Top 10 restaurants in Ensenada, Mexico

July 17, 2017 Roger Rusk

In Ensenada, only 80 miles south of San Diego, travelers can get a taste of Mexican food, culture and nightlife. Californians flock to this beautiful seaport town, one of the largest on the Baja peninsula, for rest, relaxation and excellent outdoor recreation activities. From surfing and sea kayaking to horseback riding and mountain biking, even the most discerning sportsperson will be impressed. Ensenada's nightlife is also a big draw. Papas and Beer and Hussong's Cantina serve up an on-going party atmosphere and lots of tequila, while nearby vineyards offer wine tasting in a more traditional and serene setting. Nature enthusiasts are wowed by the sight of gray whales and the underwater cave that randomly squirts water at onlookers. Whatever your interests, enchanting Ensenada will not disappoint.
Things to do in Ensenada

1. Punta Morro

Tijuana-Ensenada Highway, km 106, Ensenada, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$39 - HK$78 1-78-35-07
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Punta Morro

Reviewed By renee k - Indianapolis, Indiana

The food was ok. They were out of lobster, really pushed lobster enchiladas. My husband opted for filet and I had the 1 and only vegetarian dish offered. My pasta was good. As a vegetarian, I still offer filet at my house and usually opt to cut & trim my own. His filet was by trimmed properly. Making a rare preparation very difficult to eat. I’d give this a 3.5-3.75 rating. Price was very reasonable so we got what we paid for but this is not fine dining.

2. Sano's Steak House

Kilometer 108 | Tijuana - Ensenada Toll Road, Ensenada, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +52 646 174 4061
Excellent
69%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 213 reviews

Sano's Steak House

Reviewed By Leonardo T - Tijuana, Mexico

The stake is very good as well as the entrees. Service is irregular, but the food quality is good. They have lots of options as well with the wine.
They also have a bar area that it is really nice and even good for a smoke (they do allow cigars outside).

3. Mahi-Mahi Restaurant de Mariscos en el Mapa

Paseo Hidalgo #33, Zona Centro, Ensenada, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
34%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 164 reviews

Mahi-Mahi Restaurant de Mariscos en el Mapa

We had an excellent meal with our family, and the atmosphere was outstanding!

Reviewed By robertgreninger - Prescott Valley, AZ

This large, casual, downtown Ensenada seafood restaurant has an extensive menu, which should satisfy most all seafood lovers' wishes. With an extraordinarily broad menu, attentive service and comfortable surroundings, this is a must stop for value-priced seafood dining. Our party of six ordered a variety of dinner items; none were disappointed. From appetizers (Toritos) to soup (seafood) to main courses (steamed clams, Mahi-Mahi, shrimp in garlic sauce), all were satisfied. The Margaritas, by the pitcher, were tasty and a bargain. A must stop in Ensenada.

4. Muelle3

Boulevard Teniente Azueta 187-A,Reciento Portuario | Detrás del Mercado Negro, Ensenada 22800, Mexico Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available Seafood, Gluten Free Options Lunch +52 646 174 0318
Excellent
75%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Muelle3

Reviewed By Empala - Los Angeles, California

This restaurant was recommended by Martha N. who has good taste when it comes to places to eat. Be sure to make a reservation. This place fills up fast.
It is not cheap by Mexican standards but it is very cheap by American standards.
It is on the waterfront in a very cheesy tourist area where guys try to get you to go on a boat tour with them. They are very annoying. This restaurant is so good however I will brave these guys anyway lol!
I had the crema de almeja and tried the pescadillas. As an entree I had fish of the day which was tuna.
The food is pretty simple but it is perfectly cooked and very fresh.
Parking is difficult to find around here.
What could I do without here?
The boat tour guys!
What makes Muelle 3 stand out?
The fresh fish and the value!
Five stars! This place is really. really ridiculously good!

5. Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada

Riveroll entre Calle Primera y Segunda | # 109 Zona Centro, Ensenada, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Mexican, Seafood Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +52 646 178 1015
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 257 reviews

Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada

Reviewed By Enrique0918 - Vista, California

Food was average and over price based on the quality of the food. Disappointed in on service. Restaurant was not busy and took quite bit of time to get our food.

6. Tacos Marco Antonio

Av. Rayon, Ensenada, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Excellent
62%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Tacos Marco Antonio

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Reviewed By drwest1 - San Diego

Excellent seafood, cafeteria style, but it's well worth it! Tons of choices and thousands of combinations. Try the 'vaso especial', has a bit of everything with soupy broth.

7. La Guerrerense

Corner of 1st and Alvarado | Zona Centro, Ensenada, Mexico Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 605 reviews

La Guerrerense

Reviewed By Héctor R

Although this is quite a nice experience of what street food is, you have to keep in mind that: 1.- must be very early (12-13hrs) to get to choose from the menu, otherwise you'll be picking from leftovers. 2.- Prices are quite high for what street food is supposed to be. 3.- hygiene aint the best (its street food and remember you are eating in the sidewalk so might be prepared for Moctezumas revenge (the runs). 4.- When prep of the food is under supervision of the owner everything tastes different than when her son does, so you can't really know if you had the real flavor of La Guerrerense.
PD. Count your money when they hand out the change...

8. Finca Altozano

Km 83 No.3 ensenada-tecate | Valle de Guadalupe, Ensenada, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 646 156 8045
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 541 reviews

Finca Altozano

Reviewed By cesar m - El Paso, Texas

I dont have a lot to say about this place other that they left me waiting for lunch with out attending my table of 3 people for more than 30 minutes. The sitting was proper the place is a beautiful place but the service spoke for it self I will not bother going to this place again nor recommend it to anyone

9. Birrieria La Guadalajara

Calle Macheros S/N entre Primera y Segunda | Zona Centro C.P. 22800, Ensenada, Mexico Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican, Latin Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +52 646 174 0392
Excellent
70%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Birrieria La Guadalajara

Reviewed By rprieto24 - Yuma, Arizona

This is the best Birriería in town. They offer a variety of four type of birrias; beef, lamb, goat & pork, my favorite is lamb. Also they offer it with the broth (jugo) or on the flat grill (a la plancha).
I also recommend the fried tripitas (beef guts), they are really good.
The beer is cold and makes a good match with the birria.

10. Mariscos El Guero

Alvarado y Lazaro Cardenas, Ensenada, Mexico Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican, Latin, Seafood, Fast Food Lunch +52 646 151 0008
Excellent
74%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 101 reviews

Mariscos El Guero

Reviewed By RCrider - Ensenada, Baja California

A very popular venue for a good reason, the fish is fresh and you really cannot beat it. It can get busy, but the wait is worth it for the fresh fish.

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