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Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

#386 of 3,833 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
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4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
+1 619-282-4413
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The chips and salsa were very good and the service was super nice and attentive. This place is busy and seems much loved by locals. The lunch chicken tostada was adequate in size, not huge, and contained chicken, beans, tomato, lettuce, sour cream and some notably good guacamole on top. It's in a nice section of Kensington. Great there is... More 

Thank KayRuth
Charlotte, NC
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121 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

I have had yummier Mexican but we particularly enjoyed the margaritas. I had the house and he had the mango. Not sure I would return, would try some place else in town.

Thank jadoc
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 via mobile

Got there and it was very busy. They quoted 30 minute wait but ended up being 15. Lots of food, it did lack some flavor. We would go back and maybe try some more adventurous menu items. Crispy Quesadilla was different, good different.

Thank Steve B
San Diego, California
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

You can always count on Ponce's for a great meal. The margaritas are good too! They have all the standard California Mexican classics and make them all well! I will be going back again.

Thank lovewarmwater
New Hampshire
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We went early - five of us because it fills up fast and there are lines out the door. We were in time for Happy Hour and got great margaritas for $5 double size. Service was quick and they kept the guacamole, red and green dipping sauces filled and fresh chips as requested. Everything we had was the best i... More 

Thank JohnNH
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Always a wait so get there early. Service good and the wait staff is very nice and edgy. Love them. All dishes are served very hot. The staff has accommodated us numerous times by "dressing" our enchiladas. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Tim J
Isigny-sur-Mer, France
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

After eating the famous tortillas made in front of you in Old Town , i didn't think there could be a better Mexican restaurant in San Diego ! But this one PONCE ´s in the best! Try their guacamole ! Only problem: is is very noisy and crowdy. Service good, they bring additional chips without asking and big refreshing Margaritas.... More 

San Francsico
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A nice enough place but pretty the food was underwhelming. We had a group of 10 and the service was attentive. Prices were cheap but food was not as good as most of the places in the gas lamp district.

Thank SailingThistle
New Castle, New Hampshire
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130 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

But in San Diego not really. The Margaritas where horrible, the food just above average, stay in the gas lamp district do not be sucked out to this place.

Thank JohnHC
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This was a 1st time visit to this place. We went on a Thursday after work. When we got there, we were immediately told there was a 2 hour time limit at the table. That was not a good way to be welcomed on our 1st visit. The best part was the Service, it was great but that is where... More 

Thank FelipeAndrade

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-2504
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-282-4413

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