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Restaurant interior, 2019
Caesar's salad at Caesar's restaurant, 2018
Restaurant exterior, 2019
The bar, 2018
Building exterior 2019

Caesar's is a restaurant on Avenida Revolución in Tijuana, Mexico, famous as the home of the Caesar salad.[1] Restauranteur Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, opened the restaurant in 1923,[2] and it is now under chef Javier Plascencia, leading chef of Baja Med cuisine.


The original Caesar's bar and restaurant was first opened in an alley in 1923, and its salad became famous after its reported invention on July 4th of the following year.[3][4] Julia Child said that she visited the restaurant during her youth in 1925 or 1926.[5]In 1926 it moved to 2nd Street, and a year later it moved to its current location at the Hotel Cesar on Avenida Revolución Street between 4th and 5th streets. Cardini bought the hotel and restaurant in 1932.[6]

Following a huge reduction in U.S. visitors to Tijuana after 9/11 and subsequent long border wait times to return to the U.S., the restaurant closed in 2009, due to debt.[7] Javier's brother Juan Plascencia renovated the restaurant and reopened it in July, 2010, with a luxurious art deco interior reminiscent of the 1920s.[8] In 2017, the San Diego Reader called it the "classiest joint in Tijuana".[9] Waiters prepare the "original" Caesar salads tableside.[9]

Armenui Evakian, Cardini's granddaughter, is the current owner of the restaurant and hotel, which was featured by Andrew Zimmern in his Travel Channel television special The Border Check.[6][6]


  1. ^ Khan, Sarah (6 February 2018). "Through a Tijuana Turnstile and Into Tacos and Tortas" – via
  2. ^ "Cesar Cardini, Creator of Salad, Dies at 60". Los Angeles Times. November 5, 1956. Caesar Cardini, 60, credited with the invention of the Caesar salad, died [...]
  3. ^ "We Can Thank Tijuana and Prohibition for the Caesar Salad". Food & Wine.
  4. ^ "Zagat".
  5. ^ Lacey, Marc (21 October 2008). "Wary Tourists Toss Aside a Chance to Taste History" – via
  6. ^ a b c "Tijuana's Last Days of Bullfighting". Roads & Kingdoms. 7 November 2017.
  7. ^ Bramen, Lisa. "Hail Caesar—The Birthplace of the Famous Salad Closes". Smithsonian.
  8. ^’s-restaurant-springs-back-to-life/
  9. ^ a b Rudkus, Sammi; Aug. 5; 2017. "Arguably the classiest joint in Tijuana".