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A few steps away! //  A unos cuantos pasos! - Animalón, Ensenada, BCN

Animalón

4.8
4.8
504 Reviews
MXN500 and over
Global, International
A SEASONAL FINE-DINING RESTAURANT UNDER AN +100 YR OLD OAK TREE IN BAJA'S WINE COUNTRY, VALLE DE GUADALUPE. MEET CHEF OSCAR TORRES- Having worked under Michelin star chefs, chef Oscar a Los Angeles native, practices a globally influenced cuisine featuring plates inspired by the Mediterranean, 'Franco-Afrique,' India and Southeast Asia constantly changing and evolving to showcase the abundance of produce sourced from nearby farmers and markets. LOCATION VALLE DE GUADALUPE Tucked about 15 minutes inland from the port city of Ensenada in Baja California, Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico's emerging wine growing region. With about 100+ wineries producing world class vintages, the "Valle" (as locals like to call it), the region has been on the radar of every food traveler. Cheese makers, olive oil producers, animal raising farms, produce farms, winemakers, craft breweries, the prestigious seafood bounty of Baja waters, there is no wonder Baja is a chef's dream come t

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    664 375 2658

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

What 504 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Baja California

    Best Service

  • Baja California

    Healthy

  • Baja California

    Notable Wine List

  • Baja California

    Most Booked

  • Ensenada

    Best Service

  • Ensenada

    Fit for Foodies

  • Ensenada

    Healthy

  • Ensenada

    Notable Wine List

  • Ensenada

    Most Booked

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  1. M

    Mangare

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the greatest place to eat in the Guadalupe Valley. It is pricey but absolutely worth it. Especially now that the restaurant is back under the tree, it is also a very cool and romantic place to have dinner.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service, the ambiance was on point. Definitely an experience and a highly recommended one. We will be back!
  3. MD

    MagalyD

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hermoso lugarcito para pasar una cita con tu pareja comiendo delicioso y con un ambiente muy bonito.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service and food. Highly recommend. Beautiful setting too! Can’t wait to come back again.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Food at atmosphere were top notch. Very forward thinking menu. Plating was excellent. Greeted by a host that was eating at the host stand. Service was chaotic and the team seemed overwhelmed most of the night. Timing off the dishes was off and wine glasses sat empty for so long we needed to buy a bottle to Drink in between courses. This restaurant has a lot of potential but lacked leadership. Chef was not cooking and was having a cocktail and texting while his front of house staff was suffering. I didn’t like that at all. All of this said, if they can tighten things up and focus on developing a very eager to learn front of house this will be a special restaurant. The night we went however was not worth the LA Michelin price.
  6. MC

    MiliC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely exquisite. from the ambiance, to the service, to the food. it was one of the best dining experiences of my life. they were very accommodating when we requested a vegetarian tasting menu. a MUST if you are visiting valle.
  7. NB

    NormanB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    This place never disappoints. It was their first night since being closed from November to mid-June. A couple hiccups with service but it didn't a ruin our visit. There's something about dining under a 100 year old oak tree :) Executive Chef Oscar Torres is doing great things.
  8. MG

    MGLA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambiance, food, and location were great. Drinks weren't bad either. Just wish I had had room for dessert. Can't wait to be back!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comida riquísima, servicio muy amables y bueno, el lugar muy agradable, abierto y bonito. Regresaremos en un mes a probar los nuevos platillos
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent servers we very Attentive and very helpful as far as what to choose from all the great items they have highly recommend
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar, ambiente, personal y alimentos
  12. CO

    CORRADO

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic as always. A little disappointed that we are not under the oak tree yet, but the food and drinks made us forget about it.
  13. FM

    FernandoM

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Un restaurante que nos habían recomendado mucho como uno de los mejores del Valle de Guadalupe, pero quizá el día que fuimos no nos tocó tan buena experiencia. En general nos sirvieron porciones muy pequeñas, los platos no tenían un buen sazón y la atención del personal se quedó corta. Si tengo que decir que la tostada vietnamita nos la vendieron como la favorita de la casa y nos encontramos con una tostada que la mitad era repollo y hierbabuena, sin mencionar que no tenía un gran sabor por lo mismo. Creo que no regresaría en el corto plazo y por el momento no lo recomendaría.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Fuimos para mi cumpleaños. La comida estaba riquísima, pero el servició no tanto. Ya que vino nuestra comida casi no nos atendieron.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The restaurant cancelled our reservation without any notice and didn’t tell us! We drove over 30 minutes to get there and when we arrived they told us they were closed. No explanation. I made the reservation weeks in advance. We were incredibly disappointed.
  16. MZ

    MontserratZ

    Baja California

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Los alimentos sin sabor, falta de sazón. Había asistido hace 2 años cuando estaba debajo de un árbol y en esa ocasión los alimentos me parecieron espectaculares.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    According to the waiters, you’re a no Ted to
  18. PL

    PaulinaLC

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Excelente lugar, servicio y comida pero POR FAVOR!! Denle mas amor a ese pastel de 3 leches. Pan muy seco, chicloso. Entiendo que se debería suavizar con la leche pero no se logra. La ensalada de noodles espectacular.
  19. R

    Ryan

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    fantastic food and service. East to find and east parking. I rec the chefs menu
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Es un 100/100, comida presentacion y sabor espectacular, pedimos el gnochi, el pulpo, los noddles, los sopes de pato, el pollito rostizado y el postre de chocolate. Servicio excelente, todo el personal muy amable y simpatico. Volvemos sin duda.
  21. PG

    PaolaG

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excelente lugar para ir en pareja o con amigos, regresaría definitivamente.
  22. D

    Drewey

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire experience was wonderful start to finish. The staff was amazing and excited to serve and the food was outstanding. We did the chefs tasting menu which was 5 courses but the kitchen also sent out a couple of extras. The cocktails were all delicious too, we decided to take a break from wine after tastings and eating at a restaurant the previous night that was wine only. Nearby there is also an ice cream place and coffee shop. The grounds are nice to walk around and explore. Highly recommend.
  23. OP

    OctavioP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall excellent experience....
  24. MA

    ManuelA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Food was ok but nothing great, didnt understand the menu, from Thai, to Italian to Mexican, felt all over the place
  25. JM

    JulioM

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El mejor restaurante que he visitado, la comida deliciosa, exquisita, memorable, el personal amabilísimo es un imperdible Del Valle de Guadalupe!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Todo excelente Platillos 9.5
  27. CR

    ConnyR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La pasamos genial servicio y alimentos de 100!! Recomendado
  28. O

    Olguitabonita

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Animalon never fails! First time there at night, so pleasant! Mario is a sweetheart, he makes sure you feel spoiled. The octopus was amazing and so were the bao sopes. Thank you for the experience!
  29. CR

    CRes

    Mexico City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente experiencia. Todos los platillos con mucho sabor. El servicio de la Sommelier Bárbara fue genial.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Monterrey

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Algo fuera de lo ordinario. Increíble combinación de sabores.
  31. SF

    SandF

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was not aware that the restaurant environment would be indoors instead of outdoors under the tree. I was expecting to eat outdoors!
  32. GR

    GabrielaR

    Baja California

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Reservamos para comer bajo el árbol y estaba en remodelación .. así que fue muy desalentador.. aunque el servicio fue espectacular y la comida deliciosa
  33. JA

    JAVIERG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing place from the minute you walking. Service is impeccable overall. Food is outstanding the best, we did the 5 course meal totally recommended just the best! Definitely our favorite place we recommended 100 percent we wi continue coming always 😊
  34. j

    jackf

    Tucson

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    well, this is an incredible restaurant from so many perspectives. Food was A+ and different but easy. My wife and shared an entire red snapper and the only thing to make that better is if the staff had taken it off the bone,. No big deal as I have done this many times. We were at the NE corner of the restaurant with a view of the the mountains and vineyards. Incredibly romantic and cozy. This is maybe a perfect date night. Also, don't be timid on the appetizers. They are incredible as well. Just a great evening in Valle de Guadalupe. We will be back!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente!
  36. TI

    TITA

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A MUST TRY EXPERIENCE IN EL VALLE DE GUADALUPE.....
  37. CC

    CherylC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although Animalon is renovating and we couldn’t dine under the beautiful oak tree, the incredible flavors of each course did not disappoint. The chef’s choice was carefully thought out and every dish was divine, with the freshly made mushroom gnocchi being a favorite. We already made our next reservation for our 30 year anniversary where we will be celebrating under the oak tree.
  38. JJ

    JoachimJR

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great location and beautifull restaurant. Food was good 4/5 and drinks nice 4/5. Wine selection was good but pricey and unfortunately served quite warm. Quite a lot of flies. Would recoomend and go back later.
  39. AZ

    AnaZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the 5 course meal paired with wine. It was perfect. The wine enhanced every dish. This has been my best experience in dining in Valle de Guadalupe My friends were very impressed by the outdoor scenery decorated with beautiful flowers. The drinks were delicious. The staff was very pleasant. Definitely will be back.
  40. s

    sergio

    Mexico City

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to Animalon to celebrate her birthday. What a place!!! Food was ingenious and flavorful and Service up there where you expect to be. Not cheap but certainly worth the price

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Animalón is rated 4.8 stars by 504 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Animalón

Carretera Tecate-Ensenada km 83,Ejido Francisco Zarco Ensenada, BCN 22750

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Valle de Guadalupe

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu 3:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Regional Mexican (Baja Med), Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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