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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!
San Diego, CA 92101
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.
*** Please note new updates to weekend parking on 5th Avenue ***
Parking is prohibited at all meters on 5th Avenue from L Street to Broadway from 8pm - 3am on Friday & Saturday nights.
Closest parking garage is "Park It On Market" located on 6th Avenue and Market Street. Horton Plaza also offers garage parking for the Gaslamp.
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:
Emily Goldman: (619) 457-6521
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, 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
Went to Don Chido while on vacation in San Diego. Was looking for authentic mexican in the Gaslamp District and made a reservation in advance. I don't have any particular complaints, the experience was just nothing above the ordinary. Food was fine but nothing exceptional. I imagine there are better mexican restaurants in San Diego, and therefore would not recommend.
I made a reservation at Don Chido's for 8 people after trying to go another restaurant with a long wait. There weren't a lot of people in the restaurant so we sat right away. The drink menu was decent; the margaritas were large and inexpensive (and tasted good). The food was cheap especially considering the location of the restaurant (in the Gaslamp district). The tacos were good but make sure you like spicy food. The tacos, rice, beans, and guacamole were all spicy. Overall good restaurant.
Service, food and drinks were all fantastic! I mean, really really great service!!
The only question if you are the owner/manager: do you want to be know as the place where young ladies come to do a shot off the bartender's bare stomach, while he's lying on the bar? (At least he wiped it off after.)
I don't usually leave food reviews, but this place earned one!
Hands down the best chicken enchiladas I've ever had. I'm no stranger to authentic Mexican food either. The fajitas were very flavorful, as they should be.
The margaritas are amazing. Go with a flavored one first, then try an original. They aren't light on the pours so be careful!
Service was very good. They brought the food out fast, so if you're trying to relax a bit, then make sure you tell them before ordering.
One would have to be a fool not to check this place out.
Bravo Don Chido's!
This was my second visit the Don Chido's although the first time was more a night time stop in for cocktails. Returning for a graduation ceremony for my fiance, we arrived as a pretty fun group of about 7 people. We immediately ordered guacamole before even ordering drinks as we arrived pretty hungry from the ceremony. The guacamole arrived quickly as did 2 orders of chips and salsa (please note chips and salsa is not complimentary here however a low price of $4 was well worth it to us). While our server was incredibly nice, we did find service to be quite slow. It took a while to get drinks to the table, for pre-bussing to occur and the time waiting to order new drinks was so long most of us just ordered one and drank elsewhere afterwards. Our meals arrived in decent time (once finally ordered) and they were very good. I love the option to order the tacos "green" - meaning they are served without tortillas, and come with lettuce cups and black beans. Since my diet is mostly protein and veggies (which the obvious chips and salsa occasional cheat) this was perfect. Don Chido's take on carne asada was interesting, large chunks of meat as opposed to the smaller chopped up meat at other taco bars. However it was well marinated and tender so I throughly enjoyed it.
Overall, everyone enjoyed our experience and I would recommend this as a neat little upscale taco bar experience in Gaslamp. Oh yeah...and the decor is very cool.
My husband ordered Fajitas with onions only and black. They were barely cooked when they arrived. He asked for no sides other than sour cream and cheese. He got rice that he did not want and was charged additional for the tiny cup of cheese. What a rip-off!
I ordered nachos with chicken and guacamole. My teeny cup of guacamole was on my husband's plate - not on my nachos. When we were about to leave I saw another order of nachos going to another table with a huge mound of guacamole on top. That's what I expected but did not get.
Very disappointed in the food and our server didn't even pretend to care. Won't recommend it and won't return!
We are not complainers but I felt you should know.
we live a few blocks away and enjoy stopping by for some great Mexican style food. The chicken bowl was excellent, chock full of chicken which is usually non existence! The salsa samples were varied, from mild to hot. The accompanying chips were fresh,crispy and light. We sampled the tacos and they were adequate but there are many more places in San Diego to try for street tacos. Great vibes and really fun for Cinco de Mayo!!
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.
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