Cafe Coyote Honored with “Best Mexican” Award at 2024 Gold Medallion Dinner

In a testament to its enduring legacy and consistent excellence, Cafe Coyote has once again clinched the prestigious “Best Mexican” award at the California Restaurant Association (CRA) San Diego Chapter’s Gold Medallion Dinner. This accolade, presented on June 25, 2024, marks the 21st time Cafe Coyote has received this honor in its remarkable 35-year history.

A Legacy of Excellence

Located in the heart of Old Town San Diego, Cafe Coyote has been a beloved culinary institution since its inception in 1989. The restaurant has long been celebrated for its vibrant atmosphere, exceptional service, and, most importantly, its authentic Mexican cuisine. Over the decades, Cafe Coyote has become synonymous with quality and tradition, attracting both locals and tourists alike.

A Night of Celebration

The Gold Medallion Dinner is an annual highlight for the CRA San Diego Chapter, bringing together the crème de la crème of the local culinary scene. This year’s event was no exception, with attendees enjoying a night of fine dining, networking, and recognition of outstanding achievements in the restaurant industry.

Cafe Coyote’s win in the “Best Mexican” category was met with enthusiastic applause and cheers from the audience. Accepting the award on behalf of the restaurant, owner Lehn Goetz expressed heartfelt gratitude to the patrons, staff, and the CRA. “This award is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our amazing team and the support of our wonderful customers. We are deeply honored and will continue to strive for excellence in everything we do,” said Goetz.

A Recipe for Success

What sets Cafe Coyote apart is its unwavering commitment to authenticity and quality. From hand-made tortillas to traditional dishes like carnitas and mole, every meal is a celebration of Mexican culinary heritage. The restaurant’s vibrant decor, featuring colorful murals and festive decorations, adds to the overall dining experience, making every visit memorable.

In addition to its culinary offerings, Cafe Coyote is also known for its warm hospitality. The staff’s friendly demeanor and attentive service create a welcoming environment that keeps guests coming back time and again.

Looking Ahead

As Cafe Coyote celebrates yet another milestone, the future looks bright for this iconic Old Town establishment. With plans to introduce new menu items and continue enhancing the dining experience, Cafe Coyote remains committed to maintaining its reputation as the best Mexican restaurant in San Diego.

In a city renowned for its diverse culinary landscape, Cafe Coyote’s repeated recognition at the Gold Medallion Dinner underscores its status as a cherished gem in the community. Here’s to many more years of delicious food, vibrant culture, and continued success for Cafe Coyote.


  • Mon-Thu: 11am-9pm
  • Fri: 8am-9pm
  • Sat: 8am-10pm
  • Sun: 8am-9pm

Phone – (619) 291-4695

Address – 2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110