Seafood is the name of the game in Baja California, and lobster lovers should not miss out on Puerto Nuevo. Just a 35-minute drive from the border with San Diego, the fishing village of less than 200 inhabitants boasts dozens of lobster restaurants. Boiled lobster is available, but if you make the journey south you should try it the local way – pan-fried in lard, so the meat stays deliciously tender. Here’s a rundown of the 10 best places to eat lobster in Puerto Nuevo.
Never too far from the top of any local’s recommendation list, Don Luis Restaurant has become something of an institution in Puerto Nuevo. The laid-back seafood joint boasts an impressive menu as well as fast, friendly service. The specialty is, of course, lobster, and it is served Puerto Nuevo style: pan-fried with rice, beans and tortillas.
Expect to stand in line if you visit Restaurant Puerto Nuevo #1, this is without doubt Puerto Nuevo’s most popular eatery. The lobster is mouth-wateringly good, with soft and succulent meat in a crispy brown envelope. Unlike Maine lobsters, you’ll find these fried and clawless crustaceans very easy to eat. With its casual and cozy atmosphere, it is no surprise that the restaurant has achieved legendary status in the region.
This huge restaurant is hard to miss, not just because of its size but because of the giant brass shark sculpture located just outside. A little pricier than many of its rivals, the service, food and atmosphere at Villa Ortega’s are all excellent. With space for more than 500 people, the restaurant has three separate dining areas. We recommend sitting on one of the two large patio decks that overlook the sea, so you can enjoy the crashing waves or setting sun as you tuck into your fresh lobster dinner.
A premium destination for seafood, this charming restaurant offers outstanding lobster and gorgeous ocean views. The presentation and flavor of the dishes are first-rate and the drinks list is extensive. For first-timers in Mexico, the circulating mariachi band may take a little getting used to, but you certainly won’t complain about the food or the service.
This restaurant delivers an excellent gastronomic experience in a laid-back nautical-themed venue. We highly recommend the grilled seafood platter, which includes lobster, various types of shrimp, fish fillet, octopus, crab, guacamole, rice, beans and flour tortillas. The dish serves at least four and costs MXNS1,400 (US$74).
A must for seafood lovers, this eatery has established a reputation as one of the classier lobster joints in town. The restaurant boasts an impressive menu that includes lobster, shrimp and salmon and avoids any complicated sauces or pretentious fusion recipes. La Casa De La Langosta has a “keep it simple” philosophy and lets the excellent ingredients do the talking.
A neat little spot overlooking the ocean, Angel del Mar boasts a delicious and inexpensive seafood menu. Lobster, of course, is the highlight, but the restaurant also serves excellent shrimp and delicious freshly prepared tortillas. The staff are attentive and a live norteño band wanders from table to table offering musical accompaniment on request.
Over the past 32 years, this renowned seafood restaurant has become extraordinary popular with locals and regular visitors to Puerto Nuevo. Run by married couple Sandra and Lucho, the restaurant proudly blends Mexican and Mediterranean influences. As well as lobster, Sandra’s offers sea snails in a tomato sauce, another major delicacy on the Baja peninsula.
This laid-back, uncomplicated restaurant in Puerto Nuevo’s busiest neighborhood offers delicious, well-seasoned lobsters along with bowls brimming with beans and rice. Beloved by locals, the food here is very affordably priced. La Escondida also makes some of the very best micheladas in the region.
Step into this spacious ocean-front restaurant, pull up a chair and order from the impressive drinks list and menu. The traditional Baja eatery is a popular place for birthday parties and has a loyal clientele of regulars. The lobster here is fantastic and the prices are accessible.