Tacos are the ultimate expression of San Diego’s Cali-Baja cuisine,
a nod to the city’s beach lifestyle and Baja neighbors. We’ve got
fresh seafood, farm ingredients, handmade tortillas, secret sauces
and an endless array of colorful spots to try these tasty tacos.
Ask for the off-menu Cali Taco, guacamole spread on house-made tortillas
with filet mignon rolled in cheese, crema,
jalapeño pico de gallo and potato skins.
You’ll love the murals, vibrant ambience
and potent margaritas.
2 LUCHA LIBRE
This classic spot in Mission Hills nods to
Mexican wrestling with colorful masks
lining the walls. The kitchen serves up
killer tacos like the Breakfast Queso,
corn tortillas loaded with crispy cheese,
potatoes, scrambled eggs chorizo,
avocado and a secret chipotle sauce.
3 LAS CUATRO MILPAS
Barrio Logan locals line up out the door
for their famed rolled tacos—fried tortillas
cradling beef or pork with sour cream,
onion and cilantro for a perfect bite.
Another must-stop in historic Barrio
Logan, this artsy joint features tacos
plump with mesquite grilled chicken,
carnitas or beer-battered catfish.
Standout Mexican street corn, too.
5 CITY TACOS
North Park’s hipster taqueria’s got
winning combos like mahimahi with
mango habanero jelly or pulled lamb,
mushrooms and Cotija cheese. For a
seafood triple threat, try the Especial—
sautéed octopus, squid and snow crab.
6 BULL TACO
This cliffside walk-up overlooks the Pacific
Ocean at the San Elijo Campground and
serves up “inauthentic tacos” like the John
Wayne (carne asada, cheddar cheese and
tater tots) and the Mighty Duck (duck,
bacon, onions, cabbage and salsa verde).
Head to this happening
La Jolla Shores spot for
progressive tacos like
grilled avocado with creamy
corn salad on non-GMO
blue masa tortillas. Day
of the Dead artwork and
colorful murals fill the walls.