Best Restaurants in Old Town San Diego Offer Mexican Food & More

A list of the best restaurants in Old Town San Diego looks a lot different now than when I first started going there to eat (dare I say) a few decades ago.

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You’ll want to try the delicious handmade tortillas prepared daily by friendly tortilla makers — you and the kids can watch as they are made.


Located just south of the historic district, this one-Michelin-star venue prepares traditional Japanese-style sushi in an intimate setting that puts you face-to-face with your sushi chefs.

Sushi Tadokoro

This vibrant food hall is a collection of several counter-order eateries serving award-winning culinary creations, just outside the state historic park.

Old Town Urban Market

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Check out their menu for other fusion creations, and save room for dessert—like the chocolate plantain served over ice cream.


Offering traditional and creative fusion flavors, this place is ideal for date nights, or anytime you’re in the mood for amazing sushi. It’s a favorite of locals.

Harney Sushi

It’s just a nice place to enjoy traditional Mexican favorites outside in good weather. It’s an easy stop while walking around Old Town State Historic Park.

Casa de Reyes

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