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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#349 of 3,769 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
+1 619-282-4413
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Isigny-sur-Mer, France
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After eating the famous tortillas made in front of you in Old Town , i didn't think there could be a better Mexican restaurant in San Diego ! But this one PONCE ´s in the best! Try their guacamole ! Only problem: is is very noisy and crowdy. Service good, they bring additional chips without asking and big refreshing Margaritas.... More 

San Francsico
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49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice enough place but pretty the food was underwhelming. We had a group of 10 and the service was attentive. Prices were cheap but food was not as good as most of the places in the gas lamp district.

Thank SailingThistle
New Castle, New Hampshire
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130 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

But in San Diego not really. The Margaritas where horrible, the food just above average, stay in the gas lamp district do not be sucked out to this place.

Thank JohnHC
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This was a 1st time visit to this place. We went on a Thursday after work. When we got there, we were immediately told there was a 2 hour time limit at the table. That was not a good way to be welcomed on our 1st visit. The best part was the Service, it was great but that is where... More 

Thank FelipeAndrade
La Jolla, CA
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125 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Our waitress was Paloma. I couldn't decide what to order so she made some suggestions! I ended up with Enchilada Suizas with carnitas instead of chicken. It was heavenly. I was so wrapped up in my food I don't remember what my husband had although I remember he loved it. We have now deemed Ponce's as the one and only... More 

Thank patilajolla
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

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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284 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-282-4413

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?