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Caliente - Kings Beach, Kings Beach, CA

Caliente - Kings Beach

4.0
4
530 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American
  • Hours of operation
    Bar (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 11:30pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 1:00 am Dinner (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Lunch (May - September) (Sat & Sun) 11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Phone number
    (530) 546-1000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gabriel Golden
  • Private party contact
    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366
  • Neighborhood
    Kings Beach
  • Cross street
    Chipmunk
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of on-site private parking, public parking, and street parking.
  • Public transit
    All local public transit drops off and picks up in front of Caliente Southwest South.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 530 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

530 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I took my girlfriend here and didn't realize it was Fish Taco Friday! We got a few raffle tickets by ordering off the Fish Taco Friday menu! We ended up winning a brand new snowboard! We had so much fun! We are definitely coming back!

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  2. RichardR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was great. Food was worse than awful. Food had zero flavor and was soaked in oil. The chips and salsa were the only redeeming part of the dinner.

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  3. SheriO

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Overbooked without enough waitstaff. We have frequented this restaurant many times and love this restaurant and the food is amazing but this trip was a 2 hour nightmare. Sorry Caliente!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    240 reviews

    3.0

    240 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was friendly and welcoming. The food was so-so. Guacamole, chips and a soup special were good, our entrees not so much. Huge portions. None of us finished our entrees. It was okay and convenient.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Great burger. Salsa and most mex dishes very mild (too mild for my taste). Generous portions. Family friendly.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful! Always wonderful and delicious! Great wait staff and management

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  7. MJCS

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had both dinner specials- the birria tacos and steak mole. Both were delicious!!

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  8. Dmarie

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Not sure I would try this again. Was just ok. Guacamole had a ton of oregano i think in it which gave it such an odd flavor. And the enchilada sauce wasn’t very impressive. Cute location and spot, but i think can find better mexican here

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  9. Bradyk

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I thought our server, Cindy, was perfect. Friendly, courteous, accurate, attentive. And the Host was fun with his own brand of humor and attentiveness as well. My wife loves chili rellenos and thought it was the best ever. Liked the shrimp taco. Thunderbird Margaritas.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing, our server was great, 10/10 all around!!

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff here is amazing 👏 food and drinks were great! Awesome veiw on the deck. We will be back!

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  12. EricM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food. Great service and ambiance. Our only complaint was that the food is overpriced.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! Tried the Birria Tacos, and they were to die for!!! I will be back!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice setting good food. Service staff were attentive and friendly.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty good. Staff was very nice and attentive. The atmosphere was peaceful. The food was good, but slightly pricey for the portions.

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  16. TerriP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, drinks were great and our waitress was lovely. Very prompt and attentive. It was a very nice dinner!

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  17. paisleygirl

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of us were dining. There were two other people seated at the time. We ordered chicken nachos, a chicken quesadilla, and two tacos (one chicken & one shrimp). Our server did not write it down but it wasn’t busy, so whaever. We received a pork quesadilla, a pork taco and a shrimp taco. The nacho order was correct but upon eating, there were several black hairs found in the dish. We stopped eating after the 3rd hair was found and upon some examination, we discovered at least two other black hairs. Unfortunate because it is a cool spot to go but not when you get the wrong order and have hairs in your food.

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  18. Fidel

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good vibe on the roof deck. Margaritas are tasty.

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  19. DonnT

    Sacramento

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I’ve wanted to try this place since it opened. My family loves Mexican food and was excited to try it. We made a reservation and arrived to find no where to check in. We selected an open table as there were many. We received no service. I finally flagged down a server and was admonished for not checking in. We were promptly moved to a different table (with no view). I shared that I do not eat cilantro and asked for options. The manager came over and told me they couldn’t offer me any options and mansplained that it is common in southwestern food that all dishes contain cilantro. He was uninterested in learning other ways I have eaten at Mexican or southwest places in the past and he again stated that ALL would have cilantro. Since I wasn’t able to eat there, we left and will not return.

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  20. DebbieW

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and drinks, reservations were easy and accommodating for 8 people. Service was fast

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  21. BuddhaBoy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Made a reservation for 7:00 and were seated early, 6:45. Sat at a table within 2-3 feet of another table where two women were sitting and talking about their lives... They were loud and rude, which had nothing to do with the restaurant, but something we were subjected to nonetheless. Food was good as my wife and I shared Fajitas, salsas were good, although a little too sweet for me... I also got an ala carte shrimp taco, which was good, but again, there was a pineapple salsa component that was again, a bit too sweet for me. Overall I'd recommend the venue as the food is good, the setting and ambience is nice (although kind of crowded) and it's apparent that the owners care about the food. It's definitely pricey like most restaurants "on the waterfront", but if you can afford a nice dinner for two at $80-$100 depending on drinks, go for it!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome servers, very nice staff who went out of their way to provide appropriate greetings

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  23. MeganM

    Portland

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was very expensive for the quality of the food. Not very authentic cuisine. Children’s menu was disappointing expensive food charged extra for a drink. 17-20 bucks is a bit much

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  24. Dottiewyo

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great dining experience at Caliente. The setting was nice and the food was very good.

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  25. KristineM

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was good. The patio upstairs was comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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  26. LynseyC

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was hilarious, the food was delicious.

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  27. SaraR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were from all over Europe, so their accents were cool to listen to. Very friendly and good food. The top deck was very nice! Would go again! Salmon was great!

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  28. SandiB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, great service, and loved sitting on the deck for a wonderful summer eve dinner. Our server was excellent. Will definitely go back!

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  29. DeborahO

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We got to eat on the patio, which is lovely and shady. 6 of us shared 3 orders of fajitas and it was plenty, with some to take home.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! We almost didn’t go based on the low star rating but it should be a 4 star rating. Great atmosphere sitting outdoors and the salsa was super yummy!

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  31. Rich

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve been to Caliente many times. The quality of the food has gone way down. I had their popular fish tacos that tasted like they came off a production line instead of a nice (expensive) restaurant. The breading on the fish was thick, greasy and cold. Yuck. We had 9 guests who also said they would pass on Caliente next time. I was surprised to see how few people their were on an expected very busy July 6. Sorry Caliente. Not sure we will return.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was friendly and patient. Once again, a great meal at Caliente.

    1 person found this helpful

  33. Grndno2000

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Overall the food was mediocre for the price we paid. Disappointed.

    2 people found this helpful

  34. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and ambiance. Would come back again!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful waiter that was very conscientious and professional. When he was made aware of my shellfish allergy, the manager came to our table for a consult. It was our 50th anniversary and the restaurant gave us a free dessert, which was unexpected. A very nice celebration for us! The hostess even wished us happy anniversary on our way out.

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  36. NotHyding

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went in as a large group with a reservation. Our group able was ready upon arrival. The staff was attentive to our needs and the meals were delivered in a reasonable time frame. All parks members enjoyed their meals immensely.

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  37. DeeB

    Atlanta Metro

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Okay Mexican food. Can bring much more authenticity to the food quality and taste.

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  38. Chris

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great place to spend Mothers Day. The food and the service was excellent.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a great place to celebrate any special occasions. The restaurant itself was really nice.We book a reservation at the time that it said that it’ll closed, we were a little skeptical of arriving and not being able to get attended but the host was very sweet and helpful. Nobody was in the restaurant except my party, which was great since it was my sister birthday. The host made sure to give us a great experience overall.

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  40. AndreaA

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 2nd visit to this restaurant and it was just as good as our first experience. Fresh chips and yummy guacamole. Delicious tacos and outstanding service. What more do you need!

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FAQs

Caliente - Kings Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 546-1000.

Caliente - Kings Beach is rated 4 stars by 530 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Caliente - Kings Beach

8791 N. Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA 96143

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Chipmunk
  • Neighborhood
    Kings Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Bar (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 11:30pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 1:00 am Dinner (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Lunch (May - September) (Sat & Sun) 11:30am - 5:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    There is plenty of on-site private parking, public parking, and street parking.
  • Public transit
    All local public transit drops off and picks up in front of Caliente Southwest South.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gabriel Golden
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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