BARRA BARRA SALOON - 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 11:00am to 9:00pm
CAFE COYOTE - 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 7:00am to 10:00pm
CASA DE REYES - Offering a memorable experience in a beautiful garden setting. Enjoy a wide menu of traditional dishes features some of the best Mexican food in Old Town San Diego that includes shrimp ceviche and fresh guacamole appetizers, soups, salads, an interesting collection of classic tacos, burritos, enchiladas, 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 10:00am to 9:00pm
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 talvera 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: 11am to 10 pm • Fri & Sat. 11am to 11 pm • Sun: 8am to 10pm
CORAL TREE TEA HOUSE - 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 • 11:00am to 5:00pm • Last Tea Seating is at 3:00pm.
COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL - 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 11:00am to 9:00pm.
JACK & GIULIO'S - Jack and Giulio's Italian 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 Fettuccine 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 5:00pm to 10:00pm
OLD TOWN MEXICAN CAFE - 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 7am to 11pm • Friday & Saturday to 2:00am
OLD TOWN TEQUILA FACTORY - The 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
CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH - Saturday & Sunday • 9:00am to 2:00pm
RESTAURANT - Thursdays • 6:00am to 9:00pm • Fridays & Saturdays • 6:00am to 10:00pm
CANTINA - Thursdays • 6:00am to 10:00pm • Fridays & Saturdays • 6:00am to 11:00pm
HAPPY HOUR - Monday thru Friday • 4:00pm to 6:00pm
SUSHI TADOKORO - From big names in Los Angeles to hidden treasures in Minnesota, Sushi Tadokoro has been voted as one of the best sushi restaurants in the U.S. for its a la carte rolls, sashimi and amazing omakase. From local magazines to national television shows, the rave reviews continue to poor in on this small, quaint restaurant hidden among all the Mexican cuisine found easily in Old Town San Diego. Chef Taki knows his stuff and can be found frequently talking to his loyal guests and behind the bar creating more genius sushi gems. If you like Sushi . . . this is a must go restaurant. If you're not sure, try their creative "sample" box, offering an array of sushi variations. Reservations are strongly suggested as seating is limited.
CONTACT INFO: 2244 San Diego Avenue #C
(619) 297-0298 • www.sushitadokoro.com
HOURS: Open Monday to Saturday (Closed Sundays) • Serving:
Lunch from 11:30 to 2:00 (No lunch on Thursdays / special lunch menu is available)
Dinner is served from 5:00 pm to 10:00pm.
PIZZA BELLA - a.k.a. "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