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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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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good44%
  • Average12%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (4 reviews)
“guacamole” (12 reviews)
“veggie medley” (2 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
Mexican, Southwestern
$$ - $$$
3172 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5839
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was our third time here & each consecutive visit was less impressive. Service was mostly nonexistent & food portion was minimal. We were originally drawn to their 'hot' sauces but even they were disappointing.

Thank nevernoway
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

After a long drive from LA and checking into the Inn at the Park rather late on a Friday night we were directed to this Mexican restaurant by Worldmark staff. It was excellent. The beef tacos, chicken enchiladas, carnitas were top notch and the margaritas...More

Thank dthashimoto
Reviewed 6 September 2017

As a picky vegan, I read YELP reviews and restaurant menus before I go anywhere, don't you? Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe never came up on any VEGAN search, and yet.. they had several things easily made vegan, they knew what I was talking about, no...More

Thank Lin V
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Situated on a corner in the bankers hill/hillcrest section of the city this small restaurant serves very fresh food at goid prices I had the taquitos appetizer which was full of chicken and my husband had the breaded stuffed peppers (you receive 4). They were...More

Thank Diane G
Reviewed 31 August 2017 via mobile

Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe has good Mexican Food. Not to far from Balboa Park. I had a very good breakfast there. It was a nice time. Will be back.

Thank A. Vinnie V
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I am a fan of fish tacos, I know at first several years ago I thought, what? Fish. Tacos. Do they really go together? Well, with the right fish and the right cook, absolutely. I saw fish tacos on the menu, I asked what type...More

Thank mowogray
Reviewed 3 August 2017

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 August 2017

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
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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
Kids, Child-friendly
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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