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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Private Party Contact:
Katie Bosworth: 6192328226x
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We frequently host special events, please inquire within! 619-232-8226
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Don Chido Ratings and Reviews
We had read some very good reviews of th ...
We had read some very good reviews of this place in the Gaslamp District. We were expecting more of an authentic Mexican restaurant. Although the food was very good, the steak fajitas were dripping in oil ... very nicely spiced, but very high fat. My concern was the level of the music. Although young people seem fine with loud music with an even louder bass line, the bass for those of us of a certain age really destroys any ambience. All in all, we enjoyed the food, the waitstaff was attentive and gave good advice, but the music level was not for the above 50 set.
We booked a table for 12 on Halloween we ...
We booked a table for 12 on Halloween weekend and they did a great job trying to accommodate us. Although, you cannot sit a party of more than 4 at a patio table (which they don't tell you on their website or on Open Table). Something about the fire marshal regulations. And if you put in any special requests during the reservation process, they only get the request the day before your reservation, and they cannot guarantee anything. The food was good. Nothing special really. And pretty pricey. I just got chicken fajitas, with no sides, tortillas or anything and it was $17 ! Great location though, right in the middle of the Gaslamp which is fabulous on a busy holiday weekend.
I've definately had better mexican food, ...
I've definately had better mexican food, but the service was great, drinks were also awesome. There was zero music which is a pretty big reason to dine mexican , it was pretty quiet we had to make our own atmosphere, but still enjoyable.
We were seated and then forgotten. Parti ...
We were seated and then forgotten. Parties who arrived after us were seated and served and we had not even had someone stop by the table. I had to stand up and flag down a waiter. He apologized, and promised everything else would make up for it. Since we had plenty of time to look at the meanie, we knew what we wanted, but we wanted to enjoy our drinks and chips first. He said that was no problem..he would take the order and hold it until we were ready. So our dinner arrived 5 minutes after we got the chips and our drinks. Food was OK. He did take 50% off the first round..,of course this was during happy hour. We won't be back.
I love this place. I was a little bumm ...
I love this place. I was a little bummed out that it took us so long to get our drinks ordered. Then once we did get started, everything felt rushed. Maybe it was a just fluke. The food is always amazing, wasn't able to have the churros... :(
Overall, I will keep going here.
We live downtown and found the food to b ...
We live downtown and found the food to be almost in edible. What a poor excuse for Mexican food. Salsa tasted like Ketchup and chips tasted like cardboard, the fajitas we ordered consisted mainly of bell peppers and onions with very little Carne Asada. The Cadillac margaritas were a joke. We dine out often and have never given any other downtown restaurants such a scathing review. I guess they are catering only to the tourists who don't know any better.
Good Mexican flavors but with a modern f ...
Good Mexican flavors but with a modern feel. We tried specialty margaritas made with cucumber and peach, which were excellent. Our server was attentive and polite. No fuss, nice atmosphere, reasonable prices, lively, but not excessively loud. I would visit Don Chido again and recommend it to friends.
Appetisers were very good although dinne ...
Appetisers were very good although dinner was kind of disappointing. Would return for happy hour or appetisers, but probably not for dinner. Service was adequate but not attentive. The place is in gas lamp but was only 60% full on a Friday night during a Padre game....guess others have had the same experience as we did.
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!
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