The place to go when craving an outstanding meal, every time!

About us

Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café is an eatery that transcends the normal bounds of a simple restaurant. Instead of just your typical Mexican food restaurant, this amazing venue has become the kind of place where people can gather, share news, relax, drink, dine and feel welcome every time.

The amazing ambiance of this restaurant is thanks in part, to Jimmy Carter himself. This amazing restaurateur has a personality that is larger than life, and it has infused the very walls of his restaurant, making it a must-try for both locals and visitors to the area.

It all started in 1991 when Carter’s love of food inspired him to open his first café, but after finding a real lack of authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine in the area, he was again inspired to open this authentic Mexican café. Now, many years later, hungry diners can still find the same joyous welcome, vibrant ambiance and stellar food at the 5th Avenue location, which is bigger and better than ever before.

Head over today and feast on fabulous fare which includes a variety of hearty and delicious breakfast fare (including dishes from both sides of the border), and lunch and dinner entrées that are designed to please every palate. From the fresh and fabulous Guacamole to enchiladas, burritos, the terrific Tamal, Chile Relleno, the Puerco en Mole, and much more, everything on the menu is well worth trying. Fans of this restaurant will also find other signature dishes on the menu, including what many claims to be the best burgers around. Plus, with a full-service bar featuring a variety of local microbrews, a festive and colorful décor, and good food and great times for all, Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Café is the place to go when craving an outstanding meal, every time!

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 7 days a week from 4-8 pm 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!