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Where to Drink Margaritas in San Diego

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Whether you prefer oak-aged añejo on the rocks, or a blended tequila concoction served in a pineapple — nothing is quite as much fun to drink as a margarita. In anticipation of impending Cinco de Mayo celebrations, check out our map of the must-have margaritas around San Diego.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cantina Mayahuel

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2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 283-6292
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Educate yourself in all things agave at this real-deal cantina, which just so happens to boast one of the biggest tequila selections in San Diego. Any of the two hundred plus bottles of añejo, blanco and reposado can be combined with orange nectar, orange liquor and fresh lime juice, and made into a delicious margarita.

2. Puesto

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789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-8880
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Made with Casa Noble Crystal organic tequila, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, a blend of Point Loma Farms organic lime juice accented with a touch of grapefruit, clementine and just a hint of agave, the Mercado ($16) is Puesto’s new house-made marg.

3. El Camino

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2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 685-3881
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For something sweet, try El Camino’s watermellon marg (El Jimador Blanco, watermelon puree, lime, and simple syrup). For something with a little more kick, the jalapeno (Cazadores Reposado, fresh jalapeño, lime juice simple syrup, and orange liqueur) should be just the ticket.

4. Leña Craft Mexican

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909 Prospect St #290
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 263-4190
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From the namesake Lena Margarita (Herradura Blanco, Cointreau, housemade sour, lime fresco sea salt), to the Pepino-Jalapeno Margarita (Maestro Dobel Diamante, Cointreau, cucumber, jalapeno, housemade sour), you can’t go wrong turn with any of the specialty cocktails at this charming new spot in La Jolla.

5. Fairweather

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795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

Many argue the “Mexican Daisy” is likely a local… from the Baja Coast, circa 1930s - 1940s. Anthony Schmidt’s version, made with blanco tequila, fresh lime, agave and house made curacao, will set you back $10. During happy hour (Monday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m.) you can sip em’ for $7 a piece.

6. Casa Machado

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3750 John J Montgomery Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 292-4716
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Rocking a slight 70s vibe, this cheery Mexican eatery in Kearny Mesa boasts a full bar and views over Montgomery Field runways. Stop by for $4.25 margaritas (regular) during the daily happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m.), and a basket or two of their more than delicious chips and salsa.

7. Don Chido

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527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 232-8226
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After all the “Bey Hive” buzz this week, happening Gaslamp go-to Don Chido’s is saying cheers to Queen Bey with a namesake Lemonade margarita. Made with, what else, but lemonade, tequila and agave. We say cheers to the left, to the left.

8. Casa De Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 634-3443
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This festive eatery on the Carlsbad/Encinitas border serves classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas "as big as your head", according to one Yelp reviewer. Nom on their tasty chips and salsa while you sink a few Cadillacs’ on the outside patio.

9. En Fuego Cantina & Grill

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1342 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
(858) 792-6551
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The owners’ namesake “Bubba’s Margarita” (Hornitos, Sweet & Sour, splash of orange juice, Grand Marnier float) is a margarita menu staple at this 1930s era historic North County hotspot.

10. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

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4050 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 282-4413
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Viva la Ponce’s (Herradura Añejo, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, sweet and sour, fresh squeezed lime) is a house favorite; but if elements of roast agave, lime rind, gentle smoke, and rainwater are more your style try the Smokey -- a solid blend of Don Julio Añejo, and housemade agave nectar topped with a Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal float.

11. Coasterra Restaurant

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880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 814-1300
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Coasterra’s expansive margarita menu features over 70 labels of carefully sourced agave spirits. Blended with Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila, coconut cream, lime juice with a coconut salted rim, hand shaken the traditional way, Deb’s Coconut Margarita is equal parts tropical, refreshing and sweet.

12. Isabel's Cantina

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966 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 272-8400
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Take your pick from the pomegranate mint (Pom juice, fresh lime, agave nectar and mint) or Jalapeño raspberry margarita (roasted jalapeño infused agave spirit, agave, raspberry puree and fresh lime) at this buzzy local favorite spot in PB.

13. Hello Betty Fish House

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211 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-1008
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The O'side Rita - Cuervo Tradicional, Orange Liqueur, Lime, Agave, Good Ol’ Kosher Salt ($9), and Eddie Would Go - Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Coconut Rum, Orange Liqueur, Lime, Pineapple ($10) are two suitably surfy-inspired sippers worth checking out at this breezy North County hangout.

1. Cantina Mayahuel

2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Educate yourself in all things agave at this real-deal cantina, which just so happens to boast one of the biggest tequila selections in San Diego. Any of the two hundred plus bottles of añejo, blanco and reposado can be combined with orange nectar, orange liquor and fresh lime juice, and made into a delicious margarita.

2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

2. Puesto

789 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

Made with Casa Noble Crystal organic tequila, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, a blend of Point Loma Farms organic lime juice accented with a touch of grapefruit, clementine and just a hint of agave, the Mercado ($16) is Puesto’s new house-made marg.

789 W Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

3. El Camino

2400 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

For something sweet, try El Camino’s watermellon marg (El Jimador Blanco, watermelon puree, lime, and simple syrup). For something with a little more kick, the jalapeno (Cazadores Reposado, fresh jalapeño, lime juice simple syrup, and orange liqueur) should be just the ticket.

2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

4. Leña Craft Mexican

909 Prospect St #290, La Jolla, CA 92037

From the namesake Lena Margarita (Herradura Blanco, Cointreau, housemade sour, lime fresco sea salt), to the Pepino-Jalapeno Margarita (Maestro Dobel Diamante, Cointreau, cucumber, jalapeno, housemade sour), you can’t go wrong turn with any of the specialty cocktails at this charming new spot in La Jolla.

909 Prospect St #290
La Jolla, CA 92037

5. Fairweather

795 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

Many argue the “Mexican Daisy” is likely a local… from the Baja Coast, circa 1930s - 1940s. Anthony Schmidt’s version, made with blanco tequila, fresh lime, agave and house made curacao, will set you back $10. During happy hour (Monday - Friday, 5 - 7 p.m.) you can sip em’ for $7 a piece.

795 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Casa Machado

3750 John J Montgomery Dr, San Diego, CA 92123

Rocking a slight 70s vibe, this cheery Mexican eatery in Kearny Mesa boasts a full bar and views over Montgomery Field runways. Stop by for $4.25 margaritas (regular) during the daily happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m.), and a basket or two of their more than delicious chips and salsa.

3750 John J Montgomery Dr
San Diego, CA 92123

7. Don Chido

527 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

After all the “Bey Hive” buzz this week, happening Gaslamp go-to Don Chido’s is saying cheers to Queen Bey with a namesake Lemonade margarita. Made with, what else, but lemonade, tequila and agave. We say cheers to the left, to the left.

527 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Casa De Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009

This festive eatery on the Carlsbad/Encinitas border serves classic Mexican cuisine and margaritas "as big as your head", according to one Yelp reviewer. Nom on their tasty chips and salsa while you sink a few Cadillacs’ on the outside patio.

1901 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009

9. En Fuego Cantina & Grill

1342 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

The owners’ namesake “Bubba’s Margarita” (Hornitos, Sweet & Sour, splash of orange juice, Grand Marnier float) is a margarita menu staple at this 1930s era historic North County hotspot.

1342 Camino del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014

10. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Viva la Ponce’s (Herradura Añejo, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, sweet and sour, fresh squeezed lime) is a house favorite; but if elements of roast agave, lime rind, gentle smoke, and rainwater are more your style try the Smokey -- a solid blend of Don Julio Añejo, and housemade agave nectar topped with a Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal float.

4050 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

11. Coasterra Restaurant

880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Coasterra’s expansive margarita menu features over 70 labels of carefully sourced agave spirits. Blended with Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila, coconut cream, lime juice with a coconut salted rim, hand shaken the traditional way, Deb’s Coconut Margarita is equal parts tropical, refreshing and sweet.

880 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

12. Isabel's Cantina

966 Felspar St, San Diego, CA 92109

Take your pick from the pomegranate mint (Pom juice, fresh lime, agave nectar and mint) or Jalapeño raspberry margarita (roasted jalapeño infused agave spirit, agave, raspberry puree and fresh lime) at this buzzy local favorite spot in PB.

966 Felspar St
San Diego, CA 92109

13. Hello Betty Fish House

211 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054

The O'side Rita - Cuervo Tradicional, Orange Liqueur, Lime, Agave, Good Ol’ Kosher Salt ($9), and Eddie Would Go - Cazadores Blanco Tequila, Coconut Rum, Orange Liqueur, Lime, Pineapple ($10) are two suitably surfy-inspired sippers worth checking out at this breezy North County hangout.

211 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

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