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“The inspiration for many of the new chefs in TJ”
Review of La Querencia

La Querencia
Ranked #16 of 668 Restaurants in Tijuana
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed April 25, 2012

This restaurant has consistently high standards of food and service. While tacos may be a traditional Mexican fare, La Querencia's variety is amazing: duck, lamb, crab, mussels - just to name a few. Entrees are equally amazing.

Thank CraigBingham
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

While the decor (stuffed heads of deer and other game) is not for everyone, the food here was great. When we arrived, we were given some toasted croutons and a selection of salsas. While most at our table preferred the chipotle based salsa, if you like something a little spicier, the chile de arbol salsa was out of this world (none of us dared try the spiciest habanero option). We shared a big plate of grilled octopus, which was a highlight of my trip to Baja California. We also had a really delicious seared ahi tuna dish, and a shrimp salad (although the latter was little busy, grilled shrimp over lettuce with almonds and shredded cheese). We tried a local wine from Valle de Guadalupe which was pretty good. Service was responsive and friendly. Atmosphere was lively but not too noisy for conversation.

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Thank profegringo
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Reviewed December 17, 2011

My wife and I visit this restaurant about four times a year. All the "a las brasas" dishes are great especially the "callo" and "pulpo"dishes. We usually go here for dinner although I have had a few business lunches here. The food is usually served with different sauces including a very hot one (you can tell because it has an orange stripe on the side of the sheet metal container). Other favorites are the duck burritos and the carpaccios. Baja Med is usually made with regional ingredients and very tasty sauces so do not expect simple tasting dishes.

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Thank bajabass
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

Excelent food a little expensive. Has outdoor dining which is very comfy, the restaurant is small inside. Service is excellent

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Thank MrsVamonos
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Reviewed July 16, 2011

To star off most of the reviews are way to old... with that said, la Querencia's chef is a person who is very much involved in the process of selecting his ingredients and designing different combinations, some of them eclectic if you will, he's always trying new stuff...

He is also a very accomplished hunter/fisherman, be on the lookout for deer, quail, hare, duck, trout, etc... I guarantee it's as fresh as can be and in most cases hunted/caught by the chef himself... just ask him what special goodies he has in store... or have the chef's tasting menu...

As for the main menu,,. I have to agree with a reviewer in the sense that a part of it really reads as an upscale taco shop... but give it a try... my personal recommendation is to start off with a clam shot... the octopus cracklings, the tuna tartare, the beet or scallop carpaccio or the scallop sashimi...

As for the burrito/taco/tostada my personal favorites are the manta-ray machaca, the lamb machaca, the roasted duck machaca or the tuna fin stew..

As you can see we don't have room for main dishes most of the time... but when we do we usually have the mezquite grilled octoups, or prawns, bone-in rib eye, the querencia octopus, the roasted primal lamb, the roasted suckling pig.... I could go on and on...

They also have a more informal restaurant with great dishes too called "El Taller" and I heard they just opened a new taco stand with all their usual stews and machacas near the abraham lincoln statue in the rio zone, and when the vendimia (wine harvest) festival comes (late july-early august) they set up shop in Ensenada's Guadalupe Valley in one of the wineries and have a variety of seafood dishes and grilled or spit roasted meats... just ask them...

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