Casa Guadalajara holiday inside restaurant

Mexican Restaurant Old Town San Diego

A vibrant and colorful entrance to Old Town San Diego, Casa Guadalajara has long been known for its festive décor, trumpeting mariachis, lush patios, "Birdbath Margaritas" and authentic Mexican cuisine.

The popular eatery shines in Diane Powers' Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, which includes Casa de Pico in La Mesa, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad.

The vision for Casa Guadalajara began years ago, when Powers discovered that the owner of "Romaine's Guadalajara Grill," originally on this corner, intended to cut down a majestic, 300-year-old California pepper tree on the property to make way for a parking lot. Instead, Powers purchased the property in 1995 and established Casa Guadalajara – saving the tree and making it the dramatic focal point of the restaurant's festive courtyard.

From mariachis to margaritas, the Mexican city of Guadalajara is known as the birthplace of all things synonymous with "fiesta!" And in Old Town San Diego, the spirit lives on at Casa Guadalajara.