San Diego’s Top Budget-Friendly Mexican Restaurants

March 14, 2021

San Diego is known for its Mexican food, which is due to the fact that it’s so close to the Mexican border. You’re going to find everything from small stands to high-end dining establishments. However, if you’re visiting San Diego, the best way to play this is right in the middle. Why spend extra money when you can get the same high-quality food at a lower price? Let’s add friendly service, appealing décor, and an overall pleasing atmosphere. The friendly team at Sunrise Inn San Diego, one of the most ideally located and budget-friendly hotels in San Diego, suggest the Mexican restaurants listed below are the best values you’ll find throughout the entire city.

El Indio

This is a San Diego mainstay, having been around since 1940. The staff is friendly and efficient, the atmosphere is casual, the food is fresh, and the portions are large. And let’s not forget low prices. If you choose this option, consider ordering rolled tacos, quesadillas, or the Indio burrito.


If you’re seeking extreme flavor, Tomatito should be at the top of your list. The food is fresh, the staff is friendly, and they have the best hot sauces in town. Try the chile relleno burritos or the hangover chilaquiles.

Las Cuatro Milpas

Las Cuatro Milpas has been around even longer than El Indio. Locals and tourists have been dining here since 1933. This one is tricky, though, because you can be easily fooled by the décor, which consists of picnic tables. This might lead you to think the food here isn’t as appetizing, but this isn’t the case at all. In fact, you’re getting extremely high-quality authentic Mexican food for a very low price. You can eat an entire meal for less than $20. If you choose this option, go with the rolled tacos, tamales, or flour tortillas. The only negative here is long lines, but that’s always a good sign.


Ponce’s has been around since 1969. It features retro décor you’ll find warm and inviting. If you dine here, go with the burritos and enchiladas. Also consider the mango margarita. If you visit during peak hours, you might find a live Mexican band playing while you eat, which adds to the overall experience.


This is a small restaurant that’s always adding new menu items, including vegan-friendly dishes that are the best you’ll find in the city, if not the entire country. Another neat perk is an all-day breakfast menu. The only potential negative is street parking, which can be challenging, since Pokez is in downtown. If you’re using ridesharing services, this isn’t a concern. 

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