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Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro, San Diego, CA

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro

4.4
4.4
998 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
  • Charming
  • Neighbourhood gem
  • Good for special occasions
Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping one of our classic fresh squeezed margaritas. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Flat Iron Steak Burrito, Chicken Mole. The design captures the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo and Baja California.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 692-4200
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com
  • Area
    Hillcrest
  • Cross Street
    3rd Avenue
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 998 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

998 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our food and drinks are amazing. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the staff is friendly and attentive.

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  2. CortneyJ

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lobster meal, handmade guacamole and margaritas are to die for! This is a new staple for me!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 July 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Showed up at 740pm for a 745pm reservation. Luckily they sat us right away as there was no one there but 1 or 2 other tables. Brought us chips and salsa and 30 minutes later no one returned. No drinks, no food order nothing. Just got up and left. As we were leaving the server was just at the podium conversing with the host.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was decent except for the steak, it was tough, unseasoned and just bland overall. We ordered appetizers and entrees and all our food came out at once. We hardly had any space on our table due to all the food and didn’t really enjoy our appetizers as we had to rush them so that our entrees didn’t get cold. I really wanted to like this place but the service wasn’t the best and the steak was very very bland for the price that we paid.

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  5. Authentic

    Seattle

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, yummy sangria, and top notch service. Always hits the spot and fresh warm chips with table side guacamole can’t be beat.

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  6. eating2me

    New Orleans

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute atmosphere and the food was not bad though skip the crab dishes. On guest had an issue with crab shells, but the server was quick to bring another dish and gave him a coupon.

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  7. janetl

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If we can’t get to Puerto Nuevo for Lobster…this is a great choice. They own two restaurants there….hence great food!🌴🍺🌮🍺🌴

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent and I especially appreciate that our large group was treated well:)

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  9. Authentic

    Seattle

    62 reviews

    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and great service. Everything very tasty and friendly and prompt service.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 June 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This used to be a good substitute for driving all the way to Puerto Nuevo, but our most recent visit was very disappointing. Lobster was rubbery, beans were barely warm, margaritas were mediocre. Service was fine.

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FAQs

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 692-4200.

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 998 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro

141 University Ave #4, San Diego, CA 92103

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    3rd Avenue
  • Area
    Hillcrest
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 692-4200
  • Private party facilities
    Contact restaurant for Private Events at 619-692-4200 or via email at info@ortegas.com
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