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Candelas on the Bay

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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1201 1st St Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118-1463
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mendota Heights, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While I found the staff to not be in too much of a rush and they ran out of chips, the food was wonderful and the Beer was cold. House Margarita not that special, so I would recommend you try something different flavors. Outside seating when available is great to people watch and it overlooks the bay

Thank Kym K
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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218 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We were in a time-crunch unable to enjoy the view and surroundings as much as we would of liked. That said, waiters and staff are expecting diners to linger thus being a bit less attentive to our needs. With some prodding, we were able to get fed and checks paid in a timely manner. The food and drink arrived pretty... More 

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Boston, MA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On our last night in Coronado, my wife and I wanted a quiet, easy-going evening, so we ventured down to the Bay to walk around and have some dinner. We decided on Candelas. Asking for a window table, the hostess immediately said no problem and we were seated front and center with a view of San Diego Bay and the... More 

Thank Joel137
Regina, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had an evening to explore and found this fantastic Mexican restaurant! Great food - great service. Beautiful location ocean front. Note: if you require separate receipts you have to let the servers know BEFORE you order!!

Thank casper_z_ventura
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

As a frequent traveler to San Diego, CA, my first stop is always to Candelas on the Bay (Coronado Island). While the outdoor deck boasts an amazing 180-degree view of the bay and downtown San Diego, it's the food and great service that keeps me coming back year after year. I usually stop in for lunch even before I drop... More 

Thank Cheryl H
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Their house salad had the most delicious marinated tomatoes and hearts of palm. Had their snapper that was excellent - perfectly cooked with a excellent topping with tomatoes and capers. Was a little loud but very good!

Thank GotTicketWillTravel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

This spot features prime outdoor seating right next to the Coranado Ferry Landing. If munching indoors is more your style, no worries. There's floor to ceiling windows to scope the bay and walls adorned with unique decor to converse over. Outside the regular menu Candelas offers a breakfast menu, specialty cocktails, variations on a Mechelada, plus happy hour discounts on... More 

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San Diego, California
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77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We stopped here for brunch. The hostess was unfriendly and indifferent, so not a good first impression. Our waitress, on the other hand, was very pleasant, helpful, quick to refill things, and professional. Our food was good and a good value.

Thank lambrose
Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I had a date at this restaurant. The waitinglist (Saturday night so about 30 minutes) was worth the while. We received a call and could finally enjoy some good mexican food on this side of the border. Great hospitality and a nice romantic enviroment. Service was a bit slow (had to ask twice for totopos and salsa) but the perfect... More 

Thank Jay P
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260 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We enjoyed excellent service and delicious food at Candela's while visiting Coronado Island. The seafood tacos were the best I've ever tasted... lobster, shrimp, scallops, lime-poblano cream sauce, avocado and red onion piled high on small, light flour tortillas. Be sure to try the guacamole and chips... very tasty and authentic! The margaritas were delicious as well.

Thank Hotrod_Hammer

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$60 - $80
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1201 1st St Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118-1463
  • Public Transportation: Bus stops at the Ferry Landing.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Coronado
  • Phone Number: 6194354900

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