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Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

) #310 of 3,993 Restaurants in San Diego $$ - $$$ Mexican,
3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
+1 619-295-2070
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good41%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (4 reviews)
“guacamole” (12 reviews)
“carne asada” (9 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 21:00All hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
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1 - 10 of 169 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was right across from our hotel so we would go for breakfast the staff would take our order and was served within minutes. The food was pretty good and Steven our waiter was very helpful with giving idea where to go and vist other...More

Thank bmiranda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outside of Old Town and Casa de Pico in Grossmont Center, this is one of the best Mexican restaurant atmospheres in San Diego. Reasonable prices, wonderful waitstaff, and truly delicious food.

Thank Melovinglife365
Reviewed 13 July 2017

Have driven past this place for years. Finally decided to give it a try. Not impressed. Service was minimal. Never came back to ask how the food was or if we needed anything. Food was not very good and not very authentic. Sorry, maybe it...More

Thank SDTravelMom
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Having been going to JC's for many years, starting back when they were still on Washington St in Mission Hills. Their food is consistently good, a wide selection of specials each day and many of them are dishes you don't normally see at similar Mexican...More

Thank Kevin O
Reviewed 26 May 2017

Great Mexican food at reasonable Prices! It is only too cold inside! Friendly service offered too. Go there!

Thank Bastiaan O
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

As promised I am writing as a Mexican food fan and a ex-san Diegan on a visit at the Worldmark Inn next across the street. I had take out grilled fish tacos the first night and ate in the second. Great authentic Mex and a...More

Thank catchasunset
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Staying nearby and saw Jimmy Carter's on the corner, then someone recommended it. We were not disappointed. The food is fresh and the staff is attentive without hovering. We will definitely return this week - our first visit to San Diego.

Thank takemeaway927
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Food & service great, decor really fun. We were only there for breakfast but the food was good. Lots of choices besides Mexican if desired.

Thank atmerkel
Reviewed 17 February 2017

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...More

Thank Ann M
Reviewed 17 February 2017

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...More

Thank Sue V
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
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 92103-5839
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-2070
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