Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina

3.9
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Located across from Heritage Park overlooking San Diego's Historic Old Town the Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina is a panoramic spot to enjoy rooftop dining, great Margaritas and delicious authentic Mexican food prepared from old world recipes.
The Tequila Factory is open for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Saturday & Sunday Champagne Buffet Brunch and Happy Hour on the Tequila Terrace overlooking Old Town and the City Light below...We offer a variety of unique venues such as a Sports Bar, Cigar & Tequila Terrace and our Veranda del Sol.
Bring Friends, Family and Your Appetite to the uniquely San Diego Old Town Tequila Factory Restaurant & Cantina. Always Free Parking.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was decent, but we had a few issues, mainly with the service.

In our server's defense, she was pretty busy, but took a while to get back to our table. There were 4 of us, and each couple split one of the fajita trios. The first came and was set on our table steaming. Then nothing for over 5 minutes. No second dish, no tortillas, no sides. By the time the second dish of fajitas came, the first was no longer hot. Then we had to wait almost 5 more minutes for tortillas and sides.
My wife and I originally each ordered fajitas, then the server suggested we share a trio and said it was a large enough portion for both of us. It was not. We each had 2 small fajitas and ended up getting a second dinner later that night because we were both still hungry after we left.

This restaurant was highly recommended to us by several people, and I'm sure we just hit them at a bad time. Nonetheless, we were disappointed with our experience, and would not send friends there as a result.

Also, we ate on the bar side, and about half way through our dinner, some loud-ish music came on. That was all right, but the music kept skipping! Like it was a bluetooth speaker attached to someone's phone, and they were too far away for a good signal. We even asked what was wrong with the music and the employee kind of shrugged in a "yeah, it's annoying but what are you going to do" style. That was a let down too.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The food was pretty good but pay attention to your bill and order when asking for a cocktail. We asked for three house margaritas on the rocks and we were charged for premium. The food was good but will not return for this reason.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Family get together

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It was supposed to be a celebration for our anniversary. We frequent the tequila factory. We live in Orange County but every time we are in San Diego we come here. I had requested a table by the window in the patio facing harney street so that we had a nice view of our favorite little getaway spot. We arrived 30 minutes early because we had just checked out of our hotel. I told the girl at the front that we were early but that I had a reservation and had requested in my reservation a specific area to sit. They sat us outside in the patio against a wall at a table that looked like it didn’t belong there. It wobbled so bad that our drinks would spill every time we made a move. All the while a table sat empty by the window for the entirety of our visit! Not the way I imagined this anniversary brunch would go. Very disappointed. Might have to try a new brunch spot in old town next time we visit.

TD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

The inside was nosiey, if it was warmer, outside would have been better!!!

k
San Diego
93 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. We had fajitas (steak and shrimp), enchilada del mar and a sampler. Everything was superb. The waiter was attentive and the mariachis fun.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Love the view and sizzling Fajitas

DR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food is great. Good margarita selection. I had a carne asada platter and it was excellent! The enclosed, heated patio dining area was a nice surprise (terrific view). Will definitely come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I had the Blackened Mahi Mahi, and in my honest opinion it was delicious. I ate the whole thing. The vegetables were so good too. I could care less for the black beans. They were sweet and bland. I added salt and pepper but it didn't help. There chips were okay. The salsa wasn't that great. My boyfriend had a Chicken and cheese quesadilla with refried beans and a side of fries. He barely even ate a quart of it. I tasted it; I thought the tortilla was fresh and flavorful. The cheese was okay. The shredded chicken wasn't all that great. If they did a grilled chicken option instead of shredded. I think it would've made the chicken quesadilla SO much better. They added onions, tomatoes, or red peppers, and celery in it. I didn't like the vegetables in it. The refried beans were average nothing special. The fries were just disappointing, but I mean you are eating at a Mexican restaurant. But doesn't mean they have to be that bland. We didn't even use the condiments because it was crusty and had grime on it. They need to clean there bottles of sauces and change out the salt and pepper shakers. The salt had Black and Tan is stuff in the salt.

JH
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, my only comment/warning is that when I made the reservation I was not aware that on Saturday we could ONLY get the Brunch buffet (unlimited champagne). We nearly turned away as we were looking to take our out of country visitors for a Mexican meal & Margarita, but we elected to stay. Happily, they received on the buffet every tasty Mexican option possible and very, very free flowing champagne along with great service and a photo postcard to go!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met our nephew and wife that we hadn’t seen in three years. It was a little to chilly for my wife to sit on the patio so they immediately seated us inside. Service was great she came by often to check up on us.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience2

New Year’s Eve

TB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves this place. We come often for brunch and occasionally for happy hour. Food and service is always great, they keep the champagne flowing.

MB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was VERY slow. Food wasn’t that good either, but the view was amazing. Won’t go back. Too many great Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

F
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We went here on Christmas Eve and they weren’t even that busy but the service was very slow and terrible.

CK
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an enjoyable time. The food is great and the drinks are fantastic!

LH
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was so delicious. That was my favorite part. I loved our outdoor patio seat too. It was a beautiful day and I liked the umbrella for shade. The server was nice but often times left our drinks empty for a long time.

CW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Service. Endless Champagne. Reasonable price. Limited american dishes.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Wait staff was impatient and removing dishes way too soon. Plus waitress spoke loudly into my ear numerous times. Also the waitress kept bumping into me as she was taking care of the table next to me. It was a bad experience and I do not plan on returning.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect time with family as always!

SA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Had a reservation for 6:30 and they told us when arriving that they were closing at 7. Good cold and not worth the price.

GB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We loved Thanksgiving at Old Town Tequila Factory. We were definitely not disappointed. We got to have the traditional Thanksgiving food - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc., plus we got to indulge in some Mexican entree favorites. I'm hungry just writing this review!

Service was great. All staff was very helpful and attentive. Thank you for that.

The value for this event was amazing.

I've been here for lunch and dinners and it is just as amazing. I have recommended this restaurant to my many friends and family. Can't wait to go back.

j
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Don't visit Old Town very often, but family was in from out of town so thought we would check it out. This place just reeks of tourist trap. The menu is seriously lacking and just does not reflect anything remotely close to what San Diego has to offer for Mexican cuisine. Very disappointing.

MY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We booked a 12pm lunch for four people. At no time did anyone tell us Sunday is for Buffett only. We were seated and we still weren’t told anything about this for ten minutes until we asked someone. Then they told us it is $27 per person. We left and no one seemed to care.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Was good! The server could have been a bit more generous with the champagne... but the food was as good as ever.

a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Drinks took a long time to get to the table, service was slow in general. Burrito had very little meat, mostly rice and bean filler.

TR
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, great atmosphere and our servers were Awesome!! Will definitely be back!
Thank you.

WL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great location overlooking Old Town, if you sit on the patio. It was lovely. Everyone was cordial and attentive. They have a lovely sangria I recommend. I was there for breakfast so can only testify to breakfast foods. My eggs were fabulous. They have garage parking but I didn't know and parked on the street. It was fine. After breakfast we went across the street to the historical park. It was really nice especially the Mormon Battalion Museum.

JM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time during the Saturday or Sunday Champagne Brunch.
Great for large groups.

LK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Been here several times and this was the first time we had HORRIBLE service...

KL
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Mixed plate fajitas were OK quality, not very generous portion for two people. Visiting for dinner on the extremely busy evening of Old Town's Day of the Dead festival, we anticipated some extra table service delays, but the team seemed extremely understaffed, with multiple requests needed for basic items like plates and drink orders, from not enthusiastic and harried servers.

LD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The champagne was flowing the whole time we were there for the brunch buffet! There wasn't much "breakfast" food, but the omelet station was amazing!!

JO
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SERVER WAS WONERFUL, MUSICIANS SANG AT OUR TABLE. WE LOVED IT.

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Food was good, however service was not the best. We were also charged for every little thing and never told. Order Mules for $10 with Tito’s and was charged extra $4, however ever told that. Extra MINI side (In the little silver metal cups) of sour cream was $2.50 and mini guac side was $5 and we were never warned about the extra cost for any of these items. Waitress was slow and forgot things while the restaurant was not that busy.
Disappointing for my second time back there.

FF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food is always consistent. Service, not so much...our servers have been hit and miss all 4 times weve been here. Sometimes, it takes a long time to get a coffee/beer/champagne refill. Other than that, great view, nice ambiance.

KJ
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Went for my birthday dinner and we were left outside waiting for the check for a hour. I had to ask for water 5 times before I actually got a glass of water. Food was not that great - you’d be better off going to Fred’s if you want to stay in Old Town or any other place if you want Mexican food.

AS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What an unexpected treat! Was pleasantly surpised by the quality and authenticity of the food and drinks. We had the fajita trio and everything tasted very fresh. The tortillas were like abuela used to make!

Only annoying thing were the sales people trying to push photos on us, and the mariachis trying to sell us a song. But they gotta make money somehow!

Would definitely go back.

MY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great time!

RB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just for regular lunch great buffet for large groups.

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I had the mahi and shrimp enchiladas recommended by our outstanding waiter. My wife had the standard fare combination dish plate. Though we both thought the food tasted great we were both concerned that the food could have been hotter.