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Hours of operation
Mon 11:30AM - 09:30PM
Tue 11:30AM - 09:30PM
Wed 11:30AM - 09:30PM
Thu 11:30AM - 09:30PM
Fri 11:30AM - 10:30PM
Sat 10:00AM - 10:30PM
Sun 09:30AM - 09:30PM
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Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro

141 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
P. (619) 692-4200


Ortega's - A Mexican Bistro is located in Hillcrest on the corner of third and University, where it brings an authentic Puerto Nuevo dining experience right into the heart of San Diego. Guests get a chance to enjoy Baja-style lobster, fresh guacamole prepared tableside, and other regional specialties. The recipes originate from the Ortega family, which was among the first to prepare a repertoire of Baja cuisine, such as beans, rice and steamed lobster, in Baja's lobster village of Puerto Nuevo in the 1950s. These traditional flavors make Ortega's Bistro an alluring dining choice for lunch and dinner, from 11 am until midnight. The trendy La Cantina bar inside Ortega's is the place for everyone to lounge and relax beside the fireplace with one of Ortega's signature pomegranate margaritas or something from an expansive assortment of the finest tequilas, spirits, and Mexican beers. The stained glass and chic design are accompanied by Latin-inspired music that adds to the cozy ambiance The restaurant's spacious atmosphere and design capture the festive Mexican traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo, which combine to create a charming restaurant and bar that has received plenty of praise from the likes of Zagat, Sign on San Diego, Westway Magazine, and others. Pricing: Breakfast (Monday-Sunday) $8-$10; Lunch $8-$15; Dinner $13-$17.
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"Very good food, the lobster and shrimp excellent! portions just enough so you are full but not ..."
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"This restaurant never disappoints. Great food, great service."
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"We love the food at Ortega?s! We did take out for Father?s Day and enjoyed all our choices that..."
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