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Baja Cantina & Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
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7166 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9525 (Valley Greens Drive)
+1 831-625-2252
11:30 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 21:00
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Estes Park, Colorado
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Mexican was right across from our hotel (Quail Lodge) and so a good choice for our first night. It seemed like a place locals frequented. It had a fun, casual atmosphere, great service and excellent food. We sat outside on their sunny patio and really enjoyed the whole experience.

Thank Joanna S
New Hartford, NY
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230 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Baja Cantina is situated in a funky building, barn-like, covered with vintage (copies?) advertisement signs. The menu is extensive. Guacamole was superb! I had Cabo San Lucas ($18), An enchilada with shrimp, spinach, cheese, beans, and rice...really devine! Fish tacos were also excellent. Marguerita for $9. Waitstaff was helpful and friendly! Can't lose here!!

Thank NYBob6
Pacific Grove, California
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82 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything here is good. Been eating here for years and never had a bad meal. Owner is very generous to hold charity events here. Fabulous patio!!!!!

Thank Jesalee
SF Bay Area
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been thinking about trying this restaurant for some time, as we often eat breakfast at the nearby Wagon Wheel. We finally had the opportunity to try it out. We like the decor inside. It's fun. We enjoyed our beverages (margarita for him, red wine for me) and our meals. Hubs had the big sur toothpicks and I had my... More 

Thank TravelWithPets
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Baja Cantina & Grill is an iconic spot made famous during the car week when everyone gathers to checkout the parade of collectible cars not only parked, but parading through the parking lot. Hundreds if not close to a thousand people flock here all year round but especially during the car show. The interior boasts a collection of race car... More 

Thank Kathryn O
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

This was a fun place to drop into. The location is one of the few hip places I've found in Carmel Valley. If you want a margarita or beer without leaving CV, I highly recommend it.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

The place is always lively and the food is consistent. They have the best chips and salsa! The service could be faster, and the noise level lower, but overall, a great place to go with family or friends for a very casual night out.

Thank 568danad
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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250 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

Service was very good, the prawn artichoke quesadilla, chile relleno, chips and salsa were excellent, drink menu, and prices were all great. We especially loved the ambiance and all the auto/racing memorabilia. Nice outdoor patio we passed on due to weather. We will be back!

Thank roamingnoni
Carmel, California
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133 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

A rustic cantina with old signs, gas pumps and other relics of the past. Its a fun décor and makes you feel you are in cowboy country. Great food, great atmosphere, great drinks. Oh and the portions are huge. Great place to go for lunch or dinner and don't forget the happy hour. whether you are a visitor to the... More 

Thank Sultan2
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 December 2016

great taste and salsa. The hostess could have done much better . We were there twice and never got a smile or welcome. Last year we were treated soo much better. Very disappointed until the food and servers took over . Then we remember why we came back. Service was very good. Food at the right temperature. Waiter keep on... More 

Thank David A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 15
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7166 Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel, CA 93923-9525
    (Valley Greens Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Monterey-Salinas Transit stops at Valley Hills Center.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey County  >  Carmel
  • Phone Number: +1 831-625-2252

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?