Casa de Pico, San Diego

4 out of 5 stars 6 Reviews

5500 Grossmont Center Drive (619) 463.3267

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    Casa De Pico: Viva Mexico and it's Food!

    by lmkluque Updated Jan 7, 2013

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    Though Casa de Pico has moved to the Grossmont Center, it hasn't lost it's festive atmosphere in the transition.

    Here you'll find an extended menu, good food, good service, lively crowd and a colorful, festive atmosphere.

    The brightly colored umbrellas covering tables in the patio may give you the idea that this is a "touist" favorite and it is, however this is a favorite of the locals as well. Usually there is a bit of a wait, so arrive early. While waiting, it is possible to order fresh handmade tortillas form the tortilla lady, who will pat out and cook tortillas as you watch, remember to give her a tip for the effort.


    As of 18 May 2005 Casa De Pico will no longer be found in Old Town! However, two new locations are planned. Summer 2005 it will open up in the Grossmont Shopping Center along Grossmont Drive and in the summer of 2006 Casa De Pico will open in the New location of Bazaar Del Mondo which will be at the Old Police Station near Seaport Village!


    It seems that Casa de Pico has only one location after all. It is in the city of La Mesa. This is not near downtown SD but some miles east of the city.

    Fortunately it is not hard to get to from downtown. Take the SD Trolley, Orange Line or Green Line to the Grossmont Center stop and just up the stairs and a half block or so will be Grossmont Center and Casa de Pico.

    They are open for lunch and dinner, Happy Hour is between 3 pm and 7 pm, during dinners there are roving Mariachis/Troubadours to entertain and generally if the wait for a table seems too long, you can usually get a table in the Cantina quicker, so keep that in mind.

    Favorite Dish: The biggest Margaritas in town! Tacos al Pastor, Chicken Fajitas, Carne Asada, and Carnitas are my favorites, but everything else is just as good.

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    Casa de Pico: Great Margaritas!!! **NOW CLOSED**

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    Alas the only remaining Casa de Pico is in La Mesa, hardly in the tourist center of San Diego.

    Favorite Dish: The margaritas at Casa de Pico are exceptional. The fruit is fresh and they are minus the additives that some places use to make foam or whatever. The picture shows two traditional lime margaritas and a mango-strawberry one. We liked them so much we tried to have another on our second visit to Old Town -- and they were full up!

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    Casa de Pico: Best Place in Old Town

    by Rafterman40 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    This place is so good that I actually go there in spite of the tourists. I take anyone who is visiting me to this restaurant. Everything on the menu is excellent. I like this much better than the highly overrated Old Town Mexican Cafe. Everyone who comes to San Diego inevitably ends up in Old Town - if you do, this is the place to eat. Don't worry about the long queue, it goes quickly.

    Favorite Dish: The enchiladas are primo! Bohemia or Negro Modelo beers are the best. Forget Corona or Dos Equis.

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    Casa de Pico: An answer to a tired shopper's prayer *NOW CLOSED*

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Casa de Pico have the ideal location -- inside the busy Bazaar El Mundo in Old Town, but more than tired feet are satisfied here. The food and drink are reviving also!
    We were in Old Town on the weekend and here, as at other Mexican restaurants, there were wandering musicians to entertain the ear as well. The cheerful umbrellas complete the happy picture!

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    Casa de Pico Mexican Restaurant: Fun Enviornment

    by Straggler Updated Mar 23, 2010

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    Outdoor ambience, service, food, salsa and Margaritas. You can find everything you like about it at:

    Favorite Dish: Mexican Stir Fry

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    Casa de reyes: Great Mexican

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 26, 2008

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    This Old town restaurant is in the courtyard of the Plaza del Pasado and has one of the best ambiences of the old town restaurants. Dining is outside

    Casa De Reyes

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