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Juan Tequila, located at 535 Fourth Ave, explores the upscale presentations and innovative flavor combinations that have become hallmarks of Baja Mexican cuisine through a collection of small plates and larger entree dishes. This innovative 2,000 square foot Fourth Avenue space has leather seats, marble topped tables and a dramatic concrete bar embedded with sparking lights!

One of the owners Gustavo Giardelli greeted the GQA staff in his upscale eatery. Gustavo and his partner Jose Dabdoub have created a snapshot of Baja that brings a different dining and drinking experience to the Gaslamp Quarter and downtown.

downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant

What We Enjoyed:

  • Lauren our server mixed up a beautiful “mock-tail” with passionfruit juice, club soda and berry compote- She named it the Gaslamp Passion!
  • The Menu was full of delicious small plates, fresh seafood, and eclectic sauces so it was very hard to choose.  Gustavo chose for us and gave us 3 delicious plates that we shared
  • First we had the Pork Belly Confit Taquitos- This delicious dish had pork belly, grilled shrimp, Shredded Cabbage, Pico, a Crema and a Baja Diabla Sauce that gave it a little kick! The plate came with palm sized corn tortillas to dish the Confit into
  • Hongos Mexicanos Al Mezcal- Beautiful Mexican Mushrooms sautéed with Mezcal sprinkled with earthy Mexican herbs and served with Bolillo bread on the side
  • And then we had the Tostada Salpicon Rib-Eye- Fresh, tender, Rib Eye, beans, orchard escabeche vegetables like carrots, arugula, cucumbers, Mexican cheese on top of a crispy tortilla
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant
downtown san diego gaslamp quarter juan tequila bar and restaurant

Insider Tips:

  • Juan Tequila has an incredible spirits menu. Not only Old world Tequilas but Rare Mezcals, Sotols, Raicilla, Bacanora and more!
  • The beautiful venue serves brunch everyday, Snacks (fries, nachos, chips and guacamole) tacos and cocktails
  • From 3pm – close you can order anything on the menu including appetizers like the ones we enjoyed, Entrees and Desserts
  • Wednesday -Monday from 3-7pm you can get 30% off all food and drinks
  • Tuesdays from opening to 11:30PM 50% off Tacos, Tequilas & Mezcales
  • Late Night Special- Sunday, Monday & Wednesday from 10:30PM-Close. Guests can get “combo 1” a beer and a shot for $10. And “Combo 2” 2 Tacos & Beer for $12

Juan Tequila is open Sunday to Wednesday 11:30AM – 12:00 AM Thursday- Saturday 11:30AM-2:00AM Get your reservations today!