Posted on 5/2/2023 by LoriAnne

Top 5 Mexican Restaurants in Oceanside CA

If you're planning a family vacation to Oceanside, California, you'll be happy to know that the city has a thriving Mexican food scene. Here are our top 5 picks for the best Mexican restaurants in Oceanside, perfect for families on vacation.

  1. Anita's Mexican Restaurant

Anita's Mexican Restaurant has been serving up delicious Mexican food in Oceanside since 1975. With a family-friendly atmosphere and a menu featuring all your favorite Mexican dishes, this is a great spot for a casual family dinner. Try the carne asada burrito or the shrimp fajitas for a taste of Anita's specialties.

2. Colima's Mexican Food

Colima's Mexican Food is a family-owned restaurant that has been a local favorite for over 30 years. The menu features classic Mexican dishes like carne asada, chile rellenos, and pozole. Their star on the menu is definitely their gigantic burritos that are big enough to share (or not). There isn't a lot of available parking, but its central location in downtown Oceanside makes it a great walkable option for those staying in our rentals.

3. Frida's Taqueria

Frida's Taqueria is a small restaurant that packs a large punch when it comes to ambiance and taste. This is the perfect spot for those looking for an Instagramable back drop along with a delicious meal. The menu features tacos, burritos, and quesadillas with a variety of meats and toppings. You'll also love the large glass windows that allow patrons to see the taco masters at work, but please mind your drool. Don't miss out on the house-made aqua frescas that come in a variety of flavors, which are the perfect accompaniments to any meal.

4. Sancho's Tacos

Sancho's Tacos is a popular restaurant with a unique vibe that serves up some of the best tacos in Oceanside. You'll experience dark mood lighting, lounge style seating, and surprisingly, you will order from a large bus in the middle of the restaurant. The menu features a variety of meats and toppings, including carne asada, al pastor, and grilled fish. Their fish tacos are some of the best in town and are a perfect meal on your beach vacation.

5. Johnny Mañana's

Johnny Mañana's is a family-owned restaurant that offers a fun and lively atmosphere, perfect for a night out with the family. The menu features a variety of classic Mexican dishes like tacos, burritos, and fajitas, as well as some creative twists on traditional dishes. The portions are generous and there is always plenty of room on their large colorful patio for outdoor dining. 

There you have it - our top 5 picks for some of the best Mexican restaurants in Oceanside, California. Whether you're in the mood for classic Mexican fare or want to try something a little more innovative, there's something for everyone on this list. Enjoy your vacation and don't forget to indulge in some delicious Mexican food while you're in town!

Previous What Is Dredging/Sand Replenishment? Sunset Market in Oceanside, California: An Unforgettable Vacation Experience Next