Caliente - Kings Beach

4.4
356 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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4.4
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great dinner. We were served timely, the food was good, and it was an easy walk.

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vipSaundo
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very solid choice in King's Beach. Friendly wait staff and awesome margaritas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family came here while on a skiing trip to Tahoe one night for a break from cooking. Great service and great food. The best chips and salsa! Kids loved the menus and crayons. Tables well spaced for Covid. Tried three types of fajitas—all delicious. We’ll definitely come back next time we’re in town.

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NanM
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Children’s menu prices are ridiculous. $5.50 for 1/2 glass of milk and $15.00 for a tiny burrito. How about $9.99 for drink, entree, and dessert?
Food overall was much better. Hadn’t been in 3 years due to food quality and poor service.

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MattM
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the margaritas were the best ever! The food was pretty good and a little expensive for what you get. Overall, it was a nice meal and date night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great service. Food was ok, but we are picky with Mexican coming from Texas

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GJAF
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Servers tried hard and food was decent, but portions are small and prices are very high.

We spent around $230 for 3 adults + 3 kids, with only three Margaritas.

The strawberry margarita was something like $20 each, and the kids meal is $25 if you want a main + dessert, which is crazy for something like chicken fingers and ice cream.

This could be understandable in a high-end restaurant in a major city, but not a middle-class restaurant (no matter how hard they want to position themselves as high-end, they are not) restaurant in a small town, even if it is Lake Tahoe.

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vipEdward
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great and is my favorite Mexican place to go to. People are so friendly and fun, the food is good and the ambience is what you would want from a Mexican restaurant. Go there and check it out.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience5

We were celebrating 2 family birthdays - guess the restaurant forgot.

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LindaS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

It’s so over priced. I don’t mind paying if the food was good. The fajitas were mostly peppers. The guacamole had so much cumin that they took it off the bill. Now I understand why it’s not busy.

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JoAnneN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even during Covid, my husband and I were able to eat outdoors under some VERY nice and WARM heaters. It was February and cold! The food is great, the people fun and the environment welcoming.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great. Service was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was super helpful and nice really great experience!

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TedFred
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Any business that is willing to tell Gavin where he can stick it is five stars in my book.

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vipLynn
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our FAVORITE place in Tahoe! Wonderful food and our server was so great. We are so thankful they were open for in dining. Love this place!

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vipKAUS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Staff was so friendly

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JamieM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Enchilada Mole Chicken was unreal delicious!! Margaritas tasty too!! Every Tahoe visit we’ll drive here—food is incredible!!

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vipJessS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Lovely place for a casual meal. Service was great, drinks were delicious (try the Paloma!) and food was good overall. Fajitas stood out as great, while quesadilla was less impressive.

Had the outdoor heated patio to ourselves for most of our meal - just a lovely setting for a Covid friendly meal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nothing to write home about in terms of food cute cute ambiance.

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vipRyanS
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Loved driving 45 minutes each way only to find out this restaurant decided it wasn’t important enough to update their hours of operation and still took my reservation for a day they were closed.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant is not open! We made a reservation and drove 30 minutes to get there and discover they were closed. Very aggravating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
9 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant is closed entirely.

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ChristinaJ
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my dad's 80th birthday at Caliente and it was great. It was Sunday evening so it was quieter than usual. Our server (who's from Hawaii) was great and very friendly. The food was great, you have to get the guac and chips first! We all said that we have found new favorite restaurant at Kings Beach. We will be back soon. Thanks for a great evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

The Chicken Fajitas had NO flavor. No seasoning or taste. It was the most bland meal we have had. We had to ask for salt, pepper and salsa to eat it. SO disappointing.

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MattN
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food/drinks and even better service! Would highly recommend this spot for any occasion.

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vipPcmommee
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great staff, good margaritas, excellent Jalapeño Poppers, tacos and burritos were a little bland.

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Funnie
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable place with friendly staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good dinner. Friendly server

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vipGreatTahoedining
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love eating on the deck. Excellent margaritas, chips and guacamole. Love their chicken enchilada mole!

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vipMarianna
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place!

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vipBruce1111
Las Vegas
31 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Ok we would go back but nothing special . Beer was warm food was ok

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere dining on their rooftop patio. Delicious drinks and food, and friendly servers. Will be back 👍🏻

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos were great, the deck is lovely.

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NickandI
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat near the back of the deck to avoid the sun. It was delightful.
I felt that the protocols for distancing and cleanliness were excellent.
The food and drinks were tasty: vegetarian fajitas, margaritas, chile relleno
and tacos. Yum!
Nice to be able to get out with friends.

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vipEmmaS
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The shrimp fajitas are my absolute favorite. I don’t understand the negative reviews!! Everything we had was delicious and our server was very attentive and sweet. Margaritas were delicious too. The rooftop outdoor seating is cute too.

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OpenTable Diner
Mönchengladbach
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service & amazing food!

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vipDaniel
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I looked on yelp where to go for mexican food. The review looked good and so did the food. We ordered guacamole and chips and salsa. The guacamole I could smell it before I could taste it, it had a really strong odor of Curry, which is odd for Mexican food. The guacamole was $16. it was so bad we didn’t eat it. All of our other food came out. I’ve never had green rice at a Mexican restaurant. Both the green rice and black beans were cold. My husband and I shared the fajitas my daughter got nachos and my son got a kids meal. Which all came to $120. For nasty India/mexican food. Most of our food was left untouched and you could tell that the waitress could care less as she didn’t ask us if we enjoyed our food or for a to go box.

FAQs

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

Caliente - Kings Beach is rated 4.4 stars by 356 OpenTable diners.

Caliente - Kings Beach does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.calientetahoe.com/shop.html.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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