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Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant

2968 State Street Carlsbad, CA 92008


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  • Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8:00AM - 9:00PM


In 1960, Ophelia & Abel Garcia, our “Nana & Tata,” took a chance & embarked on a journey… a heritage that has survived 4 generations, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant. Opening our landmark location, or what we like to call “G1,” in the village of Carlsbad, Nana & Tata set in motion our family’s dream of offering an experience very much like those we share at home. Of Spanish ancestry, Nana was born in El Paso, Texas in 1914. While Tata’s family was originally from the small town of Cortez, in Chihuahua, México, he was born in Jerome, Arizona in 1907. After courting for some time, the two were married in National City in 1933 & had 4 children: eldest son Abel Jr., twins Paul & Pauline, & daughter Valentine. A barber by day & a mariachi by night, Tata became known as southern California’s “Singing Barber,” even having the opportunity to play for such stars as Rita Hayworth & Bing Crosby. Settling down in Oceanside, Nana & Tata opened Garcia’s Barber Shop in 1955 on State Street, in Carlsbad Village.