Mexican Restaurants in San Diego

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Chef Isabel Cruz's unique edible offerings are served straight from the Venn-diagram center of Latin and Asian cuisine. Vegetarians and omnivores alike can nosh healthy breakfast options such as the homemade Cantina croissant with scrambled eggs, cheese, tomatoes, and scallions ($8.25), or have a lunchtime-leaning crispy lettuce wrap cradling marinated chicken and tangy peanut sauce ($9.75). Toast with a fresh mimosa ($5 per glass, $20 per pitcher) or sweet thai coffee ($3.75). In the evening, revive flagging taste buds with palate-tickling plantains with sour cream and caviar ($9). Entrees include globetrotting, edible explorations such as the flat-iron steak with cilantro garlic mojo pico, which is accompanied by loyal cartographers portobello mushrooms ($20).

4111 Ocean Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Twenty-four hours a day, Sagauro’s Mexican Food loads plates with heaping portions of authentic Mexican street fare, including rolled taquitos, chicken tacos, and chili rellenos. Diners choose from a lengthy menu above the ordering counter that details burritos stuffed 15 different ways, six types of tacos, and house-made menudo—a traditional Mexican soup—on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The eatery also serves breakfast burritos and entrees such as huevos rancheros every hour of every day, every minute of every hour, and every second of every minute for a total of 86,400,000,000,000 nanoseconds.

3753 30th St
San Diego,
CA
US

Beginning as a plucky, family-run eatery in 1993, Los Reyes Mexican Food has blossomed into a multilocation Mexican-fare fiefdom, enticing appetites with an impressive spread of pillowy burritos, fresh seafood, and savory marinated meats. Within the casual family-style eatery, chefs forge authentic Latin-inspired meals, such as mole-soused lengua and crispy carnitas and buche. Guests pair feasts of flaky fish, seasoned carne asada, and hearty sopes with freshly squeezed juice, rich smoothies, or cold glasses of creamy horchata.

2496 Broadway
San Diego,
CA
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646 University Ave
San Diego,
CA
US

Lauded by USA Today Travel as one of 10 Great Places to Bite into a Big Burrito, Taco Surf Taco Shop slathers its flavorful Mexican fare in homemade hot sauce and traditional seasonings. Choose to chow down on the #5 combo plate, in which cheese and sour cream cha-cha over two enchiladas swollen with a choice of chicken or beef or tackle a specialty platter such as the carne asada chips, a crispy tortilla-chip castle built with an edible façade of beans bricks, guac greenery, and cheese crenelations that stand up sturdily to incursions by an army of sour cream. Alternatively, two soft tortillas swaddle batter-fried fish in a blanket of mayo and mild sauces on the fish-taco-platter special. After eating, tired-out tongues can lounge on the cushiony carbonation of two sodas or surf milky waves of horchata and spiced tamarindo for further taste adventures. While mouths masticate savory meals, Taco Surf occupies eyes with endless reels of surfer films, surf-inspired décor, and a working android replica of Beach Boy Al Jardine.

4657 Mission Blvd
San Diego,
CA
US

Playa Grill's menu presents patrons with healthy Mexican dishes that incorporate free-range chicken, beef from grass-fed cattle, and local produce. Appetites looking to rev their engines can fuel up on starters including calamari frito, fried squid with chili aioli ($9.95), and ever-so-dippable guacamole ($7.25). Main courses such as the surf 'n' turf fajitas—filet mignon and shrimp served with warm tortillas ($16.95)—and Playa Grill's signature carnitas plate—slow-roasted Niman Ranch pork accompanied by an entourage of fixings and tortillas ($12.95)—can sufficiently fill any empty stomach or sweatshirt hood. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, diners can munch on brunch items such as breakfast burritos loaded with free-range scrambled eggs ($10.95), or tiger-shrimp tacos ($13.50). The eatery also houses a full bar stocked with 50 tequilas and 15 specialty margaritas ($8–$10), available during dining endeavors, happy-hours specials, or International Salt Rim Day.

2401 Fenton Pkwy
San Diego,
CA
US