About Don Chido
Don Chido, an authentic, stylish Mexican eatery in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter. Our restaurant features a live action tortilleria, Santa Maria grill and over 100 tequilas!
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11am - 4pm
Happy Hour: Monday Through Friday 4pm - 7pm
Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - Close
Taco Tuesday: Tuesdays from 4pm - Close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Everything from DJs spinning upbeat latin music to contemporary instrumental sets.
Plenty of parking on the street and less than a block from several large parking options!
Near all major bus stops
Private Party Facilities:
We have the capacity to host many different types of events! Please give us a call or send an email for more information. email@example.com
Private Party Contact:
Katie Bosworth: 6192328226x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
Special Events & Promotions:
We frequently host special events, please inquire within! 619-232-8226
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Don Chido Ratings and Reviews
Mexican food at a good price point. Kid ...
Mexican food at a good price point. Kids weren't too impressed with the chicken strips and fries (they didn't want Mexican). My Carnitas plate was good, and the drinks were good as well. But nothing leaps out as better than good. Tourist crowd mostly, and also a good watering hole.
While visiting San Diego on vacation we ...
While visiting San Diego on vacation we tried Don Chido for the first time and absolutely loved it. Being a native So Cal girl living on the East Coast, I miss good Mexican food and this place hit the spot! I went with my husband and 11 year old son. Everyone loved what they ordered and the salsa sampler was delicious!
This was my first time here after hearin ...
This was my first time here after hearing so many great things from my friends. I had a large margarita and the street tacos. We sat in a cute booth and were served by a really bubbly and friendly waitress. There was live music...they were good! Overall I enjoyed my date night and would love to come back.
We visited because a colleague recommended it. The food did not disappoint. We were here during a convention/ trade show and the service was a tad slow for that occasion. Margaritas were good. Mole is significantly great. My rec is chicken enchilada with mole and a marg. Just be a bit patient.
Fun sitting outside on a nice evening. Food was great. Hint: Ordering 2 starters and then the 3 tacos was a lot of food! Suggest ordering only 1 starter. Liked that you could choose 3 different tacos on the Taco Menu. Wish they had Happy Hour on Sunday.
Beware - not as advertised
We were there in a weeknight, they had a small crowd but paid little attention to us. The atmosphere did not match the theme, they made mistakes on the order, and brought food to the table that did pass cross contamination protocols despite having used Open Table to let them know plus telling three staff.
Don Chido rocks
I haven't been to Don Chidos before but was at the former establishment Fred's 6 years ago. From the margaritas,(excellent) to the appetizer-queso fundido,(awesome) to my entree-seafood chili relleno(outstanding) everyone who tasted my dish loved loved it!
I totally recommend Don Chido for lunch or dinner and will definitely return to it next time I'm in San Diego. Great night!
Good but lacking
Presentation and quality of food was excellent. It just needed something other than the salt ans pepper provided to us. I would recommend a dipping sauce or a variety of sauces for the dishes were bland. However, the meats, rice and vegetables were cooked to perfection. For someone not liking spice this would be ideal.
Food good but service....??
Had dinner at Don Chidos the other night with friends. While we come here often since its in the neighborhood and the tortas are very good, the service is pretty bad. Our server was overwhelmed with two big tables and getting a second drink was almost impossible! No ketchup for our fries until they were cold! Really need more help at this place!
Don Chido was unknown to any of us in the group of 6, though a friend had recommended another Don Chido elsewhere. The restaurant was nearly empty at 1pm on a weekday; we easily got drinks at the bar; bartender was very friendly. There were quite a few diners eating outside at the street/cafe tables. Our server was friendly and helpful when he was there, but he often wasn't. The menu was interesting and offered lots of delicious possibilities. The Guacamole was very good, but not enough was brought for such a large group; had to reorder, and added a Queso Fundido, which was excellent. Oh - the chips were still warm ad very good; I imagine they were made from the the handmade tortillas offered there. We could see the tortilla-maker hard at work! Drinks were all good, but unfortunately no blended margaritas available - only on the rocks. Our entrees were all great - no room for dessert! Refried beans were blah, however. A great meal was enjoyed by all, and we'll no doubt be returning.
Fun place with colorful vibe and great food. Shrimp Diablo. Mole Enchiladas, churros were great! Waitress Carlee was wonderful and super attentive. Decor was vibrant, creative and stylish without feeling uptight. The appearance of a wild 10 foot Birthday Skeleton was very cool.
Really good but not amazing. very friendly staff.
Why does the Gallery misled you on the actual servings? The appetizers were the hit of the nights as the queso fundidio with added shrimp and the Polsole soup were fabulous. We should have stopped right there and called it a night and given Don Chido's a 5 star. Unfortunately the signature dishes were a let down. Very flavorful and enjoyable, but severley lacking in presentation and size. The 3 taco platter was good but the fillings in each taco were so small that it was hard to get two bites out of that small little taco with enough filling for each. That's pretty hard to do as the tacos are "really small" The signature Seafood Rellano look so mazing on their online menu but was a real let down when served. Tasty yes, loaded with seafood siplling out of the rellano, not quite. It was more of the texture of runny queso with little chunks of seafood. We travel in each week on business and love to try new places, we'l be back but will stick to the appetizers and forego the main courses for another place.
increíble y delicioso
I love that we found this on Yelp! What an improvement from the former establishment in this space. Really nice what they've done with the place! We L O V E D our dining experience. The service was very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable of drinks and food items. We were very appreciative of our waitresses recommendations for food items and her 'can-do' attitude when it came to meeting our special requests for drinks. We had the guacamole = yummy, Wood-Fired Chicken Enchiladas & Seafood Chile Rellano = both delicious. We also had the house margarita (and asked to add jalapeno) and the Chido Caddy, which were both good, but they used way too much ice and were a little shy on the tequila.
We'll be back to sample the other items that looked inviting. Highly recommend.
Drinks, food, ambiance
While I visited here with my Grandmother, we both had a great time over wine, margaritas, and delicious entrees. I think the scene is a bit more appropriate for the 20s/30s friends crowd but it was still suitable for us to have a conversation and not have to yell across the table at one another. And, the food was outstanding. Grams had the mole enchiladas - the best mole sauce I've tasted since a visit to San Antonio nearly 15 years ago. And, I loved the taco trio - got to choose three different flavors and make the whole dish "Paleo style": salad instead of rice, vegetarian beans instead of lard-filled refried beans, and lettuce wraps instead of standard corn shells. Love this place and will surely be back again soon!
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