Best Mexican Food Restaurants in San Diego

Best Mexican Food Restaurants in San Diego

Tacos al pastor, chiles en nogada, cochinita pibil, mole poblano, pozole… The list is endless. And it is that if Mexican food is characterized by something, it is by the great variety of dishes that it offers. What is this about? Each state of the country has its own recipes and culinary traditions.
Currently in San Diego there are many options that bring us closer to the true taste of the Aztec culture, that is why today we share the best Mexican food restaurants in San Diego. In each of them you can enjoy the authentic cuisine of Mexico, either with a traditional or contemporary concept.
Visit them and let yourself be conquered by the flavor and color of Mexican cuisine!
Birrieria Don Rafa
Facebook @donrafabirrieria
Located in Chula Vista for 13 years, this restaurant offers a unique style and exquisite Mexican cuisine. The family business started by Rafael Godinez, “Don Rafa”, has as its main dish the goat birria, an original recipe from Jalisco. Likewise, over the years this place has also opted to merge Mexican food with North American food, which has resulted in authentic dishes such as the drowned quesadilla (made with corn flour and stuffed and covered with birria). Currently, this gastronomic place also offers quesadillas, tortas, menudo, beef birria, tatemada birria (goat steamed and roasted in the oven), among other specialties.
For reservations go to: www.birrieriadonrafa.com
The Grilled Chicken
Facebook @ElPolloGrillLemonGrove
If you want to delight your palate with authentic Sinaloan food and enjoy a friendly atmosphere, you must visit El Pollo Grill. Founded by Rafael and Constanza López in the historic Lemon Grove area in 1987, this place’s star dish is flame-roasted chicken. But that’s not all, on their menu you will also find tacos, burritos, chimichangas and even different varieties of salads. Today, led by Víctor López (son of the founders), El Pollo Grill has two more locations: Bonita (3041 Bonita Rd Ste 105) and Otay Ranch (2015 Birch Road, Suite 2003). As additional information, it is worth noting that this restaurant also offers a catering service, just as it did in its origins.
For reservations go to: www.elpollogrill.com
The backyard
Facebook @elpatioakaclubnominors
Looking for flavors that will bring you back to your home kitchen? Then you must eat at El Patio. Located in Chula Vista for 62 years, this Mexican restaurant offers tasty and authentic dishes in a very cozy and familiar atmosphere. On its menu you will find broths, stews, ranch meals, Swiss enchiladas, pozole and much more. Eating at this place will be like going back to your mom’s or grandma’s kitchen.
For reservations go to: www.elpatio.com
The Tasty
Facebook @lasabrositabotanero
With a modern style, this restaurant offers three different concepts for diners of all ages. During the morning, starting at 8 AM, you can enjoy authentic Mexican breakfasts such as Mexican-style eggs, broths, green pozole or omelette. In the afternoon the restaurant changes its style and, accompanied by live music and a cocktail bar, offers a menu in which you can pamper your palate with dishes such as guts, sea enchiladas, shrimp, pork rinds, marrows, Michoacan mole, among others. One thing to keep in mind is that La Sabrosita currently has live DJs on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6 PM to 12 AM. As you can see, here you can spend a quiet morning enjoying a delicious breakfast, or a fun afternoon tasting authentic Mexican dishes and drinks, while listening to good music.
For reservations go to: www.lasabrositacantina.com
TJ Oyster Bar
Facebook @tjoysterbar
Almost 20 years old, this family restaurant is characterized by offering diners different recipes in the style of “La Baja”. Exquisite dishes such as tuna tacos with cheese, tostadas, burritos, cocktails, grilled fish and different snack options stand out on its menu. A peculiarity of this place is that it offers three different types of oysters: one from Baja California, another from Washington and the third from Canada, each one different in flavor. They can be tried in an oyster cocktail, for example, or also as fried oysters. On the other hand, to accompany meals, the restaurant has wines from the region, beers and delicious micheladas. So, if you want to enjoy a fusion of flavors, visit TJ Oyster Bar. They currently have three locations: two in Bonita (4246 Bonita Rd and 4410 Bonita Rd.) and one in Chula Vista (601 E Palomar St).
For reservations go to: www.tjoyster.com
Revolution Taco Shop
Facebook @tacosrevo
If you are looking for tacos similar to those prepared in Tijuana, you must visit Taquería Revolución. Open for lunch and dinner, this Mexican restaurant specializes in grilled meat and Tijuana-style dishes. In its menu you will find tacos, burritos, tostadas, birria, potatoes and a wide variety of drinks to accompany your meals. An important fact to keep in mind is that this taquería has its own App: Taquería Revolución, through which you can place your orders without leaving your home.
For reservations go to: www.tacosrevo.com
The Three Catrinas
Facebook @lastrescatrinassd
If you want to enjoy a night full of music, Mexican food and drinks, visit Las Tres Catrinas. Opened six months ago, this Mexican restaurant and bar offers a colorful and fun environment, ideal to live an unforgettable moment with whoever you want. In its menu you will find tacos, sopes, snacks, hamburgers, among many other options. In addition, you can enjoy delicious micheladas, mimosas and different drinks. It should be noted that they recently began to open their doors on Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 AM, where they offer a brunch proposal. So visit Las Tres Catrinas, we guarantee that the flavor and seasoning of this place will be unforgettable.
For reservations go to: Las Tres Catrinas SD
taco parlor
Facebook @tacoloungeca
Originally from Tijuana, Rubén Jiménez and Roberto Mercado opened Taco Lounge in San Diego after eight years of opening their first branch in their hometown. This pair of cousins, related to the gastronomic world since they were little, offer a relaxing atmosphere, with calm music and a menu that reverts the traditional flavors of Mexican food. Here you can delight your palate with tacos, birria, chilaquiles, seafood and, above all, with handmade tortillas.
For reservations go to: www.tacolounge.net
Artisanal ceviche
Facebook @cevichecraft
Motivated by a friend to make different types of ceviche in a beach town, Chef Meír opened Ceviche Craft in December 2019. This wonderful Mexican food restaurant specializes in house marinade-leche de tigre and also has a ceviche bar that allows diners to assemble their dishes in the Poke or Subway style. As a particularity of the house, a lemon machine is used here to achieve greater freshness in the food preparation process.
For reservations go to: www.cevichecraft.com
parrots
papagayoseastlake.com
If you are looking to accompany your meal with delicious drinks and live music, then you have to visit Papagayos. Located in Chula Vista for 22 years, this Mexican restaurant is known for its delicious molcajetes and refreshing margaritas. But that’s not all, on their menu you will also find fajitas, tacos, enchiladas, burritos and many more traditional dishes. In addition, for each special date, such as Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, different dishes are offered. It is worth noting that this place has live bands until 2 AM, as well as karaoke days and the presentation of different DJs on Saturdays and Sundays.
Web: www.papagayoseastlake.com/
Now that you know, be sure to visit these restaurants to enjoy a little piece of Mexico in every bite.

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