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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Point of Interest
“The best mission in California in one of my favorite little towns in California.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“The #1 place in San Juan Bautista to eat! Excellent and authentic Mexican food w/GINORMOUS portions. I personally recommend getting 1 order of the chicken nachos - with 2 or more plates to split it. You'll all still go home full! And happy too if you wash it down with a margarita . . . ;-)”
  • 4 locals recommend
Food & Drink Shop
“Our local Windmill Market is a perfect spot to pick up some fresh sandwiches (made to order!) bakery items, snacks, beer or wine. Staff is super friendly and prices are reasonable. You can assemble a gourmet picnic and bring it to the tent to enjoy as you watch the sun set on our deck, by the fire. It's heaven!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Cafe
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“Local coffee shop that makes a mean cuppa joe. Great coffees, they grind there own beans right inside the shop, and they have one of the nicer patios in town. Relax, sip your latte, and grab a book from the book swap outside!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Church
“Mission San Juan Bautista is a part of United States history. A major part of the settlement of the American West, this landmark is worth seeing on any trip up the California Coast! The city of San Juan Bautista is also a great place for authentic Mexican Food.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“great piece of history, and see some of the props used in Hitchcock's classic film Vertigo.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Hard to beat a great burger, fries and a coke - old school glass bottle and all! Prices are a bit steep here, but at least the burgers are worth it.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“Basic home style Mexican cuisine. After you've tried Jardines downtown, this could be your next stop. Ole! ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bakery
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
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“I recommend the family style dinner, which comes with lamb stew, rice, beans, fries, salad and wine or coffee.”
  • 1 local recommends
Food
  • 1 local recommends
Point of Interest
Locality
“San Juan Bautista, is a Unique Historical town, it is like walking into the 17th, 18th century, you can be transformed in the spirit of the mission, the posadas, the habitants walking in the strees in the vintage clothing etc. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends