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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%
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“lobster” (22 reviews)
“guacamole” (19 reviews)
“queso fundido” (6 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

We took our German visitors here for dinner at happy hour. We had great drinks and really good carnitas tacos along with ceviche. The salsa was spicy and fresh. Service was good and we will return.

Thank Burnie D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service. Guacamole made table side. Homemade tortillas. Best steak and lobster even though it is a Mexican restaurant. Hidden in a strip mall but so worth searching for. Highly recommend it.

Thank heeticd
Reviewed May 13, 2018

I have been at this restaurant numerous times. It does not disappoint. My husband had the queso fundido which is served with corn and flour tortillas. I ordered the Puerto Nuevo-Style Tortilla Soup which is made with with chicken stock, gaujillo chiles, and cheese. Prior...More

Thank Angelica S
Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Truly delicious cuisine served in the Hillcrest district ( Mission Hills) that features Baja white wines, huge rock lobster tail, homemade tortillas and slow roasted carnitas. Refried beans are some of the best I have tasted. Portions are ample. Salads and tableside guacamole good starters....More

Thank David O
Reviewed April 10, 2018

The guacamole is made table side. The best in the area. Good margaritas, the bar menu is a good start. Service was very good, food delicious and the experience perfect!

Thank Suzanne0888
Reviewed March 3, 2018

Thought we would try it since it's a lot closer than going to Mexico. Almost as good. We had the daily special which is half lobster tail and steak Lobster very good steak was a cheaper cut, next time I would have the lobster with...More

Thank C C
Reviewed February 2, 2018

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 January 21, 2018

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 January 20, 2018

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 November 2, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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