Caliente - Kings Beach

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$30 and under
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Located in historic Kings Beach and just minutes from the waterfront, Caliente takes its name from its diverse family neighborhood surroundings. Caliente specializes in the flavor of the American Southwest and beyond. Think Santa Fe, or as we like to say, “Southwest, South”. Caliente, opened on August 3rd, 2007 after an extensive remodel, is one very important step in the revitalization of the Kings Beach neighborhood. Today, Caliente stands on North Lake Boulevard as the stunning example of the Kings Beach remodel in progress. We take great pride in our creation and our clean, casual and friendly atmosphere awaits your visit. Caliente offers an unequaled and unique variety of quality fun, food and beverage at affordable prices. Dining out is more than just a meal, it is an event based on value and a wonderful experience. Combine our meals with generous premium Margaritas and our famous signature drink, The ChupaCabra, and we have created a dining experience to remember.
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Y
Las Vegas
77 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chili Chile

B
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food we’ve experienced either here, Bay Area, and even Mexico!!!

BH
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Red snapper tacos, short rib flautas AND prickly pear margaritas were awesome!

BC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Asked for a specific type of liquor for a margarita, and was told they didn’t have it to later see it sitting in the back stock, ordered a Cadillac margarita, it was missing grand mariner and were terrible, too much sweet and sour mix, especially because I asked for light “skinny” margarita. (I know this all sounds picky but I promise you they were subpar margaritas.
I’m pretty sure the short rib flautas were made with a corn tortilla not flour- which makes it a taquito not a flauta. I’ve eaten here a few years ago and it was delicious. This time not so much. It was like eating at chili’s.

PB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very pleasant meal at Caliente. We were able to get a table upstairs so we could eat outdoors. Our waitress was very nice and provided us with excellent e food was fantastic. I think the guacamole in our appetizer had about 15 avocados in it!

NY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The food was sad. No meat in the tacos, and server never circled back to check on our food. The menu is sparse. Won’t be returning. 👎

LT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food. Upscale Mexican food. I enjoy the Fish Vera Cruz. This place is owned by the same owner as Garwoods. Both restaurants have good food, which I find is tough in this area.

ID
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service could have been better but the food and manager’s attention to our problem means we’ll be back
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TW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio overlooking the lake makes for a wonderful ambiance. Excellent service and decent food made it a memorable night with friends.

S
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Charging for chips and salsa is really cheap. If they want to make sure they don’t lose money on these items, increase the cost of drinks or entrees It just does t have a good look when u charge for what other Mexican restaurants serve gratis. Also bring back the Crab Cimichanga. Everyone in my group was disappointed it was off the menu. Otherwise food was great

L
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Unfortunately I have dined here a few times with a lot better experiences. We were a party of 8 and the service was way below standards. To be clear our food server was young and very energetic however the restaurant had a very off night. It started when we ordered drinks only half cane because they Elena out of glasses. Then the appetizer came Nachos which were the best of everything we ordered. I split a burrito which cane out like warm and the tacos ordered had meat that was clearly warmed through a microwave. We didn’t have napkins our cutlery for a while. Anyway we had to cancel a 2nd drinks order because it took way to long. Ohh well it’s 1 meal and I am sure it’s difficult to find staff that is reliable but I won’t be headed back here for a while!

IB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Reliably good! Fish tacos are excellent, so are chips and salsa and guacamole is outstanding. Fun place with a nice rooftop on the way to Incline for concerts etc.

JP
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was good for a big party... new managers went out of their way to ensure our experience was good.

MS
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Had been wanting to try this place for a long time. When we got there we had a reservation but walked past 6-7 ya Les that were dirty or hadn’t been bused. Thought that was odd. We were served quickly. Had the famous Chibacabra which was delish! My tacos were good as was the burrito. Our server was very sweet and quick.
I love mexican food, this was good not excellent

SQ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was way over priced for what it was. The drinks were good, but super strong, could only have one. Douchebag ambiance overall.

K
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Caliente offers a nice outdoor dining experience on their upper deck. However we were seated at a table with the sun going down, shining directly at some of our diners and there was no way to adjust the large umbrellas to counteract that. Our server was sweet but got our food wrong...and it took way too long. Our fajitas were not sizzling at all. A fair rating is the best I can give.

R
Detroit
92 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I left a conference to have a meal away from the crowd. I was happy that I did. The short rib taquito's and chile rellenos were both excelllent. The steak fajitas were good. The tequila was fairly priced. Overall, a very good experience!

PW
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Mexican food around the lake. The Shrimp Tacos and Wet Burrito were marvelous.

MS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

2 kids 4 adults all had dinner and 1 picture of Margaritas and it was 300 dollars. The food came out quick but it wasn't that good and the Margaritas sucked. Save your money and go to Taco bell.

f
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Food quality mediocre. Not all food was hot upon serving.

RJ
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was bland. Drinks were overpriced. Made a reservation to enjoy a baseball game and instead of seating us at a nice table in view of a TV in the restaurant, we were seated at a high top table in the bar area next to the entrance with a limited view of the game. We have liked Caliente very much in the past, but this experience makes us not want to go back.

PG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were an hour late due to an accident on the road, but they saved us our table. We did call in, but the cell connection was cut off in the middle. So we were happy about this place.
Food: decent food, decent price. We were there to celebrate a birthday, and the ambiance was perfect: celebratory and romantic for a group of 10.
Service: our waiter tried so hard! But he didn't get the order right & the wait time was rather long.
I think we would not likely to go back for a cozy dinner, but we would for a group gathering. Just need to make sure that nobody's terribly hungry.

m
San Francisco
98 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good location and decor. Service attentive but credit increased because we had 2 tired grandchildren! Were outside on roof bar, great with good weather. Food very good but a little pricey perhaps - no reason not to go.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was slow, food was incorrect and mediocre at best. They had live music in the corner which would normally be an added benefit . . . However, the female singer was unbearable to listen to. Tables all around us were making fun of it, it was so bad. Really distracting and made the whole experience unpleasant.

TL
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We eat st Caliente every time we visit King’s Beach. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is really good and we love sitting on the upper deck. We highly recommend Caliente to anyone visiting North Shore.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The spicy shrimp tacos were good. The flavor came through with the spice level. The guacamole needed a bit more salt and jalapeno for my taste but it was a nice chunky guacamole. The two top table couldn't fit 2 waters, 2 drinks and 2 entrees. The waitress moved our candle to make room for it all. You can't beat the views of Tahoe and the mountains when you're sitting outside.

TW
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful dinner on the outdoor deck. Told our server it was a special occasion and they treated us to churros and ice cream.

DJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal and experience was excellent!

NT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The churros were amazing!!

LV
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our group was seated quickly and attended well by server. Place was not busy at this time of the year. Spicy shrimp taco was good, fish tacos and steak fajita lacked seasoning and meat was tough. Entrees and drinks expensive.

TH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

James, our server, did an excellent job and he is an asset to Caliente! Great job James!

BJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant was mostly empty the night we went, so it was naturally quiet. The waitress was attentive, the food was good, and we enjoyed ourselves. I really liked the queso fundido.

JF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. The server was great we enjoyed our time we will come again

E
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food2service4ambience5

Drinks were good, ambiance great, and the food was just OK. Didn't come here for a 5 star meal so we left very happy.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly waiter. Good, quick service. Food was great. I loved the shrimp fajitas

OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a great atmosphere to celebrate a birthday. Portions were a little small for the price but honestly it was enough food.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sucked big time. Food and service horrendous

OT
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Caliente! The food is delicious, the vibe is always great and the servers and managers are the nicest people. Eat here!

D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious as well as the margaritas. It would be terrific to have the tortilla chips included with drinks and dinner.

D
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Tasty margaritas and delicious guacamole with chips. Upper deck is fun on the summer.

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