Northern Baja restaurants

Top Choice Mexican in Tijuana


With sunsets and sea creatures painted on the walls, and ferns, cacti, driftwood and fairy lights throughout, this indoor warehouse restaurant feels like a magical outdoor space. The food is even better, with genero…
Top Choice Tacos in Ensenada

La Guerrerense

Sabina Bandera’s award-winning seafood stand dates from the 1960s and attracts long lines with its outstanding seafood tacos, juicy ceviche (seafood marinated in lime juice) and tostadas (deep-fried tortillas). Ther…
Top Choice Californian in Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe


Good luck not having fun at this warm-hued, adobe-walled, gravel-floored restaurant with the grill as aflame as the wine-drinking diners' spirits. Run by Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman, it has hearty dishes like…
Top Choice Tacos in Playas de Rosarito

Tacos El Yaqui

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 want to risk missing out.
Californian in Ruta del Vino & Valle de Guadalupe

Finca Altozano

Our favorite of celebrity Mexican chef Javier Placensia's restaurants, this laid-back-feeling place looking out over the vineyards has a cracking oyster bar and not-to-miss starters like chocolate clams with tuna, s…
Mexican in Tijuana

Cine Tonala

Taking Av Revolución to chic new standards, this cosmopolitan rooftop bar and restaurant serves insanely good and unusual tacos like sea urchin with avocado and guajilio chilies or smoked tuna with prawns, garlic li…
Italian in 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 exceptional Caesar salad, prepared with panache at your table, was …
Modern Mexican in Tijuana

Cien Años

Delicious, innovative contemporary Mexican cuisine plus traditional dishes such as sopa Azteca with avocado and tortilla strips, crepes de huitlacoche (corn fungus) with a creamy pistachio-flavored sauce and chiles …
International in Tijuana

Mision 19

Star Mexican chef Javier Plascencia's ode to revitalizing his hometown, Mision 19 is the city's chic-est address with sparse black-and-white decor and formal service. Ingredients aim to come from a 120-mile radius t…
Tacos in Tijuana

Tacos El Gordo

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 (marinated roast pork), but also include delicacies like tender len…