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The Mole Grail - Ortega’s chicken mole is the gold standard says the San Diego Reader

Each time I am seated right away upon arriving at Ortega’s (which is every time), I’m amazed I didn’t have to make my way through a crush of people waiting to get in. I can only assume this is because I tend to go during the day — that perhaps it’s much more crowded at night — because I can’t think of any other reason the place isn’t constantly packed. The space is comfortable in its Mexican country-home theme, and the service is prompt and friendly. And the food! It’s among the best Mexican food I’ve tasted this side of the border, and I’m not the only one — this kitchen has won multiple diner’s choice awards, and Gordon Ramsay has praised Ortega’s fare.

San Diego Uptown News

Voted Best Mexican Cuisine and Best Margarita by the San Diego Uptown News readers.



Fodor's features Ortega's

Seafood lovers have long flocked to Puerto Nuevo, the “lobster village” just south of San Diego in Baja California, Mexico...

Best Guac in San Diego

National Guacamole Day is Tuesday, Sept. 16. Here's where to bow down to the greatest green dip ever in San Diego.

Summer Fun in San Diego

Get ready to dance. Ortega's, A Mexican Bistro hosts an incredibly weekly live music series that has the locals a buzz.

Your Guide to Pride

Keep the party going with some chips, guacamole and of course, margaritas! Open daily ‘till midnight, University Avenue’s Ortega’s, A Mexican Bistro takes Mexican food to a whole other level...