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3 Best Tacos in San Diego You Need to Try


Consider this your checklist for the best of the best
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I don't know about you but there is only one red line for me: a taco should be soft.

As long as the corn tortillas are soft, the type of the taco doesn't matter to me.

When it comes to tacos, there are a plethora of combinations and twists inspired by ingredients from all over the world. Despite the large range of tacos available today, there are a number of traditional tacos that you should try. From pork tacos like carnitas and al pastor to fish tacos and even vegetarian tacos, these Mexican tacos are full of flavor and tradition.

Tacos are one of Mexico's most common street foods, despite the fact that their exact origin is unknown.

However, nowadays, wherever we turn our head, there is a taco place. And, for a taco lover like me, it is very important to find a place that makes a great taco.

For all of these reasons, this wasn’t an easy list to make for me. However, here are the three best taco places in San Diego, based on taco lovers' recommendations.

1. Medina Moroccan-Baja Kitchen
Medina Moroccan-Baja Kitchen
Medina, a stylish and refined fast-casual eatery and lively beer and wine bar are officially open in North Park! Medina’s focused menu is rooted in bringing together traditional North African dishes with the quintessential flavors and ingredients of Baja California. Perfectly pairing with the flavors and spices of the adventurous menu is a selection of eclectic wines, including varietals sourced from Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe wine country, and various local craft beers. - Medina Moroccan-Baja Kitchen

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • The food is flavorful and delicious, and the concept of Morrocan and Mexican fusion is certainly interesting.
  • The lamb taco is phenomenal!
  • The taco shell you can tell is made fresh. It holds up well to all the toppings.

Price: On average, it's $30 - 35 for two people.

Location: 2850 El Cajon Blvd Ste 4 San Diego, CA 92104


2. TBS Tavern
TBS Tavern
Established in 2018, TBS Tavern (Tacos BarBites and Salads) is serving up slow-cooked meats with unique flavor profiles paired with cold San Diego craft beer and a diverse wine selection. - TBS Tavern

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • Such amazing tacos and flavors. Not your typical taco truck or taco shop tacos.
  • The meat has incredible flavor and is very juicy.
  • Get the tacos, any kind, they will not disappoint.

Price: On average, it's $35 - 40 for two people.

Location: 8555 Station Village Way San Diego, CA 92108


3. City Tacos
City Tacos
City Tacos has turned up the heat on innovative, delicious, and unique bites. We prepare fresh Mex as it should be… “con sazón!” You’ll find a special blend of positivity and seasoning here that makes our food pop! Born in San Diego’s North Park neighborhood, City Tacos now proudly serves the communities of La Mesa, Imperial Beach, Sorrento Valley, Encinitas, and Pacific Beach. Our five locations are dedicated to combining traditional recipes with SoCal flavor to make our tacos unique. Meat, fish, vegetarian, even Paleo offerings offer something for every taste. Our dishes can also be topped with a variety of creative salsas to customize each bite. At the end of the day, we believe that food should be a celebration. - City Tacos

Recommendations based on customer reviews:

  • If you want fresh good tortillas in your tacos, this is the place to go.
  • The tacos are super delicious and they have a great variety.
  • The portobello taco is delicious and loaded with mushrooms, cheese, beans, and corn. This place does not skimp on filling its tacos up

Price: On average, it's $30 - 35 for two people.

Location: 3028 University Ave San Diego, CA 92104



The taco places have expanded rapidly over the last years. This list is but a few of the best taco restaurants in San Diego.

If there’s a good taco you would like to recommend besides this list of best tacos in San Diego, let us know in the comments below!

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