Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 4050 Adams Ave

    San Diego, CA 92116

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  • 619-282-4413

About Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

Hours
Fri-Sat: 10am-10pm, Tue-Thu: 11am-10pm, Mon: 11am-9pm

Food

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This is our favorite Mexican food in San Diego! The atmosphere is fun, the food is reasonably priced and the drinks - nobody can compete with their margs! This place is great for two or a bigger group, including kids.

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★★★★★

This is our favorite Mexican food in San Diego! The atmosphere is fun, the food is reasonably priced and the drinks - nobody can compete with their margs! This place is great for two or a bigger group, including kids.

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What can I say? they have tasty strong drinks & usually have a beer on special. Their enchiladas are great and my husband swears by the machaca torta. Cool locally owned and run business with great dcor. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait if you're there for dinner on a weekend night. You can always find a seat or stand by the bar. If you find yourself there, be sure to ask for Rod, the bartender. He's the best in town.

5
★★★★★

What can I say? they have tasty strong drinks & usually have a beer on special. Their enchiladas are great and my husband swears by the machaca torta. Cool locally owned and run business with great dcor. They don't take reservations, so be prepared to wait if you're there for dinner on a weekend night. You can always find a seat or stand by the bar. If you find yourself there, be sure to ask for Rod, the bartender. He's the best in town.

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After reading all of the reviews on this place it's obvious that you either love it or hate it ... I absolutely love this place.
You can't find better service anywhere in town...well maybe you can but in all the years I've lived here, I've never felt more welcome in a restaurant. The staff are funny, witty, sassy and rockin. Aside from the hip and trendy kids that crawl all over that place the last thing you'll ever see is pretentious staff.
Now ... to the food!
I highly recommend the chicken enchiladas with flour tortillas! That red sauce is to die for and I've never once been disappointed. The chips and salsa are worth the 45min wait.
The negatives:
-parking sucks a huge one
-I hate waiting in the line (so go before the rush)
-The people at the bar can sometimes be a little too loud

4
★★★★☆

After reading all of the reviews on this place it's obvious that you either love it or hate it ... I absolutely love this place.
You can't find better service anywhere in town...well maybe you can but in all the years I've lived here, I've never felt more welcome in a restaurant. The staff are funny, witty, sassy and rockin. Aside from the hip and trendy kids that crawl all over that place the last thing you'll ever see is pretentious staff.
Now ... to the food!
I highly recommend the chicken enchiladas with flour tortillas! That red sauce is to die for and I've never once been disappointed. The chips and salsa are worth the 45min wait.
The negatives:
-parking sucks a huge one
-I hate waiting in the line (so go before the rush)
-The people at the bar can sometimes be a little too loud

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The potato taquitos are my favorite! I love going here and definitely glad that I found this place. It is definitely my favorite place to go to in San Diego.

4
★★★★☆

The potato taquitos are my favorite! I love going here and definitely glad that I found this place. It is definitely my favorite place to go to in San Diego.

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We discovered Ponce's in December 2007 (thanks to Rod Luck at KUSI) and have eaten there every week since! We LOVE the potato taquitos, cheese enchiladas, and margaritas on the rocks! We now bring friends, family, and neighbors to Ponce's instead of going to Old Town for authentic and delicious Mexican food. You can't beat the service, the price, nor the quality. We love it. The only downside? The parking is tight but worth it.

4
★★★★☆

We discovered Ponce's in December 2007 (thanks to Rod Luck at KUSI) and have eaten there every week since! We LOVE the potato taquitos, cheese enchiladas, and margaritas on the rocks! We now bring friends, family, and neighbors to Ponce's instead of going to Old Town for authentic and delicious Mexican food. You can't beat the service, the price, nor the quality. We love it. The only downside? The parking is tight but worth it.

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San Diego is filled with delicious Mexican restaurants, this is not one of them. I am new to the neighborhood and was excited to see a Mexican joint close by. There is always a long line and people waiting to get in so I assumed this was THE place for a good Mexican meal. The first time I went in the wait was too long so we left. The second time we went for lunch and didn't have to wait long. I was surprised by how hot it was inside. No A/C! We sat on the patio which was a little cooler. I was with three friends and we all agreed that the food was mediocre and there are better places in SD for good tacos. I'm a vegetarian and they had nothing on the menu for me, beans with lard, ugh. Rice with chicken stock, sigh. I had the cheese enchiladas and they were so so, the sauce was bland, nothing special. My friends weren't crazy about their meals either and none of us took home our leftovers. If you are in the mood for good Meixcan food, don't start here. If you live in the neighborhood and you are hungry and don't feel like driving be prepared for maybe average food. Next time I'll make a burrito at home. Service was just okay. They brought our food before they brought our silverware! That about sums it up.

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San Diego is filled with delicious Mexican restaurants, this is not one of them. I am new to the neighborhood and was excited to see a Mexican joint close by. There is always a long line and people waiting to get in so I assumed this was THE place for a good Mexican meal. The first time I went in the wait was too long so we left. The second time we went for lunch and didn't have to wait long. I was surprised by how hot it was inside. No A/C! We sat on the patio which was a little cooler. I was with three friends and we all agreed that the food was mediocre and there are better places in SD for good tacos. I'm a vegetarian and they had nothing on the menu for me, beans with lard, ugh. Rice with chicken stock, sigh. I had the cheese enchiladas and they were so so, the sauce was bland, nothing special. My friends weren't crazy about their meals either and none of us took home our leftovers. If you are in the mood for good Meixcan food, don't start here. If you live in the neighborhood and you are hungry and don't feel like driving be prepared for maybe average food. Next time I'll make a burrito at home. Service was just okay. They brought our food before they brought our silverware! That about sums it up.

Pros: Close if you live in the hood

Cons: Not good food, long wait, poor service

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and so are the tacos, enchiladas and guacamole, to name just a few tasty items. The food comes in huge portions so you could split a combination with a friend and easily feel full. Or you can get your perfect combination by ordering from the a la carte menus. Everything is good here, including the service and atmosphere.

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and so are the tacos, enchiladas and guacamole, to name just a few tasty items. The food comes in huge portions so you could split a combination with a friend and easily feel full. Or you can get your perfect combination by ordering from the a la carte menus. Everything is good here, including the service and atmosphere.

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