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Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

#245 of 3,785 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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3172 5th Ave., San Diego, CA 92103
+1 619-295-2070
07:00 - 21:00
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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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Toledo, United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank Cynthia A
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank fjfisher601
Huntington Beach, California
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

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 3 weeks ago

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.

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!

Thank Stacey G
Everett, Washington
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33 reviews
21 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 

Thank silvertips2015
San Diego, California
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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!

Thank AtDogBeach
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for Sunday night dinner. I got the chicken quesadilla which was really good but it was the house margarita that stole the show. Overall good meal, good drink and good service. Definitely will be visiting again.

Thank Rucklvl
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Really enjoyed my meal, and it was right next to my hotel. I had the fajita's and cream of black bean soup and I really want them to tell me how they made that soup, it was so good.

Thank louismkahn
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Yes, the cost is cheap but it just wasn't worth it. I ordered the carnitas. i could not believe the server would even bring it out to our table while trying to convince us that the carnitas was fresh. it was so dried out and maybe cooked on some other day. My partners meal was horrible also.

Thank Karen L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
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?