Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant

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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
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken mole enchiladas.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The owner was a very nice man who greeted us upon arrival and walked us to our table. We reserved a spot outside and it was set up and ready for us upon arrival. Chips and salsa arrived shortly after. The waitress was very nice, but after saying we needed more time before ordering, she didn’t come back. We had to go and find someone to help us so we could order and eventually a different waitress took our order. Besides that, everything was top notch. Pleasant atmosphere, incredible food, great tasting drinks...highly recommend!

WS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was good, but not spectacular. Both the fish and shrimp tacos were so runny with a thin sauce, that they were hard to eat. Topping had good flavor, but overpowered the taste of both the shrimp and the fish. Salad, rice, and beans where also good, but nothing special. The margaritas were excellent. The service was above average.

JS
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted by name upon arrival by very professional, friendly staff. Could easily talk amongst ourselves during the entire meal. Food was freshly made and outstanding. Everything is very clean.

S
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There were four of us and we all enjoyed our meals. I especially liked the Carne Asada plate. Having had it often when the restaurant was in La Jolla, I found it not as spicy as I was used to but the meat was done just right . It was a pleasant evening and we sat outside. We look forward to returning.

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There aren't many restaurants where the owner comes by to check on his guests. Alphonso is there folks and he care. A really sweet guy. The musicians are not really Mariachi but the two guys are great and play in the Mariachi style. Great place for big groups. Our table (s) for 10 was great.

RH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beat Mexican food in San Diego. Always 10/10 for everything

MA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, strong drinks, great good! Parking can be a challenge however.

JH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Large prices for so-so mexican food. The Chile Verde Enchilada was excellent. The other two dishes we ordered were so-so.

A
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Slow service and bad food. Sometimes it’s better but not this day.

AM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found our new Mexican restaurant.
Good selection and good drinks.
Also like the chips and hot sauce.

f
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Getting better every time we come. Close to the original La Jolla vibe.

JD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It's has a nice rustic Mexican vibe. It was just a little far from where I live.

LG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family reunion

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S
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Alfonso’s was a go to place for years in La Jolla and we are glad it has found a home on Highway 101. The food was and is terrific, well prepared with generous portions. My husband recently had a fish burrito he said was the best he has ever eaten and he has eaten many. Staff are friendly and efficient. Going there, you feel like family. It is a great place to relax and eat really good Mexican food!

M
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alfonso's was always a favorite in La Jolla. Fun to go to the new location and be greeted by Alfonso.

GB
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I had made a reservation for a date night with my wife on a Thursday - the restaurant was generally very quiet with a lot of empty tables. We were greeted warmly and seated quickly, and the wait staff were very pleasant and efficient. The complimentary chips and salsa were fine - the chips were thicker and a little greasy, but the salsa was fresh tasting. The food was OK, but not the best we have ever had - my Alfonso asada (I tried one chicken and one beef) was tasty enough, but my wife's Chile Verde Pork was just too salty, and the pork was not particularly tasty. Overall, value was just OK if you are in the neighborhood and wanted Mexican food, but you would not make a special trip to eat here. The service was the standout - waitstaff were generally attentive and pleasant.

D
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Best salsa and chips in town!!

S
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was not the greatest. We expected it to be a lot better. My garlic shrimp where cooked in the shells i had to tear them all apart with my fingers. Was gross. Guacamole was not even ripe.The beef specialty dish looked like also. The chicken quesadilla was barely filled. And to top it off two dishes were put down handed to our party and so hot not told to our quests that one burned their fingers.
I don’t like to complain this is a beautiful place however need to step it up.

S
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly, attentive service. Food was very good and portions were more than ample.

JP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Place was dead on a Saturday night, service was slow, food was good and price was fair......

SW
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. We first dined at Alfonso’s in 1986 in La Jolla. Still great.

DW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going here since they were in La Jolla for 28!years...outstanding

CS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food
And great live music

GB
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There were 6 of us celebrating the night before Mother’s Day. The food was delicious and the service was terrific. There were fajitas and burritos ordered by the group and everyone was so pleased. Alfonso’s has a long standing reputation of great food and we weren’t disappointed.

IC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Burrito Fantastico was not as tasty as previously produced when Alfonzo’s was in La Jolla. My carne asada tacos were very good. Margaritas were great on the rocks. Service was excellent. We will be back.
Hard to find good Mexican food restaurant in San Diego.

7
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great margaritas and we enjoyed the Chili Relleno

F
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, really great evening of good food, margarita, and fun. Nice to see Alphonso there to greet us.

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in town! Been going to Alfonso’s since I was a kid at their La Jolla location. It’s stayed consistent and delicious all these years!

S
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food options, we had the enchiladas and loved them. The service is excellent as well.

NR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The premier dish Carne Alfonso is completely outstanding. I have been there several times with family and no one has had a bad meal; just the opposite. La Jolla's loss is Solana Beach's gain.

T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food tasted like left overs. Will not go back, tasted nothing like the food I remembered in La Jolla Alfonso’s

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good and service was amazing!,

ST
San Francisco
11 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.

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

Meal and drinks were great.

f
San Francisco
5 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.

y
Vancouver
11 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!

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

Outstanding Mexican food!

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

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

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

Great food, attentive staff and fun mariachis

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