Tijuana Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Tijuana

March 31, 2018 Augustus Redeker

Tijuana (/tiːˈhwɑːnə/ tee-WHAH-nə; Spanish: [tiˈxwana]) is the largest city in the Mexican state of Baja California and on the Baja California Peninsula, located at the center of the Tijuana and the international San Diego–Tijuana metropolitan areas. As one of the largest and fastest growing cities of Mexico, Tijuana exerts a strong influence on local economics, education, culture, art, and politics. As the city has become a leading center in the country, so has the surrounding metropolitan area, a major industrial and paramount metropolis in northwestern Mexico. Currently one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in Mexico, Tijuana maintains global city status. As of 2015, the city of Tijuana had a population of 1,641,570.
Things to do in Tijuana

1. El Mazateno

Tijuana, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Mexican, Latin, Seafood Lunch +52 664 607 1377
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 313 reviews

El Mazateno

Reviewed By jesusvidal - Mexicali

Mazateño is one of the best seafood restaurants in Tijuana,personally I like the food and taste of the dishes they offer,fish tacos,shrimp cocktels,fried fish or sarandeado etc.
Prices are very competitive also,the neihborhood is kind a complicated to get to but its worth it the efford to find it

2. Villa Saverios

Sanchez Taboada,, Tijuana 22000, Mexico Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$118 - HK$785 +52 664 686 6442
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 266 reviews

Villa Saverios

Reviewed By Rick_Lpz - San Diego, CA

This place is an "Iconic" restaurant in Tijuana, it's maybe the "original jewel" of the Plasencia Cheff. The atmosphere and the food is good, the menu variety is good enough to find something new on each visit.
The restaurant can be frequently crowded, it's recommended to make an advance reservation if you are planning to have Dinner on Friday or Saturday night. The service is not the best, the last time it took me about 25 minutes since I request the check until I finish the process, and also the valet parking is slow. But if you are not in a hurry there will be no problem.
The bar is also a good spot to visit, you will find any drink and a "business atmosphere", is a good place to wait for your table.

3. Caesar's

Calle Revolucion, Tijuana, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 664 685 1927
Excellent
69%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 780 reviews

Caesar's

Reviewed By ELda A

We were there celebrating our anniversary
The service is fast and the waiters really friendly.
Food is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Portions of the meals are adequate, piña colada oh my !!! Just perfect.
Is important to have a previous reservation if you are not willing to wait at least 30 minutes, they are usually busy (weekends) we got there a bit earlier than our scheduled reservation but they were very nice and have us wait by the bar. Valley parking is fast and the guys are very polite.
Thanks for the wonderful night

4. Giuseppi's

Boulevard Agua Caliente 2600, Tijuana, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 664 684 1013
Excellent
43%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 204 reviews

Giuseppi's

Reviewed By Yoipitydafool67 - Phoenix, Arizona

This restaurant is right beside City Express Rosarito hotel that I was staying at. Nice restaurant with fast food prices. I had the seafood marinara pasta dish which was very good, pasta cooked El dente only $7.00. Small personal pizza only $2.00. Pizza is okay, maybe the large pizza is better. Flan dessert only $2.00. Bohemian beer and cappacino only $1.50. Good, solid italian food for inexpensive price.

5. La Espadana

Boulevard Sanchez Taboada 10813, Tijuana, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 664 634 1489
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 421 reviews

La Espadana

Reviewed By SoVerySoCal - Orange County, California

We came for Sunday brunch and it was packed as expected. The wait was around 45 minutes for our party of 7.
Their one page menu was limited compared to most restaurants, but the portions were generous, prices were reasonable, and food was solid. The menudo and posales were a hit at our table. The Machaca Ranchero was flavorful, but over-cooked. The tamales and chilaquiles tasted average, but the refried beans and potatoes were amazing. Their salsas, spices, and condiments were excellent. Our table was polarized with the coffee de la olla...some liked it, others hated it. To me, it tasted like watered down coffee with cinnamon and cocoa powder. It was definitely not an OMG moment.
We also ordered an entire tres leches cake to celebrate a birthday...it was huge, meringue like, and a bit in the dense side, but delicious nonetheless. They brought it out and sang to our delight.
Overall, it was a fabulous brunch and a great send off before going home.

6. Los Arcos

Boulevard Salinas y Escuadron 201 No. 1000 | Col. Aviacion, Tijuana 22420, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards International, Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Healthy, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$157 +52 664 686 3171
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 277 reviews

Los Arcos

Reviewed By safari035 - sandiego

We had lunch last Saturday at Los Arcos. The bluefin tuna sashimi was very flavorful. The 2.5 pound red snapper butterfly style charcoal grill was very good. Also, the octopus ceviche was vey fresh. Los Arcos food must be the best in Baja. Thank you.Thank you for your comment. It´s very important to us to know our customer's experience in Los Arcos. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the food. We hope to see you soon.

7. Mr Pampas

Boulevard Sanchez Taboada 4499-1, Tijuana 22116, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$188 - HK$188 +52 664 686 4551
Excellent
51%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 445 reviews

Mr Pampas

Reviewed By Arturo S - Tijuana, Mexico

There are many "all you can eat" fine steak houses in many major cities. This restaurant was pretty good; but last time I visited it was a like a "market place diner"
Instead of regular tables and chairs; they place tables with benches and stuff them out very close to each other. It is no longer a nice restaurant; looks like a pub.
Food level has also downgraded. Too greasy and sometimes cold.
For the price; I would rather go to a more exclusive steak house and avoid the wait and the hassle of this crowded, piled out restaurant.
Very limited parking.

8. Mision 19

Calle Mision de San Javier 10643 | Zona Urbana Rio Tijuana, Tijuana 22010, Mexico Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mexican, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +52 664 634 2493
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Mision 19

Reviewed By trailbiter - La Canada Flintridge, California

When we arrived we were given the cocktail menu in Spanish. Some of us did not speak Spanish thus passed up the special cocktails and ordered drinks we were familiar with.
We started off with five soups and the tuna with avocado mouse. The soup arrived but the tuna appetizer did not. After waiting more than a reasonable amount of time my husband asked the waitress who apologized and then brought it. The pumpkin soup was hot and delicious as was the tuna.
For dinner I had the chicken, which came out before everyone else's food. The waitress carved the chicken table side and set it in front of me. No one else had their food, so of course I waited an additional 5 minutes until they were served. By then my food was cool.
My husband had the pasta with shrimp which was served lukewarm. The shrimp was large and delicious, but he said the pasta was chewy and the sauce not so great due to the cool temperature.
I have dined here in the past and had a wonderful meal and service. I am going to chalk this experience up to them having an off night.

9. Marenca

Calle Paseo de los Heroes 70, Tijuana 22010, Mexico Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 664 634 6419
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 138 reviews

Marenca

Reviewed By Eddielawndale - Lawndale

As soon as you walked in you are greeted immediately. In the United States we do not have any restaurants they have excellent service excellent food the location is perfect in downtown Tijuana MX. Highly recommended
Yo le sugiero que el vicio de cinco estrellas la comida ni se diga.

10. Cafe de la Flor

Calle Paseo de los Heroes 96 | Local E-01 Zona Rio, Tijuana 22010, Mexico Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Cafe, Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$31 - HK$78 +52 664 200 2549
Excellent
47%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 265 reviews

Cafe de la Flor

Located in Plaza Río shopping center, offering cakes and specialty coffee. Also a full service restaurant with delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. Come and enjoy with your friends and family.

Reviewed By rocio p - Mexico City, Mexico

Complete menu is a simple tasty one, dont expect nothing spectacular, but desserts, they deserve a chance. Majority of cakes are delicious, specially the crepes, salty and sweet ones. My special recommendation are the Cajeta con nuez!

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