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Diners' Choice: Mexican restaurants in San Diego

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Mexican cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Adriana’s Cocina restaurant
5.0
5 (54)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Temecula
About the restaurant
Indulge in the authentic flavors of Jalisco-style Mexican cuisine with creative fusion twists at our family-style dining restaurant. Our goal is to provide you with an unforgettable dining experience that will leave your taste buds dancing.

Led by renowned Chef Adriana Dominguez, our restaurant is dedicated to delivering fresh, flavor-packed dishes that are both inventive and nutrition-conscious. Chef Adriana is best known for her five-star full-service catering business, and now she's thrilled to invite you to our restaurant!

Top review
VickiY
Dined on Jun 21, 2024
We were so impressed with the restaurant! Loved the shareable entrees, sides & salads. It was like having a family meal at home! Well prepared and wonderful service! We will definitely be back to visit again.
A photo of Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (539)
$30 and under
Mexican
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.
Top review
Schnazzyvip
Dined 3 days ago
This place is fantastic! The food is always very good, the service was great and the drinks were strong!
A photo of Cocina de Barrio restaurant
4.7
4.7 (412)
$30 and under
Mexican
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
*Brunch hours are on a walk-in basis only.
Thank you for your cooperation & support during this time!

Cocina de Barrio by Chef Jose J. Flores

Bienvenidos a Cocina de Barrio, the newest modern-urban Mexican restaurant located in Hillcrest, San Diego! We are proud to feature the culinary richness of Oaxaca as well as other Mexican regions. Stop by and enjoy our bar stocked with plenty tequila and mezcal selections, MUCHA cerveza, and wines sourced from Valle Guadalupe.

Don't forget to join us during our weekend brunch (where we add a Mexican kick) and our happy hour every Tuesday-Friday from 3-5pm! Stay Chido!

Top review
BelenG
Dined 7 days ago
Food was good has chicken with mole and the ceviche was sooo delicious
A photo of El Agave restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2380)
$30 and under
Mexican
Old Town
About the restaurant
Experience the true flavor of Mexico at San Diego’s premier Mexican cuisine destination.
Established in 1996, El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria offers its patrons a unique dining setting within
the largest tequila museum in the United States – with over 3,000 tequilas on display – also
repeatedly voted the #1 tequila bar in the country. Nestled in historic Old Town, San Diego, it is the
perfect place to enjoy a business lunch, romantic date, rehearsal dinner or to simply relax and
unwind sipping find tequila with friends.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
I've been to El Agave before and found this time that the service was slow and the level of noise in the dining room was high, making it hard to have a conversation during dinner. However, the food remains excellent.
A photo of South of Nick's - Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (479)
$31 to $50
Mexican
Del Mar
About the restaurant
An essential stop in San Diego for Southern California Mexican Cuisine.

South of Nick's Mexican Kitchen & Bar features Classic Mexican favorites, prime steaks and seafood with a So Cal twist. Fine Tequilas & Margaritas

Our food and drink meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality and combines both modern-creative and traditional styles of cooking.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.

Top review
cookie2vip
Dined 3 days ago
For the best service of any restaurant in san Diego , go to Nick’s or south of Nick’s in One Paseo, Del Mar. The food is good and fairly reasonable and you will get great service!
A photo of Echale Encinitas restaurant
4.5
4.5 (71)
$30 and under
Mexican
Encinitas
About the restaurant
Nestled in the serene beach town of Encinitas, our Mexican Brasserie and Natural Wine Bar offers a fusion of traditional Mexican flavors with a modern Mediterranean twist, complemented by an exquisite selection of natural wines. Our dinner menu showcases Chef Yontz’s mastery, blending Mexican, Mediterranean, and French influences. Signature dishes like chile-braised oxtail with homemade pappardelle, vibrant cochinita pibil, and mussels in chorizo-mezcal broth are just the beginning. Don’t miss our locally-sourced bluefin tuna, scallop aguachile, and the unforgettable strawberry shortcake churros.
Top review
Lazz
Dined 6 days ago
Unique and fresh flavors and great service. Will definitely be back.
A photo of Puesto Mission Valley restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1902)
$30 and under
Mexican
Mission Valley
About the restaurant
Puesto is family-owned and operated by first generation Mexican American brothers Eric, Alan and Alex Adler, alongside their cousins Isidoro and Moy Lombrozo and founding chef and partner Luisteen Gonzalez. With eight locations in California, Puesto provides an innovative and contemporary approach to authentic Mexican cuisine. Sourcing its ingredients locally and regionally, the restaurant has earned national acclaim for its Mexico City-inspired tacos made with non-GMO organic, heirloom Masienda blue corn stone-ground tortillas, crispy melted cheese and scratch salsas.
Top review
LidiaMvip
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Always a great experience with friends there! Great food and exceptional service!
A photo of Puesto La Jolla restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2024)
$30 and under
Mexican
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Owned and operated by a Mexican American family whose best memories all include tacos. Puesto is an award-winning Mexican Artisan Kitchen & Bar providing an innovative approach to authentic Mexican flavors. Puesto has garnered national acclaim for its Mexico City-style crispy melted cheese tacos, served on handmade non-GMO, organic, maíz azul stone-ground tortillas.

In addition to tacos, offerings include a selection of fresh catch ceviches, guacamoles, starters and ensaladas, courtesy of Chef/Partner Luisteen Gonzales. The bar program showcases the best of Mexico City through the use of fresh ingredients in our hand crafted cocktails and housemade Micheladas, tequilas, mezcals, Baja craft beers, and Valle de Guadalupe wines you can’t find elsewhere.

We’re honored to have been featured by media outlets nationally and internationally, some of which include National Geographic, Huffington Post, Insider, Zagat, Eater, Food and Wine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide.

Top review
GabrielPvip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Always incredible, one of the best places to go in La Jolla. Cannot miss it!
A photo of Crudo Ceviche & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (143)
$30 and under
Mexican
Little Italy
About the restaurant
Authentic Baja-style, ceviche, and oyster restaurant. Unique tostadas, oysters, tiradito, clams
Top review
MayraDvip
Dined 7 days ago
The food was good but for the price, we expected a little different situation. Everything tasted well; however, not incredible. They don’t have a full liquor license, which we didn’t know. We had to ask to be moved to a table that wasn’t unstable. Our waitress was sweet and attentive. The snow crab claws were great! The staff didn’t seem too familiar with the ingredients in things. Overall, we had a good experience but we wouldn’t repeat it.
A photo of Tamarindo Latin Kitchen- Del Mar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (859)
$30 and under
Mexican
Del Mar
About the restaurant
Tamarindo Del Mar
**NOW OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER**
Kitchen closes promptly at 9pm Sunday-Thursday and 10pm on Friday+Saturday's.

Top review
VOSS
Dined 6 days ago
Great service, but the food was not that great for the value
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