Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant

4.5
75 reviews
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Mexican
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.
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was amazing!,

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ST
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only great food, but best chips in town including the salsa. Definitely will return.

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KM
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meal and drinks were great.

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f
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The shrimp plates were delicious, but the other items we ordered (enchiladas and tacos) were dry and the chicken was chewy.

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y
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a large party and they were able to accommodate. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Our vegetarian appreciated that the veggies were seasoned and cooked and not just added. Great skinny margaritas!

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BR
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Mexican food!

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C
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly service! We all enjoyed our dinner. Nice atmosphere.

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CJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, attentive staff and fun mariachis

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great service, great food. We had a party of 12. The food came out fast and was hot and delicious! Chips do not taste good at this restaurant, but other than that, I really like this place!

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s
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

True Mexican food . Great chips and drinks. The food is fantastic.

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CP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Best house margarita in town! Loved it in La Jolla and love it in Solana Beach!

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OT
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfort food. Glad we found Alfonso's after they left La Jolla. Enjoyed contemporary music mixed in with mariachi music. Margaritas were delicious!

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TL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great time here. Last visit was when they were still in La Jolla. The location was a little tricky to find. Got lucky with a parking spot. Half pitcher of Cadillac Margaritas was great (3.5 glasses). We had carne asada & shrimp and another seafood entreé. Both were great.
Alfonso’s is part of the history of San Diego. First visit was in 1986. It’s still superb. Go, GO, GO!!

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S
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 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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k
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Chips and salsa were excellent.

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PV
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but overpriced

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CL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 6, 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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OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 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 19, 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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s
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on May 17, 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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 11, 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 7, 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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A
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 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
18 reviews
Dined on April 18, 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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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 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 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 11, 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
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 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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d
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 4, 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
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Still a nice place after many years

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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

Food and Margaritas were great!

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a
Orange County
78 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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OT
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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OT
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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OT
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
55 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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