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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
+1 619-692-4200
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good37%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lobster” (21 reviews)
“guacamole” (17 reviews)
“queso fundido” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Split guacamole, shrimp ceviche with margaritas (got my own😁) for a late lunch. All were very good. Liked their chips, loved their salsa a little sweet! Will be back To try Chili Poblano and Mole...says sweet but spicy ...looking forward to next time!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a place for a traditional stuffed burrito from a taco truck, but their focus is on pippian and mole.... queso fundito app could have been my meal (melted cheese, with chorizo, grilled onions and peppers) and we literally asked to take it away so...More

Thank Jef I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ortega’s is dependably great for food, service and value. Try the happy hour for a first introduction. Very nice atmosphere and authentic food. Start with a margarita and some quest fundido. The Baja shrimp tacos are amazing. The bartender is on the case and the...More

Thank gerronimo
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Ate there twice in 4 days. First time was better than second. Shrimp ceviche was fresh, vibrant and balanced. My pork was amazing, fresh tortillas were excellent. My jamaica and my wife's horchata were the best either of us had ever had. My fish tacos...More

Thank Jay M
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

This was close to our holiday accommodation in Hillcrest so we decided to visit based on the reviews. It did not disappoint the food was plentiful and delicious. Service was fast and low key but faultless. Highly recommend this for no fuss tasty Mexican food

Thank Anne Marie T
Reviewed 1 September 2017

We were visiting my wife's brother and sister in law in Mission Hills our sister in law suggested a little exercise. We walked down to this restaurant which was about 2 miles from their home. A little challenge for us old folks but boy was...More

Thank duffer47
Reviewed 14 August 2017

My heart races and my taste buds start dancing whenever I make a reservation at Ortega's! Pavlov's Dogs have nothing on my saliva production as the waitress settles down the bowl of freshly made chips and a salsa that needs just a SMALL touch of...More

Thank KerryM911
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is located in Ocean Beach a couple of blocks from the beach and pier. It is not Much to look at from the outside but the inside has character and fits into the beach community. There is outside seating which does not look...More

Thank johnjN8052KK
Reviewed 14 June 2017

I have eaten at Ortega's numerous times and have always been satisfied with the taste of the food and the service they provide. My family and I had a large party to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Our server, Jonathan was very attentive, efficient, and overall...More

Thank Angelica S
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Small menu, great guacamole, beans and carnitas...parking is an issue however the food and service are good

Thank travelshooter71
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-692-4200
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