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Gringos Cantina

At Gringo’s, diners will find enticing traditional Mexican dishes with a modern flair. The unique setting is one of the most dramatic in Pacific Beach, a blend of modern architecture and artisan décor. Chef Victor Jimenez’s menu blends the cuisines of Mexico, Spain, and the United States, with highlights such as Oaxcan Mole Sampler, Yucatan Salmon, and Carnitas. The drink menu offers an enticing array of creative concoctions, such as pomegranate margaritas or premium tequila flights, allowing diners to sample from the list of premium tequilas. The upscale setting, elegant dishes, and fun libations combine to make Gringo’s a truly unique dining experience in the heart of Pacific Beach.

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Restaurant Info

  • Address: 4474 Mission Blvd., San Diego CA 92109
  • Cross Street:
  • Location: Pacific/Mission Beach | Pacific Beach
  • Cuisine: Mexican |
  • Cost: $$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Unknown
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking:
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (858) 490-2877

Business Hours

Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Main Dining Room | All Day 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.


  • Outdoor Seating
  • Takeout Available
  • Wheelchair Access


  • Dining Alone


F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions


Restaurant Address: 4474 Mission Blvd., San Diego CA 92109

User Reviews

Best Wednesday nights...  

Appetizers and Wine are both 1/2 price on Wednesday nights! Great place to take a break from the usual 'dive bar' scene in PB, or to meet that cute girl at work without it being a 'date-date', and just enjoy a happy hour! Check out the queso and chips, and have some red or white, but the calamari isn't as good as it should.

Always satisfying  

I have dined at Gringos ten times and have always been very satisfied food and excellent service. I believe all twelve friends I brought in were very impressed also.

Good scenery  

Good food, decent drinks, hottie waitresses everywhere.

Gotta Love Champange  

Although I have found this restaurant to be a bit pricey at times, DO NOT MISS THE ALL YOU CAN DRINK CHAMPANGE BRUNCH!!! This is an awesome Sunday deal. $20 covers a full buffet style brunch, all the champange you can drink...and believe me...it's "Allllll you can drink"!..and a tip. Probably the best 20 bucks I have ever spent.

Gringos = Over Rated !!  

Well after reading many excellent reviews for Gringos Restaurant we decided to try. Unfortunately the food was Poor, The hot drinks were cold upon arrival and the service was mediocre at best. I guess that ordering seafood at a Mexican eatery was possibly a poor choice. My wife’s salad had more greens than flavor, the Swordfish was definitely old and the brownie desert seemed to have come right off of the VONS bakery shelf. The one positive I must say was the Banana cheesecake burrito, but this buy itself definitely did not make up for the rest of the experience.

Good Margarita, Bad Dinner  

I'll admit, my friend and I had had a few when we went to Gringos for dinner. It was my first night in PB. We ordered a large margarita which was delicious, but thats pretty much where the fun ended. We were seated outside next to the firepit. Very cool atmosphere, I'll give it that. My friend had nachos for an appetizer and I got the lobster margarita. They were OK. I'm all fired up for my fajitas and what arrives, but the driest, most devoid of flavor chicken I've ever tasted. I order a vodka soda and it arrives. It's terrible. My friend tastes it to make sure it isn't just me. I tell the waitress who has a little attitude on her that the drink is weak. She is flabbergasted and claims she watched them pour it and it is half vodka. No way. She brings it back and I order a beer. Overall, overpriced with an attitude. I'd go back for happy hour, and just grab drinks. Maybe try the champagne brunch too.

What Happened Since 11/03/03  

I submitted my review of Gringos on November 3, 2003. I would like to withdraw that review. I tried the Mole Sampler and both the chicken and pork were overcooked and flavorless. The bed of rice was just a bland white rice and the Mole was nothing special. Well at least the cooked vegetables were good. I will not return again and will take it of my referral list.

Gringos NOT Trustworthy  

My family and I drove 12 hours to spend time with our son who attends SDSU for the Thanksgiving weekend. The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving the whole family went to Gringos which was recommended by Pacific Terrace Hotel where we were staying. We were the last to be seated in a quiet dining room. We ordered margaritas and my two college age kids produced their ID's. My son then set his wallet on the dining table. Our food came, we ate, paid the bill and left..ALSO leaving the wallet on the table by accident. About 30 minutes later we realized the wallet with $350 cash, student ID and credit cards was still at GRINGOS we dashed back to get it. No sign of it. The server, buser and manager said they hadn't seen it.The dining room was closed when we left. We have gone back several times spoken to another manager and no one has followed through. It could only have been one of three people who stold the wallet. We feel like GRINGOS having been taken advantage of and the dishonesty involved.

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