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“Only average” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mustangs & Burros

Mustangs & Burros
Ranked #75 of 1,238 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: American, Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Mustangs & Burros is a classic Territorial Ranch style restaurant with a cozy and intimate dining room, featuring a spacious patio reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. Both areas feature wonderful and inviting fireplaces. Enjoy delicious small plates inspired by the Southwest and extraordinary house crafted cocktails, including innovative margaritas & our very own M & B Sangria, or join us for dinner and experience Chef Kramers' regional cuisine inspired by the season. The Mustangs & Burros Culinary Team pride themselves on utilizing locally grown and sustainable ingredients in a fresh, unique and imaginative way.
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Only average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

I was here for a business meeting with myself and three other colleagues, including one from out of town. I wanted to like this place, as the patio area was awesome, but the overall experience was only average. The waiter came out and explained that the menu and beer list had just changed and that they didn't have several beers on tap yet. We received our drinks and chatted for quite awhile before we had to actively flag down our waiter for appetizers. They arrived but still no order was taken and I had to flag somebody else down to get another glass of wine. Dinner took forever to arrive. I hope this was just a bad night because this was glacial service. The food was pretty good. Two of us had steak, and two of us had seafood. The crab dish was very dense and the person who ordered it wasn't a big fan. The steaks were pretty good though. The nacho appetizer was probably the best thing we ordered. It was so late by the time we had finished that one person in our party had already left for another engagement and we didn't have time for desert. I hope to try this place again, but it is a little worrisome when my business colleagues are complaining about the service.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Barrie, Canada
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

Great breakfast menu choices. We sat outdoors on the Terrace over looking the beautiful gardens. Cool morning, however, not too worry our server remotely turned the over head heater on to keep us warm.

Visited October 2013
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San Juan Capistrano, California
Level Contributor
32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Casual cozy good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

Light selections but fun to eat at! Great indoor and outdoor dining or just having a drink. Plenty of heaters outside as well as a large fireplace to keep you warm in the cool evening.

Visited October 2013
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Canada
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430 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
“One of the nicest restaurants I have ever been to.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

Started out eating our delicious meal inside, they had a lovely wine list. The server was wonderful. After dinner we moved outside in their much nicer and cozier warm outdoor patio. I loved the feeling out there and the pillows and the decor. The drinks menu here is fabulous and was one of the best mixed drinks I ever had. Very romantic place with the fires and cozy outdoor patio. Romantic setting.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Canadiatravelgoddess
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MERRITT ISLAND
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136 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Nice place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

We stayed at the Estancia Resort for a wedding and decided to eat at Mustangs and Burros rather than to venture out of the complex. It is a very nice restaurant with just okay food. The nachos were some of the best I've had. But I was disappointed in the Open Faced Ravioli for $28.00. It certainly was not worth that price. It seemed that the "ravioli" which looked more like lasagna was uncooked and tough. The outside bar is a wonderful place to unwind and have another cocktail.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AUNTNEEFLA
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