La Fiesta
La Fiesta

La Fiesta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lafiestasd.com/
  • Phone: 6192324242x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner Daily: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch: Sat & Sunday: 8am to 1pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch
  • Entertainment: Our Happy Hour food menu is offered Sun-Thurs from 3 to 6pm. We feature $2 Fiesta Tacos, $3 Ceviche, and a variety of our famous burritos; California (Steak, Cheese Fries, Guacamole) Surf-n-Turf (Shrimp, Steak, Avo & Cheese) Pescado (Grilled Mahi with Cilantro Lime Salsa) and Camaron Esenada Style (Shrimp & cabbage with Cilantro Lime Mayo).

    The La Fiesta Happy Hour Drink menu includes $3 Mexican beers as well as $4 house wines & select spirits. Served Monday - Friday from 11am to 6pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Market & G Street
  • Public Transit: San Diego MTS Trolley:

    Blue Line, C Street

    Orange Line, Convention Center
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet service offered Thursday through Saturday.
A word from La Fiesta
La Fiesta offers traditional Mexican cuisine along with popular regional favorites. Our fresh seafood creations and home made sauces have made us a local hidden treasure. La Fiesta has a collection of tempting specialty margaritas and over 50 different tequilas offered daily.

The festive décor captures the fascinating heritage of nearby Baja Mexico.Visitors enjoy our patio dining and window tables for the sights on lively Fifth Avenue, the hub of the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego biggest entertainment district and National Historic District destination. We offer cozy corners, large party seating and private dining options. Our memorable historic building is adjacent to downtown's Petco Park, Horton Plaza & the Convention Center. We’re steps from the many hotels, theaters, shops & nightclubs and convenient for any type of San Diego business or entertainment dining need.

La Fiesta's private or semi-private rooms may be booked for groups of 20 to 80 guests.
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La Fiesta reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (7)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)good for groups (3)fit for foodies (3)hot spot (3)special occasion (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great mexican/seafood menu
    Vacationer
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    La Fiesta was as advertised with a varied and delicious list of mexican and seafood dishes. We enjoyed the great Carnitas and Mexican seafood stew served with guacamole, and other assorted appetizers. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes eclectic and creative dining
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • San diego stand-out
    foodloverVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    recommended by friends, we really enjoyed La Fiesta -- just too much food. A little too fast on the service -- weren't done with our excellent appetizer (stuffed yellow peppers) when they brought entrees, but it was a very busy nite. Enjoyed it very much
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    meili
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Went there with my family for lunch. It was very quiet inside. Only us and one other family. For our appetizer, we ordered the ceviche. It was really good and I would recommend it. My kids got the chicken taco off their kids menu. Each were served kids sized waters with a lid which was perfect for them. My husband ordered the enchiladas suizas and I ordered the chicken tamale. My dish was mediocre. I did enjoy the refried beans. My husband enchilada suizas on the other hand was absolutely delicious. Halfway through, we switched plates and I gobbled up everything else that he hadn't gotten to yet on the plate. I would definitely go back there again for that particular enchilada.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican outdoor dining!
    NJDiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We made a return trip to La Fiesta on our latest trip to San Diego. We didn't remember the name from the prior visit, but our hotel recommended them, and as soon as we saw it, we immediately realized it was the same place. We won't forget on the next trip! We dined at a high-top table outside on a Saturday evening, so the people watching was fun. The waiter advised us on one of our two entrees, and he really made an awesome suggestion (pork shank... although this is not the exact name). My carne asada was also excellent. We had guacamole as an appetizer, and delicious margaritas! The service was excellent. We will visit La Fiesta on a future trip for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - must visit
    Barney
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Excellent steak fajitas - highly recommend. Great margaritas. Decent menu - many great options.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.5
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 137 reviews are from the La Fiesta reviews archive.
  • Good food, lackluster service
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We recently dined while visiting San Diego. While the food was very good (both in taste, presentation, and quantity), our service was lackluster. The server seemed to be more interested in chatting with the bartender than attending to tables. When we needed change to feed the meter, no one was able to help us- including at the bar. My husband had to leave the restaurant and go to a store on the corner in the middle of our meal to get change. Even though the food was tasty, it is unlikely that we'd go back because of the service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice outdoor seating
    dpkraftVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This is a good downtown location with seating outside so I could see the action traveling up and down 5th. Lots of weirdos and a few ghetto lowriders bangin their subwoofers makes for a great scene. the food is good and it's a great place to eat before a Padre game.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFoodLovers
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We were walking down the street, looking for a place to eat. We looked at the menu and decided to try it.......service and food was so good that we took a large group with us the next day for Brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JINSH
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went for dinner, had a great time. Only complaint was having to request water refills.
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  • Nice happy hour stuff!!
    NeophytosConVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Happy hour apetizers and entrees, mainly burritos, half price between 3-6pm i believe. Polite service!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My molcajete was fair bur EXTREMELY overpriced, as most tourist traps on 5th avenue. My wife's chicken fajitas had absolutely NO FLAVOR. Also, the men's restroom was dirty, like it hasn't been clean for days & smelled like urine. Wife also complanied that the women's restroom was sticky. You can tell a lot about a restaurant restrooms aren't clean. Will not recommend, nor return to this establishment.
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  • Used to be great food
    frankie4487
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    La Fiesta used to be a MUST GO restaurant whenever I visit San Diego. However, my experience the past two times was very disappointing (Dec, 2013 and April, 2014). In Dec, 2013, my favorite dish, molcajete cancun was too salty and the cheese on the black bean was stale, but I assumed it was just a chef error. so we visited last weekend (04/12), the chips were stale and my molcajete cancun was ok but the scallop was small, the worst is my son's Carnietas was burned to rock on half of his dish. We could not even poke into the meat. We showed them to the waiter and he just asked us about our Margarita to carry over the bad conversation. In a word, La Fiesta is out of my list of MUST Go into a list of " DO NOT GO" restaurants.
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  • Maybe it was just a bad night...
    ScottEVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I went to La Fiesta for dinner, instead of making something at home. Reservations were plentiful, and we were excited to try a new place. When we arrived, we were seated within a few minutes, but it was many, many minutes before anyone came by to check on us or take an order. We ordered two drinks from the drink menu, then the waiter disappeared. He returned awhile later (maybe 5 minutes) and said they didn't have one of the tequilas, so I said to just substitute whatever he thought was appropriate for that liquor. A long time passed. Eventually, our drinks arrived, and they were "okay". Nothing special, just okay...except they were completely the wrong drinks. We said it was okay, and drank them anyway.
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  • Semi Kid Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    They were great with kids up until about 1030. Then they start to get crabby.... Food is excellent. Service is very good. There was a mistake on our bill, but they were quick to fix it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Group friendly
    Souplover
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We booked this restaurant for a convention group of 20 friends, who meet once a year for dinner while at our annual convention. They had space for 20, seated together, were willing to write multiple checks, were willing to accommodate a large group at prime dinner hour on a weekend with no problem. The food was fine. Nothing to rave about, but tasty. Then drinks were the same. Beer was nice and cold. Service was great for our large group. We ended up with 2 extra people at the last minute and that was no problem. We were not in the room with the bar which made it quieter and easy to talk and hear each other. That was good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Dinner!
    Courtnie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    What a great find! Food and Service were amazing- will definitely be back next time we are in town!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • $10.00 bottomless Mimosas
    tonySRT8VIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Food was great, service was great. Clean interior and ideal location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ask for the special of the day...
    LeapingLVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Second time I have been here. Both times, I just took the special of the day. Both times, happy with the choice. (I wonder how the regular menu items are?!?) Service was a little slow, but we had a group of a dozen.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Mexican
    JazzyJimVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    There are only a few Mexican themed restaurants in the Gaslamp and we have tried them all. None meet the quality or sophistication of the food served at La Fiesta. I have been there twice and each time our dinners have been fantastic. Start with the guacamole table side service. You won't be disappointed. As for entrees, it's hard to recommend just one. This time around two people in our party had the steak special that was off the charts good. I had the pork and it was fall off the bone delicious. The portion was so large that I couldn't possibly finish it. My only negative comment is be wary of the servers pushing tequila after dinner. They do a poor job of explaining the various costs of each and they run up you tab if your not careful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    We had a great time, food and service were very good, friendly waiters with good sense of humour! Getting the bill took some time but that's not a big problem and we enjoyed not to be rushed out the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid
    Gordon
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Went here with a party of eight as everything in Old Town was going to have a long wait on a Saturday night. Glad we found La Fiesta on Open Table. Service was spot on. We never felt rushed even as it took a while for us all to settle in. Everyone enjoyed their food and drinks, and certainly a touch more sophisticated than we would have found in Old Town.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mexican Experience
    Teddybear
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Looking for a great Mexican meal, this is the place. The margaritas are great. Great happy hour prices. Service is excellent.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasently surprized
    SusieVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We have had a condo downtow for 5 years and had never eaten here. It was really good. I would get the taco flight next time beacuse the taco was the best thing in my combo plate. The tamale and or the chile relano seemed sweet. Overall, a really nice experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So So food in touristy area
    Try2bfair
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Thought Mexican food + San Diego was a winner but did not consider area I.e. Touristy. Portions small which was fine with us. Do not get shrimp (fried) taco. Seemed frozen in the heavy breading. Nice sitting out front and people watching and our service ( from owner) was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will return
    mission4533
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    First visit to La Fiesta. GREAT service, GREAT food. Was there around 4:30pm on a Saturday so ahead of the dinner crowd. Noise level was high even though it was not yet very busy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We made our reservation on Open Table. When we arrived they never checked Open Table for their reservations. Luckily I had the confirmation with me and they had a table for us available. Once our waiter took our order, that was the last we saw of him after we got our drinks. He never came back to check on our water, ask if our dinner was ok, if we wanted another drink (which we did) or if we needed anything. We had to flag him down for our check. It was the worse service ever. The dinner really wasn't good either.
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  • MEXICAN IN SAN DIEGO
    METGUARDVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2013
    THE WAITERESS WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND NICE. THE BEEF FAJITAS WAS EXCELLENT. THE BEST I HAD IN A LONG TIME.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was pleantiful but very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    Food was pleantiful but very heavy, not as big a selection for a lighter meal. It was priced fairly.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Servicio
    Chulo
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Great service,excellent food,all employees have great attitudes,makes you want to return because of the excellent atmosphere, our waiter Pablo must have been trained at Nordstroms, customer service skills beyond the best.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun alfresco brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    We enjoyed the ambience of dining on the patio in the Gaslamp and the live mariachi music during our Sunday brunch. The food is good, basic Mexican food. Nothing exceptional. Our only complaint was that we had to ask for salsa and it took too long for the server to bring it. Since when does Mexican food not come with salsa? Also, they offer a $10 bottomless mimosa which was great, but we heard other diners complaining that they thought they had the bottomless mimosas only to find out they were getting them at $3 per glass. This should have been made clearer to the customers.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We thought our server was
    PeteVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    We thought our server was quite friendly and helpful. The food was good but not memorable. Good location smack in the middle of the Gaslamp District. Allow15-20 minutes to find a parking spot?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Good Food
    SubukaiVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    I usually visit this restaurant more than once when I am San Diego because the quality is very consistent. They have a nice, mostly authentic menu and a pleasant and helpful staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant
    JoviFan
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    My husband and I have been going to LaFiesta for several years, since it was known as Las Fajitas. The food is always outstanding and the service is always top notch. This is my favorite restaurant in all of San Diego.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We celebrated a birthday with
    Jackie
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    We celebrated a birthday with dinner for ten (including two children) and we all agreed we would go back! The place was hopping, the staff was incredibly professional and welcoming, and the food was to die for. We all especially loved the shrimp chile relleno and the stuffed steak, which was a special that night. The mango margarita was delicious! The birthday boy wore an authentic sombrero while the whole restaurant sang to him. It was a great night and truly great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh Mexican food
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    This restaurant had the best tasting Mexican food! The service was excellent. The margarita was so tasty! We ordered the sopes as an appretizer. It is out of this world! Mole sauce is the best!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasent Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Excellent food. Ask for the off-menu items. Friendly staff.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gaslamp Gem
    vacaylove
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    My fiance and I had dinner here while vacationing in the San Diego area. Absolutely wonderful food and wonderful service. Our waiter was very very nice. It is in the middle of a row of bars in the gaslamp area - we had a great time, but it might not be for everyone. Wonderful place for dinner - sit outside so you can people watch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent food, cheap booze
    SamDiegoVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    Mediocre Mexican food, but we came for all you can drink for $10 and that's what we got, so can't complain. Our glasses were always full and the outdoor seating was pleasant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tricky atmosphere, good food
    Martin
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    As soon as we walked in, we were overpowered by the strong fish smell of the neighboring seafood restaurant (apparently, we were only separated by curtains from the place next door). It took a while for someone to realize we were there, but once they did, everything went great from there on out. It did turn out the salsa was made using chicken stock, which was a surprise to me as a vegetarian. But, I ordered the veggie fajitas and my companion ordered a variety of tacos. As soon as we slowed down, the waiter offered to come take our plates, maybe a little too quickly. But the food itself was fairly good (I'm told the non-vegetarian stuff was very, very good). And the Mexican margarita with citrus in it was delicious.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You've Got to Love SD
    LukeDuke
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Great Downtown San Diego feel. Sit on the sidewalk and see all the activity up and down the street!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate