Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla
Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://estancialajolla.com/la-jolla-restaurants/san-diego-outdoor-dining/
  • Phone: 8589646537x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 2:00pm - 5:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:00pm, Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Kimberley Kramer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Jono Tapp 8589646612x
  • Special Events: Herradura Family Tequila Dinner, featuring a San Diego Craft Beer Reception

    Thursday, May 22, 2014
    Mustangs & Burros
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Reception & Four-Course Dinner. Tickets start at $90/person, or $250 for two plus a bottle of Estancia La Jolla’s hand-selected Herradura Double Barrel Reposado.

    Visit www.estancialajolla.com to purchase tickets.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking complimentary.
A word from Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla
Mustangs & Burros is a classic Territorial Ranch style restaurant with a cozy and intimate dining room, featuring a spacious patio reminiscent of a Spanish hacienda. Both areas feature wonderful and inviting fireplaces. Enjoy delicious small plates inspired by the Southwest and extraordinary house crafted cocktails, including innovative margaritas & our very own M & B Sangria, or join us for dinner and experience Chef Kramers' regional cuisine inspired by the season. The Mustangs & Burros Culinary Team pride themselves on utilizing locally grown and sustainable ingredients in a fresh, unique and imaginative way.
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Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
14 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
57% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (7)special occasion (5)good for groups (4)fit for foodies (3)neighborhood gem (2)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Average food slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had a reservation and waited over thirty minutes before we got our one appetizer. We ordered crab cakes for appetizer. There were three crab cakes the size of quarters. My husband ordered a draft beer that they served in some sort of jam jar. Dinner came 40 minutes after we finished our appetizer. I ordered flank stake for dinner and it came served on top of a bed of cold potato wedges covered with cold melted cheese. I couldn't even eat it because it was all congealed. The steak was okay, nothing special. My husband ordered the halibut and he said it was okay. We had guava crème brule and red velvet cheesecake for dessert. That was the only nice portion of dinner.
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  • Really good place
    IrishFrank
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Had an excellent meal - tomato bisque soup was good, hamburger was very good. Good wine list and some very good beers. Service was excellent and the outdoor setting was very attractive and not noisy. Would recommend this place strongly.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eh, would not return.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Food was subpar and the service was horribly slow. Gorgeous outdoor space though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mustangs and Burros
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Over priced with mediocre food. $4.00 for an extra scoop of ice-cream!!! Are you kidding me????
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  • Excellent service and ambience
    MJohnson
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Chicken nachos were excellent, great wine selection, romantic setting - perfect for a summer night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful possibilities
    Comingupshort
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Gorgeous environment, but food disappointing and overpriced. We found the food to be very average; lacking in fine tuning and not attentively prepared. At the end of the evening, we all felt we basically were paying a fair amount of money - mainly for a beautiful spot to eat. If the food came up to the level of the overally environment - wow! It would be a slam dunk!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bland Food, Poor Management
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bland food (all 5 dishes we tried were lacked flavor), served in uncomfortable seating with low tables so you have to hunch over while eating. Staff, including the general manager, lack knowledge of the wine list. Poor service and overall a poorly run restaurant. Recommend avoiding Mustangs & Burros.
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  • Always a favorite
    MerlyndaVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Hubby and I love going to Mustang & Burros for a casual night out. We love the ambience, the drinks, and most of the food. I had the turkey burger for the first time at my last visit, and it was too dry for my taste. However, the short ribs, crab cake, lobster risotto, and salmon are ALWAYS good choices!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 113 reviews are from the Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla reviews archive.
  • By the fire
    BlackhorseVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great setting on the patio. Tables are very small but workable. Improved menu more seafood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great food and service! They even offer blankets if one gets cold!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kisfanVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Both restaurants at the Estancia Hotel are very good and relatively undiscovered. Mustangs & Burros tends towards Mexican so it was very disappointing that the margaritas were horrible. They were made with Cointreau instead of Grand Marnier and Triple Sec. The bar didn't even carry Grand Marnier. They were undrinkable.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pleasantly surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We were looking for a pre-theatre meal and Mustangs & Burros fit the bill. We were thinking it was probably up-scale Mexican food but it is way more than that: my husband had a perfectly-cooked skirt steak and I had the most scrumptious salmon added to my salad. Our excellent experience started and ended with the smiling (complimentary) valet out front and was very relaxing in the middle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sharon
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Service was SO slow. Upon being seated, we told the staff that we had theatre tickets and need to eat quickly. Upon placing our order we were not served for 40 minutes. The waitress asked if we wanted bread and we said yes. After 30 minutes, she said the bread wasn't ready and brought chips and salsa "complimentary". The manager was very nice and adjusted the bill and also had our cars brought around (you have to valet). I did not like my dish (ahi) however the other 3 people found theirs acceptable.
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  • I love it!
    memarie3
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I was very impressed with the property as well as the decor in the restaurant. Our food was amazing, the service was great and we will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mothers Day Fail
    Karooky
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    On opentable they had said they are open for lunch so I made reservations for Mother's Day since my Mom prefers ordering from a menu vs buffet style. And when we got to Mustangs and Burros there was no host/hostess to greet and seat us so we ended up having to hunt someone down from inside. Inside was completely empty so wasn't due to bring crowded. Finally we sat ourselves and we told that only appetizers and salads were available to order the rest of menu was not being served till after 4 pm. then what was the point of our reservations for lunch? On open table it never said limited items available for lunch. So was a total Mother's Day bust!!! We ended up at Adobe and luckily they were able to seat us on busy Mother's Day!!
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  • Dinner disaster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I'm so sad to say this worse service ever, something Went wrong in kitchen . The entire dining area Had no food , we waited forever for a few tacos And a salad , and when they arrived if was all Cold :(. I had brought a group if 6 woman and we had 3 rooms for a spa birthday weekend! It was a disappointing Birthday dinner :(
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • The atmosphere is simple and
    Critic1
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The atmosphere is simple and relaxed. However, they left the doors open on either side of the dining area, causing a breeze and it was cold. Note I am not a normally "cold" person. I generally like it cool. If I had wanted to be cold I would have sat in the patio area that appeared to have far to few space heaters. The food was extremely good, but the serving portions were small. After our $38.00 filet dinner I asked my husband if he was going to still be hungry. the answer, yes. We would not bother to eat here again.
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  • Not bad.
    Harryo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Food was really good but service was very slow. It took an hour to get our appetizer and another hour to get our salad & entree. Ambience was very nice. Hard to say if we will return or recommend to other people.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outdoor patio was beautiful
    CindiB
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    After a long day at work, we relaxed on the outdoor patio and sipped happy hour priced margaritas and pigged out on chicken nachos. Great venue. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice staff, great ambiance and food
    StephanieVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    When I feel like taking a little holiday I drop in to La Estancia for Happy Hour and sit in the beautiful patio by the fireplace. I like it, like to food, always appreciate the excellent staff. But hotel guests, conference and wedding can sort of overpower the place sometimes. Tacos and nachos are very nice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    On a date with my wife of 31 yrs. While just a slight chill on the patio, it was quiet and very inviting. Had a very nice dinner. The skirt steak was very tasty.. The wine (Migration) was *****. The staff was very helpful and attentive. Would definitely return.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food took 45min
    sam12
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    was there from 7:30- 9:50pm … didn't want to valet the car but its free ..don't let that trick you, this means you will wait 15minutes to get it. Manager of the restaurant was very nice, made sure we were taken care of but the FOOD .. the reason you would come to a restaurant took forever we ordered the appetizers it took a really long time .. and I hear the table right next to us complain about how it took to get their food.. so, I blame the kitchen… I literally heard the waitress say 5 times "I will call the kitchen and check on your food" to either us or the next tables
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy little outdoor spot
    cyerclg
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went to Mustangs & Burros at Estancia on Valentines Day as we had tix to La Jolla Playhouse and wanted a place that was close but still romantic. There is indoor dining, which sounded noisy, we went for the outdoor courtyard, which was much quieter and cozy. There is a fireplace and some heaters, but we were seated pretty far away from both of them, so it was a bit chilly. The tables are tiny, like you'd expect just for appetizers and drinks, but that was our dinner table. The tables are also very close together so if you have neighbors, it can detract from the ambience. We shared a crab cake, tasty but a bit dry. My wife had the beef short rib and I had the open faced ravioli, with shrimp, scallops and other fish, both very delicious
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    MKatherineVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We dined here while staying at the hotel. The restaurant, like the Estancia hotel itself, is amazingly beautiful. The fireplaces indoors and outdoors were warm and inviting and the staff was very friendly and attentive. The patio was beautiful. The food, however, was far less than stellar. My husband's turkey burger was from a frozen patty. It was dry and hard and not worth anything close to the $17 charged for it. The risotto I ordered was like wallpaper paste and I barely ate any of it. The exception was the guacamole, which was some of the best I have ever had. In short, I would recommend stopping by for a drink, chips and guac, but would not have dinner there again.
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  • Nice but......
    Chickpea
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Love the cocktails! The soyrizo empenadas were good but not outstanding. My daughter had the mushroom pasta, also gooey but not WOW dish. The chicken breast with pomegranate mole was great, polenta cheesy but thus roasted veggies almost non-existent. The bread pudding was blah. Pricey, ok food, valet parking. Lovely setting but I would probably go just for cocktails. Also they really want you to eat on the patio even if all heaters are not working. Felt like we were causing problem to eat inside on cold night.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dining
    AngelaA
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    I used to go to this spot years ago when it was just a bar with an acoustic guitar player. I loved it then and I REALLY love it now that I can make dinner reservations and know that I will have a great time in beautiful surroundings. LOVE the Estancia
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious respast and respite
    JoMarieVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    My daughter and I had just finished with a marvelous time at the spa and were so relaxed, so we opted to dine outside, which was much quieter than inside, which had several large parties. The ambience was wonderful: a lovely blazing fire, comfortable seating, and a view of the evening sky and even a star or two. We shared the butternut soup and crabcake starters, which were beautifully presented and delicious. The filet mignon entree was first-rate -- fork tender yet flavorful -- accompanied by complimentary vegetables. The service was attentive. We will certainly dine there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice stop before a show
    WorldTraveler
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Met friends for happy hour before heading to a show at the La Jolla Playhouse. 4 apps off the HH menu & we all were full. HH hour goes until 6. On a chilly evening, a spot by the indoor or outdoor fireplace is cozy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been many times and
    Carol
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    We have been many times and food is consistently good.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Serene, Romantic Retreat
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Mustangs and Burros was a pleasant surprise. Great atmosphere, excellent service, very inventive takes on some classic dishes (sea bass fish tacos were superb). Ample, very tasty servings at reasonable prices. And did I say romantic? a lovely get away to a tropical paradise in the midst of the city. Everyone from the valet on up had wonderful, welcoming attitudes. We were 'just checking it out' but we fell in love and will definitely return. Our waitress, Vanessa was outstanding
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Gem
    LoveFabFoodVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    We dined at Mustangs and Burros while we were staying at Estancia. The restaurant has a wonderfully authentic southwest feel. The fire pit and outdoor patio are a wonderful place to enjoy a romantic dinner for two or a get together with friends. The food is absolutely delicious! We loved the nachos for an appetizer and the carne asada tacos. Their bread pudding for desert is to die for. Their Estancia branded wines are from the Trinitas winery and both the Chardonnay and Cabernet were excellent. We will most definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, horrible service!
    ZenMindedVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    We walked into this restaurant planning who we would bring there next because it was so cute and lovely, but as the evening wore on and our service was worse and worse, by the end we had decided we would never return! The food was good but the service was so bad that the food couldn't save it!
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  • Superb Outdoor Dining in a Garden
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Outstanding food and menu served outdoor in a wonderful garden setting. Superb!
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    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Great place for outdoor dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    Nice ambience, had a fun time with friends dining outside and sipping margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quick Dinner Getaway
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    We actually stayed at the hotel for a few days and enjoyed the dinners here. If you're able to sit outside, please do so and enjoy the surroundings. It's quite a relaxing experience to dine with other fine guests and enjoy excellent food. I recommend the mango hop drink. It has a great after taste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We were there on a beautiful Saturday and found it hard to believe there weren't more people there. Food was good. Lunch menu is limited but certainly enough options. Waiter was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Open Seafood Ravioli Insane!
    dm8diva
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    Two of us had the same entree, our waiter's favorite. It was amazing - unique flavors, textures; it all worked! We sat inside due to overcast weather and it was dark and gloomy. Service a bit slow, as kitchen in main hotel building; had to rush dessert to make theater call.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve service
    Unhappycustomer
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    The food was good and everything else was nice; however, when you get bad service it makes your experience negative. First, the waiter forgot our salads and our water was never refilled. When we asked for cream for our coffee the waitress forgot it until she was reminded a second time. I do not know if the waiters/waitresses are responsible for wedding parties, but there was only four groups in the restaurant and the service was still way below standard.
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  • Peacful Ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    The restaurant is set in a very calming enviornment, amongst the beatufil lansscape and architecture of the Estancia resort.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pappardelle with tarragon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Pappardelle with tarragon sauce creamy enough to be inedible! Mediocre sea bass. No followup regarding Quality by server! The worst meal out I can remember. Shiraz was room temperature not cellar. My wife talked to manager next day. Apathetic resoponse.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic