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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants Near Hillcrest, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

After the best al pastor and corn tortilla in Hillcrest? These are our favorite restaurants for Mexican cuisine. We assessed top review sites and incorporated millions of diner and critic reviews for the best guac in Hillcrest. Don your sombrero, order a margarita, and enjoy chile relleno and other Mexican classics at one of the spots below.

Find the perfect Mexican restaurant

Ortega's Bistro

Mexican, $$, HillcrestMexican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Oscars Mexican Seafood

Mexican, $, HillcrestMexican, $San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Zagat, 2016

    Best Mexican in San Diego

    Zagat, 2016

Cocina Calavera

Mexican, HillcrestMexicanSan Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

Baja Betty's

Mexican, $$, HillcrestMexican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Los Panchos Tacos & Cantina

Mexican, $$, HillcrestMexican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

El Cuervo Taco Shop

Mexican, $, HillcrestMexican, $San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Huapangos

Mexican, $$, HillcrestMexican, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.1
Yelp: 3.5

La Posta De Acapulco's

Mexican, $, HillcrestMexican, $San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Lalo's Tacos

Mexican, $, HillcrestMexican, $San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

If you travel further

Barrio Star

Mexican, $$, Park WestMexican, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

    Eater, 2015
  • Eater, 2016

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    Eater, 2016

Karina's Ceviches & More

Mexican, $, MidtownMexican, $San Diego, Midtown
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Mariscos in San Diego

    Eater, 2020
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining 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

Cantina Mayahuel

Mexican, $$, North ParkMexican, $$San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2015

    10 Places To Drink Mezcal, Tequila & Sotol In San Diego

    Eater, 2015

City Tacos

Mexican, $, North ParkMexican, $San Diego, North Park
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2019

    Where to Eat Tacos in San Diego

    Eater, 2019

King and Queen Cantina

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

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the right Mexican restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We analyzed 624 lists and articles from top sources like Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life, Zagat and San Diego Magazine, 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 Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life - 2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area, Zagat - Best Mexican in San Diego and San Diego Magazine - 23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Recurring questions

Cocina Calavera, Ortega's Bistro, and Baja Betty's are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants that serve breakfast in Hillcrest.

Cocina Calavera and Chipotle Mexican Grill are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Mexican restaurants in Hillcrest.

Ortega's Bistro, Baja Betty's, and Oscars Mexican Seafood are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for take-out in Hillcrest.

Ortega's Bistro is the highest-rated Mexican restaurant for a date night in Hillcrest.

Cocina Calavera, Ortega's Bistro, and Baja Betty's are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a quick lunch in Hillcrest.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy beef burrito with ESB

    To elevate your beef burrito experience, we recommend some ESB to go with your dish. This pairing works especially well because this beer balances fatty flavours.

  • Pale Ale with your bean, cheese, rice burrito

    Experts would recommend a beer as a pairing to your bean, cheese, rice burrito, specifically Pale Ale because it cuts through richness.

  • The ideal pairing for mole

    Experts often pair mole with a glass of Negra Modelo, a popular beer.

Fun facts

  • Celebrating a love for burrito

    If you’re ever in The United Statesduring April, be ready to celebrate National Burrito Day. The people of The United States usually celebrate it on the 4 of April.

  • Who made the first burrito?

    The burrito was only thought up in 1900s! We wonder what people ever did without some good burrito in their lives...

  • A typical drink from Mexico

    Should you find yourself on the streets of Mexico be sure to sample the local cerveza preparada one of the country's most classic and popular drinks!

Parking tips

Parking can be tough around Hillcrest 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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