Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In San Diego With Special Offerings From One Of These 14 Establishments

April 25, 2015

The countdown to Cinco de Mayo has begun and San Diego restaurants and hotels are getting into the fiesta by offering fun specials surrounding the holiday. Whether it’s a refreshing margarita, tequila tastings with a certified tequilier or an all-day Cinco de Mayo party, there is something for everyone to celebrate the festive holiday. Celebrate with one of these 14 San Diego specials!

If you love celebrating Cinco de Mayo you will also love the history of this inspirational holiday! It’s typically confused for Mexico’s Day of Independence which is September 16. However on May 5, 1862 around 2,000 men led by General Ignacio Zaragoza, were able to defeat French soldiers that outnumbered them 2 to 1 in small town of Puebla. The recognition of this unlikely victory over the French forces is a source of cultural pride and one way to celebrate time honored traditions! Now that you know the history, where will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? Join some of your favorite establishments for awesome specials and of course tequila.

Barrio Star is celebrating their 5th anniversary on Cinco de Mayo! From 11am to 10pm, enjoy $2.99, $3.25, and $3.75 Taco Tuesday deals all day long. Wash it all down with $6 and $8 margaritas, such as the award-winning Roasted Jalapeno Blackberry Margarita. Make this a Cinco de Mayo one to remember and visit the photo booth with fun props to save as a memory of the day.

The Duck Dive is always great for a chill evening out. Relax in the casual atmosphere of this PB eatery and enjoy $6 Verdita Margaritas, $3.50 Pacificos, and buckets of Victoria cans all day long. The night only gets better with no cover and $1 street tacos and $2 local drafts beers from 9pm until close.

Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood in Little Italy puts other fish tacos to shame with the flavors of Latin America surrounding beer-battered fish. Once you’ve tried Sirena’s take on the fish taco there is no going back. Best part? They are on happy hour special until 7pm - 3 tacos for $6!

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, locals, guests and visitors alike can partake in a five-day fiesta featuring live mariachis, house-made margaritas and more to time with the debut of a brand new menu at the Sun Deck Bar & Grill located at Hotel del Coronado from Friday, May 1 to Tuesday, May 5. Starting May 1, with the kick-off of this Cinco de Mayo celebration, The Del will be replacing the old Sun Deck menu with this new menu featuring fresh Boca Chica flavors from across the border including a Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita, Ceviche varietals, Taco Bar and a multitude of fresh guacamoles made fresh to order. The event is free to attend and open to the public, with food and alcohol available for purchase.

Did you know that tequila can only be made in Tequila, Mexico? Get into the Mexican spirit on Cinco de Mayo and find the right tequila for you at West Coast Tavern. Sip on tequila flights and taste the different varieties of the Mexican spirit while dining on Chef Abe Botello’s Mexican dinner special he has planned for the night.

Fat Fish Cantinagrill will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with all day specials, including $3 carne asada, pollo and pork adobado tacos, as well as $5 Tipsy Mermaid margaritas, $5 Cochebombas Mexican car bombs and specials on Coronas and Dos Equis beer, plus live music starting at 5pm

Over in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern’s Chef Lety Gonzalez has reached into her Mexican roots to create dinner specials to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Try Chef Lety’s Carne Asada tacos with salsa ranchero, queso fresco, and an avo-pico. Or share the Triple Dip with friends. This three dip spread is served with blue maize tortilla chips and consists of a queso fundido with chorizo, shrimp, and jalapenos, guacamole made with heirloom tomatoes, olive oil, cilantro, and Fresno peppers, and a traditional Salsa Bandera made with onions, jalapeno, and cilantro that represents the color of the Mexican flag. End the night on a sweet note with Buñuelos - fried dough with cinnamon sugar, a pinch of cayenne and served with candied pork belly and a side of dried chili syrup.

Set in the heart of the lively Gaslamp Quarter, Don Chido pairs authentic home-style Mexican cuisine with a diverse, electric atmosphere. This Cinco de Mayo, Don Chido is offering $2 tacos, $4 mexican drafts, $5 house margaritas and $5 red sangria from 11am to 4pm! Featuring your choice of Executive Chef Antonio Friscia’s mouth watering carne, chicken or carnitas tacos, there is no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with Don Chido! Please note Don Chido will close at 4PM for a private event.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Beach Shore Club and help the PB hotspot kick off their new Taco Tuesdays. Enjoy chicken and carne tacos for just $2 and shrimp, lobster, and Mahi tacos for $4 each. Or split $5 nacho plates with the crew. Guest bartenders from the Wingman Foundation will help you with $3 Mexi-cans, $4 Mexican drafts, Jack Daniels, Jack Honey, Jack Fire, and Cazadores Silver or spend the night sipping onhouse margaritas for just $6.

Veranda Restaurant & Lounge at Rancho Bernardo Inn | San Diego, CA
Enjoy Tacos, Tacos, Tacos at Veranda this Cinco de Mayo! Choose between carne asada, pollo asada or carnitas - three tacos for $14. Top it off with an order of house-made guacamole. Grab some friends and dine with incredible views under the summer sky or gather around the fire with their signature Patron Cadillac Margarita, $7. You're sure to have an experience to savor this Cinco de Mayo at Veranda.

Backyard Kitchen & Tap will also be getting into the festivities beginning at 3 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo. PB’s new place to play will be offering $5 Espolon Tequila, $6 Don Julio and $4 Mexican beers. And what’s a Cinco de Mayo celebration without tacos? Backyard will also be serving $3 tacos to go along with their drink specials.

This year, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is celebrating Cinco de Mayo at its signature bar, The Pony Room, with holiday food specials including delicious enchiladas, Mexican soup offered for daily soup, chips & guacamole specials, tequila shot specials, and margarita pitcher offerings. For those who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo all month long, Rancho Valencia is offering its Seasonal Sipper for May, La Piñata, which is made with Ilegal Mezcal Joven, Serrano-Infused Tequila, Charred Pineapple, Lime, Cilantro, with a solid dose of smoke and a touch of sweet heat that gives this sipper some ‘giddy up’.

In celebration of Cinco de Mayo, The Patio on Goldfinch  will be offering $4 off tequila all day, including their signature Tequila Ocho Flight, an inspired ode to Mexico's tequila masters that use New World aging techniques to honor the very important process of aging tequila. The Patio has established a unique partnership with Tomas Estes and Carlos Camerena, co-owners of Tequila Ocho to launch their barrel-aging program that has taken Tequila Ocho and aged it in five-liter new American Oak barrels - the goal of the studied house-aging process using new American Oak barrels is to create a tequila with pronounced oak-driven characteristics. In addition to this unique, rare tequila and Quatro for Cinco, guests can also enjoy a specialty fresh (what type) taco offering from Executive Chef John Medall.

Toast Enoteca & Cucina will offer they're Mexitalian pizzas all day on Tuesday, May 5 in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Guests will be able to enjoy any of the Mexitalian pizza's with a variety of bottled and draft beer. The pizzas include a Green Chilaquiles Pizza - crispy tortilla chips topped with tomatillo and serrano chile salsa, cotija and mozzarella cheese  fresh red onion, sour cream and avocado slices; Carnitas Pizza, Topped with braised pork, served shredded over mozzarella cheese and cannellini beans; and the “Mexicana” with Pomodoro salsa, cannellini beans, mozzarella cheese, house-made pork and beef chorizo, red onion, slices of Serrano pepper and pancetta.