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Taco-bout Tasty Tacos in San Diego

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated January 28, 2020

Early settlers who made their way to California called themselves Californios, and their heritage still touches everything from cultural events to the best tacos in San Diego. Of course, the mass influx of immigration means that this Mexican mainstay turns up all over town, whether filled with fresh Pacific seafood or local California produce. So where do the most seasoned diners go? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. Through OpenTable’s massive network of devoted foodies, we’ve pinpointed the best tacos in San Diego. The top tacos restaurants in San Diego change based on who you ask. Why not try them all?

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4.6
4.6 (555)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town

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About the restaurant
As San Diego's first mezcal tasting room and bar, Tahona Bar most stands out for its tasty craft cocktails. In fact, food isn't even served in the tasting room. Fortunately, this doesn't stop the eatery from having some of the best tacos in San Diego. They've got several varieties for all tastes, and Taco Tuesday opens the door to experience new flavors. Other dishes are Oaxacan-inspired, so the menu offers a variety of unique dishes. This is all enjoyed surrounded by high-end Mexican décor, artworks, fascinating sculptures and desert foliage.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
It was our first date and we loved everything! Could not have had a better experience!
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4.5
4.5 (507)
$30 and under
Mexican
Mission Valley

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A fresh and crisp take on traditional Mexican fare has been created at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The interior features pop murals, vibrant colors, contemporary art and modern décor. This makes it unlike most Mexican restaurants that focus on traditional designs. The menu is similarly up-to-date, and it includes options like kale Caesar salads, braised chicken burritos, grilled tiger shrimp fajitas and some of the best tacos in San Diego. In fact, they offer eight varieties of the latter. From crispy fried shrimp to short rib machaca tacos, every palate will find a favorite.
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Hawkvip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful place. Food is fresh and good. Service is great.
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4.5
4.5 (2786)
$30 and under
Modern European
University Heights

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About the restaurant
Foodies may not be expecting to find the best tacos in San Diego at a Mediterranean restaurant, but that's exactly what they'll get at Madison. The eatery offers a variety of expected dishes – such as salmon crudo and free-range chicken – but they fortunately added carnitas tacos to their brunch menu. The Mediterranean Breakfast is also available for brunch. Whatever guests choose to enjoy, they do so surrounded by elegant architecture, contemporary lighting, abstract art and some of the most unique booth separators in the city.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Very fun atmosphere and good food. A little overpriced, but the service made up for it. It was a Tuesday jazz night, and be aware the music is very loud, making it almost impossible to have a conversation over dinner.
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4.8
4.8 (4735)
$31 to $50
American
University City/Golden Triangle

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With 52 wines by the glass and an impressive menu that changes seasonally to ensure absolute freshness, Seasons 52 is a truly special restaurant. Every menu item is either prepared in a brick oven roast or oak-fire grill, and this results in delicious offerings like filet mignon, lobster tail, Chilean sea bass and blackened mahi mahi tacos. Valet parking provides an air of luxury, and the fire pit, high-end bar, rustic fountain and live piano music also assist in this endeavor. Seasons 52 is one of the most luxurious places to enjoy the best tacos in San Diego.
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lovegoodfoodvip
Dined 6 days ago
Great service & great food the server was great with refills and being very attentive
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4.5
4.5 (285)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Mission Valley

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About the restaurant
Located at the Neiman Marcus San Diego, The NM Cafe offers delectable seasonal entrees just steps from one of the city’s favorite shopping destinations. The glass walls, fancy dining sets, fine art and even complimentary chocolates create a high-end experience without breaking the bank. They offer exceptional menu items of contemporary American flavors, and guests are constantly praising the red wine-braised short ribs, chicken paillard Milanese and BLTA (featuring avocado). Their offering of best tacos in San Diego features blacked salmon filet on corn tortillas.
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Giraffe
Dined 4 days ago
Food and service were great! The ambiance leaves something to be desired- feels sterile
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4.7
4.7 (1479)
$30 and under
American
Mission Hills

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Situated right in the heart of Mission Hills, Farmer's Bottego offers farm-to-table meals in addition to a variety of craft wine and beer. The distressed wooden walls, exposed brick, vintage lighting and industrial décor create an old-fashioned vibe that give guests a true feeling of being on the farm. They offer two varieties – pork belly and mahi mahi – of the best tacos in San Diego. Patrons whose taste buds are hoping for something different, though, will enjoy the fennel sausage flat breads, grilled turkey sandwich, stuffed quail and variety of breakfast offerings early in the day.
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Babette
Dined 5 days ago
Great vibe. Food delicious. Service very friendly and efficient
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4.4
4.4 (2477)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican
La Jolla

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Those seeking out an experience along with the best tacos in San Diego have to visit RED O Taste of Mexico. When Taco Tuesday comes around, every guest is treated to a free taco. Additionally, there's flair bartending and a live DJ. There are also other authentic Mexican dishes to enjoy – ranging from prime tomahawk chops to Puerto Nuevo-style Maine Lobster. Regardless of what a guest chooses, they’ll enjoy it surrounded by a luxury resort-style interior featuring a grand chandelier, contemporary décor and gorgeous murals.
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MarkHvip
Dined 3 days ago
Wonderful happy hour. Best in town. The food is excellent and unique.
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4.5
4.5 (1351)
$50 and over
Seafood
La Jolla

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An award-winning menu combined with contemporary California cuisine is what people can expect at The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar. They strive to bring the authentic feel of wine country to their guests, and this is accomplished through their offering of a 650-label list. It also doesn’t hurt that they offer some of the best tacos in San Diego – changing daily based on chef selection – along with Angus short rib, rotisserie chicken, lobster tail and other high-end delicacies. Ask for advice on making the perfect pairing!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined today
Pablo is the best server!! Great food, wine and service!
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4.6
4.6 (175)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
La Jolla

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About the restaurant
Handcrafted cocktails, internationally sourced wines and a variety of bistro classics await visitors of Bazille. Located on the 2nd floor of Nordstrom – overlooking the beautiful courtyard of UTC – this eatery is one of the most aesthetically appealing in the city. Wall art crafted from wine bottles, bright and modern seating, a unique array of contemporary lighting and impressive abstract art all appeal to the senses. Toss in some of the best tacos in San Diego – which are only $4 during Happy Hour – and this is one dining experience that no one should miss.
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AnthonyB
Dined on Feb 4, 2024
Great service and food, would definitely go again.
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4.6
4.6 (960)
$30 and under
Mexican
Hillcrest

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About the restaurant
The vibrant colors, wicker lanterns, vaquero-inspired décor and authentic art create a festive environment inside Ortega's A Mexican Bistro. They focus on providing authentic flavors from Baja California and Puerto Nuevo. This means a wide variety of some of the best tacos in San Diego – including vegetarian options – along with enchiladas, ceviche, grilled bistek and chicken pippian. Guests frequently applaud the tableside guacamole and the ever-popular pomegranate margarita.
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SueBvip
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
We had a fabulous Valentine's Day dinner there. Beautiful interior, very romantic tables, superior service, and the food was delicious. Really, really outsdtanding.
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4.7
4.7 (1229)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Mission Hills

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A combination of black-and-white photos, industrial lighting, lavish foliage and numerous HDTVs make Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar both a unique and fun getaway from everyday life. Guests can enjoy the eatery after a day among Historic Mission Hills, and if they show up for Taco Tuesdays, they'll get beer, margarita and sangria specials on top of some of the best tacos in San Diego. There are also specials every other night of the week, and patrons have a great selection of beers and beverages rarely found in the same place.
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Scottvip
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
As always food was fantastic. And that Apple Betty finishes off the experience.
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4.6
4.6 (295)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town

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By combining healthy California cooking with authentic Mexican cuisine, Fred's Mexican Cafe has managed to create a truly unique menu for guests to enjoy. Some of their most popular dishes include the Famous Fajitas, Jack cheese queso dip, surf and turf fajitas, Fred's Burger and a variety of the best tacos in San Diego. Seriously, there’s at least 10 to choose from! This is enjoyed among funky décor, pop art, authentic Latin flair and a magnificent fountain area that looks like it was plucked right from the Alamo.
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SandyM
Dined 7 days ago
Went on my son’s recommendation and was glad I did. Great food and an awesome environment!
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3.7
3.7 (1096)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town

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About the restaurant
The rooftop dining at Old Town Tequila Factory offers panoramic views of the city that could attract crowds all on its own. Fortunately, they have far more to offer. Even the inside dining area – featuring authentic Mexican art, architecture and greenery – provide a beautiful environment to enjoy a meal within. They focus on Old World recipes, and this results in some of the best tacos in San Diego. The roasted turkey tacos are unique and demand to be enjoyed at least once. The steak sandwich, churros, chicken tortilla soup and variety of breakfast options are equally as impressive.
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MsVerde
Dined on Jan 14, 2024
The variety was good, and many of the items were very tasty. I especially enjoyed the tostada shells, beef kebobs, carnitas and the churros and flan. The only real negative was a shortage in staff. No one was as the host stand, and the harried servers and bussers walked by without making eye contact. When we finally connected with the host, we could see the problem. Our server was responsible for caring for at least 15 tables, one of which had over a dozen customers. He was very personable, but clearly overworked, serving champagne, bussing tables and managing bills.
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4.0
4 (338)
$30 and under
American
Old Town

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About the restaurant
Far too many eateries in San Diego focus on a single type of fare, but the Cosmopolitan Restaurant strives to provide a selection that's honest to what made Old Town what it is today. This means a menu that offers a variety of dishes that include fresh seafood, American grill classics and Mexican favorites. The menu is updated throughout the year and features grilled fish tacos, herb crusted pork chops, puff pastry pies and many more delicacies. The old-school design, artwork and décor resembles nice hotels in the Wild West, but the menu and ambiance is anything but rough and rowdy.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Nov 24, 2023
Simply amazing no frills relaxed on point thanksgiving 👍
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4.7
4.7 (2846)
$30 and under
Italian
Mission Hills

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Reclaimed windows and shutters, exposed brick, vintage artwork and farm décor give The Red Door an old-school appeal that many locals seek out after dealing with the bustle and hustle of San Diego. Their menu offerings include eggplant parmesan, lamb burgers, handcrafted pastas, seared scallops and a variety of other popular Italian comfort foods. And while it seems an eatery that promises the best in Italian cuisine may not offer the best tacos in San Diego, their Catalina Offshore Fish Tacos are certainly in the running.
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ErinH
Dined 1 day ago
Food was so good! Best meal I have had in at least 5 years!
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