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Casa Guadalajara’s Special Valentine’s Day Menu


This Valentine’s Day, share a special 3-course menu for only $50 at Casa Guadalajara! Choose from favorites such as Mango Chipotle Mahi-Mahi and Grilled Chicken and Avocado Tacos.

Casa Guadalajara Announces New Happy Hour Menu for 2020


It’s 2020 and Diane Powers’ iconic Casa Guadalajara in Old Town is revamping its Happy Hour offerings with a brand-new menu. Famous for its traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine inspired by the regional villages of Mexico, the new menu features a mix of classic favorites and original creations. 

The Happy Hour menu is available in Casa Guadalajara’s Cantina, Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. with purchase of a beverage. Dishes include:  

  • Cantina Appetizer Platter: Two crispy chipotle chicken taquitos, two quesadilla slices and two chicken flautas, paired with two mini scoops of sour cream and guacamole for $4.
  • Chipotle Chicken Taquitos: Pulled chicken in a chipotle tortilla, deep fried and topped with melted cheese, served with guacamole, sour cream and salsa for $6.
  • Cheese Quesadilla: A flour tortilla grilled with melted cheese and served with guacamole and sour cream for $4. Add chicken or beef for an additional $2.
  • Queso Fundido con Chorizo: Melted jack cheese topped with spicy beef chorizo and served with fresh, handmade tortillas for $6.
  • Mexican Shrimp Cocktail: Large shrimp, chunks of avocado, cucumbers, celery and onion served in a mildly spicy cocktail sauce for $8.
  • Ceviche Campechano Duran: Named after Casa Guadalajara’s beloved chef, this dish features citrus marinated shrimp and fish with chopped tomato, cilantro, onion, cucumbers and avocado with a bit of serrano peppers, served with crispy corn tostaditas for $8.

“With delicious mixed drinks and margaritas that come in a variety of flavors, Casa Guadalajara’s Happy Hour is known as one of the best in Old Town,” said Casa Guadalajara owner Diane Powers. “We’re excited to introduce this new menu and invite everyone to come fiesta with us!”

San Diego Restaurant Week is Back! Join Us Jan. 16-29!


San Diego Restaurant Week is back from January 19-26! Join us for a week of delicious dishes and discounts. Check out our special lunch and dinner menus below.

Join us to Celebrate National Taco Day!


Celebrate National Taco Day this Friday October 4 with the “Best No Fish Tacos” in San Diego! This vegetarian favorite features seasoned zucchini fried crisp in a spicy batter and served in corn tortillas with cabbage, black beans, pico de gallo and a special sauce.

The dish typically sells for $14.95, but on National Taco Day guests can enjoy this best-seller for a special price of $12.95!

San Diego Restaurant Week is Back! Sept. 22-29


Love trying new restaurants? San Diego Restaurant Week is the perfect time to do just that! Check out the special menus Casa Guadalajara will be serving for San Diego Restaurant Week, September 22-29.

Help Us Win in San Diego CityBeat’s “Best of San Diego” Poll!


Nominations are now open for San Diego CityBeat’s “Best of San Diego” poll!

Please help us win in the following categories:

  • Best Happy Hour
  • Best Margarita
  • Best Michelada
  • Best Burrito
  • Best Family Restaurant
  • Best Fish Tacos
  • Best Mexican Restaurant
  • Best Restaurant Staff
  • Best San Diego Restaurant
  • Best Tacos

Nominations close on August 13. Final voting will take place August 28-September 17 for the top 5 nominations.

Visit to learn more.

Enter Casa Guadalajara’s National Avocado Day Social Media Contest!


National Avocado Day is just around the corner and we’re ready!

To share our excitement for this holiest of days, we are doing a National Avocado Day giveaway. Your challenge: Come up with your funniest and most creative avocado or guacamole puns for our caption contest.

Simply visit us on Facebook and caption our “famous” Concha de Guacamole for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to Casa Guadalajara. The most creative entry will be selected as the winner on July 31 at 3 p.m.

*Limit one entry per person.

Celebrate National Tequila Day with Don Julio Tequilas!

Photo courtesy of Don Julio

On Wednesday, July 24, Casa Guadalajara will celebrate National Tequila Day all day long with cocktails and shots featuring the entire line of Don Julio tequilas. These include favorites such as Don Julio Blanco, Don Julio Reposado, Don Julio Anejo, Don Julio Anejo 70th Anniversary and Don Julio 1942.

Customers can also enjoy the Don Julio 70th Anniversary Margarita, made with their 70th Anniversary Tequila, triple sec and premium sweet n’ sour, and served with a shot of Grand Marnier on the side. $18.95 for a small and $22.95 for a medium.

Enjoy National Tequila Day and remember to please drink responsibly!

Enjoy Father’s Day Specials at Casa Guadalajara!


Treat Dad to a special menu that includes Carne Asada and Grilled Shrimp, and Cuatro Street Tacos. Wash it all down with a pint of refreshing Modelo.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Casa Guadalajara!


In honor of one of Mexico’s most iconic holidays, Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara restaurant and Bazaar del Mundo Shops will team up to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Old Town, Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5.

Outside the entrance to Casa Guadalajara Mexican restaurant, guests will be welcomed into a charming and lively marketplace filled with Mexican folk art, crafts, handmade clothing, accessories, plus delicious traditional Mexican street food for purchase and activities for kids.

Inside, Casa Guadalajara will be bursting with festive colors and decor. Guests can enjoy “Cinco” inspired fare, such as “Cincoritas”, delicious strawberry, kiwi, and lemon-lime margaritas decked out in the colors of the Mexican flag; and “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces — rojas, verde, and blanca (red, green, and white).

In the Bazaar del Mundo Shops, next to Casa Guadalajara at 4133 Taylor Street, visitors will find more artists displaying their Cinco de Mayo-themed crafts and collectables. Traditional Mexican clothing, carefully hand-selected folk art, jewelry and home decorations in vibrant colors will also be available for purchase and decorating inspiration.

Throughout the weekend, delightful performances from lively Ballet Folklorico dancers, Chinelos dancers and Casa Guadalajara’s world-class mariachi band will take place. The word “Chinelo” comes from the Nahuatl tzineloa, which means shoulder and hip movement. This unique dance is performed by many dancers dressed in elaborate, colorful costumes and is popular in Mexico but rarely seen in the United States. There will be multiple performances on both Saturday and Sunday.

“Cinco de Mayo is a day to come together and celebrate Mexican culture, cuisine and music,” said Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara owner Diane Powers. “On this day of festivities there’s no better place to be than Old Town, the historic heart of San Diego.”

Recognized every May 5, Cindo de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, in which vastly outnumbered Mexican forces defeated the Imperialist French Army of May 5, 1862. This festive celebration has been adopted in many of the border cities in the U.S. over the last several years.

Bazaar del Mundo and Casa Guadalajara’s marketplace and celebration activities will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guests may park for free across the street at Caltrans or take the trolley, which stops one block south west of Casa Guadalajara in Old Town.

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