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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

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141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063 (3rd Avenue)
+1 619-692-4200
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9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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Battle Ground, Washington
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

Visiting family in the San Diego area and had a hankering for Mexican food, so to Trip Advisor I go! Read the reviews, sounded decent so we gave it a try. Not a traditional Mexican food menu, but some very good food! The salsa is great and was told the Mahi Mahi taco trio was excellent!!

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Thank willilm
Fort Worth, Texas
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85 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2014

Food is typical Mexican-nothing special. However, the guacamole made at your table is superb and the house margaritas were some of the best I have ever had.

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Thank MeredithMN
Woodbridge, Virginia
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81 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2014

This is one of the first restaurants I visited while in San Diego and it was just okay. I had the crab enchiladas, for some reason I was expecting them to taste way better than they actually did, so I was very disappointed. The service was poor also; the waiter was not very attentive. Needless to say I won’t be... More 

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Thank BNH216
Bedminster, New Jersey
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2014

Good, authentic Mexican located in the heart of Hillcrest. A few outside tables right next to the parking lot. Friendly service.

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Thank John S
San Diego, California
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169 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2014

I admit that I am a gringo and therefore my title of the "best mexican food" has to be considered in my appraisal. I am new to the San Diego area but not to Mexican food. I got my first taste many years ago when I lived in LA while going to UCLA. Then I moved back to Washington DC... More 

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Thank mai2centsworth
Stockholm, Sweden
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2014

Nice food. A little bit more pricy than the Mexican restaurant a cross the street, fiesta cantina but better quality of food.

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Thank Lisa D
Coromandel
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2014

We got recommended Ortega's by the hotel concierge. Authentic Mexican food is virtually impossible to get in our home country New Zealand, so we were keen for some of the genuine article, especially being so close to the Mexican border. Ortega's did not disappoint. The food was spot on and the atmosphere and service was brilliant. Nice to have a... More 

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Thank Willieidle
San Diego, California
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79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2014

Absolutely love the intimate dining areas; great for group or intimate dining for two. Unique twists on several Mexican classics, while maintaining the traditional menu items as well. Try the almond margarita - fantastic!

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Thank Stephen B
California
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2014

We chose Ortega's because it was a very hot day, and we could tell they ad air-conditioning. We'd also been told that all the restaurants in Hillcrest were good, and we felt like Mexican. But I have to say, I have never had such a good chicken enchilada ever. Try the enchilada verde. The salsa is very good, too.

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Thank PWestcomm
Carlsbad, California
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

I had Ortega's Beef Burrito, which is actually Carne Asada. It was some of the best steak I've had in a burrito. And the guacamole is prepared at the table and it is awesome! Service was great! I highly recommend this place!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?