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Restaurant Reviews – Tony’s Jacal

Tony’s Jacal

Tony’s is a very popular gathering place all year long; but is even more popular (especially on their garden patio) when the days get longer and evenings are warmer during Daylight Saving Time in the spring. This wonderful neighborhood restaurant is famous for their turkey and pork tamales which are available all year-round. Treat your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day or take your family and friends to the most delicious Mexican cuisine anywhere in San Diego. If you are looking for a really authentic Mexican restaurant, Tony’s Jacal is “One of the most authentic north of the border…” according to the Zagat Survey. Taste the flavors of old Mexico and enjoy the history of one of the first and most treasured Mexican restaurants in San Diego!


Tony’s Jacal (pronounced hakal) is one of San Diego’s oldest and most treasured Mexican restaurants. Located in Solana Beach, they serve the most authentic Mexican food and beverages this side of the border. This historic San Diego landmark opened its doors in 1946 as a small neighborhood house where neighbors would stop by for a delicious meal. Its reputation built over the years because the cuisine is absolutely delicious and the atmosphere and service are outstanding. For three generations, Tony’s Jacal has been serving family specialties, like their famous chilerelleno, huevos rancheros, turkey tacos, turkey enchiladas, succulent shrimp burritos, tantalizing tamales, and fabulous flautas.


Tony’s Jacal has a beautiful floral outdoor garden patio and live Mariachi music in the evenings. Their classic cantina has new lighting, a new granite bar top, and comfortable bar stools. The lounge offers a wide selection of tequila and Margaritas, and serves a variety of mezcal. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday from 5 to 7pm. Try their tasty Margaritas or MezcalPaloma cocktails. Lunch is served Mon-Sat 11am – 2pm; Dinner is served weekdays 5-9:30pm, Fri and Sat 5-10pm, Sun 3-9:30pm. They are closed on Tuesdays (except during racing season). If you are looking for an authentic Mexican restaurant experience, with wonderful food, drinks, and the finest service, Tony’s Jacal is the place!


Tony’s Jacal is located just west of the I-5 Fwy and just south of Lomas Santa Fe at 621 Valley Avenue, Solana Beach, 92075. Call (858) 755-2274 or visit