San Diego Publisher Barry Berndes was recently awarded a “Barry Berndes Day” by the San Diego City Council for his important contribution to the city of San Diego of sharing his knowledge of the city with 20 million visitors annually. San Diego city tours with sightseeing and lunch with local celebrity, and internationally acclaimed… Read more »
Festive Old Town comes alive at this new shopping and dining attraction in historic Old Town. Shop at the Beacon Artworks Gallery (619-823-6130) for colorful San Diego paintings. Sample San Diego’s best tasting wines at the Hacienda De Las Rosas’ tasting room (619-840-5579). Dine on the spacious patio at the Casa de Reyes Mexican Restaurant,… Read more »
Old Town Mexican Cafe and Cantina, 2489 San Diego Ave., Old Town (619-297-4330) [oldtownmexcafe.com]. Open Sun.–Thurs., 7 a.m.–11 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 7 a.m.–midnight ($8–$15). Happy hour Mon.–Fri., 3 p.m.–7 p.m. and 10 p.m. till closing. Bar is open daily till 1 a.m. And their popular Taco Tuesdays run all day long. This year is their 36th… Read more »
The Mormon Battalion Historic Site is located in Old Town, at the corner of Harney and Juan Streets. Walk in the steps of The 500 men Mormon Battalion, Army of the West, as they left Winter Quarters, Iowa, and began their infantry march from Fort Leavenworth to the California Pueblo of San Diego. They are open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., there are also guided tours and admission is free.
Soon after Juan Bandini built his thatch-roofed adobe family home, 1827–29, it became the social center of San Diego. Bandini himself was often seen waltzing gracefully and elegantly across the parlor floor. In 1869, after Bandini’s death, stage master Albert Seeley purchased Bandini’s home and converted it into his family home and a hotel. When… Read more »
This Festive Mexican Cantina and Restaurant, which is in the heart of historic Old Town State Park is a real find. Not only is the Mexican food delicious, but the restaurant and its name are of historical significance. The site and the restaurant’s name date back to the 1800’s when there was a restaurant… Read more »
At Fred’s, you’ll not only get the best tasting Mexican cuisine, but it’s also a great place to have fun, fun, fun. Their dining room incorporates funny themes like the Boom Boom Room and Fred’s Chop Shop. The most popular drinks are the frosty margaritas with salt on the rim. Great tasting entrées are the… Read more »
It’s the oldest restaurant in Old Town. They have two dining rooms filled with colorful piñatas and a romantic little patio. There are lots of standards such as enchiladas, fajitas, and chilles rellenos.
As the new proprietor of the Old Town Theatre in the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, The Cygnet Theatre Company has lofty ambitions to ensure that you will have an exciting theatre-going experience. Their renovation of this beautiful theatre includes larger ADA-compliant restrooms, new carpeting and seats, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a provision for general operating reserves for our transition to a larger, two-venue company.
They offer five tastes for ($9.50) and you can keep the wine glass. Located at the Juan St. entrance in Fiesta de Reyes in historic Old Town. This family-owned winery features locally made San Diego wines with a lovely garden room to relax and enjoy a wine tasting experience with friends. With a golden Peruvian… Read more »
Admission is free, plus if you mention their ad in the SAN DIEGAN and print this review, you’ll receive a free gift. Here you’ll find the The William B. Kolender San Diego County Sheriff’s Museum and Educational Center. The best part about this museum are the interactive exhibits. You can listen to live police calls, hop on a sheriff ’s motorcycle and turn on the sirens and lights.
This is a restaurant with a 45-year reputation for excellence and a loyal following. It has a tradition of wonderful Italian cuisine. Homemade pastas, sauces and soups are only the beginning. For a meal to remember try their fabulous filet mignon in cognac and scampi alla Giulio. They serve the best scampi in town, and… Read more »
This awesome, historically significant museum is dedicated to preserving the glorious history and rich tradition of the United States Marine Corps. This historical museum is visited by more than 100,000 people annually. “A Walking Tour of the MCRD Command Museum” features fourteen galleries, which encompass dozens of exhibits featuring everything from weapons, uniforms, equipment, paintings… Read more »
Celebrating their 40th anniversary, Bazaar Del Mundo offers a unique and beautiful shopping experience. Here in this open patio-style hacienda, complete with a fountain, festive flags and colorful flowers, is an incredible array of Latin American folk arts and crafts to beautify your home as well as very select gift items such as jewelry, fashion… Read more »
Fresh, delicious Chinese cuisine that’s fast and affordable is what you can expect at City Wok. Their friendly servers greet you the moment you walk in and are more than happy to help you choose from their extensive menu. A great beginning to any meal is the hot and sour soup. It’s made with all-white… Read more »
A visit to Old Town would not be complete without visiting the Four Winds Trading Company. Expect to be dazzled with their museum quality Native American arts, crafts and jewelry showcased at this wonderful store. Owner Carol Di Bene carefully hand selects the finest collection of museum quality art found anywhere. Finding meaningful, lasting items… Read more »
Casa Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant (31) won the Gold Medallion Award in 2010 for the Best Mexican Dinner House, and for good reason. For great San Diego Restaurants, it’s at the top of the list. It’s an excellent Mexican restaurant, which is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike. Ask for a seat on one of their… Read more »
This restaurant is a hidden gem in Old Town San San Diego State Historic Park. Located in a lush garden setting, the atmosphere is warm and festive and the food is delicious. At night you can even dine under the stars. An added plus is that it also features live Mexican music while you dine…. Read more »
For San Diego Restaurants, this one’s a winner. In fact, it’s been selected as the top Mexican Restaurant in San Diego by the San Diego Restaurant Association for 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010. They received the Gold Medallion Award for Best Mexican Restaurant. This year this Mexican Restaurant in Historic Old Town is celebrating… Read more »
From the moment you walk into this trendy Japanese restaurant, you’ll see what makes Harney Sushi so unique. The stylish decor and DJ playing hip music make this the perfect place for a night out. They feature more than 40 sakes, 25 award-winning wines, microbrews from local breweries, a private VIP booth and more than… Read more »
El Indio Mexican Restaurant is the winner of the California Restaurant Association’s Gold Medallion Award for Best Casual Mexican Restaurant and was recently featured on the Travel Channel’s Mexican Food Paradise and also on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. This San Diego legend, which is celebrating over 70 years in business, is so… Read more »
Rubicon Deli (33) is well-known for their loaves of bread baked fresh daily making a HUGE difference in how delicious a sandwich can really taste! The end result is their sandwiches taste better than either Subway or Jersey Mikes. Daily baked bread makes a HUGE difference in the taste! Of course, everybody has their favorites… Read more »
Beacon Artworks Gallery in Old Town San Diego features the San Diego artwork of RD “Randy” Riccoboni. This Gallery is located in one of the oldest buildings in the western United States, at 2754 Calhoun Street in the exciting Fiesta de Reyes. Fiesta de Reyes has plenty of free parking and several great restaurants nearby…. Read more »
The Junípero Serra Museum, in Presidio Park, is one of the most familiar landmarks in San Diego. As a major symbol of the city, it stands atop the hill recognized as the site where California began. It was here in 1769 that a Spanish Franciscan missionary, Father Junípero Serra, with a group of soldiers led… Read more »