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Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

4.3
620 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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, Kobe Beef Bistek and Chicken Mole. Newly expanded and designed to capture the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Monday thru Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm

Fridays: 11:30am-11:30pm

Saturdays: 10:00am-11:30pm

Sundays: 9:30am-10:00pm
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(619) 692-4200
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
3rd Avenue
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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With two kitchens, bar area, and two private rooms, Ortega’s is the perfect location to host your next event. Reserve any of the spaces below for a truly exclusive celebration.

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What 620 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HannahM 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

$2 margarita special in Tuesdays! Great deal, large entrees and delicious tableside guacamole

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Last time we had a good time,this time, not so much. The waiter was rude, the food cold and over priced.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Always enjoy Happy hour & delicious food when we come for any celebration. Also have recommended friends

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Playaman (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

It was totally disappointing compared to our previous visit several years ago. We thought we'd return for lobster dinner as we had enjoyed in the past. It was not busy as there were maybe four couples in the dining room. It took over 25 minutes before our drinks were served and over 40 mi utes before our lobsters were served. The lobsters were under cooked making cutting. It with the dull flat ware knife a workout. When lobsters are cooked, the shell should be red/orange. These shells were primarily brown. Waitress asked she could get something else. I asked for a glass of water. It never came. Two lobster dinners, 1 ice tea, 1 cocktail...$98. Not bad if the food was done and if service was good. Had neither. Manager advised of our experience.

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Outoftowner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Visiting from New York, have been here a few years ago and it is still as good as it ever was. Fish tacos, fresh guacamole, margaritas were all fabulous! Great attentive service

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent service! Excellent food! We will definitely plan on returning. Great alternative to Puerto Nuevo!

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vipfictiongirl28 (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Been here quite a few times over the years. Prices have seemed to have gone up, and they were kind of high before. Food is good but not good enough in relation to the price. Had the carne asada burrito and the beef was overcooked. My husband had the chicken enchilada thing and the chicken was mediocre at best. Margarita was weak, and I'm a light-weight. Waiter was good though.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

We went for lunch New Year's eve, had the lobster- which was excellent and not TOO pricey! Server was helpful and nice.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Menu is creative. Chips are great. The price is relatively high. The food was prepared well but quite salty. Parking i the area is generally quite challenging.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Great value... we drive from Orange County for the lobster

It’s great... and nice place

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

The food was excellent and the service exceptional!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Took my parents here for dinner last night. The restaurant had relatively high reviews so we were excited. We had reservations yet 5 people walked by saying someone would be with us shortly yet it was 10 minutes. It smelled like a fishing dock inside, which was very off putting. I wasn’t impressed by the food, service or ambiance. Needless to say, we won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

My wife and I took our kids here for a family meal because my son was visiting from out of state. This is a great place to relax and enjoy some truly authentic home made Mexican food. From the first bite you can tell everything is freshly made and that includes the chips and the hand made guacamole. The server will prepare the guacamole right at your table, and man is it good. I highly recommend this place and will go back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

We're visiting from LA... wanted Lobster but we went to the Lycium Theater so we had 9:30 res on a Sunday... the place looked like it was closed... but they were WONDERFUL!!! Very nice and so understanding... we had the lobster feast!!! YUMMMMMMMM EEEEEEEE it was totally what we wanted and was grateful that they didn't make us feel like we were putting them out at all.. completely opposite!!! Nice staff

So "thank you guys"!!! It made us Huge huge HUGE!!! Fans

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vipNoelC (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

I don’t know what they put in the food but we many visits to the bathroom

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 6, 2017

The experience was fun, delicious and an all around great experience!

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luludinesout (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

The food is excellent and seems to be adjusted seasonally.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Came here to catch up with someone I hadn't seen in many many years, so I wanted a reasonably quiet place for conversation. Came earlier than our reservations and sat at a bar table and took advantage of happy hour. Food was great., Margaritas were made with fresh lime, and the service was good as well. The corner of the bar was quiet enough on a Saturday 5-8 that we could easily hear each other, and we decided to stay here for dinner rather than switch to the main dining room. This isn't my first time here. I have been fro weekend brunch, dinner, as well as happy hour. I will definitely come back again.

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Diegodiner80 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food, was hoping it would be like Puerto Nuevo and it was.

Staff service and attitude could use some improvement but the food more than made up for it. We’ll be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on November 3, 2017

The waiter was friendly and ambience was good, but the waiter forgot our guacamole and messed up my friends order. Also my mahi mahi on my salad was very dried out I could barely eat it. Was not enthused with the food at all.

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