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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

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141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
+1 619-692-4200
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
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Reviewed February 23, 2017 via mobile

We got recommendation from the locals to visit this restaurant. Gorgeous food and staff. Specially guacamole, they make it just in front of your eyes. Worth visiting.

Thank Andrius D
Reviewed January 6, 2017

As a Mexican and native San Diegan, I KNOW MY MEXICAN FOOD. I've tried it all: low-end dives, mid-range, fast-food and high-end re-invented Mexican. This place offers a refreshing reprieve from the pervasive Mexican dives (cheap eats) that are found on every street corner in...More

Thank Sara P
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

... and awesome guacamole!! Great Mexican food, homemade tortillas (the best ever), great margaritas, even the chips are unique and delicious; just as its original location in Puerto Nuevo! It just needs the ocean view. Great service too. Kids enjoyed it as well.

Thank bossings
Reviewed December 30, 2016

We had eaten here the last time we visited and decided to try it again. Good choice! To start I found a parking spot right outside the door which is like hitting the lottery. The chips and salsa were delicious to start. My wife ordered...More

Thank ABFine
Reviewed October 1, 2016 via mobile

When you want something more rewarding and gracious than the typical Mexican cafe that churns out predictable combo plates that just fill you up, you are ready for Ortega's in Hillcrest. Large, comfortable tables, cloth napkins, and the quiet atmosphere immediately suggest fine dining rather...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed September 29, 2016

My friends and I went here for happy hour and discovered they were having a dinner special. We all had lobster with steak and I believe 1 person got the lobster with shrimp. I love Puerto Nuevo style lobster and although this dinner was good,...More

Thank BBDoll619
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

We went in for a late night dinner and wanted some lobster. We ordered the lobster feast and added shrimp. We also ordered the table side guacamole. The lobster was great and the shrimp too. Very, very good. The highlight was the flour tortillas. I...More

Thank Bmbwilburn
Reviewed August 28, 2016

I have been to Ortega's many times, this is a very good restaurant. I stopped by solely for their Puerto Nuevo Tortilla Soup. It is quite delicious. It is made with chicken stock, gaujillo chiles, cheese, and strips of crispy corn tortillas. I love this...More

Thank Angelica S
Reviewed August 23, 2016

From the pomegranate margaritas to the queso fundido and of course the lobster everything was perfect! Their beans are so delicious. They took really good care of our party, we had a birthday to remember.

Thank Deborah H
Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

I was told the mole enchiladas would be spicy, but they turned out to be sweet. They were tasty, but nothing amazing or special about them. I do recommend getting the guacamole with tortilla chips--that was amazing. We sat outside and had about 3 servers....More

Thank OrangeKipepeo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$30 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
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
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