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Fred's Mexican Cafe

#162 of 3,871 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Old Town
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
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2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
+1 619-858-8226
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 00:00
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Redlands, CA
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162 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a fun place to spend all day on Cinco de Mayo! The bar was packed with 100s of party goers, the bartenders were working their tails off, especially Adrian, and the food we had was satisfying. Can't really say much about table service or food quality but if the line waiting to get in was any indication, it must... More 

Thank Mary G
Tujunga, CA
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it. They have very good choices of Mexican food and our 10 years old doesn't do Mexican food but they had burgers in kids menu. Place is full and we were there in middle of the week and they have two very large outdoor area and indoor area. With all that food came on time and if you... More 

Thank Raymond H
Sunward Park
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On visiting Old Town we popped into Fred's for a margarita. Absolutely delicious. It was so nice we went back a further two times. Lovely authentic Mexican cafe. Definitely worth s visit.

Thank Linda K
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I took my girls here to eat last week and it has improved since the last time we came. It was going through some hit and miss issues in the past and we had stopped coming because of it. It looks as if they have their old menu back and we are very glad! The carnitas tacos I had were... More 

Thank ibhayhay
San Diego, California
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

My husband and I like Fred's a lot for Mexican food. He always gets the cheeseburger tacos (they put fries in the taco!) and I like the fried chicken tacos. We keep coming back in spite of the chaos that is parking in Old Town!

Thank MBcitySanDiego
Durham, North Carolina
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

This was a spur of the moment stop - the wait at a couple other places was longer than we will do. We sat at the bar here - the service was excellent. The atmosphere was casual and very friendly. The bartender was fun to watch - she was very busy but incredibly friendly.

Thank PSJ1977
Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
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196 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We were walking around Old Town near San Diego and were ready for dinner. The map of the area had several restaurants on it and when we stopped by them, the wait time was 45 minutes plus, which I absolutely refuse to do. Found Fred's which wasn't on the map. The wait was 10 minutes (which turned out to be... More 

Thank Swiss_Zirks
Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Just stopby for margarita and drink on a Saturday and found out - they have happy hours till 6pm on a weekend. Awesome! In front of the so busy restaurant, there's fresh tortilla on sale for 4/$1.0- it was yummy.

Thank Cristina J
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

There are 4 restaurants across the street from each other on San Diego Ave in Old Town. We picked Fred's because the wait was a little shorter, not necessarily expecting amazing Mexican food. Our family of 5 ate the calamari steak tacos, tortilla soup, and burgers - all were delicious. The calamari especially was cooked perfectly. We also loved the... More 

Thank kimchristian50
Tyler, Minnesota
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Our son picked this restaurant because his nickname is Fred. We were served great food and drinks with a very friendly waitress. I would definitely go back.

Thank Jeff S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 20
Mexican, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 619-858-8226

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?