The Best Local Food and Restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico

If you’re looking for the best local food and restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, you’ve come to the right place! In this blog post, I’ll be taking a look at some of the best places to eat in Tijuana and will be sharing everything from street food to fine dining, so no matter what your budget or taste buds are looking for, you’ll be able to find something you’ll love!
woman squeezing lime juice over tacos
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Introduction

If you’re looking for some amazing local food and restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, look no further than this comprehensive list. From casual family-owned eateries to high-end establishments, I’ve got you covered – Whether you’re planning a quick lunch or an all-day affair, this list will have the perfect restaurant for you. 
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Best Local Foods in Tijuana, Mexico

When it comes to Mexican cuisine, nothing beats a good taco. And in Tijuana, there are few places better than the many taco stands scattered throughout the city’s streets and neighborhoods. 
From carnicerias that specialize in barbacoa (slow-roasted beef) to seafood stands dishing up fresh albacore tuna tacos, there’s something for everyone to enjoy no matter what their taste preferences may be.
But all of these local joints aren’t the only restaurants worth checking out in Tijuana. There are also several fine dining establishments, from contemporary American-style sushi bars to more traditional Mexican eateries that offer plenty of interesting menu options (and impeccable wine lists).
So whether you want freshly made tortillas or something a bit more substantial like braised short ribs with black bean sauce, you’ll find what you need right here in Tijuana.

Best Restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico

If you’re looking for delicious and unique local food in Tijuana, then you’ll want to check out some of the best restaurants in town. From seafood to Mexican classics, these eateries will fulfill all of your cravings.
 
mexican waffles with fried apples and berries
Mexican classic brunch

 In my opinion, here are the five best places to eat in Tijuana:

Villa Saverios

3151 Escuadrón 201

Blvrd Gral Rodolfo

Sánchez Taboada, Zona Río, Aviacion

22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
 
This gorgeous restaurant features high ceilings and beautiful decor, offers a delightful setting for dining.
Villa Saverios
serves up traditional Italian and Mediterranean, along with dishes such as tuna tostados and chipotle crab, as well as their wine menu, filled with many options. 
 

Mission 19

Misión de San Javier 10643
Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana
22010 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico
Mission 19 is known for its stunning upscale atmosphere. It’s the perfect spot for a birthday celebration or date night.
 
Villa Marina

P.º de los Héroes 4449

Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana

22416 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Offering an impressive menu list with vegetarian and gluten free options, Villa Marina  is perfect if you’re looking for something special on your menu. The cozy atmosphere is perfect for a romantic dinner or group celebration, and they also offer plenty of happy hour deals that make it easy to indulge!

 
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Meriscos Titos

 Islas Coronado 204, Coronado

Playas de Tijuana 22500 

Tijuana, Baja California Mexico

Head to Meriscos Titos for amazing, fresh seafood tacos during your stay in Tijuana. Choose between chicken, beef  or seafood options then add any of their toppings including avocado slices, chorizo sausage, refried beans and more. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at this popular spot!

Caesar’s
The amazing caesar salad at Caesar's in Tijuana, BC
The amazing caesar salad at Caesar’s in Tijuana, BC
Calle Emiliano Zapata 8174
Zona Centro, 22000 
Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Topping off my list of unbeatable local restaurants in Tijuana is Caesar’s which if you couldn’t already tell by the name, is the place where the Caesar salad was first invented.

The chef will come out to your table and show you how a handmade Caesar salad is created using their world famous technique. It’s still the best salad I’ve ever had and I’m not exaggerating. I’ve been here so many times and still come back. 

Cesar’s also features picturesque décor reminiscent of the 1920’s and has a gorgeous, historical interior. 

Restaurant Recommendations from Locals

If you’re looking for some of the best local food and restaurants in Tijuana, Mexico, then you’re in luck. Here are some of my favorites that were recommended by local friends and expat groups.
San Miguel Restaurante
Parque Azteca Nte. 
294 Col. Las Flores 2da Secc 22500 

Tijuana, Baja California Mexico

Located in the Playas neighborhood, San Miguel is known for its delicious Mexican 

brunch for both locals and tourists to eat. Be sure to get there early to secure a table if you’re going for brunch as it gets busy here! 

Galpao Gaucho

Av. De Los Héroes 3079

Agua Caliente, 22024 

Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

Located in the heart of downtown TJ, Galpao Gaucho is known for its steak cuisine, and it’s also a popular spot for locals and tourists to eat.

La Casa de Don Juan
C. del Volcan 1591

Playas, Rivera, 22500

Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

La Casa de Don Juan, located in the Playas de Tijuana neighborhood, is the former house of Don Juan and is known for its delicious Mexican dishes.
Clam chowder with Mexican spices and seasoning
Clam chowder with Mexican spices and seasoning
El Rancho Alegre
Blvd. Insurgentes N. 

8902 Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, 22237

A local favorite for many many years,El Rancho Alegre features both indoor and outdoor seating so you can enjoy the amazing views no matter where you sit. Favorites include the carne adovada (stuffed pork) and pollo al pastor (pork chops).
Magul
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Brasil 8731, Col. Madero (Cacho)

22040 Tijuana, B.C., Mexico

If you’re looking for a boozy brunch, Magul has some AMAZING egg sandwiches and fried breakfast foods. They also have a gorgeous interior design that makes it a stunning place for foodie photos and Instagram photos!

Must-Try Dishes in Tijuana, Mexico

If you’re looking for some of the best local food and restaurants in TijuanaMexico, you’ll want to check out the following spots. Each of these establishments offers something unique and delicious, so you’re sure to find something that appeals to your taste buds.
First up are mouth-watering tamales (a type of Mexican dumpling). You can order them steamed or boiled, and they come in a variety of flavors, including chicken, pork, and vegetable.
Next on the list is tacos de cabeza. which literally translates to “head tacos”. For those with a really adventurous palette, you can try the meat that comes from the head of the cow.  
If you’re looking for something a little less crazy to taste, try a traditional fish taco.  Tijuana is on the coast and brings in some really good seafood, perfect for fish tacos! Some of my other favorite taco and burrito styles are chile relleno burrito and carne asada tacos.
Tiramisu with lady finger cookies and strawberries
Tiramisu with lady finger cookies and strawberries
Finally, if you’re in the mood for some dessert, you can’t go wrong with anything dulce de leche. There are plenty of shops and cafes with the flavor in ice cream and cakes. More dessert options include, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and caramel sauce, strawberry shortcake with whipped cream and strawberries, and tiramisu with ladyfingers.

Where to Find the Best Street Food in Tijuana, Mexico

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If you’re looking for some of the best street food in Tijuana, Mexico, you don’t have to go far! First, you’ll want to check out the Zona Rio area. Here you’ll find everything from casual cafes to upscale restaurants, all serving up delicious Mexican cuisine.
One of the best places to start your search is at Plaza Rio. This lively square is home to a variety of restaurants and cafes, all serving up delicious food. You can find everything from tacos to quesadillas to churros.
If you’re looking for something a little more upscale, head over to La Bodega. This popular restaurant is known for its mouth-watering seafood dishes, as well as its elegant atmosphere.
If you’re in the mood for some street food, be sure to check out the Zona Norte area. Here you’ll find vendors selling everything from tacos to tamales to churros. Just be sure to get there early – the lines can be long! 
If you have time, Centro Gastronomica is a huge food truck park and has a lot of different vendors you can try and some of the best tacos I’ve ever had. 

Dining Etiquette in Tijuana, Mexico

If you’re planning on eating out in Tijuana, Mexico, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First and foremost, it’s important to be aware that Mexican cuisine is known for being relatively hot and spicy. So if you’re someone who enjoys their food mildly spicy or not at all, be prepared to adjust your taste buds! 
Secondly, it’s also important to keep in mind that prices can range significantly depending on where you go. You can find places for $5-8 USD for a full meal and drinks or you can find more expensive places (usually 5 star dining) that’s closer to $25 per person for meals, drinks, desserts and appetizers. 
When eating out in Tijuana, one of the best ways to avoid getting sick is by thoroughly washing your hands before and after each meal. In addition, it’s always a good idea to make sure your water is bottled and you avoid ice cubes or anything that can be made with the local water as it’s not safe to drink. Be sure to also be cautious when eating fruits and veggies. Generally, salads are ok. 
Finally, remember that tipping is not customary in Mexico but it’s appreciated to leave one if you felt particularly satisfied with your service! I always carry some extra cash to leave for tips. 
If you’re looking for an amazing food experience, Tijuana is the place to be! With so many great local restaurants and dishes to choose from, you’ll never go hungry. Be sure to check out the street food scene too – it’s not to be missed!
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