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About Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

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.

141 University Ave #4
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

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

Cross Street:
3rd Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 692-4200

Website:
http://www.ortegas.com/

Additional:
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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Ortega's A Mexican Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.5

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4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Good for a Date (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
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Casual (3)
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Cozy (3)
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Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Business Meals (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
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Vegan (1)
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·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food is excellent and seems to be adjusted seasonally.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great good and service. Always enjoy stopping by for brunch when I'm in town

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

They seated us quickly and our server was wonderful ! ! ! :)

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good experience. Food was good and the service was spectacular.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Menu was not extensive but food was tasty. We ordered the fish tacos and carnitas. The salsa was not my favorite. The service was friendly. Good local establishment.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Went here for friends bday and it was a large group. Great service great food, great atmosphere! Thank you Ortega!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Super delicious food. Lobster was a good or better than Mexico! Delicious dip and soup. We'll be back soon!!!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Great authentic Mexican food. The Chicken Mole was outstanding. We will definitely return and invite friends and family.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Birthday brunch with friends.

Although the reservation was for 6, 8 people were there. The servers were totally accommodating.

Everyone's food was as expected.

Very delicious.

Only problem was the noise

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Love ortegas!

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 (Austin)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We really enjoyed our dining experience while visiting San Diego.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Fantastic Mexican food, in a fabulous area of town.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Yummy - we enjoyed everything!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Hadn't been in a few years, but won't go back. There are much better options for Mexican in San Diego. Tasteless molé (how does that even happen?). Steak and lobster wasn't very good. Carnitas was very good however. Margaritas better elsewhere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Friendly, tasty guacamole
Very salty
Enjoyable meal

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Warm home made tortillas, delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent margaritas

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Really good food, nice little patio, vibrant neighborhood

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Perfect for bringing friends together and right before drinking in Hillcrest

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Oh my, this was our first time at Ortega's and we had the steak and lobster. It comes with the best tortilla soup ever! And the salsa! What can I say, it was so good we wanted to bring some home. The lobster was prepared Puerto Nuevo style and was really good. The steak was perfectly cooked and tasty.

The waiter was nicely friendly but not intrusive. I could go back there every week - it's that good.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Great value, friendly atmosphere. Tasty food. Generous portions excellent for splitting. Cooperative parking.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The fact we were able to get the steak and lobster special and the mimosa special on a holiday was very impressive. We feasted like a king and queen, drank lots of champagne and even had dessert all for $75.00!! (before tip). Very good food and value for the money. My Dad was complaining about the parking lot view but in the end he had a great time and was very pleased with his meal and service. Thank you!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Nice spot in Hillcrest for Margaritas and some authentic Mexican fare. Didn't knock my socks off, but it's consistent and accommodating. Parking is sometimes a challenge here.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great! Service! Food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I was pleasantly surprised with Ortegas. The food was very fresh and the salsa was tasty. I ordered the huevos rancheros and they made them just just. The sauce was super yummy and spicy just the way I like it. The rice and beans were great too. They had a nice kids menu with plenty of options. They did not have apple juice so my kids ordered water and that was given in a closed lid cup to prevent accidents. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Casual, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The service at Ortega's keeps declining. It's a big reason why their business has dwindled.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Great food and friendly service keep me coming back. The guacamole, made tableside, is fantastic and the Mezcal Mule is pretty tasty too.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Wonderful Queso Fundido appetizer. Flavorful & mildly spicy. Pomegranate Margaritas excellent!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This is my family's go-to place when we want great food. We usually take up the back tables and this time, we had 18 of us for a Sunday dinner. The lobster meal is ALWAYS good and the margaritas are awesome. They accommodate our large parties, the service is great and the vibe is friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 19, 2017

We have been here probably 10 times in 5 years. Our out of town friends always enjoy it and we are rarely disappointed. The chicken mole is really good and we like to introduce it to our guests!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Calgary)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Booked it 45 min ahead, when we arrived, front desk didn't know we are coming , then we got seated literally " 1 foot " away from kitchen and bar where they delivered food and brought back empty plates, lots lots of traffic ,
Food itself was good , they bring chips soon as we seated .
Appetizer - Baja shrimp ceviche - was not good , salt was chunky
Do I recommend this restaurant to the friends , yeah sure - if your not sitting in the kitchen or get surrounded by plates ?!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Amazing- from the guacamole appetizer (best I've had in years...we ordered another) to the entrees.
Service was wonderful!
Not a taco/burrito restaurant, but an affordable twist on Mexican steak and lobster.
Only complaint- we met friends for Mothers' Day and we had a child with us. There was no changing station in the bathroom. Probably doesn't matter to most, but huge issue for us...

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

This place was OK. Noting to rave about and we ordered several things off the menu and shared just to get a taste of the menu, the food was bad it just wasn't great. I would say if you are in the area and you are hungry then yes stop by, but I wouldn't drive out of my way to eat here.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I enjoyed the $10.99 for a bottle of champagne and juice to make your own mamosas. I met my daughters for a no stress Mother's Day get together. We wanted to avoid the crowds and we're not big breakfast people. OK food. Good price. Get there early and take the first parking you see. Enjoy the walK

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My wife and I went there with no specific expectations but ended up enjoying one of the best and most affordable

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Ortegas is our go-to when we're craving Puerto Nuevo style lobster. Our lobsters were extra good, the beans are great and the queso fundido is ridiculous!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Nasty lobster and refriedbeans from "CAN"? Really!!! Get wait from this restaurant

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