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Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro, San Diego, CA

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

4.5
4.5
824 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping one of our classic fresh squeezed margaritas. 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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Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 692-4200

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Cross street

    3rd Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Starters

  • Guacamole Made Tableside$12.75

    avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, garlic, jalapeño, lime

    • Baja Shrimp Ceviche*$15.75

      shrimp, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, onion, corn tostaditas

      • Fish Ceviche*$14.75

        snapper, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño, onion, corn tostaditas

        • Poblano Portobello Quesadilla (2)$14.75

          corn masa, poblanos, portobellos, caramelized onion, oaxaca cheese, tomato arbol sauce, cotija & queso fresco, crema

          • Queso Fundido$16.75

            oaxaca cheese, chorizo, poblanos, caramelized onion, cotija & queso fresco, crema, corn & flour tortillas

            Ensaladas

            Add: Chicken Breast +$10 | Mahi +$12 | Shrimp +$12 | Steak +$13 | Half Lobster +$25.75

            • Caesar & Avocado$12.75

              romaine, avocado, croutons, parmesan, caesar dressing

              • Ortega's Mixed Green Salad$12.75

                mixed greens, grilled tomato, avocado, cucumber, carrot, garbanzos, cotija & queso fresco, black bean corn salsa, balsamic vinaigrette

                • Sandia Sesame Salad$12.75

                  mixed greens, watermelon, avocado, cucumber, carrot, garbanzos, cotija & queso fresco, black bean corn salsa, sesame soy vinaigrette

                  Soups

                  • Ortega's Chicken & Tortilla$9.75

                    roasted chicken, onion, chipotle, cilantro, garbanzos, tomato, rice, tortilla strips, avocado

                    • Puerto Nuevo-Style Tortilla$9.75

                      guajillo chiles, chicken stock, roasted tomato, cilantro, avocado, jack cheese, tortilla strips

                      • Black Bean & Pumpkin$9.75

                        pureed black bean & roasted kabocha pumpkin, black bean corn salsa, crema

                        Seafood

                        • Ensenada-Style Fish Taco Trio$20.75

                          Modelo especial beer battered snapper on flour tortillas, chipotle garlic aioli, cabbage, crema, roasted salsa. Side refried beans

                          • Banana Crusted Huachinango$22.75

                            Snapper with a plantain crust, roasted tomato sauce. Side rice, refried beans & flour tortilla

                            • Crab Enchiladas (2)$23.75

                              Crab, mushroom, spinach, jack cheese, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, verde sauce, cotija & queso fresco, crema, cabbage. Side rice & refried beans

                              • Mahi Mahi Taco Trio$21.75

                                Grilled mahi mahi on corn tortillas, chipotle garlic aioli, avocado, crema, cabbage. Side black beans

                                • Dorado Veracruz$22.75

                                  Seared mahi mahi, roasted tomato sauce, bell pepper, onion, poblanos, white wine, capers & green olives. Side rice, refried beans & flour tortilla

                                  • Shrimp Taco Trio$20.75

                                    Shrimp sautéed in white wine on corn tortillas, chipotle garlic aioli, avocado, crema, cabbage. Side charro beans

                                    • Shrimp Enchiladas (2)$21.75

                                      Sautéed shrimp, jack cheese, mushroom, spinach, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, rojo sauce, cotija & queso fresco, crema, cabbage. Side rice & refried beans

                                      Beef + Pork

                                      • Carnitas$20.75

                                        Slow roasted pork, verde sauce, pico de gallo. Side rice, charro beans & flour tortilla

                                        • Steak Taco Trio$20.75

                                          Angus steak on corn tortillas, chipotle sauce, cabbage, crema, avocado. Side charro beans

                                          • Steak Burrito$20.75

                                            Grilled bistek, charro beans, jack cheese, huitlacoche-mushroom sauce, avocado, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Side rice & charro beans

                                            • Grilled Bistek$22.75

                                              Huitlacoche-mushroom sauce, pico de gallo. Side vegetables, rice, refried beans & flour tortilla

                                              Chicken

                                              • Chicken Mole**$20.75

                                                Grilled chicken breast, spicy-sweet mole sauce, sesame seeds, crema. Side vegetables, rice, refried beans, & flour tortilla

                                                • Chicken Mole Enchiladas (2)**$20.75

                                                  Roasted chicken, jack cheese, pico de gallo, corn tortillas, spicy-sweet mole sauce, cotija & queso fresco, crema, cabbage. Side rice & refried beans

                                                  • Chicken Pippian**$20.75

                                                    Grilled chicken breast, creamy pumpkin seed pippian sauce, crema, pumpkin seeds. Side vegetables, rice, refried beans, & flour tortilla

                                                    Puerto Nuevo Lobster

                                                    Includes Cup of Puerto Nuevo-Style Tortilla Soup. Grilled lobster, rice, refried beans, drawn butter, grilled lime, flour tortilla

                                                    • Whole Lobster Special$46.75

                                                      whole lobster tail

                                                      • Half Lobster & Steak Special$35.75

                                                        Ortega's surf & turf. Half lobster tail & fire grilled bistek, huitlacoche-portobello mushroom sauce

                                                        • Half Lobster & Shrimp Special**$34.75

                                                          half lobster tail & four large shrimp on a skewer, epazote cilantro pesto, roasted tomato sauce

                                                          Vegetarian

                                                          • Poblano Queso Taco Trio$19.75

                                                            Grilled oaxaca cheese on corn tortillas, poblanos, caramelized onion, cabbage, black bean corn salsa, cotija & queso fresco, crema. Side black beans

                                                            • Chile Relleno$19.75

                                                              Poblano chile, jack & oaxaca cheese, tomato sauce. Side rice, refried beans & flour tortilla (contains chicken stock)

                                                              • Vegetarian Burrito$17.75

                                                                Black bean & pumpkin purée, potato, avocado, poblanos, caramelized onion, pico de gallo, jack cheese, wrapped in a flour tortilla. Side black beans

                                                                • Cheese Mole Enchiladas**$19.75

                                                                  Cotija, queso fresco & jack cheese, spicy-sweet mole sauce. Side rice & refried beans (contains chicken stock)

                                                                  Sides

                                                                  • Refried, Charro or Black Beans$3.75

                                                                    • Mexican Rice$3.75

                                                                      • Flour Tortilla$1.50

                                                                        • Corn Tortilla$0.75

                                                                          • Cup Pico de Gallo$2.75

                                                                            • Half Avocado$4.50

                                                                              • Crema$0.50

                                                                                • Side Vegetables$4.75

                                                                                  • Side Salad$3.75

                                                                                    • Chiles Toreados (3)$3.50

                                                                                      Margaritas

                                                                                      prepared with homemade sour mix

                                                                                      • Cabrillo$11.00

                                                                                        silver tequila & triple sec

                                                                                        • Presidio$13.00

                                                                                          cuervo tradicional silver & grand marnier

                                                                                          • Pomegranate$14.00

                                                                                            pomegranate, cuervo tradicional silver & grand marnier, sugar rim

                                                                                            • Spicy Cucumber$14.00

                                                                                              cucumber, jalapeño, cuervo tradicional silver & grand marnier, chile rim

                                                                                              • Mango Mint$14.00

                                                                                                mango purée, mint & cuervo tradicional silver, sugar rim

                                                                                                • Tamarind$14.00

                                                                                                  blended tamarind & cuervo tradicional silver, chile rim

                                                                                                  • Fresh Jalapeño$14.00

                                                                                                    jalapeño, cuervo tradicional silver & grand marnier, chile rim

                                                                                                    • Strawberry Mint$14.00

                                                                                                      strawberry, mint & cuervo tradicional silver, sugar rim

                                                                                                      Premium Margaritas

                                                                                                      hand crafted with fresh squeezed lime juice

                                                                                                      • Don Julio Classic$17.00

                                                                                                        grand marnier, fresh orange

                                                                                                        • The Patron Classic$17.00

                                                                                                          grand marnier, fresh orange, pink salt rim

                                                                                                          • Mezcal Margarita$16.00

                                                                                                            agave nectar, sal de gusano (worm salt) rim

                                                                                                            • Hibiscus Mezcal$16.00

                                                                                                              housemade jamaica, agave nectar

                                                                                                              • Casamigos Margarita$16.00

                                                                                                                grand marnier, agave nectar, fresh orange

                                                                                                                • Casamigos Margarita Light$16.00

                                                                                                                  casamigos blanco, agave nectar

                                                                                                                  • The Clase Azul$25.00

                                                                                                                    clase azul reposado, grand marnier, agave nectar, fresh orange, black sea salt rim

                                                                                                                    Last updated: March 23, 2022

                                                                                                                    What 824 people are saying

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                                                                                                                    4.5
                                                                                                                    4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                                                                                    • 4.5Food
                                                                                                                    • 4.5Service
                                                                                                                    • 4.5Ambience
                                                                                                                    • 4.3Value

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                                                                                                                      Linda

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Salsa, chips, beans and rice were fabulous and authentic. Generous shrimp tacos and terrific guacamole. Service by David was friendly and efficient. Totally recommend

                                                                                                                    2. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 10, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                                                                                      Great food but only had one waiter had to wait really long do simple things like refills and condiments...

                                                                                                                    3. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      30 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Celebrated Mother’s Day at one of my favorite places and even with the craziness of the day it was wonderful looking forward to next time love this place

                                                                                                                    4. RB

                                                                                                                      RoyalB

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      My new favorite mexican food restaurant! Service and food are amazing, and the margaritas are awesome.

                                                                                                                    5. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food2service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      Food was bland and table near us was super loud. Service was attentive but we were just disappointed with the flavor for how much everything cost.

                                                                                                                    6. C

                                                                                                                      Chris

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Seated quickly despite Cinco de Mayo crowd. Nice table among the activity. Service was good. My chicken mole super delicious! The salsa was unique and tastely - not the usual chopped onion and tomato. Now one of my favorites --tangy but nto hot - just right for my gringo mouth. I will be back.

                                                                                                                    7. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New England

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service2ambience4

                                                                                                                      Went on Cinco de Mayo, food was awesome as were drinks. Waiter was disorganized and didn’t come to our table for 30 min. Would go back for food

                                                                                                                    8. KK

                                                                                                                      KevinK

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      I have been eating at Ortega's restaurants since the early 80's in Puerto Nuevo and the Food is the same if not better but similar at Ortega's in Hillcrest. Without the Travel time and Border wait! The Best Lobster and all of the Sides in the U.S. Juan Carlos, John and Crew are so Amazing! A Must go to in San Diego for Authentic Baja Mexican Cuisine.

                                                                                                                    9. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Fantastic from start to finish! Wonderful host, gracious waitress, friendly busser. Amazing food! Lobster and shrimp was is tasty, beans were off the charts, guacamole and chips addicting!any thanks to Ortegas staff for an awesome dining experience. I will be back!!!

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                                                                                                                      Tahoediner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      28 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      28 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      The real thing for Puerto Nueva lobster. Great drinks and other dishes too.

                                                                                                                    11. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Chicago

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Lovely weekend dinner 🥰 Enjoyed everything!

                                                                                                                    12. j

                                                                                                                      jeffh

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Amazing food!

                                                                                                                    13. M

                                                                                                                      Mgkern1950

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      26 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      26 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 27, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Great lobster. Food all delicious. Service a bit slow. Soup brought out after lobster was served. Very nice and polite waiter.

                                                                                                                    14. TS

                                                                                                                      TimS

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Great service and food. Staff we're very helpful, desserts we're fantastic.

                                                                                                                    15. R

                                                                                                                      Rick

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      91 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      91 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Good food. Great place to dine.

                                                                                                                    16. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Amazing! Friendly staff. Great ambiance. Food delicious.

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                                                                                                                      Irene

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                                                                                      My brother and sister in law treated me to this place two weeks ago . I ordered their Lobster . It was cooked perfect . It was easy to cut and moist . Their beans , soup , rice , tortilla was the best I ever tasted . Yesterday , I raved this to my BF and we both ordered the Lobster. This time , it was tough , hard to slice and dry . It was overcooked and rubbery . It felt like money wasted The waitress provided us excellent customer service . The side dishes - beans , rice ,tortilla , soup was flavorful and authentic I don’t think I’ll order their lobster again . I will just buy lobster and cook it at home .

                                                                                                                    18. c

                                                                                                                      czwirn

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      16 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      We enjoyed the food, very authentic.The service was excellent. It was just a little dark. We will definitely go back and try different dishes and types of margaritas.

                                                                                                                    19. PL

                                                                                                                      PointLomaNative

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                      Food was great but took a very long time for us to get our meals served. Margaritas were on the small side and not as good as we had hoped.

                                                                                                                    20. ED

                                                                                                                      EleDoc

                                                                                                                      St. Louis

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on April 7, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                                                                      We regularly ate at Ortega's before Covid19, and ordered from them during the pandemic. This was our first visit since we've begun eating out again, and we loved it just as much as before! The margaritas were perfect and the mole chicken enchiladas were just as yummy as we remembered. We're so glad to be back!

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                                                                                                                      Joes

                                                                                                                      Atlantic City

                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      2.0

                                                                                                                      11 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                                                                                      Disappointing indeed!

                                                                                                                    22. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      I order the carnitas they were terrible tasted like they were reheated no flavor my partner order lobster and steak which were decent compared with the carnitas

                                                                                                                    23. KR

                                                                                                                      KenyaR

                                                                                                                      Phoenix

                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      13 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Food and service was amazing

                                                                                                                    24. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Great food and music

                                                                                                                    25. WB

                                                                                                                      WilliamB

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 12, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      One of my favorites…

                                                                                                                    26. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Las Vegas

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      4 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      One of my favorite places in San Diego. Food is always incredible drinks and service are top notch.

                                                                                                                    27. L

                                                                                                                      Lolo

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on March 1, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Fantastic food and service! I rate Mexican restaurants by the quality and freshness of the salsa and Ortega's rates among the best I have had. They easily accommodated our party of eight and the service was seamless.

                                                                                                                    28. AA

                                                                                                                      AlexA

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Awesome Food for a Great Celebration!! Lobster and Steak combo was delicious:)

                                                                                                                    29. UL

                                                                                                                      UrbanLeadership

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Thank you, Martha, and Ortega's for a great evening and birthday celebration. Food and drinks were fabulous from appetizers: guacamole, fish ceviche, shrimp ceviche, margaritas; and main courses: mahi-mahi tacos, steak tacos, lobster and steak (rare) daily special, chicken quesadillas; to the awesome birthday treats: banuelos, brownie sundae, and flan. Service was awesome for a very busy Friday night and compliments to the chef and bartender. We had a fabulous time and highly recommend and commend everyone for getting our orders accurate. One of our best dining experiences ever, and being so open with the LGBTQIA+ community and the gender-inclusive restrooms. Salud!

                                                                                                                    30. TG

                                                                                                                      TheGuy

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                      3.0

                                                                                                                      24 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                                                                                      Food was great. Chunky guacamole, chips could use a bit more salt, fish in tacos was moist and properly seasoned, lobster was moist and tender as were the shrimp. As the evening went on the restaurant became a bit nosier than we prefer.

                                                                                                                    31. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      75 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      75 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Food is always delicious

                                                                                                                    32. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Server was 10/10 loved the food & drinks 🥰

                                                                                                                    33. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      San Diego

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      6 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Valentine’s Day. Good and service were great

                                                                                                                    34. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Phoenix

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      2 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                                                                                      I attended this establishment with my girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. We had a table by the entrance with a good window view. The service was good not great, but the food was very good. We got the table side guacamole and it was delicious. I ordered the fish tacos and my girlfriend got the chicken mole enchiladas. Our dishes were good. The only thing was the that the fish tacos had too much sauce on them. Overall good food, ambience could have been a little better, it was very dim.

                                                                                                                    35. B

                                                                                                                      Billy2013

                                                                                                                      San Francisco

                                                                                                                      167 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      4.0

                                                                                                                      167 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      1st timers. V-Day dinner, fun & yummy overall, great guy server & corner booth with fun table of 2 couples across from us, mole chicken breast too spicy & DRY for me (yuck), but all else from wonderful guacamole app to good crab enchiladas to awesome brownie ala mode dessert very memorable. Would return, esp for Lobster special.

                                                                                                                    36. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

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                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                                                                      The food was good, drinks were good, but our server was very rude and unhelpful. I would leave before I had him serve me again. Aside from that great place

                                                                                                                    37. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Sacramento

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      3 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                                                                      Anniversary

                                                                                                                    38. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      Sacramento

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      vip
                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      7 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      Our server was very kind and attentive. The food was spectacular! We all agreed that we would love to come back!

                                                                                                                    39. OT

                                                                                                                      OpenTable Diner

                                                                                                                      New York Area

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      5 reviews

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      This food was incredibly authentic and delicious! Some of the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of Mexico. We ordered multiple tacos, guacamole, drinks, etc. the happy hour is an incredible deal as well! Service was fast and pleasant! Cannot wait to return!

                                                                                                                    40. KP

                                                                                                                      KennethP

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      5.0

                                                                                                                      1 review

                                                                                                                      Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                                                                      overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                      First time there and it won’t be our last one. Customer service was outstanding. Food was on point. We would definitely have to go back.

                                                                                                                    Safety precautions

                                                                                                                    • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                                                                      • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                                                                      • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                                                                      • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                                                                      • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                                                                      • Contactless payment available
                                                                                                                    • Physical distancing

                                                                                                                      • Limited number of seated diners
                                                                                                                      • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                                                                      • Extra space between tables
                                                                                                                    • Screening

                                                                                                                      • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                                                                      • Staff temperature check required

                                                                                                                    FAQs

                                                                                                                    Ortega's A Mexican Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 692-4200.

                                                                                                                    Ortega's A Mexican Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 824 OpenTable diners.

                                                                                                                    Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                                                                                    Google Map for Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro

                                                                                                                    141 University Ave #4 San Diego, CA 92103

                                                                                                                    Additional information

                                                                                                                    • Cross street

                                                                                                                      3rd Avenue

                                                                                                                    • Neighborhood

                                                                                                                      Hillcrest

                                                                                                                    • Hours of operation

                                                                                                                      Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm

                                                                                                                    • Cuisines

                                                                                                                      Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

                                                                                                                    • Dining style

                                                                                                                      Casual Elegant

                                                                                                                    • Dress code

                                                                                                                      Casual Dress

                                                                                                                    • Parking details

                                                                                                                      Private Lot

                                                                                                                    • Payment options

                                                                                                                      AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                    • Additional

                                                                                                                      Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                                                                                    • Phone number

                                                                                                                      (619) 692-4200

                                                                                                                    • Private party facilities

                                                                                                                      Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com

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