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The 15 Best Mexican Restaurants In San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Mad about Mole? These are our go-to Mexican places in San Diego for Mole, carnitas, and tortas. We analyzed millions of reviews from top review sites so you could find the best Mexican options in San Diego. 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

Puesto

Mexican, $$, MarinaMexican, $$San Diego, Marina
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

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    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

    Eater, 2015

Oscars Mexican Seafood

Mexican, $, Pacific BeachMexican, $San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Eat Mariscos in San Diego

    Eater, 2020
  • Eater, 2016

    12 Of The Most Epic Breakfast Burritos In San Diego

    Eater, 2016

Ponce's Mexican Restaurant

Mexican, $$, KensingtonMexican, $$San Diego, Kensington
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

    Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego

    USA Today
  • Eater, 2015

    Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego

    Eater, 2015

La Puerta

Mexican, $$, MarinaMexican, $$San Diego, Marina
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • Eater, 2015

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

    Eater, 2015

El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

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

    Eater, 2015

Salud

Mexican, $, Barrio LoganMexican, $San Diego, Barrio Logan
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020
  • Eater, 2019

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    Eater, 2019

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

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

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    San Diego Magazine, 2020

Tahona Bar

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

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

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

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

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    Eater, 2021

Casa Guadalajara

Mexican, $$, Old TownMexican, $$San Diego, Old Town
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5
  • USA Today

    Old Town: Birthplace of California Is Famous for Mexican Food and More

    USA Today
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Chuy's Taco Shop

Mexican, $, RolandoMexican, $San Diego, Rolando
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

    23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego

    San Diego Magazine, 2020

How did we curate these results?

Finding the right Mexican restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We analyzed 10162 San Diego restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 San Diego restaurant reviews, and 624 lists and articles – looking closely at what San Diego Magazine and Eater had to say – and applied our boam magic. These top contenders have appeared in San Diego Magazine - 23 Mexican Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining in San Diego, Eater - 12 Of The Most Epic Breakfast Burritos In San Diego and Eater - Where to Drink Margaritas on Cinco de Mayo in San Diego. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal no matter what. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. These ten options are sure to delight.

Frequently asked questions

Lola 55, Mike's Taco Club, and La Doña are vegetarian-friendly Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

Pueblo, Ortega's Bistro, and Fiesta de Reyes are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for a date night in San Diego.

Barrio Star, Las Ricas Tortas, and Ray's Mexican Restaurant are the highest-rated Mexican restaurants for dessert in San Diego.

La Doña, Barrio Star, and Cocina Calavera are the highest-rated vegan-friendly Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

Pueblo and El Agave Restaurant & Tequileria are the highest-rated upscale Mexican restaurants for cuisine in San Diego.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Pale Ale with bean, cheese, rice burrito

    If your food palns include Burrito, then you should consider helping it along with some beer. We find that a Pale Ale, with its hits of hops, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

  • Take fish burrito to the next level

    Experts often pair fish burrito with a glass of Pale Ale, a popular beer.

  • ESB with your beef burrito

    When considering what goes best with beef burrito, we recommend a glass of ESB, it truly complements the dish as it balances fatty flavours.


Fun facts

  • The original burrito

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

  • A classic dish

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

  • Worth every penny?

    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?

Parking info

Nobody likes to circle around the block looking for parking. 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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