole, lobster enchiladas and catch of the day we’re all great!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank jasonr110
Reviewed August 11, 2018

My husband and I tried Ortega's for dinner one night while on vacation. Our waiter was awesome and had great personality. We started with the table side guacamole, and it might've been THE best guacamole I've ever tasted. Sooooo good. For entree's we got the...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Paiten505
Reviewed August 3, 2018 via mobile

This place is a gem!! The appetizers alone are worth it! The guacamole is amazing and so is their quaso! I also had a top shelf strawberry mint margarita and it was to die for!! Roy our server was very personable and didn’t lead us...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank lilbean87
Reviewed June 6, 2018

We took our German visitors here for dinner at happy hour. We had great drinks and really good carnitas tacos along with ceviche. The salsa was spicy and fresh. Service was good and we will return.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Burnie D
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

Great service. Guacamole made table side. Homemade tortillas. Best steak and lobster even though it is a Mexican restaurant. Hidden in a strip mall but so worth searching for. Highly recommend it.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank heeticd
Reviewed May 13, 2018

I have been at this restaurant numerous times. It does not disappoint. My husband had the queso fundido which is served with corn and flour tortillas. I ordered the Puerto Nuevo-Style Tortilla Soup which is made with with chicken stock, gaujillo chiles, and cheese. Prior...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Angelica S
Nearby HotelsSee all 291 hotels in San Diego
Friendship Hotel
8 reviews
.32 miles away
Inn at the Park
581 reviews
.69 miles away
Days Inn by Wyndham San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld
3,424 reviews
.84 miles away
Super 8 by Wyndham San Diego Hotel Circle
1,054 reviews
.85 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Arrivederci Italian Restaurant
255 reviews
.10 miles away
Empirehouse Urban Palate
6 reviews
.02 miles away
Bread & CIE
196 reviews
.07 miles away
Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro
103 reviews
.10 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Urban MO's Bar & Grill
15 reviews
.05 miles away
Karma Relaxation Spa
6 reviews
.09 miles away
Escapism Puzzle Room
20 reviews
.10 miles away
Escape Game SD
315 reviews
.11 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-692-4200
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing