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Old California Mining Co

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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1020 W San Marcos Blvd Ste 118, San Marcos, CA 92078-4031
+1 760-761-4900
08:00 - 22:00
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Murrieta, California
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439 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Good salad bar and quick for lunch when we are on a lunch break. Hamburgers and fries are always good too. Service has always been good. My only con is the interior could use an update.

Thank JAE2512
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Actually the best we've ever had - service spectacular prices very reasonable you get a lot of food I couldn't finish yummy yummy love this place!!!!

Thank Valerie R
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

We had pretty high expectations, based on earlier reviews on TA. The menu offered a good variety of choices at very good prices. Our server was both friendly and helpful, adding to our pleasant experience. With the wide variety of venues in this area, we're glad we chose the Old California Mining Co.

Thank waldo1
San Marcos, California
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016

After many years of wanting to find a local place that provided better than average food at good prices I think this might be the place. Arrived on a Sunday afternoon and the place was not busy. The service was above average (my waitress seemed tired but she was not rude). The food surprised me. It was VERY GOOD. I... More 

Thank azavala7
Carlsbad, California
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Summary: I'm not sure why some people were giving this place bad reviews. I found the food pretty good and the service excellent. Food: This was our first visit so you get what they're known for - the Prime Rib. Only served on Fri/Sat. I didn't have high expectations coming based on all of the reviews but I was pleasantly... More 

Thank GuinnessMalamute
Escondido, California
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Can't beat $5 for a burger and fries! It's way better then any drive thru! Honestly we didn't really explore the menu! We went for the $5 deal and it was great! service was awesome! One of my friends ordered the wings and said they were delicious! They also have a great happy hour and a$10 dinner deal on Wednesday... More 

Thank Amber_Austin_Javier
Carlsbad, California
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We recently move to San Marcos from Carlsbad, and needed a "go to" place. We had stopped at OCMC (Old CA Mining Co) on occasion, before we moved after hiking. This is now our "go to" place. They have great food deals - $5 hamburger/fries on Monday and maybe Tuesday, but don't hold me to the Tuesday. They aren't sad... More 

Thank Ginger C
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of the older restaurants on restaurant row. The food is generally good and the portions are adequate. It has a self serve salad bar which is ok but not great. Portions are average and the price is reasonable. We do not frequent here often but have enjoyed the times we have gone.

Fallbrook, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

We arranged for a banquet to celebrate our daughter's CSUSM graduation, and were helped all along the way by 'Nick' for planning. When we arrived, we found their banquet room charming and filled with character, decorated very nicely for the event. We had 23 people, and had plenty of room to spare. Nick had arranged for two servers for our... More 

Thank Deanna H
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Just average, sums it up, average burger, average smoked meat, average ribs. Good beer though can't see why it rates so high on trip advisor

Thank Bongodog1964

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1020 W San Marcos Blvd Ste 118, San Marcos, CA 92078-4031
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Marcos
  • Phone Number: +1 760-761-4900

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?