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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in San Diego

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Guadalajara Mexican Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (25)
$30 and under
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
OUR STORY:
Founded in 1986 the Solano family opened Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant in Lake Elsinore, California. Eleven years later in 1997, we opened our second location Guadalajara Mexican Grill and Cantina in Temecula, California. At Guadalajara’s, we take real pride in providing the freshest ingredients to ensure high-quality Mexican food. We pride ourselves in having generous portions, a festive environment, and the best margaritas in town!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service was great food was good… soooo loud with the marachi music. Could have done without that!
A photo of Ortega's  A Mexican Bistro restaurant
4.5
4.5 (934)
$30 and under
Mexican
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping one of our classic fresh squeezed margaritas. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Flat Iron Steak Burrito, Chicken Mole. The design captures the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo and Baja California.
Top review
CarolynHvip
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Friday night noise, but love the service and food!!
A photo of Crudo Ceviche & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (104)
$30 and under
Mexican
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Authentic Baja-style, ceviche, and oyster restaurant. Unique tostadas, oysters, tiradito, clams
Top review
Sherryberries
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Excellent place to enjoy quality crudos/ceviche, etc. There are also some good wines on the wine list. I also appreciate that this restaurant does not engage in the unethical practice of adding a surcharge to the bill.
A photo of Puesto Mission Valley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1793)
$30 and under
Mexican
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Puesto is family-owned and operated by first generation Mexican American brothers Eric, Alan and Alex Adler, alongside their cousins Isidoro and Moy Lombrozo and founding chef and partner Luisteen Gonzalez. With eight locations in California, Puesto provides an innovative and contemporary approach to authentic Mexican cuisine. Sourcing its ingredients locally and regionally, the restaurant has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-inspired tacos made with non-GMO organic, heirloom Masienda blue corn stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas.
Top review
dineforfunvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great food & wonderful margaritas! The guacamole was fresh & delicious. We all had different tacos & we all enjoyed them. We also ordered a side of corn & it too was yummy!
A photo of South of Nick's - Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (372)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Del Mar
About the restaurant
An essential stop in San Diego for Southern California Mexican Cuisine.

South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen & Bar features Classic Mexican favorites, prime steaks and seafood with a So Cal twist. Fine Tequilas & Margaritas

Our food and drink meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality and combines both modern-creative and traditional styles of cooking.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.

Top review
SusanPvip
Dined 4 days ago
South of Nick’s is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego! Everything is EXCEPTIONAL…. Food, ambience, service, and value!!! This is the best Mexican food I have had, and there are many to choose from in San Diego! I highly recommend this restaurant!
A photo of Baja Betty's restaurant
4.8
4.8 (274)
$30 and under
Mexican
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
If you are in the mood for creative, Tex-Mex inspired dishes, the fun and atmosphere of Baja Betty's in San Diego, CA is for you. This popular eatery provides diners with a colorful and entertaining setting in which to savor a full array of dishes made from the freshest and most authentic ingredients.



The menu at Baja Betty's features many expected options, such as a comprehensive quesadilla menu and array of satisfying combination platters. However, diners can also enjoy a build your own burrito or bowl, an array of house specialties and tacos and some stunning signature margaritas to wash it all down. The menu at Baja Betty's also offers a long list of tequilas and mezcals, a full range of appetizers, nachos, soups, salads and the best Taco Tuesday in town!

Top review
DarcyV
Dined 2 days ago
I love coming to Baja Betty's! My favorite spot in San Diego by far!
A photo of El Agave restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2257)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town
About the restaurant
Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 2,700 tequilas on display – also
repeatedly voted the #1 tequila bar in the country. Nestled in historic Old Town, San Diego, it is the
perfect place to enjoy a business lunch, romantic date, rehearsal dinner or to simply relax and
unwind sipping find tequila with friends.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Amazing experience across the board. Drinks and food were top notch. Will be back and will recommend to others.
A photo of Puesto La Jolla restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1940)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Owned and operated by a Mexican American family whose best memories all include tacos. Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar providing an innovative approach to authentic Mexican flavors. Puesto has garnered national acclaim for its Mexico City-style crispy melted cheese tacos, served on handmade non-GMO, organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas.

In addition to tacos, offerings include a selection of fresh catch ceviches, guacamoles, starters and ensaladas, courtesy of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzales. The bar program showcases the best of Mexico City through the use of fresh ingredients in our hand crafted cocktails and housemade Micheladas, tequilas, mezcals, Baja craft beers, and Valle de Guadalupe wines you can’t find elsewhere.

We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include National Geographic, Huffington Post, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide.

Top review
oysterluvrvip
Dined 2 days ago
This was our second extraordinary meal with best friends! I highly recommend it!
A photo of Javier's - La Jolla restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3118)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Jolla
About the restaurant
JAVIER'S presents a rich heritage of elevated Mexican cuisine in a friendly, captivating ambiance. Enjoy hand-shaken margaritas, rare tequilas, craft cocktails and a vast selection of beer and fine wines. Dine with us in the main dining room, al fresco patios, one of our semi private dining rooms, or at the exquisite bar surrounded by one of the West Coast's largest selection of the world's finest tequilas. We at JAVIER'S consider all our wonderful customers a part of our family and thank them for their support and sharing in the success and joy that is JAVIER'S. Come experience the freshness of our original Mexican cuisine in a warm, friendly environment at one of our five locations.

Please be advised we don't allow strollers. If you bring your stroller we have a designated area to store your stroller while you dine.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 24 Feb 2024
Delicious food and great experience. Will be back for sure
A photo of Tamarindo Latin Kitchen- Del Mar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (804)
$30 and under
Mexican
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Tamarindo Del Mar
**NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER**
Kitchen closes promptly at 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm on Friday+Saturday's.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
All 4 of us loved our meals. Great fish tacos and enchiladas, as well as delicious appetizers. Friendly staff too. We’ll be back!
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