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Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

$$ - $$$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
“guacamole” (13 reviews)
“veggie medley” (2 reviews)
“enchiladas” (9 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 am - 9:00 pm Hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
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1 - 10 of 187 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Right across the street from our hotel. We had dinner there twice in the 10 days we stayed in San Diego. The wait staff was very friendly and the food was excellent. I will go back when I'm in the area.

Thank Roberta F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found out about this place from our car rental agent. He told us this was a great local spot. He was right. The food was great. I had the brunch menu. Tamales with green sauce and eggs. It was the best.

Thank rjajthrb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit to Jimmy Carter's and we enjoyed every minute from the Old World decor to the delicious food. We sampled a little bit of everything, a flight of their wonderful housemade sauces, Calamari and Shrimp tacos, Taquitos and Pork Jalapeno Poppers. Our 5...More

Thank Don H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here with a group of nine (two families), and the drinks, food, service did not disappoint. Great enchilada's, great taco's....glad we stopped. Worth phoning ahead for a reservation as it can get busy.

Thank Colin S
Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

Been here numerous times. From the outside, the place doesn’t look like much. Not 5 star dining but I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve eaten here from typical breakfasts to Mexican dishes. Friendly service, a varied menu and reasonable prices keep me coming back.

Thank Sjt64
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

I had one of the best breakfasts in years at Jimmy Carter’s! A member of our group was originally from Mexico City so he suggested Jimmy Carter’s and guided us through the menu, starting by suggesting we get the excellent cinnamon coffee. I got something...More

Thank East-mt
Reviewed 11 February 2018

Their regular menu items and specials are delicious. Proximity to our hotel caused us to share several meals - breakfast lunch and dinner throughout the week. Great staff.

Thank pgwaring
Reviewed 22 January 2018

The food here was a great experience. We brought friends from Germany with us, and we all loved the food. The portions are not small--but also not too much to be wasted. The pricing was surprisingly fair, and the atmosphere was very colorful, loyal to...More

Thank Thomagirl05
Reviewed 22 December 2017

It's all good at Jimmy's. Excellent Mexican food with friendly, efficient service. Try the margaritas!

Thank jjkwave
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Get the Jamaican Margarita. Their salsa is super fresh and guacamole is awesome. I had the veggie tostada- delicious, my husband had the veggie burrito and he was pleased as well! Great service, but not friendly.

Thank Fppollard
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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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