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416 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (Downtown)
(619) 702-4455
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Ranked #813 of 4,093 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 - $45
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: J Street
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English first
Salt Lake City, Utah
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Candelas offers a fantastic view of San Diego from Coronado island. The restaurant is nice with good ambience. Having eaten there before when it was a different restaurant, I was happy to see that Candelas had a much more reasonably (not cheap) priced menu and a wider array of choices. We had the Penne Madero, as recommended by the very... More 

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San Diego, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Service was a bit typical and we hoped for more attention but food was great and the location is perfect

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El Centro, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Variety of dishes, a Mexican soup that I have not eat in a long time very well cooked tasted delicious, the rib French style with wine was cooked in a medium way that sometimes is difficult to find, dessert was European style very well decorated, the wine well served, just a great dinner.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

With huge windows right on the waterfront you couldn't find a better place to enjoy delicious Southwest cuisine. No refried beans and rice here! The food was beautifully presented and very flavorful. And the House Margarita's were great!

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Anaheim Hills, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Dinner at Candelas in the Gas Lamp area of San Diego. There was a large convention in San Diego and since the convention center is next to the Gas Lamp area it can get very crowded. So Candelas become full after we began our dinner and it was very noisy. We had a steak taco appetizer and it was was... More 

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New York, NY
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225 reviews 225 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Given all the choices in San Diego, this one was just so-so; you can do better. The server was pleasant but not especially competent. The food was unobjectionable and unmemorable. What else need I say?

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Went with some colleagues after conference. The main course portions looked OK but the slices of cake were ludacrisly small and cost $8.50. I would try to get into another restaurant. At least Candelas is still open after 9pm.

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San Diego, California, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I really like this restaurant. There's actually two of the same restaurant one's in the gaslamp area the other is on Coronado. But both have totally diffent menus same owner though. The food was great. I had the crepes stuffed with crab and lobster meat with peppers and cheese. Delicious! My only criticism is where we sat. You can sit... More 

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Morristown, New Jersey
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91 reviews 91 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

The walk thru the bar to get to the main dining area reduced my expectations of what to expect. The looked like many like Spanish styled tavern in the Gaslamp. However, the food was surprisingly good. The shrimp timbale starter was very good and the cilantro favored sauce with the salmon was excellent. The filet was very large and generally... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We were in San Diego for a conference and a group of us went to Candelas in the Gaslamp district for dinner. I've been there before and generally thought the food was excellent if a bit expensive. On this visit, it seemed like the restaurant might be getting tired. The black bean soup is supposed to be their specialty, but... More 

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Additional Information about Candelas

Address: 416 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: (619) 702-4455
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 45
Cuisine: Mexican

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