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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

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141 University Ave, Suite 5, San Diego, CA 92103 (3rd Avenue)
+1 619-692-4200
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 00:00
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 San Diego, where you can forget about ambiance, service and expect fast food (and know... More 

Thank Sara P
San Diego, CA
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62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 a lobster and shrimp special and I had crab enchiladas. Both were excellent. The service... More 

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Thank ABFine
San Diego, California, United States
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 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 than fast food. When you open the menu, there is not a combination plate in... More 

Thank Ken H
San Diego, California
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122 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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, it wasn't close to how delicious it is in MX. The service was great though... More 

Thank BBDoll619
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 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 don't think I have ever eaten a flour tortilla that tastes so good. The server... More 

Thank Bmbwilburn
San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 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 soup, especially if you add lime juice. I also ordered 2 sides of flour tortillas... More 

Thank Angelica S
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

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
Philadelphia, PA
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73 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 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. The lighting was too dark outside.

Thank OrangeKipepeo
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15 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place was cozy and had a relaxing atmosphere. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and their crab enchiladas were amazing! When we come back, we'll be sharing entres. The portions were generous. The prices were a little high, but worth it.

Thank Marbella E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 University Ave, Suite 5, San Diego, CA 92103
    (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?