Mama Testa

★★★★★
  • 1417 University Ave

    San Diego, CA 92103

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  • 619-298-8226

About Mama Testa

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Fri-Sat: 11:30am-11pm, Sun: 12pm-8pm, Mon-Thu: 11:30am-9pm

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Tacos are da bomb! love the salsa bar.. lots of options.

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★★★★★

Tacos are da bomb! love the salsa bar.. lots of options.

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best fish tacos!! I had to write something before I left here

5
★★★★★

best fish tacos!! I had to write something before I left here

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Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss.
What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico.

In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.

4
★★★★☆

Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by no means archaic. Each dish represents a focus on the traditions and techniques responsible for producing complicated flavors and textures. This is all especially true when fish tacos are the topic of conversation. Mama Testa was the first restaurant in San Diego to take on Bobby Flay, as part of Throwdown with Bobby Flay. And although these tacos may not have been the original cause of Mama Testa's good reputation, besting Flay was a great way to prove that it was one fish taco you don't want to miss.
What made all this possible is Cesar Gonzalez, owner of Mama Testa, and his passion for Mexican cuisine and culture. He didn't want free range chicken just for the health reasons or because it was the current trend, but because only free range can bring out the flavors realized by the dishes as they are made in Mexico.

In fact, all the fresh ingredients are for making Mexican food the way Mexicans do. And Cesar knows that just the food is not enough to give a sense of the culture, so he has made sure that while you dine, you can't help but notice the decor; pieces taken from themes of the golden era of Mexican movies and chairs baring actor's names. The entire idea of Mama Testa Taqueria is to fill your senses with the flavors, smells and sights of Mexico. A goal it has surely achieved.

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Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by

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★★★★★

Some restaurants don't only speak for themselves, but yell. And you should be caught by Mama Testa, every dish is made from scratch. In an age when fusion is all the rage, Mama Testa is happy to show that going back to the authentic is by

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The food at Mama Testa is really delicious and flavorful. The only drawback is that nothing comes a la cart.

4
★★★★☆

The food at Mama Testa is really delicious and flavorful. The only drawback is that nothing comes a la cart.

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I personally thought this place was awful! I've eaten plenty of Mexican food, I just don't see what the hype is at all. I dined in with my sister, their service was lacking and our dinner conversation was interrupted by loud irritating music played on staticy speakers. Neither of us enjoyed the food.

2
★★☆☆☆

I personally thought this place was awful! I've eaten plenty of Mexican food, I just don't see what the hype is at all. I dined in with my sister, their service was lacking and our dinner conversation was interrupted by loud irritating music played on staticy speakers. Neither of us enjoyed the food.

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I've been hooked on this place since the first time I ate there, their food is delicious, authentic, and make especially great tacos. Everything tastes fresh and the service is superb. Its very homey and unique, one of my favorite restaurants.

5
★★★★★

I've been hooked on this place since the first time I ate there, their food is delicious, authentic, and make especially great tacos. Everything tastes fresh and the service is superb. Its very homey and unique, one of my favorite restaurants.

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just like the name conveys, this place provides a warm setting for some authentic mexican dishes. The salsa bar is great as well as the tender tacos with great variety of meats offered. The prices are decent especially during happy hour with the margaritas on sale! so enjoy yourself and have some authentic cuisine at a great price

4
★★★★☆

just like the name conveys, this place provides a warm setting for some authentic mexican dishes. The salsa bar is great as well as the tender tacos with great variety of meats offered. The prices are decent especially during happy hour with the margaritas on sale! so enjoy yourself and have some authentic cuisine at a great price

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