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Don Chuy Restaurant

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650 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2429
+1 858-794-0535
11:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:30
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San Diego, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

The food here was amazing, Great bar, reasonably priced drinks. I like the nopales dishes. We really enjoyed the several dinners we had here. Don Chuy will be missed.

Thank lovewarmwater
Denver, Colorado
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116 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2016

Love this place. Always fresh, authentic, friendly service and good food time after time - this is a great local place that makes you feel like you're in Mexico.

Thank michael p
San Diego, California, Usa
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a small family run restaurant. The service was friendly and the menu typical of Mexican restaurants...no surprises. The margaritas were great as we're the chips and salsa. Unfortunately, the food was average at best. We enjoyed the experience, the service and the mariachi's but doubt if we would go back.

Thank haymaker58
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63 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2014

We were with a bunch of friends we hadn't seen for ages and actually wanted to talk and not shout so we skipped Taco Tuesday at whatever bar that is in Del Mar, and went to Don Chuy's. It was about to close and was very quiet but the guys kept it open for us with no complaints. The food... More 

Thank rtln
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2014

It took us a few wrong turns to find this restaurant, as it's away from the main drag and we are from out of town - but it was worth it. Simple, classic Mexican decor, solid traditional food. If you want something you can't find everywhere else try the nopales - sliced, sauteed cactus pads - they were a delicious... More 

Thank LovesExploring
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2012

Everyone in San Diego has their favorite Mexican restaurant. Our family has been going to Don Chuys for years. The menu is extensive and the food is authentic Mexican for a reasonable price. We have been here with small groups and groups of up to ten. Each time the service has been warm, friendly and prompt. It's a family-owned restaurant... More 

2 Thank Mary0516
1 review
Reviewed 4 May 2012 via mobile

I love the Cadillac n tatas marg oh n the service is great.

Thank paolitalokita
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2011

Not as good as Tony's Jacal (across the street). Fish tacos were great. Otherwise, food was ordinary.

Thank soccermommo
San Diego, CA
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2011

I know those who live in Solana Beach love Fidel's and Tony Jacal's and while I find those to be wonderful restaurants, I think Don Chuy has the best Mexican dishes around town. At first glance, it looks like a hole in the wall, but when you walk in, it is nicely decorated with "papel picado" (decorative tissue paper) and... More 

3 Thank Hedi9
Omaha, Nebraska
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269 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2010

Decided to try this place in spite of some bad reviews. Drove up and it didn't look so great but we figured what the heck. Glad we went in. We sat outside. It's not fancy but nice atmosphere. The food was great and really plentiful. I only ate half my dinner. My husband ate all of his but wished he... More 

2 Thank petsitter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
09:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 650 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075-2429
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Solana Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-794-0535

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?