Going to Ensenada and surrounding area in about a month. We will be staying in town one night and the heading to the hotel at Corazon de Tierra for two eating there one of the two nights. Any and all recommendations appreciated.
Higher end food in gaudelupe valley: Deckmans, Finca Altazona. More homestyle would be Dona Estelas.
Torres alegre for wine
In Ensenada area: Mazanilla (higher end).
For street food in ensenada I would recommend: La Guerrerense and El guero for fresh seafood, agauchile, tostadas, ceviches etc. El Fenix for fish tacos and shrimp tacos, Carnitas los tigrillos for carnitas/buche, tortas lopez for tortas
Beers: cerveceria wendlandt or agua mala
Be sure to stop at tacos el yaqui on the way down in rosarito, best carne asada tacos you’ll ever have.
In Ensenada, Muelle 3 or Boules. I would not go back to Manzanilla, food’s similar to Muelle 3 or Boules but more expensive and not as good. La Contra to buy wine.
In Valle de Guadalupe, Laja.
If you’re driving, returning through Tecate can take less time. Asao is good and practically around the corner from the crossing. It’s in the Santuario Diegueno hotel complex and the entrance is on Rio Yaqui.
Never been to Boules or Muelle 3, will have to go there next time! I personally enjoyed my last meal at Mazanilla some of the highlights included guadelope valley quail with cauliflower puree, their tiradito tuna preparation, huitlacoche risotto, and a 28 day dry aged ribeye for approx 22 bucks USD (can’t beat that price for dry aged meat).
At least checking out comparison photos appears that Manzanilla takes a more fine dining approach than both the aforementioned restaurants and specifically muelle 3 which seems to do refined but classical mexican seafood preparation in a modern fish shack type setting.
I found the food at all three generally similar, Manzanilla’s just more pretentious. Muelle 3 and Boules were both started by Manzanilla vets.
Los Originales de Pescado is the best fish taco in Ensenada, imo. It’s a little stand walking distance from Manzanilla. If you can swing a trip to Valle de Guadalupe, Finca Altozano is fantastic and Dona Esthela for brunch is one of the greatest places on earth.
Second Tacos El Yaqui: they’re fantastic, and you should definitely not skip La Guerrerense…should be national treasure.
Agreed they can definitely have a fussy attitude at mazanilla. They “lost” our reservation but we were able to sit at the bar.
Thanks for all the suggestions!