Old Town San Diego
In 1769, Father Junipero Serra established the first of 21 Spanish missions on a hill above what is now known as Old Town San Diego. The Spanish established the string of missions in their attempt to colonize California.
In the 1820s, a Mexican community was established at the base of the hill. So many adobes had been built by 1835, that the community came to be known as El Pueblo de San Diego. A US Marine Lieutenant and a US Navy Lieutenant raised the American flag in the Old Town San Diego Plaza in 1846. The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation established Old Town State Historic Park in 1968 in order to preserve the rich cultural heritage of Old Town.
Bazaar del Mundo
In 1971, Diane Powers purchased a run-down motel located within Old Town State Historic Park. She turned the property into Bazaar del Mundo, an outdoor complex of shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The shops are a series of boutiques selling handcrafted items from all over the world. Of special interest are the folk art and crafts from Mexico.
Diane Powers also owns several Mexican restaurants which are scattered throughout the San Diego area. Our restaurant, Casa Guadalajara, is among them.
Dining in an authentic Mexican restaurant in Old Town San Diego is an important part of a visit to this historic section of our city. Visitors have a choice of sitting in our indoor dining room, our garden room or outside in our courtyard.
Join us in our Cantina during happy hour on Mondays through Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. We serve more than 50 of the most popular tequilas in our Cantina. During happy hour, we serve a complimentary antojito buffet and beers, cocktails and margaritas at special prices. One of our most popular margaritas is La Natural. It’s made with Hornitos Reposado, triple sec, agave nectar, lemon juice and fresh lime juice.
Cielito Linda, our mariachi band, has been entertaining our guests for 18 years. Visitors can hear Cielito Lindo from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
One of the popular items on our menu is the Ultimate Green Burrito. It features a large flour tortilla wrapped around carnitas sautéed with cilantro, onion and peppers and topped with cheese and salsa verde. Accompanying this wonderful taste sensation are guacamole, refried beans and sour cream.
Please join us on your next trip to Old Town San Diego.