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Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro, San Diego, CA

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

4.4
4.4
988 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping one of our classic fresh squeezed margaritas. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Flat Iron Steak Burrito, Chicken Mole. The design captures the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo and Baja California.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Regional American (Southwestern)
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 692-4200
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ
  • Private party facilities
    Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com
  • Neighbourhood
    Hillcrest
  • Cross Street
    3rd Avenue
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 988 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

988 Reviews
  1. BEANESA

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Been here several times but this time wasn't so pleasant..our server made us feel as we were bothering him. I ask for guacamole and it felt like a burden to come make it. The hash and eggs was really bad and i felt uncomfortable even asking for my tortillas..I'm sad because my mom loves this place but I'm not sure I want to spend and have crappy hash and a bothered waiter .

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, feels like you’re in Mexico inside. The food portions are a bit smaller than expected but was good. I recommend this place if you don’t want to drive to Puerto Nuevo.

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    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for Mother’s Day and happy that it wasn’t too crowded. Shrimp tacos and enchiladas were great! Fresh chips and salsa were also excellent. Kids had steak quesadillas which were very good. Fresh table side guacamole was delicious although a bit pricey. Service was friendly and attentive

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  4. CarolinaL

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for Mother’s Day dinner. Took a chance as it was our first time there. Everyone loved their food. The vibe was great, loved the decor. The only issue was that we wanted to get agua de orchata for someone reason the waiter said it wasn’t good at the moment, didn’t explain really why. Suggested something else but it wasn’t anything similar. The service was not that great. We understood it was busy because it was a festive day but the waiter who had the table behind ours always kept checking up on them and out waiter kept disappearing that we had to ask the other waiter to find him. But overall it was great. Would come back again when less busy.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and the staff was polite and welcoming...definitely be booking more family dates here in the near future

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service and delicious food! It’s honestly one of the best restaurants in Hillcrest!

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  7. Dina

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place for Cinco de Mayo! Food is awesome😎

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  8. Luvitaliano

    San Diego

    110 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    110 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, generous portions, friendly and efficient staff!

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  9. LourdesE

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Diners could have been spread a bit more as there were a few empty tables.

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  10. SusanC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Going to Ortega's is one of our favorite places to go to in Hillcrest! A group of us UCSD nurses continue to meet up here even in our retirement. We've been coming here 15+ years for the great food & service. Chips & salsa are very good!! The only challenge these days is trying to find a parking spot. The widened bike lanes have taken away parking spots on University when it was already a challenge to park.

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FAQs

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 692-4200.

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 988 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro

141 University Ave #4, San Diego, CA 92103

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    3rd Avenue
  • Neighbourhood
    Hillcrest
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Regional American (Southwestern)
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian & Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 692-4200
  • Private party facilities
    Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com
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