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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in San Diego North County

Shannon Biszantz

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Shannon Biszantz is a San Diego native from elementary school through university Shannon graduated with a Business Administration Degree from USD and ...

Sep 14 4 minutes read

With San Diego's close proximity to the Mexican border, it's no surprise that San Diego is home to some of the best Mexican food in the whole United States. From tacos to margaritas and mariachi band, you will definitely have an authentic taste of Mexican cuisine with our selection. Behold: the best Mexican restaurants America’s Finest City has to offer.

Fidel's Little Mexico

607 Valley Ave, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Fidel's Little Mexico, a classic Mexican restaurant in Solana Beach has been a crowd favorite and an award-winning full-service restaurant and cocktail lounge, taco bar, and strolling Mariachis. It offers a wide variety of Mexican cuisine and comfort food. So whether you’re enjoying dinner with your closest friends or just hanging out at happy hour and munching some chips and salsa while sipping on an icy margarita, Fidel’s offers a pleasant respite just a few miles from the Pacific.

Tony’s Jacal

621 Valley Ave., Solana Beach, CA 92075

Established in 1946, this family-owned restaurant serves traditional Mexican food is always been a crowd favorite in San Diego North County. A local spot with a mom-and-pop vibe, Tony’s decor is as delicious as its food. Grab a patio seat, head to the cantina, or chill at a table with a margarita – and chips and salsa, naturally. Many people go for the turkey soft tacos, which isn’t something you see on Mexican restaurant menus everyday.

La Especial Norte

664 N. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, CA 92024

An Encinitas favorite that has been serving authentic Mexican food for the past 37 years is La Especial Norte. Famous for its homemade soups and large portions, and a sumptuous selection of Mexican menu, you can be sure to leave the place with a full stomach and a big smile. Don't miss the Mexican style chicken soup if it's your first time at La Especial.

Las Olas

2939 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA 92009

2655 S. Coast Hwy. 101 Cardiff, CA 92007

For more than three decades, Las Olas has catered to San Diego North County by providing great Mexican food. Las Olas (“The Waves”) introduced the fish taco to the area way back when it wasn’t all over the place. With two locations in North County to satisfy your Mexican cravings, Las Olas draws Mexican-food aficionados as well as happy hour lovers, or both, to its water-view spot in Cardiff and its popular Carlsbad joint.

Casa de Bandini

1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Two words: two margaritas. You can’t have just one at Casa de Bandini because they’re so good. But we’re here about the food, so order some of that, too. If you want to show out-of-towners a good festive time, take them to Bandini for the traditional decor, mariachis, and comprehensive menu with all the favorites.

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