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The 13 Best Mexican Restaurants Near Old Town, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in Old Town for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We analyzed millions of reviews from top review sites so you could find the best Mexican options in Old Town. With extensive mezcal and tequila menus and the best birria in Old Town, a good time is guaranteed at these taquerias.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

    10 Places To Drink Mezcal, Tequila & Sotol In San Diego

    Eater, 2015

Tahona Bar

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Casa Guadalajara

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • USA Today

    Old Town: Birthplace of California Is Famous for Mexican Food and More

    USA Today
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Rockin' Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • San Diego Tourism Authority

    Favorite Mexican Restaurants in San Diego

    San Diego Tourism Authority

Casa de Freds Tacos y Tequila

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

Casa de Maria

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.5

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Barrio Star

Mexican, $$, Park WestMexican, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

    Eater, 2015
  • Eater, 2016

    12 Fabulous Fast-Casual Spots In San Diego

    Eater, 2016

Karina's Ceviches & More

Mexican, $, MidtownMexican, $San Diego, Midtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Mariscos in San Diego

    Eater, 2020
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Ortega's Bistro

Mexican, $$, HillcrestMexican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

Mexican, $$, Park WestMexican, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Oscars Mexican Seafood

Mexican, $, HillcrestMexican, $San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Mexican in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016

Cocina Calavera

Mexican, HillcrestMexicanSan Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Royal Rooster

Mexican, Mission Bay ParkMexicanSan Diego, Mission Bay Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Why these restaurants?

Finding the best Mexican restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We analyzed 10162 San Diego restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 San Diego restaurant reviews, and 624 lists and articles – looking closely at what Eater, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life and San Diego Magazine had to say – and applied our boam magic. Yes, we even looked at Eater - 12 Fabulous Fast-Casual Spots In San Diego, Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area and San Diego Magazine - 23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego to pull this list together. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Nobody paid to get on this list, these restaurants earned their spots fair and square. These ten options are sure to delight.

Questions & answers

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria is the highest-rated upscale Mexican restaurant in Old Town.

Berta's Latin Cuisine, Fiesta de Reyes, and El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in Old Town.

Fiesta de Reyes and El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a date night in Old Town.

Tahona Bar, Qué Sazón!, and Berta's Latin Cuisine are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Old Town.

Tahona Bar, Qué Sazón!, and Berta's Latin Cuisine are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in Old Town.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy beef burrito with ESB

    To elevate your beef burrito experience, we recommend some ESB to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer balances fatty flavours.

  • Pair Pale Ale with bean, cheese, rice burrito

    When considering how to best enjoy your bean, cheese, rice burrito, we would highlight how well a glass of Pale Ale complements the dish as it cuts through richness.


  • Grenache with your pork carnitas

    A red wine and some nice, tasty pork carnitas - specifically a Grenache - go really well together. This drink will help bring out the most of the bold in your food, trust us!

Did you know?

  • March = Mexican festival

    Every March, the people of The United Statesput on the Flying Burrito Music and Food Festival! The burritio stands are one of the many reasons to visit this event in Arizona.

  • A priceless experience

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

  • Full of burrito

    Are you a fan of burrito? The current record for eating the most burrito is 47 burritos in only 10! Do you love burrito enough to beat this record?

Parking info

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking, especially if you’re hungry or in a rush. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Mexican spot.

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