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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#358 of 3,792 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
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Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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New Hampshire
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went early - five of us because it fills up fast and there are lines out the door. We were in time for Happy Hour and got great margaritas for $5 double size. Service was quick and they kept the guacamole, red and green dipping sauces filled and fresh chips as requested. Everything we had was the best i... More 

Thank JohnNH
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71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Always a wait so get there early. Service good and the wait staff is very nice and edgy. Love them. All dishes are served very hot. The staff has accommodated us numerous times by "dressing" our enchiladas. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Tim J
Isigny-sur-Mer, France
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 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 9 November 2016

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 38 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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127 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 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
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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 

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
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?