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Fred's Mexican Cafe

#189 of 3,769 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Old Town
Mexican, Southwestern
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2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
+1 619-858-8226
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 00:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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75 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Was in Old Town during lunchtime, and decided to stop at Fred's, We both had taco's...carna asadas and fish tacos. Both were great, we each had one and switched plates to enjoy the other. Would recommend this as one of the best Mexican restaurants we've been to.

Thank mulliganshores
Garden Grove, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Large portions of food, fresh chips and salsa is very addicting. Upon request they will give you Spicer salsa. The habanero salsa is fantastic. Fajitas comes with lots of fresh vegetables and lots of meat to serve 2 people

Thank deanne13
Clovis, California
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at how delicious our meal was when we sat town at Fred's on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. I say this because every other restaurant had an hour+ wait and we just walked right up and sat down. Their chips,salsa and guacamole to start was yummy. The monster margarita I had was fabulous and the carne asada/chicken... More 

Thank dandksmommy
Landisville, PA
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for lunch when visiting Old Town San Diego. My wife and I each had two different types of tacos, all of which were very good. Note that the burritos weigh 1 pound each!

Thank jdw81959
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent drinks during happy hour! We had already eaten but the menu looked awesome, would have loved to have tried the lobster tacos! If we ever go back to Old Town, we will definitely eat here!

Thank pastrychefjenn
Chino, California
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177 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were staying in Old Town and wanted to find a pet-friendly restaurant. Through reviews we found this place and were very happy. The patio section is completely open for pets, in fact we were the 4th group with pets there. They even have a menu for the dogs (we got a chicken breast for our dog). From hostess to... More 

Thank Chazz B
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean, good food, friendly staff. Nice place to eat after seeing a Charger's game. Easy on/off of the Trolley. Loved Old Town.

Thank Mike R
Elk Grove, California
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320 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good atmosphere. Great food. Carne asada tacos were filled with big pieces of steak. Black beans were tasty. Will likely return if in the area.

Thank Eric Y
New Jersey
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164 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in while walking around old town. Had delicious Carne Asado burrito. Sauce was great, huge, and filled with lots of meat, black beans, and rice. Salsa with chips was excellent. Wife and nephews tacos were good according to them. Had some beers and margaritas at the table. All left full and happy. Nice choice

Thank JeffreyK
San Diego, California
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61 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Their patio tables with umbrellas are great! The food and prices are good. Really good choice in Old Town

Thank uribes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-858-8226

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?