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Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Nine of Mexico’s 25 Best Restaurants

Destination Dining:  Baja Boasts Nine of Mexico’s 25 Best Restaurants

Although the Baja California peninsula is too often the subject of negative and unfair portrayals in the U.S. and international media, in the last few months it has also been justly lauded for two of its signature attractions. In a recent reader’s poll on the USA Today travel site 10 Best, a whopping six of the top 10 beaches in Mexico were judged to be in Baja California Sur (led by Playa Balandra in La Paz). And lest one thing the state of Baja California has been neglected, it made a spectacular showing in a recent list of the country’s top restaurants released by premier culinary site, The Daily Meal.

While Mexico City, as expected, was home to an enormous percentage of Mexico’s best restaurants – 10 of 25 – the Baja California peninsular boasts a remarkable nine, eight of which are located in the state of Baja California. Six, as a matter of fact, are set either in Ensenada or in the nearby wine country, Valle de Guadalupe, which suggests that it’s not only the region’s best  wines that are world-class, but also their pairing partners. It also suggests that outside of the Distrito Federal, Baja California is now the preferred destination dining spot in all of Mexico.

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Deckman’s en El Mogor, one of several world-class restaurants in Baja’s wine country, Valle de Guadalupe.

This sort of praise is not exactly new. The Baja California dining scene – as exemplified by Chef Javier Plascencia of the famed family of Tijuana restaurateurs, and the “Baja Med” fusion movement pioneered by Miguel Angel Guerrero at El Taller – has been garnering international attention and acclaim for several years now, and its evolution and approach have been well documented; most notably, in Baja Taste, an hour long documentary that premiered at the Los Cabos International Film Fest in November 2015.

But there’s no doubt that The Daily Meal list makes an undeniable statement about the quality of food now being served in the peninsula’s best restaurants.

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Comfort food at Silvestre, recently rated the 20th best restaurant in Mexico by The Daily Meal. Photo courtesy of Kristin Diaz de Sandi.

Here’s the top 25 list in its entirety, as well as links to the many fine stories our writers have contributed about these benchmark Baja eateries:

25)  Máximo Bistrot, Mexico City

24)  Amaranta, Toluca de Lerdo

23)  Sud 777, Mexico City

22)  Quintonil, Mexico City

21)  Deckman’s en El Mogor, Valle de Guadalupe

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20)  Silvestre, Valle de Guadalupe

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Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Corazon de Tierra is not only one of the finest restaurants in the Valle de Guadalupe , but in all of Mexico.

19)  Corazón de Tierra, Valle de Guadalupe

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18)  Rosetta, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Flora’s Field Kitchen pioneered the farm-to-table dining movement in Baja California Sur.

17)  Flora’s Field Kitchen, San José del Cabo

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16)  Los Danzantes, Oaxaca

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

La Querencia Chef Miguel Angel Guerrero was the driving force behind Baja Med fusion cuisine.

15)  La Querencia, Tijuana

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14)  Néctar, Mérida

13)  Los Panchos, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

The view at Finca Altozano, Chef Javier Plascencia’s rustic restaurant in the Valle de Guadalupe.

12)  Finca Altozano, Valle de Guadalupe

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11)  Pangea, Monterrey

10)  Fonda Margarita, Mexico City

9)  MeroToro, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Chef Jair Tellez’s Laja is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in Baja.

8)  Laja, Ensenada

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7)  Contramar, Mexico City

6)  neXtia, San Miguel de Allende

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Husband and wife team Benito Molina and Solange Muris are responsible for the delicious offerings at Manzanilla in Ensenada.

5)  Manzanilla, Ensenada

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Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Tijuana native Javier Plascencia is the most famous chef in Baja, and has founded two its signature restaurants: Mision 19 in Tijuana, and Finca Altozano in Valle de Guadalupe.

4)  Misión 19, Tijuana

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3)  Moxi, San Miguel de Allende

2)  Biko, Mexico City

Destination Dining: Baja Boasts Many of Mexico’s Best Restaurants

Enrique Olvera is executive chef at two of the best restaurants in Mexico: Pujol in Mexico City, and Manta (pictured above) in Los Cabos.

1)  Pujol, Mexico City

Chef Enrique Olvera’s playful approach to fine dining has proved enormously popular, and has led to other successful ventures, most notably Cosme in the Flatiron District of New York City, and Manta at The Cape Hotel in Los Cabos. The latter opened in 2015, and features a pan-Pacific approach to preparing the region’s abundant local seafood, which it pairs with superb service and breathtaking views of Land’s End. Expect Manta to make an appearance on future lists of this sort.

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About Chris Sands

Chris Sands is the author of Bohemia by the Bay, and writes about wine, golf, and travel for publications such as Baja.com, Los Cabos Guide, Los Cabos Magazine, 10 Best, and USA Today. He is a full-time resident of Cabo San Lucas.

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