Tio Chino Restaurant

3334 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 223-2100
Cuisine: Mexican/Southwestern
Price: $$$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Wednesday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thursday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Friday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Saturday: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Sunday: 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Meal Times Served Lunch, Dinner
  • Parking Availability Street
  • Reservation Information Not Required
  • Payment Methods Amex Cash Discover Mastercard Visa


Re established as Tio Chino in 2013. Tio Chino took over what was previously Tio Carlos, a legendary Mexican restaurant. Tio Chino continues to provide San Diego with the same quality food and strives to create an outstanding dining experience and present Pacific-Mexican Pac Mex cuisine to our community at large. Pac Mex cuisine is fusion of Mexican culinary traditions with Pacific Rim inspirations, namely Asian and Chamorro cuisine. Try something from their traditional Mexican Classic Carlos menu, like our tender, slow braised Carnitas plate, served with Spanish Rice and beans or our hand butchered Carne Asada Steak. Or, try the new fusion menu including Boneless Braised Short Rib entree with Wasabi Mash Potatoes and grilled veggies or our Kara age Fish Tacos, served with sesame slaw, pickled carrots and our avocado-cilantro sauce. Kick back in its old world leather booths and relish the moderately-priced Mexican and Asian cuisine, friendly service, live entertainment on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Tio Chino appeals to a multitude of dining tastes. For private family or business events, reserve the patio to munch on the complimentary chips and salsa paired with an ice cold beer. Tio Chino Restaurant and Bar is a tried and true restaurant dishing up fresh fare in a casual environment. And yes, they still serve the infamous Fried Ice Cream!

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 92reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Felix and Chin are the best and really engage with customers. The servers are really nice. The atmosphere is laid back. The good is awesome. Sep 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The building exterior could be spruced up, but the food quality and attentive service was excellent. Our friendly and knowledgeable server Christina made us feel welcome and valued. Give Tio Chino a try! Aug 25, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by This restaurant is located up a full flight of stairs and is just OK in their appearance on outside and inside. Food is just OK in quality and taste. Aug 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The server Tyra was great. Really personable and attentive. Aug 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent food with superb service! Aug 10, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The pace if service seemed a bit slow. Aug 3, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Service was slow, Food was ok Jul 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very easy to find. The restaurant was laid out nice. Service was GREAT. Food was very good. My wife would totally recommend the chimichanga. Jul 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great covered outdoor patio on the second floor and it not noisy. the food is delicious and very unique flavorful. A great combination of Mexican, Asian and pacific islander food. Jul 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by The chip and salsa is complimentary for one serving, you have to pay for more. Our entree was steak and chicken fajitas, the meat portion was skimpy and the steak was not tender. The server appeared rushed, he was friendly, but slow to return to check on us. Jun 30, 2014
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