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Favorite Mexican Restaurants in San Diego

Fiesta Flavors!

Given our proximity to the border, it's only natural that San Diego's the place for fantastic Mexican cooking. Find a list of local favorites here!

San Diego's Take on South of the Border Flavors

With Baja right next door, Mexican cuisine has long been a major part of our food culture. These days a fusion of contemporary San Diego and Tijuana cooking styles has led to a unique culinary concept known as Cali-Baja, a blend of California’s zeal for fresh, local ingredients with Mexico’s Baja Med cuisine. While you can still find plenty of places to get your fill of traditional Mexican cooking, you’ll also find the slew of restaurants devoted to this new food revolution. 

Whatever fare you fancy, taco stands throughout the county offer grab 'n' go dining at rock-bottom prices, and for leisurely service, fiesta atmosphere and memorable flavors, try the following local favorites.

Old Town & Mission Valley

Café Coyote

Savor traditional Mexican food made from authentic fresh ingredients prepared from regional recipes. Relax and select from over 100 tequilas for your fresh frosty margaritas and watch chefs make homemade tortillas the traditional way "a mano" (by hand) to accompany your meal.

Casa Guadalajara

This imaginative menu features traditional and contemporary cuisine, reflecting dishes of the regional villages of Mexico. Signature offerings include award-winning seafood dishes, creative, chipotle chile-inspired entrees and sauces, and guacamole made fresh to order.

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant

This full-service restaurant and bar, open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, offers a seasonal menu designed to please, attentive service and carefully prepared meals including American Grill, seafood and Mexican-inspired favorites.

Fiesta de Reyes

Here you will find two authentic Mexican restaurants, festive entertainment and a wide variety of shopping opportunities offered by 19 unique specialty shops. The restaurants at Fiesta de Reyes - Casa de Reyes and Barra Barra Saloon - are known for serving some of the best Mexican food and margaritas in San Diego.

Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina

Enjoy Puerto Nuevo style lobsters that are split open and flash-fried then presented on big platters and served with piping hot flour tortillas, beans and Mexican rice.

Old Town Mexican Café y Cantina

This lively restaurant draws standing room only crowds for ample platters of tender pork carnitas, pitchers of margaritas, combo plates and a happy party-time vibe. While you wait, watch the hard-working "tortilla ladies" making hand-made tortillas at the front windows. Ideal for families and large groups. 

La Jolla

Galaxy Taco

A Cali-Baja cuisine veteran, nationally acclaimed chef Trey Foshee tantalizes taste buds at Galaxy Taco with the bold flavors, unique pairings and fresh natural ingredients of his gourmet tacos, along with an impressive selection of mezcal and tequila.

Downtown San Diego

Coasterra

With stunning views of downtown, this waterfront restaurant on Harbor Island serves Cali-Baja inspired takes on classic Mexican dishes and fresh seafood, along with over 70 labels of agave spirits.

Tequila Bar & Grill - San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina

An urban spin on the Baja cantina, this hip restaurant attracts hotel guests and locals alike with live music, one of the world's largest selections of tequila and the freshest menu of culinary creations from their highly talented executive chef.

Puesto

A Cali-Baja cuisine standout located at The Headquarters at Seaport Village, Puesto is elevating the Mexican street taco with sustainable meats and seafood, full flavors, and fresh organic produce. The menu is rounded out with a contemporary take on entrees and craft cocktails, all served in a waterfront open-air setting.

The Blind Burro

Located in Downtown’s East Village neighborhood, The Blind Burro specializes in Cali-Baja takes on Mexican street food favorites, served in an urban-industrial setting with communal tables and a corner-spanning bar showcasing over 100 tequilas, mezcals and spirits.

Gaslamp Quarter

Rockin' Baja Coastal Cantina

Just blocks from the San Diego Convention Center, this cantina offers an array of Mexican specialities, and of course, ice cold Mexican beers and pitchers of frosty margaritas!

East County San Diego

Casa de Pico

Consistently named one of San Diego's best Mexican dining venues, and one of the 50 Best Mexican Restaurants in the U.S. by Hispanic Magazine, this fabled restaurant brings the romance of Old Mexico to diners, along with award-winning authentic recipes, moderately priced cuisine and colorful surroundings.

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