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Cafe La Especial

Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
+52 664 686 6258
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good37%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (3 reviews)
“al vapor” (2 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 22:00All hours
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

I've been a customer at La Especial since I was a 7 year old boy in 1956...when they used to be located below Revolucion Ave in an arcade. Although some items on the menu seem to have gone downhill in preparation, their tacos are still...More

Thank Rogeopirate
Reviewed 25 September 2017

This is a Tijuana Iconic restaurant. It started at the Historic Revolution avenue. The new place is very nice and kinda rustic. We go here for breakfast mainly and all the food is very good with large portions. All the sauces, beans and rice are...More

Thank Arturo S
Reviewed 22 November 2016

This restaurant is the one thing I wish I could bring back to the states. The food is incredible. They also have this bean broth that will make your heart sing. GO HERE!

Thank Madeline M
Reviewed 3 May 2016

Stopped by to get a hearty, inexpensive lunch for our family while we were visiting TJ for the day, and we made the right choice. The tamales are a delight. The place has a nice cozy atmosphere, and the service was really good too.

Thank DaniaZahir
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Soooo good. A local turned us on to this place and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere, the food, the service and everything in between. Authentic Mexican food with lots of flavor and very reasonable. 4 of us ate for $28 US$.

Thank goofynat
Reviewed 26 July 2015

This place has been here for ever. Great local Mex. foodof all types. Not a gourmet place. More of a authentic dishes. Centrally located. Good for aquick breakfast..lunch or dinner.

Thank bajajulio
Reviewed 14 July 2015 via mobile

Cafe la Especial has been a family favorite and traditional visit since I was a child in Tijuana. I was surprised to hear of the newer location nearer to Aguascalientes but delighted to see the same decor, relics and menu as the one on Revolución....More

1  Thank opoverseas
Reviewed 16 March 2015

Great Tacos, easy, cheap and fast service. For Breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can be there at anytime.

Thank caafi3
Reviewed 20 August 2013

The famous walk in restaurant downstairs is gone but the window on Ave.Revolucion is still operating. They serve Tacos al Vapor, two corn tortillas stuffed and then steamed like tamales. They are unique and delicious. Each one contains a prepared meat stuffing (al Pastor), a...More

3  Thank daddyoSouthernCA
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Made a trip here in late June and it was closed. I had been here twice before and was looking forward to eating here on this visit. It looked like it was long gone...only a take out Taco Stand still exists here.

1  Thank Robert B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boulevard Salinas 3600, Tijuana 22420, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Baja California  >  Baja California Norte  >  Tijuana
  • Phone Number: +52 664 686 6258
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