Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

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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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BR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty food. Attentive servers. Great prices/value

AL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is a good neighborhood spot and the service is friendly. I

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Great place and kind service but

SD
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Like this place and went for Valentine's day dinner. We liked the food had the lobster 3 course special. The soup and salad were meh. The lobster was good sized and tasty. The coconut flan was delic.

Problem was our waitress rushed us thru the meal. Brought out the entrees before the apps were finished and did the same with the desserts. I asked her to return the desserts as we were not ready for them and got a smart comment in response. Not appreciated.

d
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ortega's runs an annual Valentines Day special for 2 for $39.95 per person that includes soup or salad, 1 whold lobster, and a choice of two desserts. Their food is always excellent, as is their service.

N
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Parking is a challenge at this location, glad we took a Lyft. Our food was good except I was looking forward to Ortega's Puerto Nuevo Lobster experience and my lobster was over cooked, very chewy portion next to shell. Beans and rice were delicious. Once I told the server about my lobster, he only said sorry and left the table. I would recommend you tell them do not over cook my lobster please.

DV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Traditional Puerto nuevo style lobster and other regional dishes are sure to please a wide variety of tastebuds.

SB
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is very tasty. Lobster and sides are worth the cost.

GC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good fast service, noise level was pretty loud

CO
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was easy enough to park on the street as I got lucky finding a spot, but once we got in, I wasn't quite as lucky. We ordered our food soon enough, but I noticed more than one table not only got their food first, but they also paid their bill and left before us as well. Maybe they told the server they were in a hurry or were repeat customers, either way, it was a little annoying seeing that. The food itself was fairly forgettable as well, with the sole exception being the refried beans, which had a creamy texture and was perfectly seasoned. The rice was a little dry but pretty good, and the flour tortillas were fairly tasty. The fish I ordered was a bit overcooked and my wife's chicken mole was unremarkable.

RT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I don’t get all the great reviews for this place. Maybe we were there on an off night but the service was incredibly slow and the food was mediocre. With so many great Mexican options in San Diego, I would definitely not recommend this one.

TR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

2 people served, 3rd person was served 5 min later - food wan not warm and meat was over cooked. 2 different servers approached the table each asking if we had been helped. Restaurant comped 1 meal and offered a coupon for a comp appetizer or dessert. The offer was appreciated so we’ll try go back another time. Everyone can have an off night. Nice environment, friendly staff. Parking sucks. Nice tortilla chips.

RR
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Not what i was expecting at all. We were expecting the same experience & flavor as Ortega's in Puerto Nuevo. NOT AT ALL.
We were disappointed.

PM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Wonderful place. Sunday morning at noon, about 1/3 to 1/2 full - quietly pleasant excitement in the air. Mexican coffee (alcoholic!) was the bomb, as was the queso fundido - which was many degrees better than a few other Mexican joints down in North Park. Entrees were as expected, with not one dish really standing out - but could be testament to the consistency reputation; which is well deserved. Chicken enchiladas with dark meat - very moist and flavorful (some extra sauce to fill up the small empty spots on the plate would have been welcome). My son tooled thru half of the steak burrito (we ate too much of the chips - salsa was rockin' - and the queso that we ended up bringing most of our lunch home) which he said he enjoyed. Daughter had the Sandia salad which she said was good, but was expecting more - maybe with a bit more excitement. She finished, but appears to be a little underwhelmed. But overall - great joint, excellent food. Service was a tad slow, but it appeared there was only one server shared throughout the dozen or so tables. Some extra help tooled by, so I imagine it's not always like that - but I need to go on first impressions. Which means - we'll be back. :-)

KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We had a reservation for 5 people and were seated right next to the front door of the restaurant. It was a clod night and each time the door opened we felt a very strong cold breeze. We asked to be moved to another table (the restaurant was only about half full) but told that there were no other tables available. Water for our table and our drinks took 20 minutes and the margarita tasted watered down. Our food took even longer to be served and there was no visit by our server to check on us in between. When the food arrived it was luke warm, as if it had been sitting for awhile. We had been here many times before, but not for the last 2 years. We had brought a guest with us from out of town because our prior meals had all been wonderful, so we were very disappointed.

l
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to visit for an early dinner New Year’s Eve. Initially i was a little concerned that there were ample tables available but I’m happy I booked the reservation. The ambience was nice and food was really good. I ordered the shrimp and lobster with rice and beans, which was amazing. Lobster isn’ta dish i normally order but it was on special that night for &13 off! Pomegranate margarita was also delicious! Will definitely return.. Oscar’s is a must try!

A
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Will be back for sure!

JD
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent (try the steak and lobster) margaritas were excellent as well.

CJ
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Patron Margarita is a must order. Our meals were delicious and the service was outstanding!

D
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place, and frequently go here for brunch. The food is excellent, the price is right and the staff goes above and beyond to make sure you are accommodated.

OT
San Diego
20 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
20 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
5 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
72 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
25 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
10 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
4 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.

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