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Baja Cantina - Carmel

4.5
176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican / Southwestern
Perfect For:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Cozy
  • Bar Seating
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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Cuisines
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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Catering
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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
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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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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 15, 2018

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

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3.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

great service and food.weather was great to sit outside

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4.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2017

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...

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2017

Disappointed food was cold. Could not eat it. Waiter very helpful he tried to get another order out quickly. We should not have been charged for this

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

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 ....
Cheers

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3.0Dined on September 21, 2017

Good band, good service, average food quality, lousy Cadillac margaritas.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Giant portions great food reasonable price
Everything we have had has been great

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Great evening! Excellent food, drinks and service!

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Met with local relatives while visiting Carmel Valley. They recommended the place. Great fun. Good value, good food, good drinks. Definitely will return.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

waitress was not very friendly, been there several times worst waitress!!

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on August 31, 2017

Baja Cantina is a favorite of ours when visiting the area. The cars are great to look at, the live music is fun, and the food and margaritas don't disappoint. Their churrros are delicious too. Love the decor and ambiance.

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4.0Dined on August 28, 2017

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.

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1.0Dined on August 15, 2017

The rude mananger told us we had spent 2 1/2 hours and we needed to leave because the next res was there. Period!
Well it was 2 hours not 2 1/2 .
So Rude
WE WILL NEVER RETURN !!!

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4.0Dined on August 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

We love the food here! Everything is so flavorful . Service can be slow depending on day you go . They have great chips and salsa . Something on the menu for the entire family !

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2017

Fun place, very energetic staff. Waitress was knowledgeable but unattentive at end. Apps and some of entrees were great and some ok.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

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4.0Dined on July 9, 2017

Enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The service was poor as we were left standing for quite a while when entering the restaurant. Our server took quite a while to come over and then did not bring drinks in a timely manner. Would give them another chance.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Great as always! We went on a Laguna Seca race weekend, so we knew it would be busy. Even with the crowd, food and drinks came out quickly, and we all had a great time. It's one of our "go to" places when we visit Carmel or Carmel Valley!

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2017

Unbelieveably fresh food. Chimichanga was wonderful. Only negative was they forgot to bring out appetizer-guacamole. Apparently they were understaffed for the day. Otherwise a great lunch with a beautiful view.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Have been to Baja Cantina for dinner, lunch & happy hour - it has always been terrific. Today was equally excellent and was thrilled to try their breakfast menu for the first time. I will visit again!

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2017

Ok waitress a bit slow....

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2017

Great food, great service. You just need a bit more friendly of a hostess

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Baja Cantina has a great menu with a lot of options to please everyone in the family. Service was fast and friendly and we enjoyed our meals very much!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We found this spot on yelp and trip advisor and it lived up to the reviews!!

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2017

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.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Best Mexican food in Carmel/Monterey. The best! We will be back. Good drinks as well. Awesome bloody mary.....

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

Excellent service. Food was terrific. They have a wonderful outdoor eating area as well as inside the restaurant. Nice fireplace outside.

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