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Candelas on the Bay

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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1201 1st Street, Ste 115, Coronado, CA 92118
+1 619-435-4900
11:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 23:00
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San Diego
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 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.

1 Thank John C
Roanoke, IL
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128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 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!

1 Thank BradnCheryl
Hanover Park, Illinois
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2015 via mobile

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

1 Thank janettekamedula
Smyrna, Tennessee
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 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 

1 Thank weasel31
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2015

We had a group of 10 with a reservation. We walked into the back by accident. Someone pointed to the "check in desk" where we stood for a few minutes before anyone saw us (and it wasn't busy). The menu is a bit limited and quite frankly the food was ok at best, not alot of flavor. We had 2... More 

Thank Sheri S
Charlotte, North Carolina
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

The food here is not too bad, but the view is unbelievable. It is right after you get off the ferry and one of the best views in the San Diego area.

1 Thank Tom D
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33 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2014 via mobile

Had an awesome table with a view & a happy hour menu! Nice portion sizes, $4.95 per sangria, Delish street tacos and enchiladas. My waiter was so nice. Good kids meal. Service is MEH but with great ambiance and eats / we were not in a rush so enjoyed the pace. Great value and affordable for menu of choices and... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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159 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

I had high hopes, but it was average at best. Watered-down margarita, ok guacamole, and carnitas without a crunch. People watching was the most interesting part.

Thank Stacy M
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166 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2014

Candelas has a great view and people watching, but our recent visit for the all day happy hour was disappointing. The service was horribly slow--there were very few people in the bar area, but I had to go and ask the hostess to find us a server. The chips were bad, the salsa good. The white sangria, which had been... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

Found this restaurant while in San Diego on stopover from Hawaii. Great margaritas, salsa is spectacular, entrees all very good. However, not sure if it was because it was a Saturday night and busy - and they had a wedding reception going on in back room - but our waiter was SLLLOOOWWW to ever bring anything. That said, I highly... More 

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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
US$60 - US$80
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
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: +1 619-435-4900

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