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About Baja Cantina - Carmel
Baja Cantina is a fun and energetic place that is known for its exceptional automotive memorabilia collection and excellent food. We have a large outdoor patio that is perfect to sit and relax on a sunny afternoon with one of our award winning margaritas. We have special events all year round, including our famous classic car gatherings, holiday parties, tequila tastings, and sporting events. ****We only accept online reservations during off-peak times. If you can’t find a time you want online, please give us a call.***
Carmel Valley, CA 93923
Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Valley Greens Drive
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Thursday through Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons (during summer months). We have a classic car gathering every Thursday night (also during summer months). All the best NFL matchups are shown on our multiple big screen televisions.
We offer a full range of catering options from simple deliveries to buffets. Have one of our uniformed chefs come to your location and prepare our famous tacos and quesadillas on our custom built comal. We cater groups as small as 10 guests, or groups upward of 600 guests.
We have both a private lot and plenty of street parking as well.
Monterey-Salinas Transit stops at Valley Hills Center.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We have the biggest Super Bowl party on the Peninsula, featuring a tailgate buffet, HD big screens, as well as beer promotions. We have the best Cinco de Mayo party in town. Our classic car gathering on Thursday nights in the summer time are a locals favorite. We celebrate St. Patrick's day with live music, Guinness on draft, and traditional Irish cuisine. We specialize in having a good time, so call about any holiday or special event because most likely we have a party going on at the Baja
Baja Cantina - Carmel Ratings and Reviews
Food was really good. Both entree’s were seasonal and flavorful ! Good margarita menu! Nice old school vibe! Indoor fireplace is nice for a cocktail before seating! No outdoor seating or bands playing in the winter :( but the fire was going outside! It was pretty quiet for a New Year’s Eve!
The first impression was pretty bad as the woman who I presumed to be the manager was on the phone and completely ignored us. She was about 12 inches always from us. Instead of saying sorry, I’ll be right with you, she just turned and yelled at someone else from across the restaurant to help us. At this point we almost left but glad we didn’t. The service got much better from there. The woman who showed us to our table was extremely sweet and server was great as well. The food and drinks were very good. Same lady that was was rude at the start was also rude as we left. Didn’t even acknowledge us and this time she wasn’t busy on the phone.
We were staying at the Carmel Valley Ranch and wanted a casual nearby place for dinner. The food here was great, and we loved the atmosphere. The decor is super unique -- an amazing collection by a car enthusiast, everything in great condition and amazingly clean (ie not dusty, as many of these types of places with paraphernalia everwhere can easily get). I had a good margarita, and all the food was good. Big place, would definitely recommend.
Great restaurant find on our Western adventure. Food tasted fresh. My only complaint would be that the chips, which were very tasty, had salsa on some of them. It almost looked as if they were leftover from a prior table. However, everything else was delish. Would definitely be back...
Seated fast , was very busy
Loved the atmosphere
Didn't have any drinks but the drinks looked amazing !! Soda was crisp & delicious
Decent priced $$$$
Got the chimi & not much meat in it & the shell was burnt ( should of had the tacos )
Was so excited & my choice lead to disappointment. Would return , but would get something else ....
I have been to Baja Cantina several times since we discovered it about a year ago. Service has always been outstanding, and this restaurant serves the best Mexican food in the area. The mixed green salad is tasty, too. The large deck for eating outside is wonderful, especially on sunny days.
My husband's a car guy, so we knew we needed to check out Baja Cantina. The atmosphere definitely lived up to the hype. He loved seeing all the memorabilia. We expected the food to be good and were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was actually great! We both had the fish of the day - snapper. He had it in tacos & I had it grilled with veggies & coconut rice. Both were outstanding! The margaritas were terrific, too.
Always a fun dinner with car
Fun car decor, food good, service good. Let's see how many words do I have left before I can end this review? Another twenty two words are needed, now I need another how many more extra long words all spelled correctly, soon in black and white.
Great, creative Mexican food! Especially the Mole Enchiladas! Eclectic and comfortable restaurant/bar. One negative comment was that it was difficult to get servers attention for more drinks, more salsa and chips as there was a gaggle hangout just by the kitchen out of view.
Have been here many times and obviously, keep returning. Consistently delicious Mexican food with interesting twists and riffs on the usual offerings. Yummy quesadilla choices, delicious wraps, good entrees, lovely drinks and to top it all off, the service is excellent. Prices are reasonable for our area. Will go back with more family and friends for sure.
Great time! Highly recommend. Chimichangas and nachos were excellent. Service was some of the best I've seen. We got there at 8:07 and were served and finished eating by 8:30. Amazing. Atmosphere was fun and lively. Live band and great crowd. It was our first visit and we will definitely go again.
Celebrating a friend's birthday. Drinks were refreshing, food amazing. Coconut shrimp appetizer, best we've had. Enchilada dinners and chili relleno first rate. High energy atmosphere in a beautiful setting. After dinner walk through Carmel Valley made it perfect.
Great food, as always, but service was poor. We had booked a reservation a day ahead of time for supper on mother's day, but they did not have a table for us in the dining room so we had to sit in the noisy bar area. The hostess acted like this was our fault and seemed generally put out at having to do anything except talk to her friends. Food order was wrong, although fixed quickly. They didn't bring us any silverware or napkins and we had to ask several times before someone remembered to bring them, all while our food was getting cold. Other requests were similarly forgotten. I'd consider going back for a weekday lunch since the food is so good, but probably not for any nicer occasion.
We had a good meal. They sat us in the banquet room because there was a little bit more of a wait then what was expected. I was surprised for a Tuesday night. The banquet room had the same atmosphere & the food was great. The only thing that could of improved as was waitress. He saw her to take our order then our check and that was it. We needed refills on drinks! Overall great experience.
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