Best Mexican Food San Diego: Top-Rated Mexican Restaurants

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Mexican cuisine ranks with Italian and Chinese among the three favorite global cuisines of Americans, according to the National Restaurant Association. Mexican flavors and ingredients have permeated every corner of American cuisine, infusing vibrant and varied tastes into the daily diet of Americans. But while tacos and enchiladas may seem like commonplace in America now, that wasn’t always the case.

Certainly, Americans have been influenced by the flavors of our southern neighbor for hundreds of years. But it wasn’t until refugees from southern and central Mexico brought their culinary traditions to the northern United States during the Mexican Revolution that dishes like tacos found their way into the mainstream. An increasingly global culture (and a growing number of Mexican fast-food mainstays and high-end restaurants) have cemented Mexican cuisine’s beloved role in American cuisine. Which begs the question: where to go for the best Mexican food in San Diego?

To find out, Stacker turned to Tripadvisor to compile a list of the top-rated Mexican restaurants in San Diego. Keep reading to see if your favorite spot makes the list.

#30. Mariscos El Pulpo

– Rating: 4.5/5 (127 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 415 Market St, San Diego, CA 92101-6932
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#29. Jimmy Carter’s Mexican Coffee

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (253 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3172 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
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#28. José’s courtroom

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (266 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1037 Prospect St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4147
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#27. Baja Beach Cafe

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (352 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 701 Thomas Ave On the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109-3939
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#26. The Amigo Spot

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (331 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1333 Hotel Circle South Kings Inn Hotel, San Diego, CA 92108
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#25. Don Chido

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (321 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 527 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6913
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#24. Casa de Freds Tacos and Tequila

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (461 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2470 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2883
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#23. Harbor Breakfast

– Rating: 4.5/5 (236 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1502 India St, San Diego, California 92101
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#22. Old Town Mexican Cafe

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,776 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2489 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2839
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#21. Lobster Rockin Baja

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (850 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3890 Twiggs St, San Diego, CA 92110-2842
– Find out more on Tripadvisor

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#20. Barra Barra Lounge

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (492 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 4016 Wallace St Old Town, San Diego, CA 92110-2743
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#19. Casa de Reyes

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (995 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2754 Calhoun St Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2706
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#18. Coyote Coffee

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (3,106 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2461 San Diego Ave Ste 200, San Diego, CA 92110-2877
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#17. Rockin’ Baja Coastal Cantina

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (444 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 310 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6910
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#16. Celebration of Kings

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (365 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2754 Calhoun St, San Diego, CA 92110-2706
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#15. The blind donkey

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (477 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 639 J St East Village, San Diego, CA 92101-7017
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#14. Puesto at headquarters

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,136 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 789 W Harbor Dr Suite 155, San Diego, CA 92101-7710
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#13. Miguel’s girlfriend

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (661 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2444 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110-2836
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#12. Night and day cafe

– Rating: 4.5/5 (169 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $
– Address: 847 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2603
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#11. Miguel’s girlfriend

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (555 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2912 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106-2740
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#ten. coasterra

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (763 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (3.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 880 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101-1005
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#9. Casa Guadalajara

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,609 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 4105 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110-2740
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#8. Las Hadas Grill

– Rating: 4.5/5 (267 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 558 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
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#7. Miguel’s girlfriend

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,920 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1351 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118-2916
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#6. Las Cuatro Milpas

– Rating: 4.5/5 (198 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (5.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
– Price: $
– Address: 1875 Logan Ave, San Diego, CA 92113-2111
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#5. Puesto

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,011 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1026 Wall St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4418
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#4. Restaurant El Agave & Tequileria

– Rating: 4.5/5 (435 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2304 San Diego Ave B, San Diego, CA 92110-2895
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#3. The door

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,044 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 560 4th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6905
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#2. Tacos El Gordo De Tijuana

– Rating: 4.5/5 (359 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.0/5)
– Price: $
– Address: 689 H St, Chula Vista, CA 91910-4222
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#1. Baja Betty’s

– Rating: 4.5/5 (170 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value for money (4.5/5), Atmosphere (5.0/5)
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3404
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