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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!