Must-see restaurants in Baja California

  • Fauna

    Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

    In a region known for its superlative dining, this restaurant is our uncontested favorite. The setting is rustic-chic, with family-style seating at…

  • Telefónica Gastro Park

    Tijuana

    At the edge of the city's industrial zone perches this collection of food trucks helmed by the city's most innovative rising chefs. Each has a specialty,…

  • La Guerrerense

    Ensenada

    Sabina Bandera’s award-winning seafood stand dates from the 1960s and attracts long lines with its outstanding juicy ceviche (seafood marinated in lime…

  • Flora's Field Kitchen

    San José del Cabo

    Visit this farm oasis to splurge on meals finely crafted from ingredients harvested from the surrounding gardens, crusty fresh breads, locally made…

  • Sur Beach House

    Cabo San Lucas

    With an exceptional location on the beach looking toward El Arco, this elegant yet laid-back place serves ceviche and tacos using the freshest ingredients…

  • Hierbabuena

    Todos Santos

    Walk past growing fruit and vegetables to this farm-to-table restaurant and be greeted by a vivacious crew who will serve you one of the best meals in the…

  • Mariscos El Toro Güero

    La Paz

    Often – and rightfully – packed with locals, this casual restaurant serves heaping plates of the most delicious seafood in La Paz. Try the molcajete…

  • La Lupita

    San José del Cabo

    Pair flavorful, unique tacos – including Mediterranean octopus, duck mole or miso fish – with mezcal cocktails, amazing margaritas, live music and an all…

  • Taco Fish La Paz

    La Paz

    Largely undiscovered by tourists, locals have been coming here in droves since 1992. Expect pristine stainless-steel surfaces and the best fish tacos in…

  • Tacos El Yaqui

    Northern Baja

    This delicious taco stand with an outdoor grill is so popular that it often closes early when the ingredients run out. Get in line before 4pm if you don’t…

  • Panadería El Boleo

    Southern Baja

    Since 1901 this has been an obligatory stop for those in search of Mexican pastries and, more unusually, French baguettes in a weirdly Wild West…

  • Asadero Super Burro

    Loreto

    At this locals' favorite, watch this team of heroes press fresh tortillas, and stew and grill the beef and chicken at the open kitchen. Super Burro is…

  • Manta

    Cabo San Lucas

    Foodies will recognize Enrique Olvera as the chef behind Mexico City's world-famous Pujol, but since 2015 he's also had Manta here in Cabo. Its elegant…

  • Tras/Horizonte

    Tijuana

    With sunsets and sea creatures painted on the walls, and ferns, cacti, driftwood and fairy lights throughout, this indoor warehouse restaurant feels like…

  • Deckman's

    Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

    Good luck not having fun at this warm-hued, adobe-walled, sand-floored restaurant with the grill as aflame as the wine-drinking diners' spirits. Run by…

  • Loncheria La Garita

    Todos Santos

    A great stop 19km on the way to La Paz, this family-run, always-busy, ranch-style-meal-slinging restaurant is as authentic as you'll find in this area…

  • Finca Altozano

    Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

    Our favorite of celebrity-Mexican-chef Javier Placensia's restaurants, this laid-back place looking out over the vineyards has a cracking oyster bar and…

  • Cine Tonala

    Tijuana

    Taking Av Revolución to chic new standards, this cosmopolitan rooftop bar and restaurant serves insanely good and unusual tacos like cured mackerel with…

  • Caesar's

    Tijuana

    Step inside and you are transported to the 1950s. Sepia pics of Hollywood movie stars line the walls, while the dark-wood decor oozes elegance. The…

  • La Cocina de Doña Estela

    Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

    Everyone's favorite breakfast in the valley. Doña Estella's is a welcome slice of traditional Mexico with huge egg dishes including the house specialty…

  • Jazamango

    Todos Santos

    Star Mexican chef Javier Placensia brings his signature Baja Med cuisine to Baja Sur via this warm, open-concept place just out of town and up a tiny hill…

  • Cien Años

    Tijuana

    Delicious, innovative contemporary Mexican cuisine plus traditional dishes such as sopa Azteca with avocado and tortilla strips, crepes de huitlacoche …

  • Mision 19

    Tijuana

    Star Mexican chef Javier Plascencia's ode to revitalizing his hometown, Mision 19 is the city's poshest address with sparse black-and-white decor and…

  • Jo's Garden

    Cabo San Lucas

    If you don't mind waiting 45 minutes (when the place is crowded, which is often), this cute little family-run restaurants serves yummy, Italian-style…

  • Orlando's

    Loreto

    Colorful tablecloths, plastic furniture, a palapa (dried palm leaves) roof; this place has a no-frills setting but serves superb food. Try the pineapple…

  • Tacos El Gordo

    Tijuana

    Locals in the know flock to this clean-cut, semi-outdoor joint decked out in white and red. Tacos include the normal suspects like asada and pastor …

  • El Rey Sol

    Ensenada

    Set within an elegant building's sumptuous interior, replete with flocked wallpaper, chandeliers and stained glass, this landmark restaurant dates from…

  • Dulce Romero Panaderia Gourmet

    La Paz

    Come to this clean, modern, white-brick space for delicious all-organic breakfasts of perfectly poached eggs, local cheeses, veggies, salsas and more on…

  • Colectivo 9

    Tijuana

    The narrow-lane approach provides a taster of what’s to come with its hip small boutiques and cafes; the Colectivo comprises nine small restaurants set…

  • Tacos Gardenias

    Cabo San Lucas

    Arrive off-hours if you want a table at this cafeteria-like, cavernous joint. This is the place for outrageously fresh fish or shrimp (breaded or grilled)…

  • Mi Casa

    Cabo San Lucas

    This place has real wow factor. The courtyard-style interior has rooms on several levels and feels like something out of a 1950s Mexican musical – plants,…

  • Taqueria Las Guacamayas

    Cabo San Lucas

    The perfect mix of outrageously delicious tacos to devour at chunky wood Mexican tables in a laid-back atmosphere with stellar service. Pair with fresh…

  • Casa Cacao

    Tijuana

    Like stepping into a Mexican grandmother's home, this warm cafe is our favorite breakfast stop with chicken emolades (layered meat and tortillas)…

  • Lupe

    Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

    Just want a quick bite between wineries or maybe want a budget meal in the land of upscale dining? Fortunately celebrity chef Javier Placensia offers this…

  • El Nido

    Northern Baja

    You can't miss the vine-covered, wagon-wheel-decorated frontage of this steakhouse in the center of town. And the atmosphere continues with exposed brick…

  • Mariscos El Norteño

    Ensenada

    You can’t go wrong at any of the seafood stalls across from the mercado de mariscos (fish market), but this popular one has plenty of seating and a superb…

  • Pan Que Pan

    Loreto

    Serving simply awesome breakfasts, this friendly, funky alfresco cafe and bakery offers big omelettes served with beans, avocado, local cheese and fresh…

  • Susanna's

    Northern Baja

    Owner Susanna dishes up delightful plates of tasty fare based on fresh seasonal produce spiked with Californian pizzazz. Light salads with innovative…

  • Birreria La Guadalajara

    Ensenada

    A great barn of a place, rightfully famous for its birria de chivo (goat stew), but also serving excellent tacos and charcoal-grilled meats. Popular with…

  • Nim

    La Paz

    In a sumptuous historic house with art-deco floor tiles and a chic pale-gray painted interior, organic produce is used in dishes that span the continents…