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Updated 05/16/2014

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The scents and flavors of imaginative Mexican cuisine with a European flair permeate this handsome, romantic restaurant and nightspot in the shadow of San Diego's tallest residential towers. Candles glow everywhere around the small, comfortable dining room and lounge. Fine openers such as black bean soup and greens with sautéed tomatoes give way to main courses like salmon stuffed with Brie and crab meat. Drinks are half price during happy hour from 5 to 9 pm Sundays

through Thursdays and 5 to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Restaurant Information


416 3rd Ave., San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 05/16/2014


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Feb 11, 2005


We were captured and enchanted with the the decor, the food and the service.

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Jan 24, 2005

Run away from Candelas

In a word, bad. Don't review or taste, just don't go. Bad food, below average service in a dirty old building in need of repair. Take your money and RUN!

By Laura

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Jun 24, 2004

Great Food in a Hip Space

Really wonderful food and perfect service. Our meal was timed perfectly and we had the luxury of enjoying the inventive dinning space. The only problem was slightly overcooked shrimp, but it was a minor flaw on an exceptional evening.

By Rich

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Nov 22, 2001

Awsome seafood

Candelas is one of the five best restaurants I have ever eaten at. I odered the Red Snapper a tradionital Latino dinner. The snapper was tender and very tasty. It was the best I have ever had. We odered a special appetizer aritchoke hearts stuffed with various seafood. It was very tasty and a very creative dish. This was by far the best Mexican food I have ever had. The Mexican Chardonnay was also superb.

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