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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.***

7166 Carmel Valley Rd.
Carmel Valley, CA 93923
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Valley Greens Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 625-2252

Website:
http://www.bajacantina.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
We have both a private lot and plenty of street parking as well.

Public Transit:
Monterey-Salinas Transit stops at Valley Hills Center.

Executive Chef:
Mauro Cuevas

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

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Live Sports (4)
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Good for Groups (3)
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People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Great Beer (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
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Fit for Foodies (2)
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Live Music (2)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Live Sports, People Watching, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 17, 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...

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Spicy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 13, 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

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 23, 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

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

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

Tags: Live Music, Casual, Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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

Tags: Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Quick Bite, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great evening! Excellent food, drinks and service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Tapas, Casual, Hot Spot, Fun
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 2, 2017

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

Tags: Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined 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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 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.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Quick Bite
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy
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·Dined on July 22, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Spicy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quick Bite, Casual, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Ok waitress a bit slow....

Tags: Vegan, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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

Tags: Scenic View, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 3, 2017

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

Tags: Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Casual, Disabled Access, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Food was okay! Nothing bad by any means, but nothing spectacular either. Chips were seasoned well. Atmostphere was uncomfortable with yellow/orange lighting. Not sure why it's like that inside, but I could hardly make out my food. Everything looked the same.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Love the Baja Cantina outside deck on a beautiful day! It can't be beat! The chips and salsa are awesome and served promptly upon being seated. Good Mexican food, good service, and good drinks. We come as often as we can!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great waitress, great food. Bar patrons were obviously frequents and extremely loud and obnoxious. Several of the bar patrons were severely inebriated, walking around swearing and smoking right outside the main entrances. Ruined the entire feel.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

This is just a great place. Fun. Great food. Great service

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Spicy, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Good solid Mexican, stick with the classics don't go gourmet enchiladas.Carnitas were very good if a little fatty.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 26, 2017

Portions HUGE! If it were 5 degrees warmer we would have sat outside by the fireplace! Loved it, will eat there again next time in Central California!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I ordered something that came with a salad and I substituted beans for veggies. It didn't come with meal and it took cook a while to actually make. This has happened a couple times at other visits.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Food great and service--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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