Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant

4.5
62 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Offering san Diego the finest Mexican dining since 1971 Alfonso’s of La Jolla is a family owned & operated establishment. Years of tradition, family recipes handed down from generation to generation, & the finest ingredients make Alfonso’s a San Diego staple for fine Mexican dining.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican
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Hours of operation
Open Daily: 11:00am - 9:00pm
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(858) 454-2232
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Business Casual
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Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve known Alfonso since 1980, when he was located in La Jolla. I love the food, and the Margaritas are the best in all of San Diego and beyond!

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LW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was wonderful-I could eat Alfonso’s everyday!!!!!

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San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Chips and salsa were excellent.

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PV
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but overpriced

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CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’ve been dining at Alfonso’s since it opened in the 70’s, and the food has always been consistently good. The chips, guacamole and margaritas are excellent. Now that I’m older, my only complaint with the Solana Beach location is the noise level. We were a party of 7, and I felt that we had to talk very loudly to hear one another. My ears were ringing when I left the restaurant, but my belly was happy with the quality of the food. It’s also a treat to still see Alfonso greeting all of his guests. I know that his personal touch is a reason for the restauarant’s success!

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Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The drinks were not the greatest. The food was average. The service was good

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DM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very pleasant staff and the food was really good, but the singer that night (Saturday) was far too loud. Might be fun for sitting at the bar but not for having an easy conversation - may try again on a different night of the week.

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San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Its all ok, nothing special really, they almost bought us the food before we had ordered it was so fast! Appetizers and mains came all at the same time. Table was too small to accommodate 5 of us and our dishes. All too rushed. If they had been slower we would have enjoyed everything much more and probably ordered another pitcher of margeritas .
Overall as I said ok but its lacking ambiance.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Mother’s Day lunch and everyone left happy. Food was delicious and service was great.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location is great and the food was delicious! Will definitely be coming back.

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OD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Restaurant was recommended by a client of mine since he and his wife had been enjoying the restaurant while it was still located in La Jolla. I was not disappointed in the recommendation. Food was really good. Beer/cocktails were tasty. Definitely a place we will return to!

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Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The service was great
The food was very mediocre.
A long ways from the original Alfonso’s in La Jolla

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MS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This was my 1st visit to the new location after going to the old La Jolla locations over 50 times including a college graduation and pre-wedding dinner parties. I regularly ordered the Tostada Supreme for years and took a chance of something else on this visit and I wasn't impressed. Even worse, my $17 margarita was weak and absolutely nothing special. I've had better $5 margaritas many times. What saved this review is my wife ordered the Tostada Supreme and it was excellent. I'll go back but ONLY for try Tostada Supreme.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Good ambience but glad to have reserved a table on patio because they played loud music inside which is not conducive for family conversation. Service was OK, a little bit more attentive would have been more average. Food was mediocre and the $25 carne and shrimp was a disappointment. Attention: presentation matter!!!
Chicken Tostada Supreme was soggy sitting in chicken juice, no crunchy shell with crispy lettuce. The pescado was OK.

I think I get better food from my local takeout Mexican restaurant.

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d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Our second time visiting this location and we were disappointed with the service and food. The waiter took a long time to even acknowledge the two of us, and finally, after ordering drinks, it too way too long to get them delivered. I'm a former server so I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, but I lost patience. The food was not worth another lengthy wait: leathery, dry carne asada; rubbery, bland shrimp; dry carnitas, very skimpy on the guacamole. We won't be back.

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R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and great service, I’m glad we chose this place.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tortilla chips were not crisp but soggy. The soups and entrees were fine.

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CC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was just ok. The (house) margaritas were ok. Service was ok. The bill was astronomical compared to the amount/quality of food and drinks we ordered. If you like live music, that was probably the best part of our Friday night dinner experience. In summary, this place offers nothing to write home about and we won't be returning.

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San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was greeted at door. The bar was fun and Alphonso's daughter a pleasure to talk to!
Nice happy hour menu and margaritas just like 40 years ago in La Jolla.

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LH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Still a nice place after many years

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Met friends and family we haven’t see in awhile.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and Margaritas were great!

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Orange County
69 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Empty went for breakfast
We were the only people took a log time fir the server to come in. Got the chips and salsa was not bad but no napkins or silverware till I had to go look for it . The breakfast : the shredded beef was so dry ( burned or old ) we had to return and ask for fresh plate . My eggs were no taste . I did not they moved from La Jolla I was happy to discover this iconic restaurant . But this was nothing like the quality in there . Will never go back there . Very very bad

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place for good food, great margaritas and fun company.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Slow service. Food not up to the standards we experienced at their old location.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been to the new location in Solana Beach, but it was great. New decor, great menu and awesome margaritas.. definitely recommend paying a visit. The live music was an unexpected treat

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HB
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Very enjoyable and Friendly. Staff and Ownership make you feel at home.

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HB
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Love the Friendliness . Very good service. Excellant menuh

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The bar was good, the food was good Mexican fair - however, if you are going to offer upscale steak & lobster - it needs to be prepared properly. The folks that ordered basic burritos were satisfied.

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HB
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Another great Mexican Restaurant. We’ll be going back.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pretty good local mexican place in beautiful Solana Beach CA but beware of the noise. If that’s a bother maybe someplace else?

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San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very noisy with a limited menu fr different from Alfonso's La Jolla.

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LH
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Still good food after 35 years. New location but okay. Miss La Jolla though.

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f
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food. Miss the La Jolla location.

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OS
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Alfonso's because many times he personally greets you and makes sure everything is good. I had the Alfonso quesadilla which was packed with a variety of veggies and came with both quacamole and sour cream. It was yummy. And although they have large screen tvs, I also enjoy the live music on the weekends. Prices are reasonable and there is a variety or seating, both indoors & out. May bueno.

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San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and great decor are just two of the many things great about this restaurant. Authentic Mexican food with a twist at times-like a side of fresh salad instead of rice and beans. Dog friendly outdoor space with views of Highway 101 Cedros Design District beautiful landscaping or the cool design of the interior. Live music Tuesdays, mellow sounds. Go!!

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San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely ambiance, lovely waitress called Sandra who explained the menu so that we could make great decisions - the shrimp starter was refreshing and full of flavor, we tried all the different tacos and the fish and beef were the best; this was all washed down with a nice bottle of wine.
The churro dessert was a huge hit too :)

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D
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Gave this restaurant two chances- no more. Food silly lacks anything special.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place and great food!!!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been going to Alphonso's in La Jolla since 1979 and miss it so much we had to make Solana Beach our new go to for Mexican Food and Margarita's that are second to none.

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