San Diego Mexican / Southwestern Restaurants

San Diego Mexican / Southwestern Restaurants
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Puesto at the Headquarters
Mexican | Downtown San Diego
188 reviews

Puesto is a popular San Diego restaurant that successfully mixes a casual attitude with an original twist on Mexican street food and drinks. Puesto demonstrates the true meaning of fresh with handmade tortillas, scratch salsas, all-natural meats, sustainable seafood and local organic greens. This incredible combination of the freshest, highest quality ingredients all prepared in house results in the greatest tacos you've ever tasted! In addition, Chef Luisteen serves beautiful market salads, antojitos (Mexican tapas), ceviches, moles, tostadas and other authentic Mexican favorites. Puesto also offers a refreshing craft bar program dedicated to freshness and quality with scratch margaritas, palomas, micheladas and seasonal aguas frescas. ¡SALUD!

El Agave
Mexican / Southwestern | Old Town San Diego
70 reviews

El Agave was voted “Best Mexican Restaurant” in the San Diego Reader and San Diego Magazine in 1999. Chef Juan Carlos Gomez was also voted “1999 Chef of the Year” in Home and Garden.

Barrio Star
Mexican | Banker's Hill
124 reviews

Barrio Star is fresh and creative. We take on traditional mexican food, add our sense of style and create raving fans!

At Barrio Star you'll find generous portions, innovative cocktails and a friendly atmosphere where wholesome ingredients and delicious cocktails are the star.

Venga Venga, Chula Vista
Mexican | Chula Vista
34 reviews

Let's go, let's go! Chef Richard Sandoval invites guests to gather, dine and raise a glass at Venga Venga Cantina & Tequila Bar. Savor authentic Mexican cooking served alongside 100 Tequilas and mezcals. The casual yet sophisticated interior provides a warm environment for guests to enjoy, while the courtyard and patio offer fire pits and views overlooking the Otay Ranch Plaza. Venga Venga!

The Blind Burro
Mexican / Southwestern | Downtown San Diego
70 reviews

The Blind Burro specializes in fresh, coastal Baja Mexican cuisine. Our emphasis is on quality, from the customer service, to the ingredients we use in all of our hand crafted food and drinks. We want our guests to enjoy Baja Mexican fare right here in East Village, San Diego. Come in and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet over a carafe of spicy margaritas or on tap house sangria. . Or try us for lunch with clients while enjoying steak tacos and a quinoa mixed green salad. We are also steps from Padres baseball stadium, so come in before or after the game for some Craft Beer straight from Mexicali and a terrific local craft selection! Hope to see you soon in the unique, airy and comfortable environment we have created for you in downtown San Diego.

Fat Fish Cantina Grill
Californian | Pacific Beach
14 reviews

A Southern California eatery motivated to be a leader in affordable dining at the beach area. Fat Fish is inspired by seasonal harvests from the freshest pacific seafood, and California farm lands, paired with prime aged beef, & fresh poultry combining Southern Californian cooking trends with the flavor driven culinary style of our neighbors to the South.

Romesco
Mediterranean | Chula Vista
59 reviews

In the search for alternative gastronomic latitudes, a new restaurant opened its doors at the Bonita Commercial Area in San Diego. Romesco Baja Med Bistro started operations at the beginning of March 2006.

Rockin Baja Lobster Gaslamp
Mexican | Downtown San Diego
24 reviews

Rockin' Baja is a full service and fun Mexican-Seafood restaurant that offers uniquely prepared Baja style seafood presented in rustic steel buckets. We created a diverse menu filled with exceptionally great, finger lickin’ good fun food delivered fresh to your table daily. Kick back, drink an ice cold beer or margarita, enjoy a shot of tequila and experience all the good times that are Rockin’ Baja.

Cozymel's Mexican Grill - San Diego
Mexican | La Jolla
19 reviews

From art galleries and trendy boutiques to world-class golf courses, La Jolla appeals to residents and visitors alike. Each district is uniquely different, yet all share a common theme - nothing less than the best in "the jewel" of Southern California. And Cozymels is no exception. Located on La Jolla Village Drive, Cozymels has the Mexican favorites you've been craving--sizzling fajitas, fresh guacamole, frosty margaritas and delicious homemade desserts. Whether you are having lunch with business associates, or dinner with your friends and family, your table is waiting at Cozymels.

Wild Note Cafe
Californian | Solana Beach
15 reviews

As part of the world renowned Belly Up, The Wild Note Café is a neighborhood bistro style restaurant with exceptional atmosphere, exciting food & excellent service.

La Fiesta
Mexican | Downtown San Diego
18 reviews

La Fiesta features authentic Mexican cuisine with Latin influences. Downtown San Diego, just 30 miles north of the border, provides an excellent platform to showcase the true flavors of the country. The vibrant & festive décor found in La Fiesta capture the fascinating heritage of Mexico.

Our Executive Chef has put together a vast selection of authentic regional dishes passed along by word-of-mouth from past generations. Guests of La Fiesta will notice the traditional favorites featured, along with some contemporary surprises. Fresh seafood is brought in daily, adding depth to our already expansive menu.
La Fiesta has a collection of tempting specialty margaritas & over 50 different tequilas offered daily. Adding a new flavor to the Gaslamp Quarter, it is one of the local best kept secrets!

-Patio & Window Seating Available-

Ortega's A Mexican Bistro
Mexican | Hillcrest
31 reviews

Ortega’s Mexican Bistro features the authentic flavors of Puerto Nuevo. Experience Baja style lobster and table side guacamole while sipping a decadent pomegranate margarita. Enjoy dining in our restaurant or for a more energized evening, dine in our bar - La Cantina. Additional flavors include Banana Crusted Huachinango, Kobe Beef Bistek and Chicken Mole. Newly expanded and designed to capture the festive traditions and tasteful flavors of Puerto Nuevo.

Rockin Baja Lobster Old Town
Mexican | Old Town San Diego
62 reviews

Rockin' Baja is a full service and fun Mexican-Seafood restaurant that offers uniquely prepared Baja style seafood presented in rustic steel buckets. We created a diverse menu filled with exceptionally great, finger lickin’ good fun food delivered fresh to your table daily. Kick back, drink an ice cold beer or margarita, enjoy a shot of tequila and experience all the good times that are Rockin’ Baja.

El Callejon - Encinitas
Mexican | Encinitas
18 reviews

We are a Mexican restaurant like you never seen before in the US.


We pride ourselves to prepare our dishes the old fashion Mexican way. We use truly Mexican traditional dishes and we do not offer any of the typical southwest options. Our sauces are delicious. We offer chipotle, poblano, mole. cilantro and many other options with either fish, shrimp, chicken and meat.


Our bar is also special. We have one of the largest collections of tequila. Over 1000 bottles and counting. We are like a tequila museum Our margaritas are also made the way they are supposed to be made. Freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec and tequila. You are going to love them.


Hope to see you soon...

El Agave - Del Mar
Mexican | Del Mar
11 reviews

The best place in San Diego to enjoy authentic Mexican Cuisine is El Agave Restaurant and Tequileria, located within our Tequila Museum where you can try over 2000 different tequilas. It is the perfect setting to experience the true flavor of Mexico. If you are looking for a great place for a business lunch, romantic dinner or just to enjoy a fine Tequila with friends or someone special, we are ready to serve you. Do not just go out to an ordinary restaurant, join us for a unique experience

Rockin Baja Lobster Oceanside
Mexican | Oceanside
19 reviews

Rockin' Baja is a full service and fun Mexican-Seafood restaurant that offers uniquely prepared Baja style seafood presented in rustic steel buckets. We created a diverse menu filled with exceptionally great, finger lickin’ good fun food delivered fresh to your table daily. Kick back, drink an ice cold beer or margarita, enjoy a shot of tequila and experience all the good times that are Rockin’ Baja.

Fountain Cafe - Doubletree - Mission Valley
American | Mission Valley
1 review

The Doubletree Mission Valley offers a variety of dining choices including Fountain Cafe for breakfast, Windows Lounge for poolside or lounge dining and Cafe Pronto for quick grab and go sandwiches and salads. Ask us about private dining options.

Isabel's Cantina
Fusion / Eclectic | Pacific Beach
30 reviews

At Isabel's Cantina, Chef Isabel Cruz fuses Latin and Asian cuisine

into sensual and creative concoctions that are both remarkably addictive and surprisingly healthy. By incorporating ingredients from spicy pork carnitas to tofu, Chef Cruz creates a vegetarian's haven as well as a meat-lover's paradise. The exotic dining space is at once dramatic and hip, with accents such as an enormous 15-foot Buddha statue staring down at the dining room. Casual booths, stark lines, and warm colors create an atmosphere not found elsewhere in Pacific Beach, attracting crowds for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

El Callejon - Vista
Mexican | Vista
2 reviews

We are a Mexican restaurant like you never seen before in the US.

We pride ourselves to prepare our dishes the old fashion Mexican way. We use truly Mexican traditional dishes and we do not offer any of the typical southwest options. Our sauces are delicious. We offer chipotle, poblano, mole. cilantro and many other options with either fish, shrimp, chicken and meat.

Our bar is also special. We have one of the largest collections of tequila. Over 1000 bottles and counting. We are like a tequila museum Our margaritas are also made the way they are supposed to be made. Freshly squeezed lime juice, triple sec and tequila. You are going to love them.

Hope to see you soon...