Candela's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 416 Third Ave

    San Diego, CA 92101

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  • 619-702-4455

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The food is Amazing!!! I was in heaven!! YUM! Casual yet elegant great ambiance. The staff is so nice and the decor is so very spanish. I loved it! Cute waiter too, I liked the one with the pony tail. YUMMY! I'll be back. Lots of good

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★★★★★

The food is Amazing!!! I was in heaven!! YUM! Casual yet elegant great ambiance. The staff is so nice and the decor is so very spanish. I loved it! Cute waiter too, I liked the one with the pony tail. YUMMY! I'll be back. Lots of good

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HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE Service. Waiter was given money and asked for change. Never came back with the change ($75) and when asked about it, he said he gave it back to us! After dealing with the useless manager, we were finally given the change. Only to be followed out by the waiter and asked, "Did you find the money YOU lost?" Basically accusing us of lying and stealing from him! A friend dining with us said that she had a bad experience there too, but was giving it another shot with us, and realized it wasn't just her experience, it's that whole Restaurant! We will never return and never let friends or family waste their time there!

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★☆☆☆☆

HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE! HORRIBLE Service. Waiter was given money and asked for change. Never came back with the change ($75) and when asked about it, he said he gave it back to us! After dealing with the useless manager, we were finally given the change. Only to be followed out by the waiter and asked, "Did you find the money YOU lost?" Basically accusing us of lying and stealing from him! A friend dining with us said that she had a bad experience there too, but was giving it another shot with us, and realized it wasn't just her experience, it's that whole Restaurant! We will never return and never let friends or family waste their time there!

Pros: dishes were clean

Cons: service

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This place is ok, the drinks aren't bad. I tried a few appetizers too. They have music on weekends where the dance floor is opened up, so that's what I went for and it wasn't bad.

3
★★★☆☆

This place is ok, the drinks aren't bad. I tried a few appetizers too. They have music on weekends where the dance floor is opened up, so that's what I went for and it wasn't bad.

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We have been to this restaurant twice on different Sundays and the hour when they stop serving breakfast has been different both times. They started having a buffet on Sunday. It looks good but is pricey. Some of the items on the menu are more reasonable and very tasty. The portions are substantial. I'll try this restaurant again but I'm not sure what to expect.

4
★★★★☆

We have been to this restaurant twice on different Sundays and the hour when they stop serving breakfast has been different both times. They started having a buffet on Sunday. It looks good but is pricey. Some of the items on the menu are more reasonable and very tasty. The portions are substantial. I'll try this restaurant again but I'm not sure what to expect.

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One of the best upscale Mexican restaurants I have been too! I am usually not a big fan of Mexican food until I came here! The calamari was so delicious and the jumbo shrimp and coconut was so amazing! I highly recommend this place for anyone who loves Mexican food, even though it is pricey the food is so amazing!

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★★★★☆

One of the best upscale Mexican restaurants I have been too! I am usually not a big fan of Mexican food until I came here! The calamari was so delicious and the jumbo shrimp and coconut was so amazing! I highly recommend this place for anyone who loves Mexican food, even though it is pricey the food is so amazing!

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This is a real Mexican restaurant, not Rubio's or Taco Bell. Candelas is a New York or Los Angeles quality place. Believe it or not you have to pay for quality food. He should move to LA, San Diego is a second tier city and does not have enough people who know quality food when they taste it. There are many rubes in SD, they probably wrote the other reviews.

I started with the Calamares Candela (Calimari) then had the Filete Tlalpan (Beef Filet), both were absolutely perfect. This is the only place in San Diego that can run with the Los Angeles places. This place is better than any LA Mexican establishment. I do not drink or eat dessert, so I can not comment on those.

If you are an educated person who wants to show someone an excellent time, this is the place to go! If your idea of Mexican food is burritos or tostadas, than stay away, go to Rubios instead.

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★★★★☆

This is a real Mexican restaurant, not Rubio's or Taco Bell. Candelas is a New York or Los Angeles quality place. Believe it or not you have to pay for quality food. He should move to LA, San Diego is a second tier city and does not have enough people who know quality food when they taste it. There are many rubes in SD, they probably wrote the other reviews.

I started with the Calamares Candela (Calimari) then had the Filete Tlalpan (Beef Filet), both were absolutely perfect. This is the only place in San Diego that can run with the Los Angeles places. This place is better than any LA Mexican establishment. I do not drink or eat dessert, so I can not comment on those.

If you are an educated person who wants to show someone an excellent time, this is the place to go! If your idea of Mexican food is burritos or tostadas, than stay away, go to Rubios instead.

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Mexican fine dining. We were greated at the front door by our host, Conrado Abundes, who then walked us to our table. I asked him to identify any dishes that he thought were note worthy, and his suggestions were on the money. The black bean cream soup, stewed with dark Mexican beer was as unusual as it was delicious. The first courses recommendations of "Callos Jean," scallops sauteed with Portobello mushrooms, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, lime and white wine, and "Estructura de Aguacate," Haas avacado stuffed with scallops, shrimp and crab, marinated in lime juice and tossed with parsley, tomato and onion and served with a basil and mango vinaigrettes, are both sophisticated, blends of texture and taste. The entree of beef filet, grilled and served over a green tomatillo sause, was an equal pleaser.

A nice bottle of red wine, dinner served at a relaxed pace, each dish well thought out, and particularly tasty...

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★★★★★

Mexican fine dining. We were greated at the front door by our host, Conrado Abundes, who then walked us to our table. I asked him to identify any dishes that he thought were note worthy, and his suggestions were on the money. The black bean cream soup, stewed with dark Mexican beer was as unusual as it was delicious. The first courses recommendations of "Callos Jean," scallops sauteed with Portobello mushrooms, onions, cilantro, jalapeno, lime and white wine, and "Estructura de Aguacate," Haas avacado stuffed with scallops, shrimp and crab, marinated in lime juice and tossed with parsley, tomato and onion and served with a basil and mango vinaigrettes, are both sophisticated, blends of texture and taste. The entree of beef filet, grilled and served over a green tomatillo sause, was an equal pleaser.

A nice bottle of red wine, dinner served at a relaxed pace, each dish well thought out, and particularly tasty...

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Innovative dishes with a great urban twist. Service is prompt and courteous. Best espresso outside of Miami.

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★★★★★

Innovative dishes with a great urban twist. Service is prompt and courteous. Best espresso outside of Miami.

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We had an early dinner there, the place is dimly lit, the entry bar is small but loungy. The bartender was really nice and made a great caipirinha's (brazilian drink). The dining staff was extremely polite, polished and welcoming. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the Placer Steak. Its a bit off the beaten path but worth it for some great food. THe music is loud enough to feel like a NY lounge but not like a club, Saturday night it was a house music.

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★★★★★

We had an early dinner there, the place is dimly lit, the entry bar is small but loungy. The bartender was really nice and made a great caipirinha's (brazilian drink). The dining staff was extremely polite, polished and welcoming. The food was amazing. I highly recommend the Placer Steak. Its a bit off the beaten path but worth it for some great food. THe music is loud enough to feel like a NY lounge but not like a club, Saturday night it was a house music.

Pros: Great Food!

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Our favorite stop in San Diego. Outstanding food, nice atmosphere, unique drinks and great service. We loved the black bean soup and the avocado/seafood app. My wife had the shrimp served over Ahi tuna and said it was outstanding. The lobster is also very good but the best item on the menu is the beef filet with tomatillo sauce. Amazing!

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★★★★★

Our favorite stop in San Diego. Outstanding food, nice atmosphere, unique drinks and great service. We loved the black bean soup and the avocado/seafood app. My wife had the shrimp served over Ahi tuna and said it was outstanding. The lobster is also very good but the best item on the menu is the beef filet with tomatillo sauce. Amazing!

Pros: So much more than just Mexican food. Amazing food and unique drinks.

Cons: I don't live in SD so it's not easy to go back.

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Great authentic margaritas. I was ready to order wine when the server talked me into their all natural (no high fructos corn syrup mix) high quality margarita on the rocks. It was fantastic. Then we reviewed the menu, the server said they were know for their soup, but they were all cream based and I try to stay away from too much cream, so we passed on those and had the stuffed calamari appetizer. It was pretty good but I like the italian style that my mother in law makes better, I was not fond of the rice texture with the calamari. We also enjoyed one of their pasta dishes which was exceptional, unfortunately I can't remember the name. Lastly, it is a little dark to read the menu but the service was fantastic. I highly recommend it.

2
★★★★☆

Great authentic margaritas. I was ready to order wine when the server talked me into their all natural (no high fructos corn syrup mix) high quality margarita on the rocks. It was fantastic. Then we reviewed the menu, the server said they were know for their soup, but they were all cream based and I try to stay away from too much cream, so we passed on those and had the stuffed calamari appetizer. It was pretty good but I like the italian style that my mother in law makes better, I was not fond of the rice texture with the calamari. We also enjoyed one of their pasta dishes which was exceptional, unfortunately I can't remember the name. Lastly, it is a little dark to read the menu but the service was fantastic. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Service & Great menu selection

Cons: Too dark inside

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You won't find chips and salsa at Candelas---this Mexican restaurant is unlike most in San Diego (or elsewhere in the U.S.). The alta cocina at this romantic downtown spot features indigenous Mexican ingredients such as nopales, corn,…

 

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