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Where to Drink Margaritas in San Diego

If tequila has a season, this is it

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Whether you prefer a simple squeeze of fresh lime with a rock salt rim or a tequila-spiked mango slushy with a roll of chamoy candy, there is a perfect margarita for you in San Diego. In anticipation of impending Cinco de Mayo celebrations, check out our map of the must-have margaritas around town.

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1. Casa De Bandini

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1901 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 634-3443
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A classic of Carlsbad, Casa de Bandini has margaritas for every palate, from the boozy Don Juan Margarita with sweet and sour and a float of Grand Marnier to the Cinco-Rita Margarita with frozen mango and strawberries.

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Casa De Bandini
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2. La Especial Norte

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664 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-1040

The colorful decor beckons you into this longtime Encinitas haunt. The table menu offers margaritas by the glass or pitcher or try the Horney Margarita with tequila Sauza Hornitos Reposado, sweet and sour, and orange juice.

Colorful indoor patio.
La Especial Norte
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3. ALCE 101

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243 N Hwy 101 Suite 7
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 704-4465
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While its shelves are stocked with over 100 tequila and mezcal, the flagship Alce margarita is the place to start. With the majesty of its namesake (the mighty moose) a black lava salt-rimmed glass comes brimming with blue agave blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and local honey.

Colorful cocktails in dappled light.
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4. Tony's Jacal

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621 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 755-2274
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One of San Diego’s oldest restaurants, the Gonzales family’s Tony’s Jacal knows how to make a perfect margarita. Try their Old Fashion Orange Cadillac with Grand Marnier and muddled oranges or sip on a Ray’s Mezcal-Rita with Cointreau, tamarind and lime.

5. Puesto La Jolla

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1026 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 454-1260
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Puesto offers a completely additive-free tequila cocktail menu. Bar and spirits creative director Beau du Bois developed the ultimate premium margaritas, which include That Good Good Cadillac made with Siete Leguas añejo tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime.

Margarita with salted rim and lime on marble.
Puesto Perfect Margarita
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6. Casa De Pico

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5500 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 463-3267
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A taste of Old Town in East County. Casa De Pico relocated to Grossmont Center in 2005 where they have been serving classic and specialty margaritas ever since. Their menu spans from the Don Julio with triple sec, sweet and sour, and orange juice to the “Padres Pride” with fresh lime, lemonade, and agave.

7. Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant

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8425 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942
(619) 461-9390
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This iconic family restaurant recently passed ownership to long time employee Juan Vasquez who started out as a dishwasher in 2006. Grab a seat on their patio and enjoy a classic lime spiked cocktail in a cactus stem glass.

Large margarita with paper flowers.
Tamarind Margarita
Mario’s De La Mesa / Yelp

8. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

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4050 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 282-4413
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A Kensington classic for 50 years, the Meza family serves favorites like the Cadillac margarita with 1800 Reposado, Grand Marnier, lime, and sweet and sour. Or, you can build your own with modifications like Skinny (lime and agave) or Frutas with blends of desert pear or mango.

Mango margarita with tajin rim.
Mango margarita
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9. Cantina Mayahuel

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2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 283-6292
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Simplicity allows Cantina Mayahuel’s extensive tequila lineup to shine. Choose your base from their shelves organized by blancos, reposados, anejos, and extra anejos and have them transform it into a margarita with organic lime, agave, and VSOP orange liqueur.

Three margaritas with salted rims.
Cantina Mayahuel
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10. Casa Guadalajara

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4105 Taylor St
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 295-5111
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Colors lace through every element of Casa Guadalajara, from the papel picado fluttering overhead to the stained glass lighting the bar. Their margaritas come in many shades too, from the pale Hand Shaken with triple sec and sweet and sour to the bold hues of the Strawberry margarita de la casa.

Pale cocktail on colorful tile table.
Hand Shaken Margarita
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11. Cocina De Barrio

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3924 W Point Loma Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 222-6600
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Perhaps the most beautiful margaritas in town, Cocina De Barrio garnishes their fresh lime and agave cocktails with a rotating selection of popsicles. They offer classic Barrio Margaritas as well as versions in flavors like cucumber and mint.

Cocktails with popsicles and marigolds.
Popsicle Margaritas
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12. Tahona Bar

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2414 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 255-2090
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Explore the depths of mezcal at Old Town’s Tahona Bar, or stick to their classic margarita made with RDV Tequila, housemade triple sec, and fresh lime. One of the best cocktails spots in the area, it’s a must at any hour (but especially happy hour).

Interior of Tahona Bar.
Tahona Bar
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13. El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

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2304 San Diego Ave # B
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 220-0692
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The unique margarita selection offers cocktails shaken with natural pink guava pulp and blood orange juice. Or try their Perfect Cadillac with lime juice, triple sec, and a float of orange liqueur.

14. El Comal

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3946 Illinois St
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 294-8292
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Tall, chili-rimmed, margaritas spiked with cucumber and jalapeno are available everyday at El Comal. Enjoy them with dinner or during their excellent happy hour.

Two cocktails with jalapeno and cucumber.
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15. La Doña

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1852 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 269-6144
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Catch a breeze on La Doña’s Ocean Beach patio while enjoying the house Doña Margarita with fresh lime, agave, and El Jimador blanco tequila in a Hiwa Kai black salt rimmed glass. Adding guava is an option that should not be skipped.

Three colorful cocktails with mural in background.
La Doña Margaritas
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16. Hugo's Cocina

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1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 892-7882
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An Ocean Beach favorite, Hugo’s came close to closing earlier this year, then Erika Leyva and Georgina Ballesteros stepped in. After taking over ownership, the duo made a few changes but continue to serve the familiar lineup of lime, jalapeno with lime, mango, and strawberry margaritas.

Storefront of Hugo’s Cocina.
Hugo’s Cocina
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17. Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

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3172 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-2070
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Grab a table on Jimmy Carter’s 5th Avenue patio and enjoy one (or more) of their colorful cocktails, from their electric blue Margarita Azul to their refreshing cucumber or cran-guava blends, all available by the glass or pitcher.

Rainbow of margaritas on red table.
Rainbow of Margaritas
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18. Barrio Star

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2706 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 501-7827
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On the edge of Balboa Park, Barrio Star’s shelves are filled with 160 tequilas and 40-plus mezcals for your cocktails, or try its house infused tequilas like roasted jalapeno with blackberry, fresh lime, and organic light blue agave. The margaritas are available as a flight or even to-go.

Red margarita.
Roasted jalapeño blackberry margarita at Barrio Star
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19. Camino Riviera

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2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 685-3881
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Visit this recent Little Italy arrival for its classic margarita made with the hospitality group’s own special batch of Herradura Reposado, lime, and house curaçao and stay to sample from its seriously stocked collection of agave spirits.

A tequila cocktail garnished with dried citrus.
El Gordo cocktail.
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20. Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant

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5170 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 479-8024
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Murrieta’s offers old school comfort with plenty of libations. The menu is broken down by top shelf, sweet, and traditional margaritas. Go fancy with a Champagne Showers, a blend of 1800 silver with Triple Sec and champagne or a mango margarita infused with chamoy.

Six colorful cocktails on a stone top
Collection of Margaritas 
Murrieta’s Mexican Restaurant

1. Casa De Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009
Exterior with fountain
Casa De Bandini
Casa de Bandini / Facebook

A classic of Carlsbad, Casa de Bandini has margaritas for every palate, from the boozy Don Juan Margarita with sweet and sour and a float of Grand Marnier to the Cinco-Rita Margarita with frozen mango and strawberries.

1901 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009

2. La Especial Norte

664 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Colorful indoor patio.
La Especial Norte
My Two Cent S / Yelp

The colorful decor beckons you into this longtime Encinitas haunt. The table menu offers margaritas by the glass or pitcher or try the Horney Margarita with tequila Sauza Hornitos Reposado, sweet and sour, and orange juice.

664 N Coast Hwy 101
Encinitas, CA 92024

3. ALCE 101

243 N Hwy 101 Suite 7, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Colorful cocktails in dappled light.
Spring Cocktails
Courtesy Image

While its shelves are stocked with over 100 tequila and mezcal, the flagship Alce margarita is the place to start. With the majesty of its namesake (the mighty moose) a black lava salt-rimmed glass comes brimming with blue agave blanco tequila, fresh lime juice, and local honey.

243 N Hwy 101 Suite 7
Solana Beach, CA 92075

4. Tony's Jacal

621 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

One of San Diego’s oldest restaurants, the Gonzales family’s Tony’s Jacal knows how to make a perfect margarita. Try their Old Fashion Orange Cadillac with Grand Marnier and muddled oranges or sip on a Ray’s Mezcal-Rita with Cointreau, tamarind and lime.

621 Valley Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075

5. Puesto La Jolla

1026 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037
Margarita with salted rim and lime on marble.
Puesto Perfect Margarita
Anne Watson

Puesto offers a completely additive-free tequila cocktail menu. Bar and spirits creative director Beau du Bois developed the ultimate premium margaritas, which include That Good Good Cadillac made with Siete Leguas añejo tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime.

1026 Wall St
La Jolla, CA 92037

6. Casa De Pico

5500 Grossmont Center Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942

A taste of Old Town in East County. Casa De Pico relocated to Grossmont Center in 2005 where they have been serving classic and specialty margaritas ever since. Their menu spans from the Don Julio with triple sec, sweet and sour, and orange juice to the “Padres Pride” with fresh lime, lemonade, and agave.

5500 Grossmont Center Dr
La Mesa, CA 91942

7. Mario's De La Mesa Restaurant

8425 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942
Large margarita with paper flowers.
Tamarind Margarita
Mario’s De La Mesa / Yelp

This iconic family restaurant recently passed ownership to long time employee Juan Vasquez who started out as a dishwasher in 2006. Grab a seat on their patio and enjoy a classic lime spiked cocktail in a cactus stem glass.

8425 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

8. Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

4050 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Mango margarita with tajin rim.
Mango margarita
Ponce’s / Facebook

A Kensington classic for 50 years, the Meza family serves favorites like the Cadillac margarita with 1800 Reposado, Grand Marnier, lime, and sweet and sour. Or, you can build your own with modifications like Skinny (lime and agave) or Frutas with blends of desert pear or mango.

4050 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

9. Cantina Mayahuel

2934 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Three margaritas with salted rims.
Cantina Mayahuel
Dung N. / Yelp

Simplicity allows Cantina Mayahuel’s extensive tequila lineup to shine. Choose your base from their shelves organized by blancos, reposados, anejos, and extra anejos and have them transform it into a margarita with organic lime, agave, and VSOP orange liqueur.

2934 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

10. Casa Guadalajara

4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110
Pale cocktail on colorful tile table.
Hand Shaken Margarita
Casa Guadalajara / Facebook

Colors lace through every element of Casa Guadalajara, from the papel picado fluttering overhead to the stained glass lighting the bar. Their margaritas come in many shades too, from the pale Hand Shaken with triple sec and sweet and sour to the bold hues of the Strawberry margarita de la casa.

4105 Taylor St
San Diego, CA 92110

11. Cocina De Barrio

3924 W Point Loma Blvd, San Diego, CA 92110
Cocktails with popsicles and marigolds.
Popsicle Margaritas
Cocina De Barrio / Facebook

Perhaps the most beautiful margaritas in town, Cocina De Barrio garnishes their fresh lime and agave cocktails with a rotating selection of popsicles. They offer classic Barrio Margaritas as well as versions in flavors like cucumber and mint.

3924 W Point Loma Blvd
San Diego, CA 92110

12. Tahona Bar

2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Interior of Tahona Bar.
Tahona Bar
Haley Hill

Explore the depths of mezcal at Old Town’s Tahona Bar, or stick to their classic margarita made with RDV Tequila, housemade triple sec, and fresh lime. One of the best cocktails spots in the area, it’s a must at any hour (but especially happy hour).

2414 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

13. El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

2304 San Diego Ave # B, San Diego, CA 92110

The unique margarita selection offers cocktails shaken with natural pink guava pulp and blood orange juice. Or try their Perfect Cadillac with lime juice, triple sec, and a float of orange liqueur.

2304 San Diego Ave # B
San Diego, CA 92110

14. El Comal

3946 Illinois St, San Diego, CA 92104
Two cocktails with jalapeno and cucumber.
Margaritas 
El Comal / Facebook

Tall, chili-rimmed, margaritas spiked with cucumber and jalapeno are available everyday at El Comal. Enjoy them with dinner or during their excellent happy hour.

3946 Illinois St
San Diego, CA 92104

15. La Doña

1852 Bacon St, San Diego, CA 92107
Three colorful cocktails with mural in background.
La Doña Margaritas
La Doña / Facebook

Catch a breeze on La Doña’s Ocean Beach patio while enjoying the house Doña Margarita with fresh lime, agave, and El Jimador blanco tequila in a Hiwa Kai black salt rimmed glass. Adding guava is an option that should not be skipped.

1852 Bacon St
San Diego, CA 92107

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16. Hugo's Cocina

1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 92107
Storefront of Hugo’s Cocina.
Hugo’s Cocina
Rob A / Yelp

An Ocean Beach favorite, Hugo’s came close to closing earlier this year, then Erika Leyva and Georgina Ballesteros stepped in. After taking over ownership, the duo made a few changes but continue to serve the familiar lineup of lime, jalapeno with lime, mango, and strawberry margaritas.

1830 Sunset Cliffs Blvd
San Diego, CA 92107

17. Jimmy Carter's Mexican Cafe

3172 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Rainbow of margaritas on red table.
Rainbow of Margaritas
Jimmy Carter’s / Facebook

Grab a table on Jimmy Carter’s 5th Avenue patio and enjoy one (or more) of their colorful cocktails, from their electric blue Margarita Azul to their refreshing cucumber or cran-guava blends, all available by the glass or pitcher.

3172 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

18. Barrio Star

2706 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103
Red margarita.
Roasted jalapeño blackberry margarita at Barrio Star
Barrio Star / Facebook

On the edge of Balboa Park, Barrio Star’s shelves are filled with 160 tequilas and 40-plus mezcals for your cocktails, or try its house infused tequilas like roasted jalapeno with blackberry, fresh lime, and organic light blue agave. The margaritas are available as a flight or even to-go.

2706 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103

19. Camino Riviera

2400 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
A tequila cocktail garnished with dried citrus.
El Gordo cocktail.
Facebook

Visit this recent Little Italy arrival for its classic margarita made with the hospitality group’s own special batch of Herradura Reposado, lime, and house curaçao and stay to sample from its seriously stocked collection of agave spirits.

2400 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

20. Murrieta's Mexican Restaurant

5170 Bonita Rd, Bonita, CA 91902
Six colorful cocktails on a stone top
Collection of Margaritas 
Murrieta’s Mexican Restaurant

Murrieta’s offers old school comfort with plenty of libations. The menu is broken down by top shelf, sweet, and traditional margaritas. Go fancy with a Champagne Showers, a blend of 1800 silver with Triple Sec and champagne or a mango margarita infused with chamoy.

5170 Bonita Rd
Bonita, CA 91902

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