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Candelas on the Bay

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Mexican, Southwestern
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1201 1st Street, Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118
Bus stops at the Ferry Landing.
6194354900
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 66
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 16
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Mexican food!

The setting is beautiful and the Mexican food was delicious and authentic. My husband has travelled the world trying Chicken Mole and claimed this was one of the best he has had! He is a difficult person to please. The servers were very friendly and all in all it was a great meal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Moose97
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Reno,NV
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Basically you are paying for the view here. Most meals were $25 which I think is kind of pricey for basic Mexican food. We ate here one night and it was pretty good. We had the 3 tacos which were a special for $8 or $9. Then we ate there a second night. There was one server and the service... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

Arrived via ferry to the shopping village - we were running a little late and some of the shops had shut down for the night. We chose Candelas for dinner. The food was perfectly prepared and authentic - I highly recommend Pollo al Chipolte - the chicken was so tender it melted in my mouth. My friend had the steak... More 

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Papillion, Nebraska
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Not sure what made the Matre d think he could speak rudely to guests at all let along when they first arrive. We walked out before even sitting down. Go to Peohe's much better! Excellent service!

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Toronto, Canada
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37 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The setting is beautiful and the Mexican food was delicious and authentic. My husband has travelled the world trying Chicken Mole and claimed this was one of the best he has had! He is a difficult person to please. The servers were very friendly and all in all it was a great meal.

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Winter Springs FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Traveled from East coast to West to visiting family in CA when we ate at "Candelas on the Bay". We experienced true Mexico City food in what was termed "modern Mexico fusion". A new experience was the octopus appetizer. Very fresh and tasty, reminded me of the local conch dishes in the Bahamas islands. The Pacific salmon was fantastic! My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The food here was excellent and so was the service. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We sat by the window overlooking the bay. Beautiful!!

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San Diego
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Excellent food and an unbelievable view of San Diego Bay. This is a must stop in Coronado. The ferry will let you off very close to the front door.

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Roanoke, IL
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We had a little extra time before the ferry arrived for our return to San Diego. Stopped in for drinks, had a wonderful server Jose, offered us complimentary chips & salsa. We had a table by the window with a great view of San Diego!

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Hanover Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

The food is good, service is so-so, view and location are great! Try the carnitas nachos and tres leches cake!

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Smyrna, Tennessee
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

My mom and I ate here while we were in town for a convention and it was one of the worst dining experiences we had while we were in California. We unfortunately ended up here on a Sunday during brunch time and it was so loud, it felt like we were screaming at each other. We eventually gave up trying... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1201 1st Street, Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118
  • Public Transportation: Bus stops at the Ferry Landing.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Coronado
  • Phone Number: 6194354900

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 60 - 80
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?