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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

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141 University Ave Ste 5, San Diego, CA 92103-3063 (3rd Avenue)
+1 619-692-4200
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 00:00
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San Diego, California, United States
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114 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

When you want something more rewarding and gracious than the typical Mexican cafe that churns out predictable combo plates that just fill you up, you are ready for Ortega's in Hillcrest. Large, comfortable tables, cloth napkins, and the quiet atmosphere immediately suggest fine dining rather than fast food. When you open the menu, there is not a combination plate in... More 

Thank Ken H
San Diego, California
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121 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

My friends and I went here for happy hour and discovered they were having a dinner special. We all had lobster with steak and I believe 1 person got the lobster with shrimp. I love Puerto Nuevo style lobster and although this dinner was good, it wasn't close to how delicious it is in MX. The service was great though... More 

Thank BBDoll619
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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84 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We went in for a late night dinner and wanted some lobster. We ordered the lobster feast and added shrimp. We also ordered the table side guacamole. The lobster was great and the shrimp too. Very, very good. The highlight was the flour tortillas. I don't think I have ever eaten a flour tortilla that tastes so good. The server... More 

Thank Bmbwilburn
San Diego, California
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274 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I have been to Ortega's many times, this is a very good restaurant. I stopped by solely for their Puerto Nuevo Tortilla Soup. It is quite delicious. It is made with chicken stock, gaujillo chiles, cheese, and strips of crispy corn tortillas. I love this soup, especially if you add lime juice. I also ordered 2 sides of flour tortillas... More 

Thank Angelica S
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

From the pomegranate margaritas to the queso fundido and of course the lobster everything was perfect! Their beans are so delicious. They took really good care of our party, we had a birthday to remember.

Thank Deborah H
Philadelphia, PA
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106 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I was told the mole enchiladas would be spicy, but they turned out to be sweet. They were tasty, but nothing amazing or special about them. I do recommend getting the guacamole with tortilla chips--that was amazing. We sat outside and had about 3 servers. The lighting was too dark outside.

Thank OrangeKipepeo
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

This place was cozy and had a relaxing atmosphere. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and their crab enchiladas were amazing! When we come back, we'll be sharing entres. The portions were generous. The prices were a little high, but worth it.

Thank Marbella E
San Diego, California
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121 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Ortegas is always our "go to" place for out of town visitors. And that's because we love it ourselves. Today was a slow day so we went for late lunch and it was incredible. The service, food, ambiance were all superb. And we had a nice visit with the owner.

Thank Darrell92104
Barstow, California
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301 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

My cousin from Hawaii was in town and wanted to eat Mexican food, considering the lack of good Mexican in Hawaii. So I brought her here since it's a nice sit down instead of heading to a taco stand. Friendly greeting when we walked in. I had never been in before, and the place is pretty big. We sat in... More 

Thank heuster3
Santa Ana, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

I no longer cross the border to Rosarito for Lobster. Ortega's in Hillcrest Lobster is just as good, a little pricier but worth avoiding the hassle of crossing the border.

Thank Miriam C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?