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Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

#256 of 3,817 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3172 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
+1 619-295-2070
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07:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Dined here with the kids, partly because it was right across the road from our hotel - partly because we like Mexican and I love margaritas! Service was terrific, friendly without being pushy or intrusive, meal sizes were just right and the margaritas went down very well.

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Thank Ann M
Deming, Washington, United States
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This cafe was across the street from where we were staying. The first time we went there was for an appetizer and drinks. The Nachos were very good and so were the drinks. We also went back for lunch. The Surf and Turf Tacos were delicious.

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Thank Sue V
Cambodia
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344 reviews
284 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This Mexican eatery is probably the funkiest of the number of competitors in this area, littered with colourful and surreal Mexican sculptures and paper mache figures. The flamboyant service complements the room, a simple cohesive family-style space adjoined by a lively narrow bar in the adjacent space. The food falls somewhat flat, though, generous on the plate, but either lacking... More 

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Thank Huitzilipoxtle
Toledo, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent Margaritas here! It's a small, family-friendly place near Balboa Park. Good food choices and easy to park on the street.

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Thank Cynthia A
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Out standing- My wife & I love Mexican food! Yet the 2 neighborhood places we here we live n LA are boring standard Taco/Enchilada/Burrito places with average tasting boring menus! Not Jimmy Carters! They are creative, authentic family recipes dating back a long time with rich wonder flavors. The Tahlapapacque (sic) and Mole sauces to die for! The Pork Carnitas... More 

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Thank fjfisher601
Huntington Beach, California
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

We seek this place out. Not touristy. Locals usually. Good Mexican comfort food. Reasonable price. Love it.

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Thank dbbarker
San Diego, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

My daughter-in-law and I took grandsons (4 and 7) here while the men in the family had a night out at the basketball game. Convenient location. Nice fast, friendly service, crayons and kids menu. Margaritas for the adults. Good selection of small plates. All made for a fine combination, meeting our needs.

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Thank SylvanHollow
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Cute little corner restaurant across from the Inn at the Park. We were hesitant at first but so glad we went in. In fact, we ended up eating there 4x this week (both breakfast & dinner). Wonderful service (Mike was fantastic) and really delicious food. Outstanding Carne Asade and the Veggie Medley is the perfect breakfast. We will definitely return!

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Thank Stacey G
Everett, Washington
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I came here for dinner in the middle of the week and the place was not very busy. I noticed the menu is Mexican food however the description of the food is very gourmet and not do usual Mexican food selection. So if you're into traditional and authentic Mexican food find another place. I had the shrimp enchilada plate and... More 

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Thank silvertips2015
San Diego, California
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Pretty good breakfast and good service. Easily located across the street from the Inn at the Park. Great orange juice!

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Thank AtDogBeach

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3172 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-2070

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