No reservations required! If high-end gourmet service and a sommelier are your ideas of dining, this is not the region for you. And yet, if you consider simply cooked food with basic, local ingredients to be its own form of gourmet dining, then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you are in Bahía de los Angeles on the Sea of Cortez, or Guerrero Negro or Bahía Asunción on the Pacific Ocean side of Baja, you will delight not only in dishes made from the freshest fish (even octopus) possible, but you will clamor for more of the shellfish delicacies of the region – many of which are actually sustainably cultivated right in this area, such as oysters and scallops. You can actually visit a processing facility in Punta Abreojos and even purchase kilos of unshucked oysters and scallops. Often, your hotel will happily cook them for you in return for part of your ‘catch’. Shrimp are ubiquitous, and there are some fabulous palapa-style restaurants along estuaries and on the beach that serve them cooked in foil, grilled, sautéed or even fried.
That said, what’s wrong with a delicious platter of tacos, warm tortillas, rice and beans, or some carne asada with farm-fresh pico de gallo? This is typical fare and always reasonably priced. It will leave you wanting more!
So here are a few restaurant choices in the various Central Baja communities, but this is by no means comprehensive. Baja.com will continue to add to this list (and welcomes your recommendations).
Bahía de los Angeles
Guillermo’s: Besides being a restaurant next to the beach, this is also a liquor and curio store. It is one of the more prominent restaurants in this tiny burg.
Restaurante Las Hamacas: Country-style but the best breakfasts in town. And maybe the best lunches, too.
Los Vientos: Part of the hotel property, Los Vientos has a nice restaurant that serves traditional steaks and seafood dishes.
Villa Bahia: Part of the hotel property, the restaurant serves tasty and simple meals and good grilled seafood.
Malarrimo: Part of the hotel property, this is one of the top restaurants in town (it used to be the very top!). Always start your food journey with the seafood here. Good wine selection.
The Black Warrior: The Mediterranean inspired menu offers a great alternative for those who need a break from Mexican food. Located on Boulevard Emiliano Zapata this restaurant is centrally located and easy to find.
Desert Inn: The hotel features an accommodating restaurants with local seafood and dishes available.
Loncheria Mari: A family run restaurant serving excellent seafood, Mexican food as well as burgers and pizza. One of the specialities are Sopes, with crab or a grilled shrimp or halibut.
Juanita’s: Basic meat and seafood, but always good.
Restaurant La Palapa at Hotel La Verduzco: This restaurant opened in 2011 across the street from Hotel Verduzco. It’s right on the beach under a big palapa roof. Very casual and the food is excellent.
Ignacio Springs Bed & Breakfast: Although this is technically a B&B, you can make reservation to eat dinner at this charming spot…and the food is substantial and delicious, delivering everything from ribeyes to pork roasts.
Ricardo’s Rice & Beans: Located directly on Highway 1 as you pass through San Ignacio, this is a great place to enjoy a good margarita and simple plate of tacos with the aforementioned sides.
Antojitos Mexicanos Fong: As you enter town, you will see this place on your right. It is owned by Nano Fong, who was once a circus performer and is a Guiness record-holder for his unicycling stint.
Restaurant Terco’s Pollito: Chicken, chicken and chicken…and done to a barbecued perfection! With a fresh salad and a cold beer, this is a reasonably priced an excellent choice for dining.
El Muelle Restaurant: Breakfasts are good here, but dining is available throughout the day. They even have pizza!
Panaderia El Boleo: Since 1901, this bakery has been a highlight of a visit to Santa Rosalia. Amazing pastries and, in honor of the city’s heritage, truly European French bread.