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Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla

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367 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Set in a hacienda haven, Mustangs & Burros, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa’s signature restaurant, features Baja coastal inspired cuisine with a southern California twist. With a relaxed sense of community, this La Jolla eatery and bar sources seasonal ingredients from San Diego to create dishes and shareable plates for friends and family to enjoy accompanied by refreshing craft cocktails.

Dine in either the spacious patio or charming Secret Garden, both accented by large, inviting fireplaces.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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ND1121
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fun atmosphere, yummy food -just what we were looking for a quick bite - fire pits and outside dining are the way to go!

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vipWayne
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, but time to change the menu!

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vipFoodTaster
San Diego
288 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful Outdoor Patio Dining for Mexican Menu & Drinks.

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vipElandEl
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Decor and ambiance are nice. Food was disappointing - sandwich was soggy; tacos were not as shown in website photo. Expensive for what we had.

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vipAdam
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Fire the busboy that called in sick Feb 15. Give the waitress and hostess a raise. They worked their butts off to make up for his absence. Musician needs to turn down the volume a bit so people can have conversations. $24 hamburger? Really?

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and on time. Great value compared to similar dining on Valentines Day. Would do this again and again!

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RobertS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This place is horrible. Incredibly overpriced for bad food and really bad service. We tried dining on valentines day. They seated us right away and then ignored us. They were not busy. Waiters kept walking by and no one stopped. I had to go in to find someone to take a care of us. The bisque was not good and the chicken was dry. I want my money back. OpenTable should be ashamed of the good reviews on this place and it should be delisted. Stay away!!!

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vipPami
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Service is always slow... too slow.
The noise level is too much, inside. Cannot carry a conversation ...without raising your voice.
Not sure what they can do about it.. but EVERYONE complains.

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Kris
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food and drinks just weren't very flavorful at all.

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AuroreL
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent Food with a great outdoor patio - Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Normally I really like this restaurant. They once again changed the menu and not for the better! Instead of having two tacos at happy hour one taco that was just mediocre. Ceviche is nothing like the two previous concoctions. Unfortunate

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patrickk
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Christmas Eve - was quite and intimate with several couples, then a large group came in and they pulled 4-tables together... and the noise erupted. The setting of the restaurant is for small tables, not large groups. The restaurant was understaffed and the large group dominated the servers.

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Susanat95054
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitstaff was very attentive. Atmosphere was festive.

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JohnH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUr favorite place in La Jolla bar none.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant experience.

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vipRonaldF
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service; good food; very good ambiance; noise was fine

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Kimbee
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was good and service was very good. There was no mention on the website that the full dinner menu was not being served due to kitchen restoration. I felt this was a bit sneaky. I wanted a full meal and had a taco, but at least the taco was tasty!

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Aliaksei
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The ambiance was great, but the food and the service was “meh”. The server kinda slow, but courteous.

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vipzipporah
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I've been curious about this restaurant for quite some time and we just never made it over there until now. The most difficult part is finding the place once you're on the property - it's tucked away in a separate building out behind the main lobby. Quiet and yet a little funky all at the same time. There's a lovely large patio with a giant fireplace that would be fun to sit by and another smaller fireplace inside that we were seated next to. Inside, there are only about 8-10 tables, plus a small bar as well as a fairly large bar height table. We had excellent service and the food was delicious, if a little spicy when it came to the vegetables beneath the scallops (which were perfectly prepared and not a single bit of grit!). The spouse enjoyed his fish, as well, and the 5YO devoured the children's cheeseburger (which was of adult proportions) in about 2 minutes so it must have been good. We got to try the fries and they were nicely crispy outside but mealy inside the way fries should be. We started the meal with the cripsy Brussels sprouts in pomegranate molasses sprinkled with cotija cheese and I could have eaten those as my entire meal. They were delicious and perfectly cooked. We will definitely be back to try some other menu items. A brief stroll around the property after our meal helped settle our very full stomachs. It's a lovely little garden setting.

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vipKyleP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and amazing ambiance

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Natalya
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great date spot in the evening, romanticand cozy, happy hour is good as well. Valet parking is complimentary if you dine. Patio has lots of heaters

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We very much enjoyed the entire place, the spa treatments were exceptional, the mustangs and Burris menu was by far the worst and least enticing we have ever experienced. The night before we were at something V’s in La Jolla and couldn’t decide among the many enticing options. While at M & B we spent a lot of time figuring out if there was anything we could digest. We finally decided that no entrees sounded digestible so ordered two starters each. My wife ordered the Brussels sprouts and got about 50 of Brussels sprouts that were clearly cooked over and over and as hard as marbles—completely inedible. I struggled to find something that looked ok and finally selected the chili relleno (I love chili relleno). It was also almost totally inedible, with goofy ingredients and a very old chili that was so old that it was almost not “cuttable”.
The menu was the worst we have ever experienced, but the food was by far the worst we have ever experienced.

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vipdeborahp
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We have eaten at Mustangs and Burros many times and have returned because we had previous good experiences with both food quality and service. However, The last two times we dined there the service was extremely slow. Service of food extremely slow even though the restaurant was nowhere near capacity. On top of waiting an extended amount of time for our entrees, they arrived cold and had to be sent back. The menu pricing is on the high end for San Diego but without quality and service to back it up, I would not recommend it to others.

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JulieE
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience5

We ordered the queso and flautas which were amazing! Our drinks were good but small especially for 16 bucks. Our main course was the filet mignon and we had to send it back because the puree and veggies were cold. After waiting another 20 minutes they arrived exactly the same, cold. Service was just fair, not excellent as we would had expected at a resort of this calliber.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and the atmosphere is wonderful. There's a beautiful patio to sit outside and it's a treat. It's just a bit over-priced and only valet parking so there's a cost to park as well.

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Mathew
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This place came recommended to me, and I was expecting a hilltop restaurant overlooking the ocean or sunset views at least. It is not this. The restaurant is located inside a hotel across the street from UCSD. Google Maps had the wrong location, telling me to go onto the UCSD campus to find the restaurant. I tried calling for clarification, only to get a voicemail system. Apple Maps had the restaurant in the middle of a residential neighborhood 11 minutes away (not because of distance, but due to winding roads). I eventually returned to the Pangea parking lot at UCSD and called again. When I spoke to a person, they insisted the address was correct, and it was, and they told me that I must be near.
In short, their marketing team needs to fix the geolocation of their eatery if they want customers to visit.
Once there, the patio experience was nice, the food was tasty but not exceptional for the price. The cocktails were strong, but pricey. Without any sunset or views to speak of, the whole trip to La Jolla from Vista seemed rather a waste of effort.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Wasn’t wow’ed hard to find.... menu is pricey and service wasn’t fantastic... we won’t be returning...

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent - Wait staff was super nice but we waited an hour and a half for dinner to arrive - were told 3 times in a 35 minute period that our food is coming out. Ridiculous really but food was delicious.

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LoriT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor patio, wonderful food, great place for an elegant dinner!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

I imagine because of the location of the kitchen and the dining room, the meal arrived cold. It took forever for another request to arrive, the server was busy and not attentive to us, the manager never came by our table, although the waiter said she should have. The waiter did comp our meal without us asking. It is a shame, because we used to enjoy going there. Pricing on the menu is very high, and choices are limited.

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vipFoodie
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever. 1-1/2 hours to receive our meals. Food was either raw or over cooked. Server was unattended. 4 of us dining each had issues. After table next to us complained to manager for same reasons we had our turn. Bottom line we paid for the $78 bottle of wine but refused to pay for food as did other table. Manager agreed.

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vipTiger
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I love this place! I've been here several times--for lunch, drinks & dinner--and it never disappoints. I particularly like the comfortable, casual but upscale outdoor garden atmosphere, the inventive food & drinks menu and entertainment when it is available. Great vibes in a hidden San Diego gem of a restaurant.

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vipCSUFrank
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere and good food choices make for a great evening at Mustangs & Burros at the Estancia Resort. We will be back for sure!

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viprnb7
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best swordfish tacos!

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Moomin
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Secluded atmosphere and very lovely environment. If you love sweet rosé, they don’t have one. Their rosé was dry side of note which I love it that way but my friend didn’t. Service was a little slow despite not many guests were there at the time of our reservation(4:30pm on Friday evening). Food, we mainly picked from the Happy Hour menu wasn’t that special. Though it was good. I highly recommend this place for a dinner with friends.

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Zook
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Really slow service and long wait for delivery of food.

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StacyS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastico!!!

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DanR
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I’ve gone to this restaurant many times over the years. It is a very nice setting and ambiance. The food has gone down hill and is now very average and extremely expensive. The service has become horrendous. We waited nearly 2 hours for our food. Won’t be going back.

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JulieT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience5

We waited over 35 minutes after getting served our first drink - not one staff member made eye contact with us for that 35 minutes so finally we asked someone to send our server over - once a female we had not seen all evening approached our table - we asked are you our server and she said "maybe I am and maybe I am not" and we were disgusted and asked for the manager and she told us "we couldn't talk to her like that" and so we left. BIZARRE and awful - sad because we normally love this place. Never again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Killer Ceviche. Perfect drinks. Great ambience. Very nice wait people.

FAQs

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 964-6537.

Mustangs & Burros at Estancia La Jolla is rated 4 stars by 367 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.