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Cafe La Especial

Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
+52 664 686 6258
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
22 Nov 2016
“The Food.... AMAZING”
3 May 2016
“Great family lunch!”
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

This restaurant is the one thing I wish I could bring back to the states. The food is incredible. They also have this bean broth that will make your heart sing. GO HERE!

Thank Madeline M
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Stopped by to get a hearty, inexpensive lunch for our family while we were visiting TJ for the day, and we made the right choice. The tamales are a delight. The place has a nice cozy atmosphere, and the service was really good too.

Thank DaniaZahir
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Soooo good. A local turned us on to this place and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere, the food, the service and everything in between. Authentic Mexican food with lots of flavor and very reasonable. 4 of us ate for $28 US$.

Thank goofynat
Reviewed 27 July 2015

This place has been here for ever. Great local Mex. foodof all types. Not a gourmet place. More of a authentic dishes. Centrally located. Good for aquick breakfast..lunch or dinner.

Thank bajajulio
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

Cafe la Especial has been a family favorite and traditional visit since I was a child in Tijuana. I was surprised to hear of the newer location nearer to Aguascalientes but delighted to see the same decor, relics and menu as the one on Revolución....More

1  Thank opoverseas
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Great Tacos, easy, cheap and fast service. For Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can be there at anytime.

Thank caafi3
Reviewed 21 August 2013

The famous walk in restaurant downstairs is gone but the window on Ave.Revolucion is still operating. They serve Tacos al Vapor, two corn tortillas stuffed and then steamed like tamales. They are unique and delicious. Each one contains a prepared meat stuffing (al Pastor), a...More

3  Thank daddyoSouthernCA
Reviewed 10 July 2013

Made a trip here in late June and it was closed. I had been here twice before and was looking forward to eating here on this visit. It looked like it was long gone...only a take out Taco Stand still exists here.

1  Thank Bob B
Reviewed 29 June 2013

Ok so it is over crowded...but the food is great...fast service. One piece of advice though, in the summer time when it is hot, this restaurant can be on the hot stuffy side. For the price, food is great, noisy restaurant but great food.

Thank jinettesdelaire
Reviewed 26 May 2013

I have visited 100's of Mexican restaraunts, and this restaraunt is the best. The prices are very reasonable, the service is excellent, and the food is awesome!!!

Thank Dennis S
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Norte  >  Tijuana
  • Phone Number: +52 664 686 6258
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