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Where to Eat in Rosarito Beach

There are a lot more than tacos in this Mexican beachside party town

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Unlike other destinations in Baja California, Rosarito Beach isn’t exactly known for its culinary scene, instead playing host to partiers, American retirees, day-trippers and other passers-through looking for a taste of life south of the border. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good places to eat, though. Thanks to its immigrant community, there are a wide variety of restaurants from around the world, which includes Indian and various European cuisines, as well as top notch tacos and carnitas. Here are 12 places to eat in Rosarito.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Claudius Viña y Bodega 

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Boulevard Sharp 3722, Ampliación Lucio Blanco, Amp Lucio Blanco, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 100 0232
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One of the only places to taste wine in Rosarito is Claudius Vine and Wine Cellar, which was started by a Spanish man who increases his haul yearly. Besides a tour and tastings, the winery also hosts winemaking classes.

2. El Gaucho Argentino

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René Ortiz Campoy 30, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 664 440 5984
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Argentinean-style steakhouses are popular throughout Mexico and Rosarito’s answer to that is El Gaucho Argentino, which specializes in cuts not often seen in the United States, like vacio or entraña.

3. Susanna's Restaurant

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Boulevard Benito Juárez 4356, Playas Rosarito, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 613 1187
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Susanna’s is a well-loved staple in Rosarito, particularly among the American set that calls the beach town home. Expect American and European-style dishes, like salmon fettuccine and asparagus salad. Susanna’s also boasts an extensive wine list.

4. Tacos El Yaqui

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Mar del Norte #115 12, Zona Centro, Centro Carretera, 22700 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

Rosarito’s favorite taco joint is, without a doubt, Tacos El Yaqui. Sonoran-style arrachera, or grilled skirt steak, is the move here and the tacos typically come served with a larger format flour tortilla with pinto beans inside.

5. Pasta y Basta Trattoria Italiana

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km 28.5, blvd artesanal, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 120 0766
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Pasta y Basta is considered the best Italian restaurant in the area, serving a variety of Italian dishes including pasta and pizza.

6. Popotla

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Popotla, Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

Less a singular destination than an entire village, Popotla sits just in the shadow of Baja studios and features beachside vendors selling fresh seafood, right off the boat. Eat at one of the makeshift beachfront stalls or take the haul up to one of the restaurants, like La Estrella, to have them cook it for you.

7. Tapanco

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KM, Blvd. Popotla 31, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 100 6035
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Sister restaurant to the popular El Nido is Tapanco, which features fresh corn tortillas and a variety of Mexican dishes, though it’s best known for steak.

8. Tamales Liz

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01 661 850 8697

Tamales Liz is an otherwise nondescript storefront that serves fresh, 100% corn tamales made with nixtamalized yellow and white corn to eat there or takeaway.

9. Bleu Galley

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Kilometro 41, Carretera Libre Tij-Ens, Rosarito
BC, Mexico
01 661 613 2184

Bleu Galley is a deli and cafe with sit-down breakfast and light afternoon bistro bites as well as take-away. The focus is on fresh ingredients, including dishes that feature vegetables.

10. Goa Indian Fusion

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Blvd. Benito Juárez 1207-1, Centro, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 613 1101
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Rosarito newcomer Goa Indian Fusion serves curries, tandoori dishes and more to an area that hadn’t had Indian food prior. The restaurant also specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes.

11. Carnitas la Flor de Michoacan

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Benito Juarez 291, Los Angeles, Anexa Obrera, 22703 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 612 1062

Michoacan-style carnitas is the only thing to get, which is a good thing at this local mini-chain’s flagship location. Pro-tip, ask for some of the back fat chopped and mixed in with the rest of the succulent and sometimes crunchy skin and meat.

12. Restaurant El Nido

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Blvd. Benito Juárez 67, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico
01 661 612 1430
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Mesquite-grilled steaks are a must-order at this mainstay of Rosarito Beach. Most of the restaurant’s produce and meat also come from its proprietary farms in the nearby countryside.

1. Claudius Viña y Bodega 

Boulevard Sharp 3722, Ampliación Lucio Blanco, Amp Lucio Blanco, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

One of the only places to taste wine in Rosarito is Claudius Vine and Wine Cellar, which was started by a Spanish man who increases his haul yearly. Besides a tour and tastings, the winery also hosts winemaking classes.

Boulevard Sharp 3722, Ampliación Lucio Blanco, Amp Lucio Blanco, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

2. El Gaucho Argentino

René Ortiz Campoy 30, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Argentinean-style steakhouses are popular throughout Mexico and Rosarito’s answer to that is El Gaucho Argentino, which specializes in cuts not often seen in the United States, like vacio or entraña.

René Ortiz Campoy 30, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

3. Susanna's Restaurant

Boulevard Benito Juárez 4356, Playas Rosarito, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Susanna’s is a well-loved staple in Rosarito, particularly among the American set that calls the beach town home. Expect American and European-style dishes, like salmon fettuccine and asparagus salad. Susanna’s also boasts an extensive wine list.

Boulevard Benito Juárez 4356, Playas Rosarito, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

4. Tacos El Yaqui

Mar del Norte #115 12, Zona Centro, Centro Carretera, 22700 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Rosarito’s favorite taco joint is, without a doubt, Tacos El Yaqui. Sonoran-style arrachera, or grilled skirt steak, is the move here and the tacos typically come served with a larger format flour tortilla with pinto beans inside.

Mar del Norte #115 12, Zona Centro, Centro Carretera, 22700 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

5. Pasta y Basta Trattoria Italiana

km 28.5, blvd artesanal, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Pasta y Basta is considered the best Italian restaurant in the area, serving a variety of Italian dishes including pasta and pizza.

km 28.5, blvd artesanal, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

6. Popotla

Popotla, Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Less a singular destination than an entire village, Popotla sits just in the shadow of Baja studios and features beachside vendors selling fresh seafood, right off the boat. Eat at one of the makeshift beachfront stalls or take the haul up to one of the restaurants, like La Estrella, to have them cook it for you.

Popotla, Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

7. Tapanco

KM, Blvd. Popotla 31, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Sister restaurant to the popular El Nido is Tapanco, which features fresh corn tortillas and a variety of Mexican dishes, though it’s best known for steak.

KM, Blvd. Popotla 31, Popotla, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

8. Tamales Liz

Baja California, Mexico

Tamales Liz is an otherwise nondescript storefront that serves fresh, 100% corn tamales made with nixtamalized yellow and white corn to eat there or takeaway.

9. Bleu Galley

Kilometro 41, Carretera Libre Tij-Ens, Rosarito, BC, Mexico

Bleu Galley is a deli and cafe with sit-down breakfast and light afternoon bistro bites as well as take-away. The focus is on fresh ingredients, including dishes that feature vegetables.

Kilometro 41, Carretera Libre Tij-Ens, Rosarito
BC, Mexico

10. Goa Indian Fusion

Blvd. Benito Juárez 1207-1, Centro, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Rosarito newcomer Goa Indian Fusion serves curries, tandoori dishes and more to an area that hadn’t had Indian food prior. The restaurant also specializes in vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Blvd. Benito Juárez 1207-1, Centro, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

11. Carnitas la Flor de Michoacan

Benito Juarez 291, Los Angeles, Anexa Obrera, 22703 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Michoacan-style carnitas is the only thing to get, which is a good thing at this local mini-chain’s flagship location. Pro-tip, ask for some of the back fat chopped and mixed in with the rest of the succulent and sometimes crunchy skin and meat.

Benito Juarez 291, Los Angeles, Anexa Obrera, 22703 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

12. Restaurant El Nido

Blvd. Benito Juárez 67, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito, B.C., Mexico

Mesquite-grilled steaks are a must-order at this mainstay of Rosarito Beach. Most of the restaurant’s produce and meat also come from its proprietary farms in the nearby countryside.

Blvd. Benito Juárez 67, Centro, Centro Playas, 22710 Rosarito
B.C., Mexico

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