Casa de Pico Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Ted Walton Photography

Diane Powers’ Casa de Pico Mexican restaurant is celebrating 15 years of delicious dishes and festive fun in La Mesa’s Grossmont Center.

Opened in the early 1970s by entrepreneur and interior designer Powers, Casa de Pico was originally located within San Diego’s Old Town State Park. With the vision of recreating the beautiful Mexican bazaars she had long-admired, Powers leased the site of the rundown and boarded-up Casa de Pico Motel from the State, and began a legendary transformation of the space to create Bazaar del Mundo, a colorful complex of shops and restaurants, including Casa de Pico.

Casa de Pico relocated to La Mesa’s Grossmont Center in 2005 and is now regularly voted the “Best Mexican Restaurant” and “Best Margaritas” in East County – and all of San Diego – by the readers of The San Diego Union-Tribune, La Mesa Courier, East County Californian and more.

Designed to capture the vibrant spirit of Mexico, today’s Casa de Pico has maintained its charm, with hacienda-like archways, hand-crafted wrought iron fixtures, and beautiful landscaping.

“From the beginning, I wanted Casa de Pico to capture the vibrant spirit of Mexico that I fell in love with all those years ago,” said Powers. “We are so grateful to our dedicated following of loyal customers – from near and far – who have been visiting us since Casa de Pico’s days in Old Town. And we are so thankful to the residents of La Mesa for welcoming us into their community so ardently. It has been a pleasure being part of Grossmont Center’s bustling shopping and dining scene these past 15 years – and we look forward to many more!”

To mark its anniversary, Casa de Pico is offering two of its most popular combination plates – the Senior Pico featuring thin-sliced carne asada with a beef or chicken taco and a cheese enchilada, served with guacamole and refried beans; and the Fabulosa, an assortment of Casa de Pico’s most famous items including carne asada, a cheese enchilada, chile relleno and bean tostadita, served with rice and guacamole – at the special anniversary price of $15 each from August 19-23. The restaurant will also feature the El Tesoro Cadillac Margarita, a 27oz glass with Tesoro Tequila Blanco, 100% agave, Cointreau, sweet and sour and a splash of orange juice, for $15.

In compliance with the latest mandates from the State and County, Casa de Pico is adhering to all health and safety guidelines and is open daily for outdoor dining and take-out orders. Delivery service is also available through DoorDash and The Office Express.

Casa de Pico is one of three dining destinations in Powers’ family of eateries serving fine Mexican food throughout San Diego County, which also includes Casa Guadalajara in Old Town and Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad.

For more information, call 619-463-3267 or visit

About the Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group

Diane Powers’ restaurants Casa Guadalajara, Casa de Pico and Casa de Bandini have earned numerous awards, including, the Gold Medallion Award by the San Diego Restaurant Association, the “Award of Excellence” by Zagat Surveys and several first-place prizes at the Ensenada International Seafood Fair. The restaurants have also been named, “Best Mexican Restaurant” by The San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Home Garden/Lifestyles and San Diego Magazine and as one of the “50 Best Hispanic Restaurants” in the nation by Hispanic magazine.

All reflect Powers’ love of delicious Mexican flavors as well as her design expertise, creative use of brilliant festive color and adherence to the spirit of the Latin American marketplace and Mexican flavors. Powers has traveled throughout the world to acquire unusual merchandise and decor for her restaurants, as well as impressive artifacts for the gorgeous courtyards and exterior environments. For more information, visit