A Baja restaurant and tequila bar with two locations. One in the heart of downtown Encinitas and our newest location in the Pacific Highlands of Carmel Valley. DxT is a place of delicious contrasts. Of food without borders that tells the story of our shared coastline: its vibrant cuisine, the surf culture, the rebellious spirit. Where a come as you are vibe provides the backdrop for playful, experimental dishes that burst with color and elevated flavors. Where locals gather after dark to sip handcrafted cocktails and savor a Smugglers List of fine tequila and mezcal you won't find anywhere else in San Diego. La vida es corta (life is short), surrender to its pleasures. With bountiful Baja as their muse, our team of chefs create exciting tasting-style menus using seasonal local produce. Our pasión for the freshest, organic ingredients is such that we handpick from each day. Every dish is inspired by authentic Baja ingredients, but retold in daring, unexpected ways. Join us and let us transport you to your own private slice of Baja.

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Both times I have visited Death by Tequila have been great. The service, drinks, food and atmosphere are always outstanding! You can't go wrong with any of their signature cocktails or margaritas and their tacos are my favorite thing on the menu. This is now my go-to spot for dinner or happy hour!


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