Reviews by Yelp

Abby R. – 5 STARS

“Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Cafe is without a doubt my 2nd favorite place to eat in San Diego. It has authentic Mexican food with welcoming employees who are at you need. Jimmy Carter’s Cafe is full of hospitality and a variety of foods.”

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Lindsey L. – 5 STARS

“LOVE Jimmy Carter’s! This is our favorite place in town. Definitely go check it out, and if you’re lucky, you’ll get a glimpse of Jimmy himself :)”

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H.H. – 5 STARS

“This was by far the best Mexican food I had on my stay in the city. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family that frequent the area. Prices are reasonable, the staff was friendly and accomodating, and the margaritas were just right.”

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Bubba T. – 5 STARS

“Amazing service. Food was delicious. Kept my coffee full and chips and salsa was always fresh. Highly recommended! Great decorations as well.”

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Sylvia R. – 5 STARS

“I’ve been going to Jimmy’s for over ten years for the authentic Mexican food. I especially love their pozole verde. Their complimentary chips and salsa are delicious. The green salsa is unique and amazing.”

Reservations and Catering


For reservations, large parties and catering contact the restaurant.

(619) 295-2070

La Cantina

Jimmy Carter’s Cantina is the place you never knew you wanted to be. The bar itself is a cozy, comfortable and welcoming. We offer a small selection of local brews from Stone and Lightening breweries as well as a healthy selection of spirits. As the business in our bar matures, we are transitioning away from bigger micro-labels to smaller-batch liquors and distributors.
Made with freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice with a hint of agave syrup, our hand-crafted margaritas are easily the best margaritas in town! Not a fan of traditional margaritas? Be sure to try our one-of-a-kind Spicy Serrano or Crisp Cucumber Margaritas. Feeling adventurous? Ask one of our talented mixologists to craft something to your taste… we love to create new drinks that aren’t advertised on the menu.

We offer Happy Hour from 4-6 pm Monday-Friday in the bar! Our Happy Hour menu includes smaller, bite-size portions of our most popular food items as well as discounted prices on our most popular drinks. Be sure to stop in to take advantage of San Diego’s best Happy Hour!