This past weekend in Mexico was definitely one for the books. My friends and I rented an Airbnb in a small gated community just outside of downtown Rosarito to spend sometime together over Memorial Day weekend. We spent Saturday exploring as much as we could in Rosarito and then Sunday we went to Ensenada. The six hours that we spent waiting at the San Ysidro border was worth every minute.
I’ve been fasting all day trying to detox from the insane amount of heavy Mexican food that I consumed in those three days. Thinking back on all the amazing food I had last weekend helps me go on a little longer. For those of you who are curious about the best places to eat in Rosarito and Ensenada, I made a list of my favorite places to help you get started.
Best Places To Eat In Rosarito
Tacos El Paisano
This is the first place we ate at after we arrived. My friend Celine had read a guidebook on Rosarito and said that Tacos El Paisano was highly recommended. This taqueria had a bit of a cafeteria vibe and had thick, meaty smoke clouding the air. The line to order was so long that it stretched to the other side of the restaurant.
My friends and I ordered a variety of tacos and quesadillas and watched as the cooks made everything fresh in front of us, from the hand-pressed tortillas to the carne asada meat. Tacos El Paisano is where you want to go if you’re looking for authentic food in Rosarito Beach.
Address: Encino P, Centro Carretera, 22710 Rosarito
What To Order: Carne Asada Tacos
This is where we had dinner on the first night. We actually stumbled upon El Nido and only looked inside because the outside, which was covered in plants, was so beautiful. The inside of El Nido was dark, but lit by simple candle sticks and elegant chandeliers. It kept up with a sort of rainforesty-vibe and an impressive circular bar was tucked away.
The ambiance alone brought us inside, but the food itself is what made its way onto my list of best places to eat in Rosarito. This place is known for the steaks that they’ve perfected over the years, which comes from nearby farms. But to be honest, you can get anything from the menu and be completely satisfied. Their drink menu is impressive as well.
Address: Blvd. Benito Juárez 67, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito
What To Order: Strawberry Margarito and Mesquite-Grilled Steak
Tacos El Yaqui
If you’re not getting tacos at El Paisano, you’re getting them at Tacos El Yaqui. This small taco shop is a local favorite and serves all the classic Mexican tacos. My friends and I particularly enjoyed the fish tacos, tacos de pascado. But more than anything, you need to try the Arrachera (skirt steak) tacos, which comes with pinto beans inside as well.
Address: Mar del Norte #115 12, Zona Centro, Centro Carretera, 22700 Rosarito
What To Order: Arrachera Tacos
Best Places To Eat In Ensenada
La Cevicheria Oyster Bar
We were only in Ensenada for one day, so our food experience was limited. But I can say without a doubt, that if you’re going to Ensenada, you need to visit La Cevicheria. They’re a hip restaurant with a unique menu and a specialty in ceviche.
We ordered a variety of things, including Conas Paisa, which is basically tacos in a cone. It was incredible. They have a few different kinds of ceviche: tropical, portobello, ceviche verde, and chiltepin, all unique and perfected. The frijoles were phenomenal, arguably the best I’ve every had. They were thick and had been cooked on the top, so there was a lot of crunch to it, which is unusual with frijoles. They’re mojitos will get you drunk too, so be careful.
Address: 22800, Alvarado 285, Zona Centro, 22800 Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico
What To Order: Ceviche and Conas Paisa
Ensenada also have a thriving street food presence. It’s fun to walk around the city and try a little bit of everything. We sampled quite a few places, tasting corn on the cob, candies, ice cream, pastries, and classic Mexican foods. Be adventurous and give the famous Ensenada street food a try!
Asa Nisi Masa
You didn’t think I’d forget to add a section for coffee in Ensenada, right? This is probably the only place you can find Third Wave coffee in the area. You can find pour over, aero press, and cold brew here, as well as a selection of fresh and genuinely beautiful pastries. Give it a go!
Address: Alvarado 143, Zona Centro, 22800 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
What To Order: Cold brew, of course, and any pastries that you can get your hands on!
If you find yourself in Rosarito or Ensenada, I highly encourage you to try these places out. And as always, I’m always taking recommendations for more places to eat here!