Casa Guadalajara is celebrating its 20th anniversary next week! While many San Diegan’s have come to call the restaurant their favorite San Diego Mexican dining destination, we bet few remember how Casa Guadalajara came to be. In honor of the milestone, here’s a little history behind the Old Town icon:
Casa Guadalajara was once known as Romaine’s Guadalajara Grill. Upon discovering that Romaine’s former owner intended to cut down a majestic, 250-year-old California Pepper tree on the property to make way for a parking lot, Diane Powers purchased the land and transformed the restaurant into Casa Guadalajara – saving the tree and making it the focal point of the restaurant’s festive courtyard. Casa Guadalajara officially re-opened for business on June 12, 1995.
The tree isn’t the only thing that has been around since Casa Guadalajara’s beginning. Head Chef Jose Duran and General Manager Filiberto Horta joined Powers’ team in 1995 and have been working together ever since. Long-time guests of Casa Guadalajara might also notice that several of the servers and other staff members have been working at the restaurant for 10 years or more.
To celebrate the occasion, Powers and Casa Guadalajara will be throwing a week-long fiesta, with special entertainment including Folklorico dancers, strolling troubadours and mariachis, and special promotions. Starting Monday through Thursday, June 22 to 25, from 4 to 7 p.m., a special “Happier Hour” will take place in the Garden Room with tequila vendors on hand to present a special seminar. Thursday and Friday, June 25 and 26, will feature a special “throwback” menu with five favorite dishes that date back to the original menu, each with a 20 percent discount, and a commemorative T-shirt giveaway provided by Casamigos Tequila.
Come join the party and see why Casa Guadalajara has been a San Diego favorite for the last 20 years!
Join us for Margarita Month! Throughout the month of May, visit Casa Guadalajara and try our “La Milagrosa Rosa” margarita – a delicious blend of Milagro Tequila Silver, Cointreau, lime juice and agave nectar with a splash of pomegranate juice.
Then, help this perfectly pink drink become #1! Upload a photo of your “La Milagrosa Rosa” on Instagram using the hashtags #MargaritaMonth and #CasaGuadalajara. You can also rate our drink HERE. Cast your vote for a chance to win $1,000 in gift certificates from participating venues!
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Why not show mom a little shopping-spree lovin’ to make her feel extra special this year? Diane Powers invites all mothers to come spoil themselves, while dads and kids shop for the perfect present, at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town for a “Mother Lovin’ Shopping Spree,” May 9, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Whether she’s a fashionista, foodie, free spirit, or a little bit of it all, this Mother’s Day shopping party will host artists creating special gifts fitting the taste of all kinds of mothers. From themed cookbooks to handcrafted necklaces, there is sure to be the perfect gift for every mom.
And to say “Thank you!” for all those delicious home-cooked meals, treat mom to Mother’s Day brunch at Casa Guadalajara on Sunday, May 10. Between the gifts and a well-deserved birdbath margarita, she’ll be smiling for weeks to come!
It’s almost the weekend, which means you’re in need of a little fun! We’ve got the perfect way to spend your afternoon in historical Old Town.
You can’t do anything on an empty stomach, so grab some friends and start your day with lunch at Casa Guadalajara. With a satisfying selection of appetizers and entrées, we’re sure to have the right flavors to fit your mood. Enjoy your favorite dish with our famous birdbath margarita as you relish in the San Diego sun on our beautiful outdoor patio. After finishing up that fried ice cream you’ve been craving all week, it’s shopping time!
Head next door to the Shops at Bazaar del Mundo. With thousands of treasures from around the world, you and your friends are sure to find something new to love. Treat yourself to a pair of festive earrings or a beautiful silk scarf, or rejuvenate your wardrobe with vibrant blouses, sweaters and dresses to match your mood.
Maybe it’s your kitchen that needs a makeover! The Kitchen Shop’s unique and vast array of colorful dishes will have your next dinner guests saying, “Where did you get these?”
You’ll find the afternoon has breezed by after taking in all that the Shops have to offer. Before you know it, you’ll have to head home, but we hope you’ll be back soon!
Recently, The Daring Gourmet visited Casa Guadalajara and wrote this review about their great experience! We loved hearing about the extra-tender beef in their Enchiladas de Guacamole, tasty Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri and kid-approved Deep Fried Ice Cream.
Be sure to check out their site for more great dining tips.
On the busiest shopping weekend of the year, American Express is reminding us to shop and dine locally with its Small Business Saturday campaign.
While you’re out doing holiday shopping at Bazaar del Mundo next door, take a break and join us at Casa Guadalajara to sip a frosty margarita and try one of our new healthy dining creations such as Camarones del Pacifico – the ultimate shrimp ceviche marinated and poached in Pacifico beer, lime juice, red onions, Tajin and cucumbers (290 calories). When you eat at Casa Guadalajara and shop at Bazaar del Mundo, know that you are supporting local businesses in your community.
Small Business Saturday is a national campaign that rewards American Express users when they shop and dine at local businesses, making a contribution back to their communities. AmEx users who have pre-registered their card, will receive a credit back on their statement up to $30. For more info about the campaign, visit: www.smallbusinesssaturday.com.
Give your holiday fiesta some Casa Guadalajara flare, and let us host it here! You’ll find splashing fountains, festive strolling mariachis and frosty Birdbath Margaritas that will fill your guests with cheer at your exciting Mexican fiesta holiday party or company lunch! Choose from one of our affordable event packages, or let us work with you to custom design your perfect menu.
Indulge in authentic award-winning Mexican cuisine among beautifully decorated dining rooms and an enchanting outdoor patio. Diane Powers’ Casa Guadalajara is a top San Diego destination for regionally inspired Mexican fare.
Decorated with hand-crafted furnishings, fine Mexican folk art, and colorful hand painted murals, guests feel the warmth and romance of Mexico as soon as they enter the door. Diners can enjoy giant Birdbath Margaritas while being charmed nightly by strolling mariachis playing popular Mexican ballads – making it a great place to bring family or colleagues for a very special holiday experience.
Casa Guadalajara offers abundant banquet and catering menu options featuring award-winning authentic Mexican cuisine. Only the freshest ingredients are used for their 14 salsas and sauces made fresh daily, delicious selections of homemade salad dressings, and hot corn and flour tortillas prepared throughout the day. Popular dishes include the flavorful Carnitas a la Michoacan, succulent morsels of pork served with hot tortillas, guacamole, salsa and beans. During the holidays, Casa Guadalajara serves delectable Holiday Turkey Tamales, a beloved Mexican tradition, filled with tender turkey, raisins, chopped pecans and apples, all topped with a rich mole sauce and sesame seeds.
Casa Guadalajara also caters to the diner’s dietary needs with gluten-free, vegetarian and healthy dining selections.
Give your guests a fiesta to remember!
To let us bring the fiesta to you, call us at 619-295-5231 to discuss party-to-go options or visit our website to view our take-out catering menu.
Casa Guadalajara needs your vote. Nominations are open for San Diego City Beat’s “Best Of” issue, and we need all Mexican cuisine connoisseurs, food lovers and restaurant goers to help us win “Best” for:
- Family Restaurant
- Local Catering
- Mexican Food
- Outdoor Dining
- Fish Tacos
- Happy Hour
- Margarita at a Bar
You have through September 15 to nominate. Voting for the top 5 is held September 17-29 and the winners will be announced October 22.
Show them where to get the best Mexican food in San Diego – Casa Guadalajara! Nominations can be made at http://goo.gl/xbHjOR.