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The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Puerto Nuevo
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The 10 Best Seafood Restaurants in Puerto Nuevo

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Updated: 23 November 2017
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.

Don Luis Restaurant

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Pan-fried lobster
Pan-fried lobster | © Barnaby Dorfman / Flickr

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.
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Restaurant Puerto Nuevo #1

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Pan-fried lobster with rice and beans
Pan-fried lobster with rice and beans | © T.Tseng / Flickr

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.
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Restaurant Villa Ortega's

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Restaurant Villa Ortega's
Restaurant Villa Ortega's | © Rob Bertholf / Flickr

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.
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Sun - Thu:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

La Casa Del Pescador

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Guacamole
Guacamole | © Rob Bertholf / Flickr

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.
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Siete Mares

Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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Pan-fried lobster
Pan-fried lobster | © Barnaby Dorfman / Flickr

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).
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Mon - Thu:
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sun:
9:00 am - 9:00 pm