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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants In Downtown, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in Downtown for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We assessed top review sites and incorporated millions of diner and critic reviews for the best guac in Downtown. Grab a Mexican beer and tuck into the enchilada and corn chips at one of these fantastic Downtown eateries.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Lola 55

Mexican, $, East VillageMexican, $San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

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    Eater, 2019
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    My Favorite Taco Shops in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Cocina 35

Mexican, $$, Cortez HillMexican, $$San Diego, Cortez Hill
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020
  • Zagat, 2015

    5 Modern Cafeteria-Style Restaurants in San Diego

    Zagat, 2015

The Blind Burro

Mexican, $$, East VillageMexican, $$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

    Eater, 2015
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat Near Petco Park

    Eater, 2021

Lolita's Mexican Food

Mexican, $, East VillageMexican, $San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego

    USA Today
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat Near Petco Park

    Eater, 2021

King and Queen Cantina

Mexican, $$, HarborviewMexican, $$San Diego, Harborview
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Roxys Tacos

Mexican, Core-ColumbiaMexicanSan Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 5.0
Yelp: 5.0

EL Puerto Seafood By The Park

Mexican, $$, East VillageMexican, $$San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Coastal Cantina

Mexican, Gaslamp QuarterMexicanSan Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Old Gallery Coffee House

Mexican, $, Core-ColumbiaMexican, $San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Rockin Baja Lobster Coastal Cantina

Mexican, $$, Gaslamp QuarterMexican, $$San Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5
  • San Diego Tourism Authority

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    San Diego Tourism Authority

Pokez

Mexican, $, East VillageMexican, $San Diego, East Village
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Eater, 2019

    19 Vegan Tacos To Try in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

Miguel’s Cocina

Mexican, Core-ColumbiaMexicanSan Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.0

Tacos El Tuerto

Mexican, Gaslamp QuarterMexicanSan Diego, Gaslamp Quarter
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.5

The Taco Stand

Mexican, $, Core-ColumbiaMexican, $San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Famoso Mexican Street Food

Mexican, $, Core-ColumbiaMexican, $San Diego, Core-Columbia
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Why is this list better than others?

Figuring out the best Mexican restaurants can take awhile. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like Eater and Zagat, 10162 San Diego restaurants’ ratings across Google and Yelp, and 823905 reviews – all with some boam magic to make sense of the madness. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Eater - 19 Vegan Tacos To Try in San Diego, Eater - Where to Eat Near Petco Park and Zagat - 5 Modern Cafeteria-Style Restaurants in San Diego. If it’s on the list, we’ve checked and verified that the restaurant is still open and will showcase any updated hours and services you need to be aware of. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Common questions

Lola 55, King and Queen Cantina, and Cocina 35 are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in Downtown.

There are 30 Mexican restaurants in Downtown.

Lola 55, Cocina 35, and Lolita's Mexican Food are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Downtown.

Lola 55, King and Queen Cantina, and Cocina 35 are some of the highest-rated late-night Mexican spots in Downtown.

Pokez is the highest-rated vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant in Downtown.

Drink pairing tips

  • The perfect match for bean, cheese, rice burrito

    When having bean, cheese, rice burrito, experts suggest you pair it with a glass of Pale Ale, a popular beer.

  • Enjoy beef burrito with ESB

    For an elevated experience, pair your beef burrito with ESB. This combination works particularly well because this beer balances fatty flavours.


  • Grenache and pork carnitas


    Food with bold flavors, like pork carnitas, should be paired with a red wine like Grenache if you want the most to be brought out of the flavors of the dish.

Interesting facts

  • The United States's National Tacos Day

    Don’t forget that National Tacos Day falls on October 4. Be sure to enjoy a little taco!

  • The $300 olive wagu beef

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $300 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, olive wagu beef?

  • A classic dish

    A trip to Mexico is incomplete without having tried the local mole, a national classic!

Parking in the area

Getting a good parking spot in Downtown can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Mexican spot.

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