Mexican restaurants from Big Sur to San Francisco

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 5 days. Starting from Big Sur, you can leave at 4:30 pm and drive for about 30 minutes to the first stop.

Dolores Street,
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
(831) 250-7005
$$
  719 reviews
Mexican restaurants
5pm to 8:50pm
Day 1. Arrive at 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
600 Cannery Row
Monterey, CA
(831) 373-0611
$$
Arrive at 7:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
1257 Fremont Blvd
Seaside, CA
(831) 394-8320
$$
Day 2. Arrive at 7:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
7902 California Hwy 1
Moss Landing, CA
(831) 633-3038
$$
  828 reviews
Mexican restaurants, Seafood restaurants
12pm to 6pm
Arrive at 9:30 am. Explore the area for about 2½ hours. Double check the opening time of 12:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
618 Main St
Watsonville, CA
(831) 728-9080
$$
  347 reviews
Mexican restaurants
9am to 9pm
Arrive at 2:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
261 Center Ave
Aptos, CA
(831) 688-4848
$$
  748 reviews
Mexican restaurants
Arrive at 4:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
139 Water St
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 469-7685
$
  1226 reviews
Mexican restaurants
9am to 11pm
Arrive at 6:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next morning visiting local attractions and leave at 11:30 am. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
1336 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA
(831) 425-7575
$$
  911 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11:30am to 10pm
Day 3. Arrive at 11:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
18 Victor Sq
Scotts Valley, CA
(831) 439-9803
$
  185 reviews
Mexican restaurants
8am to 9pm
Arrive at 1:40 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
2041 Woodard Rd
San Jose, CA
(408) 369-9559
$$
  876 reviews
Mexican restaurants
10am to 9pm
Arrive at 4:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
140 E San Carlos St
San Jose, CA
(408) 298-5335
$$
  3559 reviews
Mexican restaurants
7am to 3am
Arrive at 6:20 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next day visiting local attractions and leave at 3:40 pm. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
2020 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
(650) 938-2020
$$
  1374 reviews
Mexican restaurants
4pm to 8:30pm
Day 4. Arrive at 4:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
240 Villa St
Mountain View, CA
(650) 968-1364
$$
  861 reviews
Desserts, Mexican restaurants
5pm to 8pm
Arrive at 6:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. Spend the next morning visiting local attractions and leave at 11:40 am. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
1772 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA
(650) 679-8141
$$
  1594 reviews
Mexican restaurants, Seafood restaurants
12pm to 9:30pm
Day 5. Arrive at 12:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
365 S B St
San Mateo, CA
(650) 343-4123
$$
  2066 reviews
Mexican restaurants
10am to 8pm
Arrive at 2:10 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
411 Grand Ave
South San Francisco, CA
(650) 589-5881
$
  713 reviews
Mexican restaurants
7am to 7pm
Arrive at 4:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 20 minutes.
2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 824-7877
$
  5165 reviews
Mexican restaurants
Arrive at 6:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.

Reach your destination in San Francisco around 8:50 pm after eating at 17 restaurants over 5 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 2½ hours driving roughly 141 miles straight to San Francisco. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Mexican restaurants, Breakfast & Brunch, Seafood restaurants, Desserts, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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