Romesco
Romesco

Romesco

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://romescomexmed.com/
  • Phone: (619) 475-8627
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Saturday: 2:00pm - 5:30pm - Sunday: 12:00pm - 5:30pm

    Dinner

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Spanish, Mediterranean, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jorge Gutierrez
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Paella Catering
  • Private Party Facilities: Parties of 50 or more in Tapas bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Karla Espinosa 6194758627
  • Entertainment: Wednesdays "Pasta Night" Live Italian Accordion Music

    Saturdays "Flamenco Music" in Tapas Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Billy Casper Way
  • Public Transit: MTS Route 705 available weekdays.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Shopping center has ample parking available.
A word from Romesco
In the search for alternative gastronomic latitudes, a new restaurant opened its doors at the Bonita Commercial Area in San Diego. Romesco Baja Med Bistro started operations at the beginning of March 2006.
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Romesco reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (23)fit for foodies (20)special occasion (18)romantic (11)great for lunch (11)good for groups (10)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Love the Tapas and cucumber martini!
    YumyumVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I go often and find it consistently pleasant and enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed!
    Hungry4life
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Always love coming here. The food is very flavorful and there is always something different going on every night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoy our experience here
    MJSanDiego
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We've gone several times as a couple or group and always had a great experience. Food is outstanding and the service is wonderful. We will definitely return as much as possible. Live music was nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!...Medicore Service
    EpicureReViewer
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Location is in a strip-shopping center in a hard-to-find location in Bonita (or is it Chula Vista). This is not Mexican in the Cal-Mex sense. It is so much better than that with its emphasis on Mex-Mex and Mediterranean food. The subtle flaors and sauces are memorable. It is served in more of a noisy bistro atmosphere than the sister restaurant Mision 19 in Tijuana. Service is pretty average. Our server did not even know the restaurant was owned by the same people who created the remarkable Mision 19 in Tijuana. The servers (not necessarily who you started with) seemed to rush in and breathlessly serve the food. Being in a hurry does not match the quality or caliber of the food but it's worth tolerating for the remarkable food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    Jlopez
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We went on a group from work, and overall I think is a really good restaurant, the food was great and they have a really good hospitality.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was very good, but the service was great. keep it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NgeB
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My husband and I have frequented Romescos. We have always had an enjoyable evening and have enjoyed our meal every time. This evening the server was friendly and conscientious. Unfortunately the food was very salty for my taste. I had to have the server take it back. Despite that my husband and I had a nice evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place, superve service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love this place, great atmosphere and helpful staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great BAJ-MED Cuisine
    Cachysss
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you never travel to Baja ... this is the great experience of a little demo cuisine from BAJA
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Enjoyable atmosphere. Wenesday past night is wonderful!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No dessert!
    tomatoes
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent food, as always. However, this time we were disappointed that we were unable to order dessert. We were told that the kitchen was closed, even though we were finished with our dinner before closing time. Any diner who is seated and served should have access to dessert as well!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Change
    doctord
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Menu is different than most Mex/Mediterranean restaurants. Food is well prepared and presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never coming back!!!
    etLyannaVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    went here with my husband with very high hopes because of 4-5 star reviews but we were very disappointed. 1st they gave us a glass of water with lipstick mark on it, we got no apology or whatsoever. 2nd the food was just OK, i was even wondering why they call their paella award winning. 3rd the service was terrible, i would understand if the place was too busy that night but sadly it wasn't. i don't mind paying $$$ if the place or food is worthy but this place is definitely not. never coming back. i will warn and not recommend this place to anyone i know.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious restaurant
    Tereluvsu
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We loved the food and ambiance. We can't wait to go back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beavesbistro
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    All the good reviews I've read are spot on. I could not have been happier. Excellent service -- friendly, attentively responsive, but not overbearing. Food choices were incredible. A nice mix of tapas and main dishes. Subtle fusion of Spanish and other with Mexican foods, imaginatively honoring flavor profiles of each tradition. Not trying to be different, just for the sake of being different, what I call truly innovative culinary creations. The only other thing I can say further to recommend it, is that I'll return, because there were many dishes I want to try.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch with a friend
    Mickey
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I had been to the restaurant before, but brought a friend to try it out because I thought she would like the place. She loved it. The food was amazing, as always. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Night out with friends
    Debbie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have been there many times and I always enjoy their tapas, it gives me a chance to try a little portion of several of their items. My friends and I enjoy coming their for their Tamarindo martinis. The atmosphere is great and if you want it a little louder they have a bar with live music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paella?
    sweetie
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The tapas were fine, the service was superb BUT we are paella fans and we were very disappointed in this paella. My advice is to order something else when visiting Romescos.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 78 reviews are from the Romesco reviews archive.
  • The real thing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Excellent mexican food. Loved the tuna tostadas and the short rib tacos
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent meal at Romesco
    RowwrVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We went to dinner with friends here after hearing good reviews of the food. Overall the meal was good. Our dishes were tasty. Although my chicken was dry. The filet is a good dish, but ask for it to be cooked one level less than you normally would as they overcooked ours. Also the caesar salad was swimming in dressing. For a place that comes across as more fine dining, they used thick beige diner china. Bright white is the current standard. Plus we were seated at a small table. Very difficult to fit 4 bread plates, 4 dinner plates, water glasses, wine glasses, S&P shakers, oil/vinegar cruets, etc. Not to mention the tapas we ordered. The wait staff were constantly joking with each other and loud . Like eating at Chili's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romesco great Ingredients & flavors
    Karlasen
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Im a Big fan of all of Javier Plascencias restaurants, one of The most valuables chefs in mexico. Romesco offers great Ingredients with Mexican flavors in a casual menú That is great for lunch & diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Hungry4life
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I go here a lot with my husband. We love the tapas and the service is great! We have always left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular
    JacktheGraduate
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Our Mother's Day lunch at Romesco was flawless. We ordered everything off the tapas menus, and every one of the dozen or so was just incredible. The service was on point. We had to order dessert, and they did not disappoint either. A wonderful experience all the way around. We will return. Highly recommended!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romesco's--Believe the Hype!!
    Tasterschoice
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Romesco's has been getting some very good press lately--in CityBeat, etc.--and in our opinion it is fully deserved. We have eaten here at least four times and never been disappointed. We generally get tapas and the combinations of things and sauces have real depth. For my money this is the best Mexican (and I know it is only part Mexican) restaurant in San Diego County!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Took a group of people to Romesco for my wife's birthday. The setting -a strip mall (ugh) was a little off-putting, but once inside the restaurant, it is easy to forget the location. Hector, our waiter, was efficient and professional and very polite without being overly friendly or pushy. He was familiar with the menu and was helpful with tapas and wine suggestions. All of the food was very good, with interesting flavor combinations and very well prepared. The dining atmosphere is casual, but with a European feeling. There was no effort to hurry our meal or to give us a sense that we were taking too much time. Prices are very reasonable for the food and service. All in all, we are very impressed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Food is always good but sometimes service is bad when they are too busy. It takes a long time for waiter to come back. But it is not all the time only when they are busy.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Tapas!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Lots of excellent choices if tapas and the tomato soup is now my favorite in town! The tostada with fresh tuna is a must! Super fresh and vibrant. We had to order another it was so good!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service!
    Chad
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My second time to Romesco and have to say I can't wait to go back. Our waiter was great and we basically put down the menu and asked him what he would have. Each item he brought out was wonderful. Before we knew it we had been there for almost three hours and didn't once feel like he was rushing us. The food is fantastic and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food. Think I have found my weekly dinner out!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican wine
    hikitam829
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I've visited Romesco twice recently, but I couldn't make order the Mexican Wine, 'LA,Cetto Nebioro', which I like most, due to out of stock. I'd appreciate if Romesco can prepare it for the next visit, thank you. by Sam Otaki.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great example of BajaMed
    RanchoDelReyFoodie
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Excellent food. Very creative Menu reflecting good BajaMed items. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sugerencias....
    Miriam
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    no me lo tomen a mal....el lugar es muy agradable... buena presentación en los platillos. ........pero nada de lo que probamos me impacto....la única razón por la pienso volver es por disfrutar del show de flamenco. Para mi gusto, aunque es muy callado.....bien valdría tener música de fondo en un volumen que te permita seguir conversando.... Miriam Glez
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great
    Caryn
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We love this place and go often. Service is great and they don't male you feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely worth a try
    Json
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Sunday menu is moderately priced for the level of quality you get. I ordered the lobster ravioli and was not disappointed. About the only thing that keeps Romesco from getting 5 stars was that it took a little too long to get my food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    Mickey
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I would eat here again and again. I had a Deal Certificate to try the place out....they will get my continued business. The food was excellent. I had the Braised Short Rib, my fiancé had the Fettuccine and his sister had the Lobster Ravioli. All were excellent. The bread is fresh and chewy as a good baguette should be. The salad was good, as well. The place is beautifully decorated and small enough to be considered quaint, but it has definite expensive bistro vibe without feeling pretentious. If you haven't been...GO! NOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trek from SD
    Sara
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    I love Romesco and try new things every time I go. This last visit, the service was fantastic, as usual. The escabeche tostadas are outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Bistrot
    SepaloVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    An unusual experience when transpassing the door. Either Mexico City or Madrid or both, everything we tried was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    KMM80
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Really nice ambience! The food was delicious and our waiter was very polite. We had a fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Redemption in the South Bay!
    DineOBites
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Romesco's is such a gem to our South Bay. We love just about everything about it and we appreciate how they are so family friendly with a simple menu for kiddos, but it's the parents that definitely benefit from all that is tasty here. Great wine list! Cocktails run on the sweet end for this diner, but otherwise, it's fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why only NOW
    Benny
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We been to Chula Vista since 2010 and never occurred to me that we have this kind of restaurant that I can always come back because of greatness of food. Recommended must go to this place!!! Awesome food...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food
    Ern103
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good but they didn't have the Paella that I wanted. The spaghetti was a lil dry compared to other times we visited. The service was to slow at the beginning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet