Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping a decadent pomegranate margarita. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Flat Iron Steak Burrito, Chicken Mole. The design captures the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo and Baja California.
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OT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introduced our friends to one of our favorite places they loved it also everything was perfect this is one of my favorite places for lobster

JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice ambiance, relaxed atmosphere and wait staff wonderful. Ordered Carnitas and it delicious. This is a great choice for a fabulous Mexican meal.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was OK but service was really slow. We went through 4 baskets of chips waiting for our food.

KH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. Great service, great food, especially the lobster and the Caesar salad with avocado. This is my dad’s favorite restaurant and we go here for lobster every Father’s Day.

VG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The parking was the only issue. There was none

OT
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been a bit since I have been to Ortega’s but always such great food reminds me of Mexico and the service was fantastic can’t wait o to visit again

L
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in San Diego, and Ortega's is one of our regular places to eat. When family members fly in from the East Coast, we literally have to stop at Ortega's for "real" Mexican food after we pick them up at the airport. Warm, friendly staff and reasonable prices. We especially like the veggie burrito, fish tacos and mole chicken.

LM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience3

Had shells in the lobster meat, I had to spit out twice. Ordered the lobster dinner for $39.99.

The crab enchilada was really sweet, overpowered the taste of the crab meat.

RL
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I’m here it’s amazing! The margaritas, the food, the salsa.

L
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chili relenos in town.

SO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My second time here and again the flood was delicious, the service was perfect, the ambiance just lovely. It beats so many high dining establishments because of the quality.

RS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

As far as the location it was very difficult to park and the surrounding community was very dirty. We ordered steak and lobster which was a good price but we asked for the steak to be medium and it was cooked well done. Our server was friendly but did not check up on us after our meal was brought to the table.

M
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Had the carnitas burrito. Amazing. My wife had fish tacos, also amazing!

D
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a delicious meal in Baja at Puerto Nuevo, I was so happy to have discovered this place right here locally … it was amazingly authentic and delicious, we were both quite impressed at the deliciousness of everything we ordered - we will be back, and we will bring friends!! Then I found out a neighbor's relative is the owner :) See you again soon !

ZH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy stint here when I visit San Diego, it’s a great place for happy hour or brunch. Their tortillas are delicious, just like my abuelita would make. The carnitas are just amazing!

JK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed brunch in the latio at Ortega's. Our dog Abby was with us and we were able to have her on the patio.
The food & service is so great & they have excellent margaritas!! Delicious

G
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not much meat in burrito. . Service was great!

ML
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here with 4 of my friends. The food and drinks were delicious! I would definitely recommend this place and I would love to eat there again.

LO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had a great time, food was delicious and service outstanding!!!

CR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved the Ambience,taste,service and the daily Lobster Special is phenomenal. My favorite part was the tortillas!!!! They tasted home made! YUM!!! I will definitely go back.

EG
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

When we arrived for reservation we were seated earlier. When seated my boyfriend went to move a plate on table and was stuck to table with piece of chewing gum in which I asked to be moved. Salsas were gross. The only thing that was good was guacamole and flour tortillas. Ordered 2 lobster dishes and they were both over cooked for market value.

2
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Ortegas. The grilled shrimp tacos trio never disappoints. Always cooked to perfection.
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DM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service were very good. The vegetarian burrito was a winner! The burrito was Much better than average. Would be nice if you could order items all a cart for instance a taco if you were not that hungry.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

JG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service was exceptional! Delicious food, as well!

SN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok, fresh however not exactly flavorful which is not ideal for a Mexican restaurant, the hot sauce and salsa should not be a substitute for taste. Our drinks were terrible the 1st round and tolerable the 2nd time around. Price point wise was a bit high for the quality and quantity you are served. Our server was kind and apologized for the items that were not ideal. Sadly a pretty space that does not require a second look.

M
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food and service was very good, time of visit was relatively busy with a public event going on, but I would rate it as one of my favorite restaurants!

AJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I would recommend it for the price but the food wasn’t the best and the service was a bit slow

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Last time I was here was 7 years ago with friends. And I don’t remember the taste of the food anymore, but today; everything is on the sweet side and it’s over powering so is my husband food. The service was alright. Kinna slow. Have to flag down our waiter couples of time. Probably not coming back here.

DS
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Diverse menu, attentive service, high quality entrees and desserts; average of $50 per person including appetizer, drink, entree and desert-good value!

FJ
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very relaxed dining experience. Our waiter was very attentive and made sure all refills were promptly addressed. Table-side guacamole was fantastic, as was the tortilla soup!
Lobster was well worth it - very fresh and well-prepared.
Many other menu selections that I will be back to try!

O
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. They brought out the wrong dish but once I brought to their attention they quickly brought out the correct dish. Excellent service

t
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First, the coffee had a rich flavor with a nice mild cinnamon flavor. 2nd, We ordered the wonderful Queso Fundido with 3 Cheeses and Chorizo & Peppers, Incredible. 3rd, we both had a flavorful Chiliquiles with fresh corn and flour tortillas, Amazing! Tableside Guacamole is always welcome and worth it. Will return!

AR
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We come down from Oceanside to Ortega's for a special occasion. My wife absolutely loves the Baja style lobster. The service was very good and so was the lobster. We've been there 3 times on a Saturday early evening and the restaurant was not busy. Can't talk about what else is on the menu because we don't even look at it. The freshly made tortillas are delicious. The main problem in the Hillside area is the parking. It can really put a damper on things looking for a place. Ortega's does not have it's own parking. We went into a city lot across the street, put in a credit card for 3 hours and it was $5 per hr for a total of $15 for parking for Ortega's. However, our lobster was delicious.

d
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were early, just after 5:00 PM reservations, due to theater time start, so had to hit early dinner. So staff was still minimal and a bit lacking in attention...but the food and beverages are always great!! Just mark this bleep as due to early dinner hour!! All very friendly and pleasant!! We'll be back!

MR
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We came for a birthday and there was a note made on the reservation when the reservation was made however, it was not brought to the attention of the table and there was not a celebratory offering to the birthday boy. I don't know if Ortega's has a policy where they don't offer something for birthdays but I was hoping something for the birthday boy himself and we ended up leaving without an acknowledgement from the restaurant or even a happy birthday.

The restaurant is a delicious spot. I have eaten here before multiple times. They have delicious margaritas, a wonderful menu, and an incredible happy hour but I would make sure you let the staff know in case they did not see the note you make when placing the reservation through opentable.

BK
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice place, great food, good service. Will go back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service. Cute atmosphere. We will go back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Anniversary

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I really loved the atmosphere it was super authentic, the salsa was amazing and so were the drinks, the food was fair, the pork had a overwhelming taste of cinnamon or nutmeg I liked the shrimp tacos the food is really pretty,the service was great everyone was friendly.

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