About Us

Casa de Pico, an internationally renowned Mexican restaurant, was originally opened by Diane Powers in 1971 in Old Town, San Diego. In 2005, we relocated to Grossmont Center, where we brought with us the spirit of our original location, with its hacienda-like archways, hand-crafted, wrought iron fixtures and beautiful landscaping reminiscent of Mexico. Casa de Pico’s award-winning cuisine, festive atmosphere, strolling mariachis and world-famous Birdbath Margaritas make it the perfect place to come for a romantic evening getaway or gathering with family and friends.

Your fiesta begins when you walk through the door. Whether dining in our gorgeous dining room filled with vivid colors, hand-painted artwork, classic and authentic folk art, and wrought iron chandeliers or on our heated patio with its giant splashing fountain, tropical plants and colorful flowers, Casa de Pico brings you, in every way, the very best in Mexican culture. Our regional and traditional food, along with our frosty margaritas and strolling mariachis, depict the true spirit of Mexico. Our handmade tortillas are a special treat when you taste them warm off-the-griddle from the charming tortilla kitchen, located in the lobby where our friendly staff is waiting to serve you.

Our staff strives to provide all our guests with the most extraordinary experience possible. We are very grateful for our loyal following, which has helped us earn awards for Best Mexican Restaurant, Best Patio Dining, Best Margarita, Best Guacamole, Top 50 Best Mexican Restaurants and Hot 150 Restaurants.

Casa de Pico’s fun, festive environment makes every special occasion – birthday, rehearsal dinner, wedding anniversary, office mixer, bridal shower, baby shower, graduation, retirement party, team banquet, baptism and communion – a memorable one.

One of San Diego County’s best happy hours takes place Monday-Friday, 3-7 p.m. in our Cantina. It’s the perfect place to enjoy friendly conversation, an appetizer or meal, and one of our world-famous margaritas. We feature specially priced margaritas, beer and house cocktails as well as tasty appetizers. Watch the latest sports game on one of our four TVs.

Healthy Mexican Food and Dining San Diego

Join us on Facebook and Twitter

and Visit our CASA DE PICO BLOG

[sfp-like-box width=520 colorscheme=dark stream=true url=http://www.facebook.com/casadepico]


“ Best EVER Mexican food! I drive 20 miles out of my way just to eat here!

– Liz J.

Great restaurant. The margaritas are the BEST in town and the best prices. Diane Powers has outdone herself with beautiful color, great food quality and prices.

-Maureen B.

Click Here For More Testimonials


Upcoming Events

February 14th – Valentine’s Day

See details

Cinco De Mayo

May 5–6: For true “Cinco” style, enjoy the “Enchiladas Banderas,” a savory sampling of chicken, cheese and beef enchiladas served with three different sauces – rojas, verde and blanca (red, green and white). Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the day as well as promotional giveaways from Dos Equis, Corona, Hornitos, Cabo Wabo, Grand Marnier, Puerto Vallarta Tequila and more.

See details

May 10th- Mexican Mothers Day

Come celebrate the special women in your life at Casa De Pico.

May 14th- Mothers Day

April-June=Time to make reservations for your end of year or graduation celebration.

June 18th- Fathers Day

Treat Dad to an Ice Cold Corona, or Frosty Hornitos Margarita to go with his Father’s Day Special Entrée

September 16th- Mexican Independence Day

Watch for specials in our Cantina!!

October 1st- begin Fall/Winter Specials Menu

October 15th- start booking Holiday Parties

See details

October 27th- Dia De Los Muertos

We will be setting up our altar for Dia De Los Muertos, a fascinating Mexican tradition of honoring deceased loved ones. Intricate handmade sugar skulls, Cempasuchil (orange marigolds) and Pan de Muerto are just a few of the traditional items you will see on our Oferenda (altar)!

November 1st Kicks off Our Traditional Holiday “Turkey Tamales” season.

Come in and enjoy them with your favorite Margarita, or order them by the dozen “To Go’ for that special holiday occasion.


November 24th- Happy Thanksgiving!

In order for our staff to enjoy time with their family, we will be closed on this day.

December 24th- Christmas Eve= Open until 9 pm

December 25th- Merry Christmas!

In order for our staff to enjoy time with their family, we will be closed on this day.

December 31st- 2012 we will open until 9:00 pm



Full Menu

Casa de Pico takes pride in serving you the best traditional and regional Mexican cuisine since 1971. All of our recipes are made from scratch with only the finest and freshest ingredients, offering you a wide array of choices, from our original Cheese Crisp Special to our award-winning San Germán.

Click Here for our Full Menu


Cantina & Happy Hour

Our Cantina Menu features over 50 of the most popular tequilas. Every month we feature a special tequila with drink promotions that are extended into our dining room. For updates on our tequila promotions, like us on Facebook or ask one of our knowledgeable staff members.

Happy Hour

Monday – Friday: 3-7 p.m.

During happy hour we serve a complimentary appetizer buffet, refreshing margaritas, a variety of beers and cocktails at special happy hour prices. Come join the fiesta and watch your favorite sports team on our flat screen TVs!
*We extend our happy hour for Monday Night Football.

Our Best Selling Margaritas

Casa de Pico Margarita – Our unique recipe since we opened in 1971. Choose your flavor, lemon-lime, strawberry, mango, raspberry, or peach!

Cadillac Margarita – made with 1800 Tequila Respado, Triple Sec Premium, Sweet and Sour.

The Perfect Margarita – made with Cuervo Especial, Cointreau Orange Liquer, Sweet and Sour.

Home of the Famous Giant Birdbath Margarita!



Casa de Pico is undoubtedly the most colorful and enjoyable Mexican restaurant in San Diego County! Make sure you dine in our lush, gorgeous and colorful patio, and enjoy our strolling mariachis as they serenade you while you eat our authentic and award-winning Mexican cuisine.

Previously located in Old Town’s Bazaar del Mundo for 35 years, Casa de Pico has been relocated to La Mesa.


Tuesday & Wednesday:

Troubadours 6-9 p.m.

Thursday & Friday:

Mariachi 5:30-9:30 p.m. Band

Saturday & Sunday:

Troubadours noon-3 p.m.; Mariachi Band 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Holidays, Cinco de Mayo Celebration & Special Events:

Folklorico Dancers


Visit Us


Now in la Mesa! 5500 Grossmont Center Drive La Mesa, CA 91942 A San Diego Favorite Since 1971! Map It! Phone: 619.463.3267 HOURS OF OPERATION Sun 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Mon - Wed 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Thu - Sat 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Map of La Mesa, California

Contact Us

Reservations by email are NOT accepted.
To make a reservation please call:

Restaurant Address:
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
Phone: 619.463.3267

We never sell our customer information! By providing your email address and other information you will be notified of special Bazaar Del Mundo events and news.
Join us on Facebook and Twitter


Comments or questions are welcome.

* indicates required field

Our Other Restaurants & Retail Stores