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Tropical Star

6163 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3105
+1 858-874-7827
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible0%
Feb 16, 2018
“Hidden Caribbean taste spot”
Sep 6, 2017
“Make me miss Colombia”
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Caribbean, Latin, Colombian, South American, Puerto Rican
6163 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3105
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is a like a whole on the wall disguised as a Caribbean mini-market. You can find Caribbean goodies as well as you enjoy the taste and the Caribbean ambient. Nice tropical music, fried fish and meat, the way you will find it in...More

Thank SantiagoChago
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

I took the family to tropical Star because we all love Colombian food and we all love pony Malta. We ordered sampler plates and all enjoyed everything (blood sausage excepted). We have been back many times. I love the idea of this local hole in...More

Thank bigwave11
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

At Tropical Star you can get all the food you crave from Colombia. Arepa, platoon, yucca, Colombian sausage, The preparation of the meals Is very authentic and delicious. Pony Malta is in the cooler. I had a great meal.

Thank bigwave11
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I love this place! I can get all of my seasonings and Puerto Rican snacks in one place! Their cooked food is delicious! Always a good experience and feels like I'm visiting family.

Thank nanivorise
Reviewed 31 August 2016

Was looking for some Puerto Rican food while in San Diego and found a great place! Felt like I was in PR, little place with a couple tables and little market, food was excellent and loved the variety, including the pops (was happy to find...More

Thank DolceMinneapolis
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Where to start.. ok. DIJON mustard ,are you kidding me. Let me recommend to owners, educate your team on your staple sandwich, the sandwich people will drive across town, have road rage over for. Ok. Moving on the sandwich is just dry not made right.*(add...More

Thank Angel J
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

Love the array of South American food you can order and the groceries you can pick while you eat in. It is a bit small and a bit tight inside the shop so we usually pick it up than eat in. Friendly staff though! :)

Thank gowiththeflowgal
Reviewed 4 June 2015

Tropical Star is legit South American (SA) food in an authentic SA environment (Read: small, muggy grocery market/kitchen with a few tables). It's consistent, the food is really good, and the people who work there are affable. It's tucked away off a main thoroughfare in...More

Thank LR L
Reviewed 22 October 2014

This is just a small Hole-In-The-Wall Latin/South American grocery store and eatery that has quite an extensive menu of unique and tasty foods from Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Venezuela, and more...and all for pretty cheap! Appears to be run by small friendly family. $2.50 Papa...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 30 August 2014

I'd been looking for authentic Latin food in SD for a long time but hadn't found the real thing until now! I've been back at least once a week since. It can get pretty busy at lunch time and on the weekends hence the previous...More

Thank Almost360
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Caribbean, Latin, Colombian, South American, Puerto Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
11:00 AM - 8:45 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6163 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111-3105
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-874-7827
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