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Submitted by Piña     September 16, 2008    
 
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560 4th Ave
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Phone Number
(619) 696-3466

La Puerta

La Puerta is an inexpensive, casual Mexican cantina stands out amid overpriced, overpromised Gaslamp restaurant/bars with its own take on "Taco Tuesdays." Over 50 premium tequilas to choose from make this place a great tequila bar. Savor the essence of these aromas, tastes and flavors under the tiny and colorfully lit bulbs that hang from the dark wood rafters, while relaxing in a leather booth and enjoying the varied sounds of classic rock and reggae on the weekdays, or bop to the beat of La Puerta's weekend DJs, who are sure to be as unusual and creative as La Puerta itself.

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92
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92  (3)
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90  (3)
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93  (3)
Knowledge - Service 
 
90  (3)
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93  (3)
I go here almost every Monday night for their all day "happy hour" which includes half-price drinks (and tequilas) and appetizers. Their tequila list is pretty decent although you're not going to find anything out of the ordinary. The food is pretty good too.

For a downtown bar, it's one of my favorite joints. Most visitors here don't come for the tequila, so be prepared for the "vodka Redbull" and "Bud Lite" crowd if you go on the weekend. Other than that, it's a fun place. They usually have some luchador movies playing on the TVs which adds to the ambiance.

Another note: don't expect to get great advice from the bartenders. After having various conversations with the guys behind the bar, I've usually found them to be a) wrong, b) confused, or c) not very big fans of tequila. My advice is just to grab the menu and start picking out a juice you've never had before.

If you go on a Monday, I'll come say hi. You'll probably be the only other one there drinking straight tequila out of a snifter.
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90
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85
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93
Reviewed by JungleLarry August 16, 2011
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I go here almost every Monday night for their all day "happy hour" which includes half-price drinks (and tequilas) and appetizers. Their tequila list is pretty decent although you're not going to find anything out of the ordinary. The food is pretty good too.

For a downtown bar, it's one of my favorite joints. Most visitors here don't come for the tequila, so be prepared for the "vodka Redbull" and "Bud Lite" crowd if you go on the weekend. Other than that, it's a fun place. They usually have some luchador movies playing on the TVs which adds to the ambiance.

Another note: don't expect to get great advice from the bartenders. After having various conversations with the guys behind the bar, I've usually found them to be a) wrong, b) confused, or c) not very big fans of tequila. My advice is just to grab the menu and start picking out a juice you've never had before.

If you go on a Monday, I'll come say hi. You'll probably be the only other one there drinking straight tequila out of a snifter.

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Planned a trip to San Diego and ran across this restaurant on Tequila.net.
Excellent restaurant and staff. Good, quality food at reasonable prices. Large quantity of tequilas with very knowledgeable staff to assist. A "must" when visiting San Diego. However, plan ahead. We tried to get in on a Friday evening and the wait was 45 to 60 minutes. Came back for lunch the next day and were not disappointed.
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Reviewed by James July 12, 2010
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Planned a trip to San Diego and ran across this restaurant on Tequila.net.
Excellent restaurant and staff. Good, quality food at reasonable prices. Large quantity of tequilas with very knowledgeable staff to assist. A "must" when visiting San Diego. However, plan ahead. We tried to get in on a Friday evening and the wait was 45 to 60 minutes. Came back for lunch the next day and were not disappointed.

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We came across this place just passing by and decided to go in. I looked at their tequila selection. I can usually tell if a place 'knows' their tequila if I see something on their shelf that is not in many places. In this case, LA FORTALEZA caught my eye. We decided to stay!

Thankfully, the tequila was served in snifters. My fiance ordered a mixed tequila drink which was very tasty as well. There was food on the menu for my vegetarian friends, and the staff was friendly. Whe I go to San Diego, I'd definitely try to go here again.
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90
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Reviewed by Piña September 18, 2008
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We came across this place just passing by and decided to go in. I looked at their tequila selection. I can usually tell if a place 'knows' their tequila if I see something on their shelf that is not in many places. In this case, LA FORTALEZA caught my eye. We decided to stay!

Thankfully, the tequila was served in snifters. My fiance ordered a mixed tequila drink which was very tasty as well. There was food on the menu for my vegetarian friends, and the staff was friendly. Whe I go to San Diego, I'd definitely try to go here again.

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