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Candelas on the Bay

1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1462
+1 619-435-4900
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good33%
  • Average15%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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“guacamole” (16 reviews)
“tacos” (22 reviews)
“black beans” (4 reviews)
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Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1462
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Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

Food was the worst Mexican food ever. The service terrible ,slow and the waiter after a long wait,brought the wrong food. Never going back.

1  Thank Ruben2445
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Was very excited about the Sunday Bottomless Mimosas brunch. The mimosas were ever flowing. Our server took great care of our large group and kept our glasses full. Great view. The food wasn't good. There wasn't much on the buffet brunch but what was there...More

1  Thank Mattie S
Reviewed 15 March 2016

superior menu, excellent , excellent, staff, Lino and all the staff, manager accessible, courteous. excellent dishes, front top to bottom on the menu.

Thank carlossotero
Reviewed 8 March 2016

Loved the view! Mostly their Tamarindo margarita - awesome! Dont know if they serve it anywhere else.

Thank David T
Reviewed 6 March 2016

I ate here twice during my stay on Coronado, once for breakfast and once for lunch, and both meals were fantastic. The prices aren't cheap, but the view is amazing, the portions are ample and the food is tasty and well prepared and served. The...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 29 February 2016

The ambience is casual, yet sophisticated. The staff is very attentive. The food is very good. And the view is priceless! Overall, a first-rate place for a meal. Previous visits for happy hour and dinner were very good. Had a birthday celebration with friends last...More

Thank 1chicagofan
Reviewed 26 February 2016

What a surprise! We ate lunch at this restaurant. It appears to be very high end from the "walk by." It IS high end solid glass views, atmosphere, dishes, service, food…But the prices were SO reasonable! It was Happy Hour prices from 11am on! We...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed 22 February 2016

The Molcajete is the lunch for two with an eclectic mix of food. Some of which are shrimp, beef, chicken, and various cooked vegetables in a nice seasoning. The dish takes a while longer to prepare, so be patient. It is worth the wait but...More

Thank Tim_the_Enchanter417
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Taken their by local that worked their. Ambience was great as was the view. But, alas the food was much to be desired. I could not pronounce what I ate but was recommended by others. There were three, what appeared to be soft shell tacos,...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 20 February 2016

This place was really nice. Parking lot was a little dark and hard to find at night. Mexican food. Not Tex-Mex. Food was great except they do not serve Guacamole. Service was excellent! The view of San Diego harbor is spectacular, especially at night.

Thank Gary C
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Laura B
7 April 2017|
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Response from Ann C | Reviewed this property |
Hi Laura, I believe that they do reservations but I am not sure if they have a gluten free menu but you could always check their menu out online. I really enjoyed their food and was able to find delicious things to eat for... More
cindy p
10 May 2016|
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Response from cedric09 | Reviewed this property |
Dogs are welcome. Candelas has a dog friendly patio complete with water bowls.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 60 - USD 80
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, View, Kids
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 1st St, Coronado, CA 92118-1462
  • Public Transportation: Bus stops at the Ferry Landing.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Coronado
  • Phone Number: +1 619-435-4900
  • E-mail
Our goal at Candelas on the Bay, located in Coronado, is to serve the best authentic Mexican cuisine in the San Diego area using only the finest and freshest ingredients. The breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline and an impeccable service make up for an unforgettable dining experience. Menu selections at Candelas range from delicious tacos al pastor to mouthwatering mole dishes, as well as traditional breakfasts, appetizers and desserts. We offer several unique and versatile dining accommodations with an intimate and sophisticated décor to meet your every need, whether it be a date, family reunion or large gathering. A semi-private room for business meetings, tables with a view for a romantic dinner, wedding ceremony areas on the beach, or the entirety of our restaurant are available for any event or happening.
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