Saw this was the Best Mexican Food in San Diego, but was extremely disappointed. We were in a large group (200 people) so maybe we just hit them on an off night. The salsa was good, very authentic, nice heat. The chips were hard and greasy. I had chicken taco salad. It was okay, nothing special. My husband had carnitas. He said they were bland and he suggested we had more authentic Mexican restaurants here in Missouri. I agree that the restaurant across the street was much better!
Upstairs patio seating is nice n the two Mariachis playing music was enjoyable but the service was just ok, food is average at best but no way close to Authentic. Carnitas, decent. Carne asada, bland n tasteless. Beans very salty and the rice was hard. Mojito was watered down. The salsa tastes like Old El Paso can salsa n the chips were stale. I do have to say the chicken flautas were the tastiest dish out of the 16 people we had dinner with.
The homemade flour tortillas n the lady making them was the only Authentic thing about this place. You want 'good' Mexican food; than go to Mexico or find a decent hole in the wall.
I honestly don't see what all of the fuss is about. The service was fair, but the food was, well, your average run-of-the-mill bland Mexican food. We had a coupon for a free homemade tortilla appetizer and the hotel staff recommended the restaurant, so we were off! We couldn't wait to sample those homemade tortillas. Sadly, the cheese quesadilla, usually a family favorite, wasn't more than half-eaten. The tortillas were heavy, bland and very floury and the whole thing was just entirely too greasy. The salsa and fresh chips were okay.
We ordered a kid's beef soft taco, which was the highlight of the meal according to both daughters and hubby. I am not a beef fan, so I opted to stick with my two cheese enchiladas, beans and rice. Again, the whole thing was bland, the ingredients on the not-so-fresh side, with some dry mexican rice. Hubby's chicken fajita was also blah and served with the same heavy tortillas. The pomegranite margarita wasn't bad. We had plenty of leftovers, which we should have left there as we threw them away as soon as we got back to the hotel.
It seems to be a bit of a tourist trap with food that is barely passable and high prices. We spent $50 for the two adult entrees, a kids meal, a margarita (no, not the giant one!) and the free quesadilla. If this is the best Mexican restaurant San Diego has to offer, as proudly displayed on their website, then it is a darn shame!
I enjoyed the Cafe Coyote...mainly due to the beautiful weather and the nice patio ambiance of this old town institution. It's one of the most popular restaurants in old town thanks to the homemade tortillas. It was very busy when my family and I went there last Sunday (02/10/08). We were seated right away. It did take a bit for the waitress to get to our table, but not too long considering the crowd. The margaritas pack a powerful punch. The food is good Mexican fare. Not the best I've had, but by now means the worst. I guess solid would be a good way to put it. I was unimpressed with the chips and salsa. You would think that a place that serves such great tortillas would be serving up great chips...but they don't. It's also a bit pricey.
We make our yearly trip to have the Baja Lobster every year and we have never been disappointed. One year they ran out and we went to a place not far from there it was not good at all.. the Cafe Cayote is the best. There breakfasts are also great.. Drinks can't beat them the best. I would recommend the Cafe to all my friends and family and have. We always take someone new there. They all go back. The service is great. Enjoy we will.