Candelas on the Bay
Candelas on the Bay
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Candelas on the Bay

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.candelas-sd.com/
  • Phone: 6194354900
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, French
  • Executive Chef: Eduardo Baeze
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater events on the beach for up to 200 people with an unparalleled harbor backdrop. Two open-air terraces that can hot parties of 20 to 50 in style, as well as a private room that can hold up to 40 people and that is equipped wit a projection screen for business meetings and presentations. Our warm and intimate indoor dining room holds up to 70 people, including a separate lounge with a DJ and space for 50 at the bar, all with harbor views that will give any event that extra special detail and authenticity that Candelas has come to be known for.
  • Private Party Facilities: Candelas on the Bay can accommodate events in size from 15 to 200. We can customize menus to meet your every need and expectation. Contact us for specifics.
  • Private Party Contact: Roger Boomer 6194354900
  • Entertainment: Candelas lounge offers an atmosphere ideal for entertaining whether you are entertaining one special person or a group of friends. Live entertainment by our DJ will add a rhythmic energy to your experience.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Bus stops at the Ferry Landing.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Candelas on the Bay
Candelas on the Bay will be offering a number of unique and versatile, dining accommodations. Whether you're a party of two or two hundred we have the different facilities to meet any type of entertaining needs. An intimate hacienda for a romantic rendezvous, a semi-private room for business meetings, or the entire restaurant for larger affairs, Candelas on the Bay can provide the best in, "Mexico City" style of cuisine, impeccable service, and breathtaking views of San Diego's skyline and bay.
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Candelas on the Bay reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Poor qual food & servc for $
    SmartWoman
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    Outrageous! NEVR again. Gift card only reason stayed; service, food qual all very poor. Clue 1 was how empty it was there lunch on a Taco Tues. Only thing going for this plc is view. No lunch menu! Forced outrageous dinner menu. Poor taste & quality you get. I have had better tasting food at a taco shop! Bc we were 6, chrgd us hefty gratuity we wouldn't have paid had it not been already billed. Ordered 2 appetizers, Nachos & guac w stale chips which took forever to get on the table then another long wait for very poor quality meals. I had mole and they did not even sprinkle sesame seeds which is an absolute for this dish IF you know how to derve it & the rice on the side was COLD! Do not waste your $$. I will YELP this review too.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Once was enough
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    BEAUTIFUL view, decent food, poor service. There are better options out there.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and service
    georgeVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    Excellent food and service -- if you have enchiladas, and you should, definitely try the mole.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I had such a great time and so did my mom because I took her there for Mother's Day. The service was excellent like always
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Disappointing
    MRCP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    I was very disappointed with the experience. We had to wait for our table. Our server came across as an arrogant woman with "airs". The server brought my wife the wrong entree. Our entrees were medicore and overpriced. The dessert was even more medicore and more over-priced than the entrees. The restaurant was so loud tihat my wife and I couldn't carry on a conversation. I will never visit this restaurant again. The best part of the evening was the view of the San Diego Bay and San Diego skyline. What a waste of my hard-earned money!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Went here because Frommers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Went here because Frommers recommend it. The food was just OK (quality didn't match the prices). The food took a long time to arrive. The only great thing about this place is the view.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Food,Service and Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Great Food,Service and Quality Tequilas..... This place is not a cheap date, but you will feel as if you made it to 3rd base!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best brunch in San Diego County!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Candelas in Coronado has THE best brunch for and incredible price! The menu is always great including Mexican or Mexican-inspired dishes. Our server, Fernando, was outstanding - he always is and we always request him because he makes the whole experience memorable. Of all the servers we have ever had, Fernando is the best --- and he knows wines and, in particular, Mexican wines. We usually cook at home for Easter, but some remodeling issues prevented us from doing so this year so we went to Candelas with friends and family. We enjoyed ourselves because of the ability of Candelas to create a mix of casual and fine dining in a warm, relaxed yet active setting. And, I have to mention that the view of the San Diego skyline is unparalleled!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Candelas!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Candelas on the bay is possibly one of my favorite restaurants, it's always got the job done when it comes to wanting to take my girlfriend out for a nice romantic dinner, the service is awesome, your cup of water is never empty for more than a minute, the food is decent priced and it's very good, and the view, well nothing beats it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • !! WE DO NOT RECOMMAND THIS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    !! WE DO NOT RECOMMAND THIS PLACE !! We booked for 7:30pm Our table was ready at 8:00... but given to somebody else We had to wait for another 20 minutes! Very noisy: we can not hear ourselves at the same table. Victim of good reviews...
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  • Nice Bay View with Great Food!
    WVUHammy
    Dined on 2/27/2013
    Candela's on the Bay, located on Coronado Island, was a wonderful choice to meet some long time friends for dinner. The view of San Diego is great and the staff is wonderful. The service is attentive and the food was tasty. I would certainly recommend the restaurant for a nice dinner with friends or a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant was beautiful,
    Iris
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    The restaurant was beautiful, with nice views of the city. It was, very cold and we had to leave our coats on. It was National Margarita Day and I was in search of the perfect one. Coming from Texas, I'm pretty picky about them and I always order the frozen. While the consistency was perfect, it was a little tasteless, but still better than I've had in the San Diego area. The Carnitas tacos were amazing! They put huge shredded chunks of pork tenderloin in each Taco. My fiancée had the rib eye tacos and they were very tasty, as well. While the meat was flavorful and tender, it needed something else in the taco, besides meat & cheese. Serve with pico or hot sauce, lettuce, guacamole. Guacamole could have used more flavor/spice.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • i would go back ..
    CharlesVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    great food,atmosphere, and service .. what else do i say ..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give your review a title
    djemx2
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    They have a paleo menu but don't get too excited about it - just make your own meal at home.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was our second dining
    NandR
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    This was our second dining experience at Candelas on the Bay. The food was excellent. The view is spectacular. Service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/25/2013
    Came to Candelas on the bay for my 7th wedding anniversary, we had a reservation and were promptly seated on time. We were sat by the beautiful view of San Diego and the the bay, super romantic and the staff were very catering and attuned to us. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic meal and unbelievable
    Celebration
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    Fantastic meal and unbelievable view.....loved it! Gracias =)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must
    SDFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    Met for an early dinner with a childhood girlfriend who was visiting from out of town. Our server Fernando was awesome. He was so friendly and energetic. You could tell he was very passionate about the menu and did everything possible to ensure we had an amazing experience. Have been here on numerous occasions for drinks and to enjoy the view. We always stop at Candalas when we cross the bridge over to Coronado. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The view is worth a star by
    Lieslm
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    The view is worth a star by itself. The food is good, not great. Service was quite attentive and helpful. Apart from the view, I like the Candelas location downtown better for ambiance. I would return to the restaurant for the view if entertaining out of town guests.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Nice Food!
    ManoloVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Very nice food! Flavours of Mexico! Service very good! Great location in Coronado Island.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Canelas on the Bay is a great
    postiecat
    Dined on 12/25/2012
    Canelas on the Bay is a great restaurant. Food is always good here. Sitting outside on the enclosed patio watching the boats go by is wonderful. Even though I live here the San Diego skyline is amazing from here. A bit pricey, but definately worth it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was good and food
    Avian
    Dined on 12/8/2012
    Service was good and food was very presentable as well as tasty. At first the portion seemed small but in the end it was just enough to fill you up. Good wine selection and server made it awesome for my girl's birthday! Would definitely go again! And with the right timing, you can't beat the sunset view of downtown. Finish with a walk along the beach, very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Bueno
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/15/2012
    It has been a few years since we dined at Candelas on the Bay, and it has changed. It is a much more casual place than we recalled (no more linens on table, paper menu instead of menu book), and it was quite noisy. The views are of course amazing, but it just didn't jive (casual vibe with romantic views). The food was also not near as good as we recalled, especially for the prices. We will not revisit ~ no longer our cup of tea.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waiter very good, very accommodatin
    EBordieri
    Dined on 10/28/2012
    Waiter very good, very accommodating to special diet restrictions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to Candela's in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    We've been to Candela's in downtown San Diego several times. The downtown location is more private and intimate. The downtown location has a very upscale feel to it. This was the first time we had been to Candela's on the Bay, and expected it to be similar. Coronado is much more relaxed and casual. The menu appeared to be less sophisticated as well, although the food was very good. The view was amazing. We would go back, but definitely not as a replacement for the experience in the downtown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not traditional Mexican, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    Not traditional Mexican, but very good. My wife had enchiladas, and they were amazing. I saw mixed reviews on Candelas, but we had a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved the meal, restaurant
    Celebration
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    Loved the meal, restaurant and ambiance! The jicama, shrimp burrito was out of this world. Everyone loved their meal, and would happily return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love the attention they
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    We love the attention they have us. Overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first time here.
    pkwhouVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2012
    This was my first time here. A wedding party was using the entire patio space, so all other people were in the dining room. It was extremely loud, and it took a very long time to get drinks whenever you ordered them, but our soups and main entree were delicious and worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The horchatatini and the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    The horchatatini and the food was delicious!!! The view of the San Diego skyline was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and drinks were very
    CindyCVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    The food and drinks were very good. We had a very good server, Chuck who paid great attention to us. The view is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arrived for reservations and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    Arrived for reservations and promptly seated. 20 minutes and not so much as a greeting from our waitress. We were the only non-Spanish speakers in our section and tried several times to stop the waitress or food runner. Another table of Spanish speaking patrons were seated next to us and received a warm greeting and immediate service. Needless to say we walked to the hostess station and complained, then left. 40 minutes total without service and every table around us were being served. We were shocked by the rudeness and what could have been interpreted as racism from the staff.
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  • Good for a tourist area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    This is a tourist area and was very crowded on a Saturday evening (though we had no problem getting a reservation via OpenTable). It was noisy anyway, and there was a wedding with loud music playing in the next room, but it was an energetic atmosphere, so the noise wasn't a real issue. We made our reservation late in the day, but we had a nice table by the window looking out at the skyline and water. The dinner menu was large and the food was good for a tourist area. However, we waited over an hour for our dinner. The waitress came by to apologize for the backup in the kitchen, but made no effort to offer us anything to make up for it. Rather disappointing they wouldn't even make an effort. Overall, though, I'd go back if in the area.
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  • Candelas is always one of
    GolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Candelas is always one of our favorites, however, our last visit wasn't anything special. Our waitress seemed to be in a rush and pressed us to order, even though we asked for more time to enjoy our wine twice! She definitely wanted to turn our table over that night! The food was just o.k. - a bit disappointing as we had brought friends visiting from back East there for dinner, bragging that it was one of the best restaurants around. Not this time. Too bad - the view is outstanding but with all the competition in San Diego, I think it takes more than that to fill the seats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really great spot right at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Really great spot right at the Ferry landing in Coronado. Great, authentic Mexican food and a beautiful outdoor patio for dining.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great location and view.
    barkerdog
    Dined on 8/2/2012
    Great location and view. Service was terribly slow and the restaurant was not very busy. Food was ok, vegetarian dish lacked some zip, was kind of bland. But at least they offered a vegetarian option.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my second trip to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    This was my second trip to Candelas, and it was the second time I visited for an anniversary with my girlfriend. There was a reason we both decided to come back for such a special occasion. The food is amazing, the service was comforting, and the view of the San Deigo skyline from across the water is second to none. We will be back soon!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Candelas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2012
    The food was good! Not quite as amazing as the original Candelas, but what was lacking in food was made up in view! It is beautiful. I will say, the Octopus ceviche was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed a beautiful view and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/18/2012
    Enjoyed a beautiful view and good food. Hostess and service staff were very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A reasonable experience...
    nofastfood
    Dined on 7/4/2012
    Made reservation for July 4. Asked for table with view and received probably the best table in the house. However, the actual wait staff screwed up the order of the meal. Brought bread after the entrees. The restaurant was full, but it was not "packed," so I don't think there was any excuse for the service issues. The food was good. We had a party of four and everyone enjoyed what they ordered. The prices seemed fair for the combination of food and ambiance. However, the margaritas were weak. Everyone agreed that their drink was mostly mixer -- no one got a buzz. Note that while this is a Mexican restaurant, it is not a "chips and salsa" joint. If you want a nice experience on the waterfront, then Candelas is a goot upscale option.
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