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Cafe Coyote

Cafe Coyote

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Old Town, San Diego
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    Soni
    "your free flan..."(5 Tips)
    Alexa P.
    "Delicious margaritas and cheap but tasty Mexican food!"(42 Tips)
    Simon B.
    "Carnitas great fajitas fiesta wonderful kids want to come back"(10 Tips)
    Lyndsi W.
    "One of my top choices for Taco Tuesday."(6 Tips)
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  • Bruce L.
    Bruce LeflarFebruary 23, 2014
    Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, this restaurant is surrounded by other Mexican restaurants, but don't be fooled. Cafe Coyote is by far the best. Best food, best drinks and best service.
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    Ines HenningerNovember 10, 2014
    best margarita! we shared a guacamole and el rey...it was way too much for two people...very tasty, friendly service,very good price and grande margarita f or only 12.75! would definitely come again!
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • Lyndsi W.heart icon on user image
    Lyndsi WinerSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my top choices for Taco Tuesday. They have great food all around and cheap drinks during special times. The line might seem long but, they move through it very quickly!! Delicious tortillas
  • Alexandra C.heart icon on user image
    Alexandra ChacaraOctober 6, 2015
    Ordered the Chile Colorado plate. Very tasty, not too filling. Service here is great; waiter was timely with food. Complication with margarita earned us free flan, tasted like cheesecake!
  • Brian M.heart icon on user image
    Brian MercadoJuly 29, 2015
    I enjoy doing here for a night out with friends and family for great, traditional Mexican food. The margaritas are always mixed well with a perfect blend of tequila. A popular tourist so it is crowded
  • Jennifer S.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer SSeptember 2, 2019
    Tried the queso fundido. The tortillas came out warm and complimented the queso perfectly. Make sure you try this dish, you won’t regret it.
  • Jill O.
    Jill O'RileyJune 12, 2013
    Wow this place is awesome! I came with some friends for Taco Tuesday. The tacos are like $2 to $3 each which isn't bad for the quality you get. There was plenty of meat and fixings in there.
  • L C.heart icon on user image
    L CMarch 21, 2015
    The carnitas were amazing! Crispy skin, well seasoned and served with homemade tortillas! The wait can be long so call for reservations Id possible. The wait is worth it though!
  • BuzzFeed
    BuzzFeedSeptember 19, 2017
    If you're looking for the most authentic tortillas in CA, you need to visit Café Coyote, where Elida, the "Tortilla Lady," has been making tortillas for twenty-five years. Read more
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CerdaJanuary 2, 2014
    The queso dip strays from your typical cheeses and offers up a really light, slightly jalapeño tasting delight. Don't forget to ask for home made tortillas to dip (vs. chips).
  • Alexa P.heart icon on user image
    Alexa PomericoAugust 7, 2014
    Delicious margaritas and cheap but tasty Mexican food! The fries are in not served on the side of the California burrito.
  • Giancarlo S.
    Giancarlo S.July 8, 2015
    The chicken flautas are excellent. If you order cafe salad instead of beans and rice, get it with the Mexican dressing.
  • Cheryl J.
    Cheryl JSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Mario's the best server. We've been coming to see him for a few years. This is a must stop when we visit San Diego from the east coast. The food and drinks are the best!
  • Julie C.heart icon on user image
    Julie CummingsJanuary 27, 2015
    I had the flauta plate & my husband had variety plate (taco, enchilada, & chili relleno). Both had an AWESOME smokey chili flavor. Atmosphere's great & lots of seating space.
  • Amanda R.
    Amanda ReussAugust 21, 2019
    A must-visit for Mexican cuisine in Old Town. Tortillas are made fresh as you enter the restaurant. Enjoy the live mariachi music during your dining experience.
  • Di R.
    Di RamirezFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for Juliette for your server. She rocks and is super nice. She never rolled her eyes when I was ordering. I'm lactose intolerant and she was super understanding. She need a raise.
  • Marco N.heart icon on user image
    Marco NavarraOctober 22, 2017
    Great chips and salsa! Their spicer homemade was great too! Enjoyed the Pollo a la crema was very good! Great Cadillac Margarita!
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GravesFebruary 24, 2015
    Like stepping into a giant Mexican stereotype. Fun place, mariachi band, HUGE margaritas. Not the most authentic experience but definitely fun and satisfying.
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 27, 2014
    oh my gosh this place was the best!! everything we ordered was delicious and will certainly go again!!! i had the red white and blue margarita and it was soooo good.
  • Alicia S.
    Alicia SnyderSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Kevin was awesome & made great suggestions. Very friendly & lots of fun. Unfortunately we went back the next day & Alex really sucked!! Wish the service was a bit more consistant, the food was amazing
  • Jay P.heart icon on user image
    Jay PerskeNovember 17, 2015
    Wow! This place is awesome! Fish tacos were awesome, burrito was gigantic! The Salsa, the best I ever had. The flan! Crazy good!
  • Spencer C.
    Spencer CollinsJune 26, 2013
    AMAZING food and even better customer service! We got many things taken off our bill because our waitress said she got too busy. We didn't wait any longer than anywhere else! Thanks Yesenia!
  • Carrie H.heart icon on user image
    Carrie HugginsOctober 12, 2016
    Taco Tuesday is a great day to visit. Awesome tacos and great service. You have to have a churro after dinner, so yummy.
  • Matthew S.heart icon on user image
    Matthew SadlerMarch 5, 2016
    San Diego has the best burritos. Cafe Coyotes carne asada was no exception. Order some handmade tortillas for your appetizer.
  • Enrique G.heart icon on user image
    It's, by far, the best Mexican foreign restaurant I've tried. Still they are missing some things, like using black beans instead of brown ones...
  • Merve E.heart icon on user image
    Merve E. H.August 15, 2018
    Good margarita. Menu is good and foos is delicious they serve nachos as welcome. Prices are ok
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BurnsJanuary 28, 2016
    Ask for the vegetarian menu. Flour tortillas and potatoes have dairy in them and the pinto beans have lard.Meh
  • Candy D.heart icon on user image
    Candy D’liteFebruary 12, 2014
    The salsa was mostly raw onions, order a side of beans to have something to dip your chips in
  • Maria P.
    Maria PerezJune 24, 2010
    Drive up to the corner onto the red stop sign, get out & buy 2 home made tortillas for $1, add butter! You literally buy them on the sidewalk; there will be a lady making them on the spot. Way Yummy! Read more
  • Polina W.heart icon on user image
    Polina WeitzJune 10, 2017
    Great, huge margaritas, awesome nachos and delicious shrimp and fish tacos. The bartenders were great!
  • Kyle G.heart icon on user image
    Kyle GrayJuly 10, 2017
    Super long wait on busy days. Don't order the street tacos, get a protein bowl or a tamale and you won't be disappointed.
  • Rosa M.heart icon on user image
    Rosa MirandaAugust 26, 2019
    They have the best fried ice cream here 👍🏽
  • Thomas G.heart icon on user image
    Thomas GuibasJanuary 21, 2018
    Authentic Mexican cuisine love the surf and turf burritos Cod fish special was excellent as well
  • Giovanni C.heart icon on user image
    Giovanni CaporicciJanuary 2, 2015
    Best food in San Diego's old town district! Always fresh great drinks and awesome patio!
  • Begum T.
    Begum TekinJuly 2, 2015
    Great menu and delicious mexican food. They have a good selection of Margaritas. The prices are moderate and the portions are big.
  • Jonathan W.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan WeirSeptember 6, 2016
    The GIANT margarita is worth sharing (or one by yourself if you want a few giggles from the other tables)
  • Chris T.heart icon on user image
    Chris TorrezOctober 15, 2014
    The atmosphere is great, the service is fast, and the food and drinks are amazing!
  • Tom S.heart icon on user image
    Tom SedlacekJune 30, 2016
    Wow.. If this is #2 in town I'd hate to see #10! Salsa was TERRIBLE. My ketchup at home is more salsa-y. Wabo-rita had very little "wabo" and the enchiladas were ordinary at best... Cisco all the way
  • F E.
    F ESeptember 28, 2014
    Best burritos ever. It's just melts in your mouth.
  • Leon B.heart icon on user image
    Leon BOctober 29, 2012
    If you talk to the right people you'll get a free cheese quesadilla every time you come. EVERYTHING is good. My favorite is the carnitas!
  • Alyssa
    AlyssaSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pair the skinny margarita with al pastor, carne asada, and shrimp tacos on Taco Tues and you've got ya'self a good time. Just saying!
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    AlesoJune 27, 2016
    This place is always packed but neither the dishes or the cocktails aren't that good, in the other hand the place is cozy and the staff very friendly
  • RedRockPacoheart icon on user image
    RedRockPacoJuly 16, 2012
    This is the best Mexican restaurant in the USA. Everything is great and their on the spot tortillas are awesome.
  • Abdulrahmanheart icon on user image
    AbdulrahmanApril 24, 2017
    Amazing place to try the real Mexican food with this outstanding environment.
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    markMarch 26, 2016
    Definitely a bit touristy but agree with other reviews - solid food and great margaritas.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NeilJune 13, 2017
    Food is not that great, however get the Ass Burner Sala aka El Diablo Spicy Salsa Sampler 🔥🔥
  • Peggy K.heart icon on user image
    Peggy KingJune 9, 2013
    The service was great, however the fajita beef burrito was ALL mushroom little grilled bell pepper, and 3 small bites of beef! Would not have that again.
  • Allan H.heart icon on user image
    Allan HackAugust 11, 2018
    Best Mexican food I’ve ever had! Everything just tasted so fresh!
  • Arthur M.heart icon on user image
    Arthur MitchellFebruary 7, 2012
    Above average, but has that 'tourista' food feel of old town. My carnitas were tender, but lacked the bark of superior carnitas. The Naga Dragon Salsa was hot, but not the barn burner I expected.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FoleyOctober 26, 2016
    Go here for some yummy Mexican food + margaritas after you wander around Old Town park.
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