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Baja Cantina - Carmel

176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Top Tags:
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Cozy
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.***
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican / Southwestern, Contemporary Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(831) 625-2252
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mauro Cuevas
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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.
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Cross street
Valley Greens Drive
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Parking details
We have both a private lot and plenty of street parking as well.
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Public transit
Monterey-Salinas Transit stops at Valley Hills Center.
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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.
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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
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
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Right as she seated us (at 4:45), the hostess told us that our table had another reservation at 6:30. She wanted to make sure we would be done by then. It seemed odd and a little rude.

vipeatinginCarmel (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Always a fun please to get back to. Great atmosphere and vibe, locals not tourists.

vipKenL (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

Fun, great 'go-to' place. Always a good time, and always the best margaritas. Staff are friendly and helpful.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

These guys always knock it out of the park! Great food, great service!

vipkymore (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

vipdate (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

great service and was great to sit outside

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

Lovely al fresco lunch on the patio on a warm winters day. Mains took a bit long to arrive but were worth the wait! Friendly service and nice vibe...mainly locals.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

Love the food, love the service. I will go there again, and again!

MadelineJ (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

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.