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Known for their huge $5.00 Margarita along with some delicious, creative menu items, if you don't go for the food, you'll find yourself wanting to mosey on up to the bar or sit on their awesome patio that probably has the best views of the State Historic Park. What a great place to relax, sip on one of those "Old Town" beverages and people watch.
Their menu has you hooked when you see the large selection of appetizers to "over-the-top" Mexican cuisine by a world-class chef. The lunch menu offers traditional entrees, as well as a nice selection of choices that are more neutral rather than cultural, if that's what you are looking for.
CONTACT INFO: 4016 Wallace Street • (619) 291-3200 • www.barrabarrasaloon.com
HOURS: Serving lunch and dinner • Daily 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
For over 20 years, Cafe Coyote has remained one of San Diego's landmark restaurants located in the heart of the historic community. It's friendly staff, loyal patrons, delicious food and the festive atmosphere have played a big part in being voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" every year from 2008 to 2013!
Recognized as a certified "Tequila House" by the prestigious Academia del Tequila in Mexico City (one of only two in the entire United States), Cafe Coyote offers over 100 Tequilas for your fresh Margarita prepared by our master bartenders under the supervision of Kenny, our tequila ambassador. Watch our tortilla ladies make the best tortillas to accompany your meal the traditional way "a mano". Listen to strolling mariachi fill the flower-scented air within our colorful courtyard dotted with fountains and framed by Spanish architecture.
CONTACT INFO: 2461 San Diego Avenue • (619) 291-4695 • www.cafecoyoteoldtown.com
HOURS: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner • Daily 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Casa de Reyes offers a memorable experience in a beautful garden setting. Enjoy a wide menu of traditional dishes features some of the best Mexican food in Old Town San Diego that includes shrimp cerviche and fresh guacamole appetizers, soups, salads, an interesting collection of classic tacos, burritos, enchildas, tostadas and tamales along with some very creative "chef-inspired" house specialties.
While dining, enjoy live entertainment on the Fiesta de Reyes stage . . . dining here is a colorful experience that the whole family will remember.
CONTACT INFO: 2754 Calhoun Street (in the State Park) • (619) 297-3100 • www.oldtownmexicanfood.com
HOURS: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner • Daily 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Casa Guadalajara welcomes guests with its charming presence and fabulous decor. The popular restaurant features an imaginative menu with traditional and contemporary cuisine, reflecting dishes from the regional villages of Mexico. Signature offerings include award-winning entrees, sauces and guacamole made fresh to order. The beautiful dining rooms and patios are reminiscent of a gracious Mexican hacienda with splashing fountains, colorful talavera tiles, old wooden gates, wrought iron fixtures and outdoor dining under a 300-year-old tree.
Cooking in the spirit of Mexico, Casa Guadalajara has been a member of Diane Powers' Bazaar del Mundo family of restaurants since 1995 and has received the California Restaurant Association's award for "Best Mexican Restaurant" and "Top Margarita in San Diego" by several media outlets and organizations.
CONTACT INFO: 4105 Taylor Street • (619) 295-5111 • www.casaguadalajara.com
HOURS: Serving lunch & dinner Mon-Thurs: 11 am to 10 pm • Fri & Sat. 11 am to 11 pm • Sun: 8 am to 10 pm
Located in a historic 1887 house in a 7.8 acre park dedicated to preserving homes of the Victorian era. The tea house features a Victorian style ambiance with delicious and decadent food and a great selection of teas. High tea and Afternoon tea are some of our offerings.
Special celebrations such as bridal or baby showers, birthdays or holiday teas can be arranged by advance reservations. Tea reservations are strongly suggested. We also feature fashion accessories from the Old Town Gift Emporium.
CONTACT INFO: 2490 Heritage Park Row • (619) 291-5464 • www.coraltreeteahouse.com
HOURS: Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday • 11:00 am to 5:00 • Last Tea Seating is at 3:00 pm.
The Cosmopolitan's menu (fondly called the "Cosmo") reflects the many cultures that influenced the culinary development of Old Town. Every dish is prepared when ordered, with house sauces, fresh vegetables, the best proteins . . . all artfully presented to give you a delicious and well-prepared meal. We change our menu throughout the year, maintaining the core favorites and adding dishes that feature local growing and harvest seasons.
Comfortable dining areas include our heated Orchard Patio with evening fire bar, surrounded by terraces of fruit and olive trees, fresh herbs, grape vines and wisteria. Inside, the Seeley dining rooms provide a more formal setting, complete with 1870s decor. The Cosmo is a unique and special venue for family dining or for that special private party in the exclusive and historic Bandini Room . . . one of the first rooms of the original Mexican adobe built in 1827.
CONTACT INFO: 2660 Calhoun Street • (619) 297-1874 • www.oldtowncosmopolitan.com
HOURS: Serving Sunday brunch, daily lunch and dinner • Daily 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Fred's promises an amazing dining experience with fresh Mexican food at a great price. Their signature recipes combine the best of traditional cuisine and a healthier California lifestyle. They use the best meats, certified Angus beef, boneless skinless chicken breast and fish. Their sauces and salsas are made daily using the freshest ingredients which makes Fred's dishes lighter, more flavorful and healthier than other Mexican restaurant dishes. Our funky decor and great music, our high energy atmosphere is where you'll want to stay and enjoy the food, people and music.
• Join us for Happy Hour every day: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm except Tuesdays
• Join us for Taco Tuesdays with $3.00 drink specials & $5.00 food specials.
CONTACT INFO: 2470 San Diego Avenue • 619-858-8226 • www.fredsmexicancafe.com/old-town-san-diego
HOURS: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to Midnight. • Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 am to Midnight.
Jack and Giuliio's Itaian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for may years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef and seafood specialties.
Most American's don't realize that Italians don't put cream into their Fettucine Alfredo. Popularized in the US by silent film stars Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. who discovered it while on honeymoon in Italy, this staple of the Italian table makes your mouth water. "It's Italian diet food", says Chef Giulio . . . "My mother, she has this every day and never gained a pound!" Join us for some "real" Italian food soon . . .
CONTACT INFO: 2391 San Diego Avenue • (619) 294-2074 • www.jackandgiulios.com
HOURS: Serving Dinner • Sunday to Thursday 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm • Friday & Saturdays 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
When walking in the door, you are overwhelmed by the smell of freshly made churros and waffle cones. The churros are steeped in Old Town tradition (like a Mexican donut) and the waffles add decadence to the delicious selection of ice creams and frozen yogurts waiting for your discovery.
Dine al fresco outside in a historic, western style courtyard and enjoy the music of mariachis everywhere. Cute little shops are ready for you to browse after your tasty indulgence.
CONTACT INFO: 2611 San Diego Avenue (In the State Park) • (619) 692-0710
HOURS: Serving ice cream and frozen yogurt specialties • Daily 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Try a colorful carnitas plate, a tasty tostada or enchilada, or a succulent chicken straight off the rotisserie. A children's menu and "Heart Smart" selections are available along with tempting desserts, exotic libations and a delicious Border Breakfast menu. This award-winning restaurant has played hosts to many presidents and celebrities as it is known for being some of the finest cultural cuisine in Old Town. This casual restaurant offers a full bar, party rooms plus indoor & outdoor seating.
CONTACT INFO: 2489 San Diego Avenue • (619) 297-4330 • www.oldtownmexcafe.com
HOURS: Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner • Sunday - Thursday 7 am to 11 pm • Friday & Saturday to 2:00 am
"It's A Fiesta For Your Senses"
The NEW Tequila Factory Restaurant and Cantina. It is a terrific spot to enjoy great Margaritas and delicious authentic Mexican food. Freshly made tortillas and guacamole, gigantic Margaritas, live music and breathtaking views from Old Town to Mission Bay are featured. Their sports bar is always busy and full of "spirit" . .
Bring your friends, family and appetite to this beautifully decorated food. The staff is friendly, the ambiance is fabulous and the menu is broad with something to surely please everyone.
CONTACT INFO: 2467 Juan Street • (619) 260-8124 • www.OldTownTequilaFactory.com
HOURS: CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH • Saturday & Sunday • 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
RESTAURANT • Thursdays • 6:00 am to 9:00 pm. • Fridays & Saturdays • 6:00 am to 10:00 pm
CANTINA • Thursdays • 6:00 am to 10:00 pm • Fridays & Saturdays • 6:00 am to 11:00 pm
HAPPY HOUR • Monday thru Friday • 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Pizza Bella, also known as "Old Town's Best Kept Secret," isn't exactly in the heart of Old Town, but people will definitely go a little out of the way to taste and experience their deliciousness! You can sample a variety of popular Italian dishes of traditional spaghetti, stuffed tortellini, cheesy bread and award winning pizza. Pizza Bella was established in 1970 and since then, has won numerous awards including "Pizza Festiva" (Florida), "Golden Medallion Winner" (Calif. Milk Advisory Bd.), "Best Pizza in America" (ABC TV); "Grand Master Chef" (Calif. Milk Advisory Board) and three national reviews in the San Diego Union Tribune. This place comes highly recommended and is a must try! So the next time you are in the area, stop in and give them a try. You will not be disappointed! P.S. they have a great selection of wine & beer too!
CONTACT INFO: 2707 Congress Street • (619) 692-4333 • www.pizzabellasd.com
HOURS: Open daily at 11:00 • Serving Lunch & Dinner • Dine-In, Take-Out & Delivery available
Rust is located in the historic Alvarado House and true to its history, serves delicious breakfast and lunch that includes salads, soups, hot & cold sandwiches and a large variety of sausages. Visitors can find a fabulous selection of fresh-baked treats that include cookies and chocolate goodies along with historic-style candies, pickles and pretzels to nibble on. On Sundays, they offer an early supper that's usually cooked to perfection and is a specialty of the house.
When you visit the store, feast your eyes on a myriad of merchandise that will quickly take you back to the 1800's with gifts and food related gourmet treats, perfect for a souvenir or to indulge for yourself . . .
CONTACT INFO: 2720 Calhoun Street • (619) 295-7878 • www.rustgeneral.com
HOURS: Serving breakfast and lunch daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the San Diego State Historic Park
As a leading provider of Importing coffee and tea, we take pride in offering the best quality of coffee and tea from around the world. We are dedicated to serving the needs of our customers each and every day. The San Diego House has been providing the Old Town San Diego community with coffee and ttea for 20 years.
Our selection includes several varieties of organic, green, white, herbal, black, rooibos teas, along with a large collection of organic spices, flavored coffees and Mexican vanilla.
CONTACT INFO: 2767 San Diego Avenue • (619) 683-2416 • www.americanhousecoffeetea.com
HOURS: Daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the San Diego State Historic Park