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La Fiesta

215 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (163)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (157)
  • Neighborhood Gem (128)

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La Fiesta offers traditional Mexican Cuisine including popular regional favorites. Our local fresh seafood, house made sauces and perfectly seasoned meats make us a hidden treasure of the Gaslamp. La Fiesta also offers guests its collection of over 50 tequilas and as well as specialty margaritas.
The festive décor captures the fascinating heritage of nearby Baja Mexico. Located on the Gaslamp Quarter’s main strip, Fifth Avenue, you may choose to enjoy our patio dining watching passersby or come on inside to our window seating or join us at the bar. Large groups have the option to dine in the main dining area or to be set up with private dining. La Fiesta is a great venue to celebrate special events or to host corporate meetings. Just walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center and downtown San Diego’s hotels, La Fiesta will have the right accommodation for you.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner Sunday through Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Dinner Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Brunch: Sat & Sunday: 10am to 2pm
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Phone number
(619) 232-4242
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Between Market & G Street
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Parking details
Valet service offered Thursday through Saturday.
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Public transit
San Diego MTS Trolley:

Blue Line, C Street

Orange Line, Convention Center
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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
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 12, 2016

Service was horrible. We went to La Fiesta for my 30th birthday and booked a week in advance for 20people. It took forever to get both our drinks and our food served. I ordered enchiladas suizas and it came with rice and beans but the rice was undercooked and the beans tasted like they came right out of the can. Definitely not going back. We had one server for a group of 20.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2016

Great food and service! I loved the salsa and the queso fundido!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Food was disappointing. I had carnitas plate and it tasted like limes. My friend had enchaladas which were not good either.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

The food was good but everything else was TERRIBLE!!!!!! We went for my husband'd weekend birthday celebration and did not have a very good time. The food , although good, was overpriced for what you got. The waiter was loud and abusive and hostile-- he got the orders wrong, the drinks wrong and even messed up how I wanted my credit cards charged!!! And when he was asked about any of those things he got aggressive say such things as, "I did't give you those drinks!". "I didn't know that, what am I a mind reader?" He also was't very attentive. Needless to say, I will not go back or recommend this place to ANYONE!!!!!!!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

Food was good but the Children's menu lacked enthusiasm. My two niece's ended up with a cheese quesidilla and that was it! There was nothing to accompany it...just a cheese toastie!! The adults food was very nice though. Spicy, just the way I like it.

coreyb (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

Overall, it wasn't the best. The food was over priced for quality and the beans and rice came out hard and you could tell it had been sitting there for a while. The drinks were cheap so that is one positive. The service was lacking - they did not pay very good attention to us. It was actually our bus boy who helped us the most. Just not a good experience and weak food

StephanieM (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

Honestly I went here about 2 years ago and got the same thing I got because I remember it came with potatoes and beans and it was so good

This time it was alright
Service was aright
Food was bland
Did not get what the menu states
Over priced for what it was
The server messed up on the split transaction
He was alright whole experience was not great won't come bac

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

Great location in the Gaslamp area, very friendly staff and servers. Our waiter Manny did an excellent job with recommendations on margaritas and menu options for some of our party with very particular taste! Overall an really nice evening and great dining experience!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

The receptionist is very rude, and the food is terrible

AlexC (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

Made a reservation about 4 hours prior, when we arrived the list the hostess had did not have us on it. Showed her the Open Table confirmation, she was fine with that and we were seated.
Server came within 4 minutes, great. Ordered drinks, and an appetizer of Tortilla soup. Drinks arrived, put in order for 2 fish taco plates.
Soup app arrived within 10 minutes, delicious tortilla soup. Noted the waiter was very friendly.
Waited about 35 minutes, waiter came by to check on drinks, asked if the fish tacos were coming soon.
He checked, did not really know when they would come. Now 40 minutes invested, we waited another 15 minutes and still no fish tacos.
At this point, 55 minutes after seated, we told waiter we needed to leave for concert at Petco.
He brought the bill for drinks and soup, paid and left hungry and disappointed/amused. Not sure how good or how long fish tacos take to prepare, wondered if our order was even placed!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 14, 2016

We went to celebrate my wife's birthday fist time there will go back and will recomend your restaurant thank you very much , sal

vipDrCarrieC (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on May 11, 2016

When we got there we were told the restaurant was "rented out" and thus were sat at the one next door. Apparently they must own multiple places. The food and service were awful! My fajitas came and weren't sizzling and the shrimp overcooked. We were never offered drink refills and the server was non existent. They at least took my meal off the bill. What a disappointment

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Excellent authentic Mexican food. Great place to eat!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

We visited La Fiesta several times in the past, although it's been over a year since the last visit. We found the food quality has gone down, they actually charged $2.50 for chips and salsa which are standard free items at every Mexican restaurant we've ever attended. The food portions were smaller and, quite honestly, not as tasty. Disappointed.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on March 13, 2016

I had the worst experience at La Fiesta! The food was terrible and the service was just as bad. 4 people from my group of 20 ordered chile verde or enchiladas suizas which requires green sauce. After our plates were delivered, we were told that they had no green sauce so they gave us red sauce. They should have told us that when we placed our order! The chicken fajitas I ordered were so salty, I couldn't eat them... and they were recommended by our waiter! We were all very dissapointed! We spent $400 on horrible food! I will never go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 22, 2016

I ate at La Fiesta twice while in San Diego. The service is excellent in all respects. Both times our server was happy to accommodate special requests for menu substitutions or modifications, and to issue separate checks for members of our party. The ambience was conducive to conversation with colleagues. The margaritas were large and well-made. The food was good, but the portions seemed quite variable. The first night I had the combination plate, which was just the right amount of food. The second night I had the cartnitas, but the portion of meat was so large that I could only eat half of it, at most.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

So I was thouroughly disappointed with our overall experience. I chose this -location based on prior reviews, and it appeared to be a nice place for a Valentines dinner. We arrived on time for our reservation and we're seated at a wobbly table in the back corner of the patio without having to wait, but since it was chilly asked right away if we could sit inside and we're denied. We we're given menus right away and after waiting about 20 minutes for a server to come and introduce themselves. I finally had to flag down A bus boy to ask for a server. We were served our drinks which were weak margaritas and asked for a napkin since there we're no service sets laid out and our server never brought them. after about another 30 minutes the food came out hot and well presented. The flavor was decent, definitely under par for a restaurant in the Gaslamp. We finished and the plates were promptly removed but we we never got offered dessert or any after service. After about another 20 minutes I had to flag down our server again to ask for the bill, and then waited for another 10 minutes for him to bring it out.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2016

Beautiful place for lunch. Great outdoor patio and a nice place for a gathering with friends.

vipPJDiva (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

The short ribs are absolutely wonderful. The margaritas are delicious and large. We had the Mercado salad which was fresh and large enough to share. I didn't want the usual Mexican fare and La Fiesta didn't disappoint.

vipCiCi (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2016

Enjoyed the food and drinks. Waitress was so nice and all workers were helpful and attentive. Great time and food!!