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Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro
Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ortegasbistro.com
  • Email: info@ortegasbistro.com
  • Phone: (619) 692-4200
  • Hours of Operation: Monday thru Friday: 11:00am - Midnight Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am - Midnight
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Liliaana Naverette
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Ortega's has two private rooms that can accomodate up to 75 guests
  • Private Party Contact: John Haugland (619) 692-4200

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Ortega's A Mexican Bistro
Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping a decadent pomegranate margarita. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Kobe Beef Bistek and Chicken Mole. Newly expanded and designed to capture the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had out of town guests and we wanted to take them to some place where the food was excellent, typical SD scene and close to downtown--ah ha, Ortega's. This is the third time we have chosen this restaurant for hosting our guests. It never fails to delight them in all the ways we hope. The food is always delicious and it doesn't hurt that the bill is affordable! PS: The guacomole made at the table is always a "WOW" for our guests."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "On a recent visit to San Diego we were introduce to Ortega's.We went on a Friday night, with a group of 9. The waiters were very attentive and quick with our orders. We will return."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Wife ordered the shrimp omelet which she enjoyed very much. She especially liked the rosemary potatoes. Portion was huge--she only ate half. I had the carnitas hash which was absolutely fantastic. I can eat a lot and was barely able to put it all down. I was full the rest of the day. We also shared the made-at-your-table guacomole with chips. The guacomole was among the best I've ever had and the chips were light and seasoned just right. I also had a Bloody Mary which was fine and wife had some sort of fruity morning cocktail with mango that she liked. The price was fine. Everything I described was about $10 each, or just under. We'll definitely be back again. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Ortega will be a lovely experience! The guacamole is AMAZING! and made right at your table and the staff are attentive, aware, delightful and helpful. My only concern on this visit was that the Dorado was a little dry. The other 3 folks at our table were delighted with their meals! The mole was spectacular as was the Crab Enchilada. We always enjoy our trips to Ortega and will be back again soon."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Chicken enchilada with mole' and the dorado excellent !!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I really liked Orgeta's chicken mole enchiladas. The rice was Very good (I don't usually care much for rice in Mexican restaurants). The refried beans were typical. Warm chips--yummy, but salsa was VERY bland. The table side guacamole preparation was nice and it tasted VERY fresh, but too much onion. Sangria was good too. I'd say this place is a notch above your usual Mexican restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Ortegas seems to understand what diners like for a romantic ambiance. The service is excellent, the 3 coarse lobster special was generous and delicious."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our server pretty much disappeared after taking our order but the owner's wife took over and we had another great experience. Ortega's never disappoints!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Brunch was excellent. The French toast was amazing!!! The carnitas hash was delicious as well. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "This Mexican restaurant is in our neighborhood. We had never tried it, but our daughter was visiting and she loves Mexican food. We were somewhat disappointed. The salsa was very salty, and the Chips were chewy, not crisp ( as if they were stale). Kids had Caesar salad which was soggy. We had enchilada mole, which was actually delicious. However, the rice did not seem fresh and the refried beans were like a soup, and were too hot to eat. We probably will not go back, given all the other great restaurants in the neighborhood. Service was very good. Staff were friendly."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "The margaritas were good, very hospital bartender. Great guacamole. My lobster was a little dried out, but everyone else's plate were perfect."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We went there for a birthday dinner and were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the service friendly and prompt, and they gave us a great experience."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Love this place, great menu, great drinks and great service every time."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We have been to Ortegas several times, but this time were disappointed. Three of the 4 meals were either tough (chicken), flavorless, or otherwise not up to par."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Since my experience in Puerto Nuevo Mexico's lobster feast, I've been looking for something comparible here in CA. Finally, I found it here at Ortega's. They served everything just like in Mexico, with the tortilla's, rice, beans, and whole lobster. I never thought I could eat an entire lobster but I did. Though the food wasn't as wonderful as I remember it in Puerto Nuevo, the side dishes were mediocre at best, and the lobster was just a bit on the dry side, but it was still pretty good. And at a bargain of $39 for all of that food it is worth trying. Go for brunch and have a bloody mary with it, or mimosa and make it special!"
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Homemade flour tortillas and queso fundido are the best!"
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Excellent food and service. They deserve the excellent rating."
    Dined on 10/19/2013