Cinco De Mayo Specials Around San Diego

Get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style with specials from your favorite restaurants and bars across San Diego!

Cinco de Mayo in Gaslamp Quarter

Get ready for a vibrant celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the heart of Gaslamp Quarter on May 4! Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and festive spirit of Mexico right here in San Diego.

From Lucha Libre Matches to live mariachi music to Gaslamp Quarter restaurant specials, there is something for everyone. Read all about it here.


City Tacos

Congrats to City Tacos, which is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with its grand 10th-anniversary on Saturday, May 4, at its Ocean Beach location OB Playground!

City Tacos 10th Anniversary

Doors open an hour earlier than normal, at 10 AM, and the family-friendly day includes complimentary face painting for kids, stilt walkers, a mariachi band, and a pug meet-up (the mascot of the eatery that first opened in North Park in 2014).

Everyone who brings a pug from 10 AM to 12 PM will receive a free taco. In addition, you can enjoy the 10th-anniversary special of two tacos and a beer for $10 throughout the day.


Diane Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurants

Take part in the celebrations happening at Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Casa Guadalajara
Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5: It’s a two-day fiesta at Casa Guadalajara!

Enjoy live music and dance performances on both days from 12 PM until 8 PM. Try the famous “esquites,” or Mexican street corn, and refresh with some aguas frescas and jarritos at the street taco stand.

Face painting will also be available throughout the day to help you show some Mexican spirit.

Casa de Pico
Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5

Casa de Pico is getting a head start on Cinco de Mayo celebrations with live trios and mariachis and special giveaways on tequilas like Monte Alban, Espolon, Patron and Cazadores, and beers, including Pacifico and Model Especial, from Friday through Sunday throughout the day.

Get in the spirit with the Enchiladas Bandera—a mix of chicken, beef, and cheese enchiladas with salsa verde, salsa roja, and a creamy jalapeno sauce only available on Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Casa de Bandini
Sunday, May 5

On Cinco de Mayo, every hour is happy hour at Casa de Bandini. With live entertainment starting at 11 AM, the fiesta doesn’t stop until closing time.

In addition to the limited-time Mexican street food stands and the all-day specials, there is the “Mayorita,” their famous margarita blended with guava puree, and the “Chamoy-Mangorita,” a mango-flavored margarita with a sweet and spicy chamoy drizzle.

Also, enjoy hourly specials on tequilas like Cazadores, Don Julio, Casa Noble, and Casamigos.


Puesto

Puesto, the award-winning family-owned Mexican restaurant with multiple locations in San Diego, is known for its additive-free margaritas, and tacos with crispy melted cheese making it the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

All Puesto’s tacos are handmade with non-GMO heirloom blue corn tortillas and each of Puesto’s salsas is made from scratch. A few menu highlights include:

  • Chicken Al Pastor Tacos, with crispy melted cheese, chipotle hibiscus tinga, grilled pina pico, and avocado
  • Short Rib Quesabirria Tacos, with crispy melted cheese, guacamole, pickled radish, and jalisco salsa
  • Tamarindo Shrimp Tacos, with guacamole, cabbage, cilantro, and tamarind chile salsa
Cinco De Mayo Specials San Diego

Puesto also offers Mexican favorites like Chicken Flautas, Potato Taquitos, Puesto Perfect Guacamole, Ceviche, and Enchiladas. Cheers to Cinco de Mayo and keep the fiesta going with the Puesto Perfect Margarita, Ginger Margarita, Hot Sauce Margarita, and Honeydew Margarita.

Puesto also offers non-tequila specialty cocktails and its own Cervezería with six varieties of beer.


Don Julio ‘Savor The Spirit’ Pairing Dinner at Vistal

Elevate your Cinco de Mayo experience with an unforgettable pairing dinner fusing local seafood treasures and premium tequila creations from Don Julio, all against the backdrop of San Diego’s enchanting bay at Vistal.

The four-course experience features pairings of cocktails created specifically for the evening utilizing iconic Don Julio products, alongside signature dishes from Vistal that spotlight unique local seafood, including locally abundant species beloved by San Diego’s fishermen.

Cinco De Mayo Specials San Diego

Enjoy refreshing Vermillion Rockfish Ceviche paired with the tropical Sereno Ahora cocktail using Don Julio 70, Local Sheepshead ‘Zarandeado’ paired with the bubbly Blush cocktail using Don Julio Rosado, and Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin paired with the Miel y Hierbas cocktail that spotlights Don Julio Alma Miel.

Complete the celebratory meal with the iconic and sought-after Don Julio 1942, combined with salted cream and cold brew, alongside Mexican Dark Chocolate Mousse for dessert. Tickets are available via Resy and are $90 per person.


The Blind Burro

Join Blind Burro for a festive Cinco de “Mole” celebration with tantalizing specials all day long, starting at 10 AM on Sunday, May 5!

Sip on refreshing $6 Estrella Tall Cans and Los Sundays Tequila Seltzers or $15 Milagro Tequila Cadillac Margaritas and Jamaica Margaritas. Elevate the fiesta with the $18 Grip It & Rip It Special, including an Estrella 24oz Tall Can paired with a Casamigos Tequila Shot.

Blind Burro

Various Mole-inspired dishes will also be available, including $15 Mole Asada Wings, $18 Mole Chicken Plate, and $21 Mole Enchiladas. It’s a Cinco de “Mole” fiesta you don’t want to miss!


Happy Does

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in ultimate style at Happy Does! Bask in the sunshine on the spacious, dog-friendly patio and challenge friends to a round of games in the brand-new game hall, equipped with a variety of games, including classic arcade games, foosball, darts, pickleball, and more.

Happy Does

Kick off the festivities with $7 Tequila Shot Specials, $7 Mexican Candy Shots, $12 Buena Cerveza Can with a Mexican Candy Shot, and 5 Can Buckets of Buena Cerveza Lager for $30. Enjoy a day of fun, flavor, and fiesta vibes at Happy Does!


Union Kitchen & Tap

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the newly opened Union Kitchen and Tap in Pacific Beach and immerse yourself in a fiesta of flavor and fun!

Toast to the occasion with festive libations, including the classic Don Julio Margarita ($12), the Don Julio Cadillac Margarita ($14), or the Mezcal Union Pineapple Jalapeno Margarita ($14). For a flavorful twist, pair your drink with a shot of Don Julio and your choice of Mexican beer ($16).

Enjoy the day in the spacious indoor and outdoor dining space and celebrate with laughter, good company, and fantastic drinks!

Union Kitchen and Tap Pacific Beach

URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology

From 11:30 AM to 10 PM, join URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology for an unforgettable fiesta filled with live mariachi music, irresistible food and drink specials, and a vibrant atmosphere that will transport you straight to the streets of Mexico.

URBANA’s talented mixologists have crafted a special offer just for this occasion: $5 URBANA Margaritas, Paloma’s, and Spicy Margaritas. There will also be complementary tequila tastings from Gran Centenario Tequila.

URBANA Mexican Gastronomy & Mixology

To satisfy your taste buds, the culinary team has prepared mouthwatering taco specials for just $5 each, including Carnitas, Al Pastor, Cauliflower, and Chicken Mole. Indulge in a variety of authentic Mexican tacos filled with flavorsome meats, fresh vegetables, and homemade salsas.

From 3 PM to 6 PM, there will be a live mariachi band that will be serenading you throughout the night. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Mexico as the captivating sounds of traditional mariachi music fill the air. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration!


Rumorosa

Newly opened Rumorosa is hosting a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration on Sunday, May 5. The waterfront restaurant will feature a selection of $4 street tacos including Chicken Tinga, Fish, Carne Asada, Pork Carnitas, and Birria in addition to its everyday menu of Cali-Baja-inspired dishes.

Cinco De Mayo Specials San Diego

A curated selection of wines from the Valle de Guadalupe will be available for 20% off per bottle from noon to 10 PM.

For those looking to enhance their Mezcal IQ, Rumorosa will also host live music and a “meet the maker” experience with Southern California-founded Hedonistas de la Fe, featuring tastings from the distiller’s signature line of small-batch mezcals from 12 PM to 4 PM.

The experience is priced at $70, including takeaway jicara cups, and will feature three 4 oz tastings of Hedonista Tobala, Hedonista Cuishe, and Hedonista Tepeztate.

Reservations are available on Opentable.


Quiero Restaurants

Quiero Restaurants, which shares a space with Mike Hess Brewing at Seaport Village and in Imperial Beach, is offering a special on Cinco de Mayo of two Mike Hess Fish Tacos and a pint for $12.

The fish tacos feature battered Basa catfish topped with cabbage and pico de gallo, finished with chipotle-and-lime aioli on a flour tortilla.

Choose from a Mike Hess tap list that includes Into the Sunset Blood Orange IPA, Steel Beach American Lager, and Grazias Amber Ale.


Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill

Sandbar Sports Bar & Grill in Mission Beach will be celebrating Sunday, May 5, with specialty tacos and tequila, as well as $5 Tecates and $5 Mexican Candy shots. You can also participate in Guac on the Rock, a program put on by Teremana Tequila.

Anyone who comes in and buys Sandbar’s House Made Guacamole with avocado, onion, pico de gallo, lime juice, and house chips can save their receipt and submit it to a website or QR code, and the Rock will reimburse a certain amount.

Sandbar will also be serving their award-winning TKO Tacos, made with your choice of protein, chipotle aioli, escabeche slaw, lime crema, spicy guacamole, crispy onion strings, fried cilantro, and a cotija-crusted flour tortilla.

Sandbar TKO Tacos

Novo Brazil Brewing Company

Chula Vista’s Novo Brazil Brewing Company is hosting a family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration on the patio of its Lane Avenue headquarters on Saturday, May 4, from 4:30 PM to 10 PM. The party is free to attend and includes music by DJ Santamaria.

Vendors on site selling food will be Aldo al Forno Pizza, La Maja Paella, PotioN7 Creamery, and Tijuana’s Tortas Washmobile by Pedro Fuentes.

The Padres game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will be shown on the large LED screen beginning at 5:10 PM, and kids can enjoy a bouncy castle and other activities.


Barrio Star

Join Barrio Star for Cinco de Mayo, celebrating on both Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, for a weekend-long fiesta! Toast to the holiday with a shot of house tequila and a beer for $15.

Pair with tacos a la carte prepared with house-made tortillas, chips, and the eatery’s infamous tomatillo salsa, and finish off the night with an order of housemade churros.


The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun is preparing for a Taco Bell-inspired Cinco de Mayo weekend, with specials running from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5!

Keep an eye out on social media for these featured drinks and menu items—last year featured the Beary Baja Mojito, Blast-a-rita, Dope Wrap, and the Smoky Cheesin’ Crunch!


barleymash

The Gaslamp Quarter’s beacon for fun, great food, and outstanding cocktails for over a decade, barleymash is prepared for an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo celebration!

Partnering with Espolon Tequila, specialty cocktails will be available with both Espolon Blanco and Espolon Reposado. Pair with delicious elevated bar fare like the San Diego Iron Fries with red-chili braised short rib, pepper-jack beer cheese sauce, sour cream, spicy guacamole, and salsa fresca!


Miguel’s Cocina

Miguel’s Cocina is a local favorite famous for its fresh house-made chips and free jalapeno white sauce (yep, they serve free queso!), authentic Baja-style Mexican food featuring handmade tortillas and recipes gathered from the chef’s family and friends, as well as variety of margaritas and other cocktails.

This Cinco de Mayo, Miguel’s will be celebrating with activations across their six locations:

Cinco de Mayo Beer Garden | May 3 to 5 (Miguel’s Cocina – Point Loma): Miguel’s Cocina Point Loma will transform their parking lot into a beer garden, serving food and drink specials and offering giveaways and prizes!

Margarita + Taco Specials (All Locations): Miguel’s is serving margarita and taco specials throughout May, including Blackberry, Guava, and El Machete margaritas. Cinco de Mayo at Miguel’s is made all the more festive by their festive decor and signature friendly service.

With six locations throughout San Diego, there is somewhere for everyone to celebrate!


See you there, San Diego!

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