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About Caliente - Kings Beach

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.

8791 N. Lake Boulevard
Kings Beach, CA 96143
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

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

Cross Street:
Chipmunk

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(530) 546-1000

Website:
http://www.calientetahoe.com/

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.

Executive Chef:
Peter Brinckerhoff Chef - Thomas Nuti

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Best Happy Hour in Kings Beach! (Oct.-Apr.): Monday - Friday, 4:00pm - 6:30pm.

Tequila Tasting Thursdays- the first Thursday of every month at 5:00pm. Complimentary tasting and seminar.

ChupaCabra Thursday, nearly 50% off ChupaCabras every Thursday all summer! (May-Sept.)

Caliente - Kings Beach Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.4

service

3.8

ambience

3.6

value

3.2

Noise

Moderate

60% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Bar Seating (3)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Authentic (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Live Sports (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Three of us went for dinner, The youngest of us is 66 years old, so you might wonder why the very friendly server (a young man) called us “girls” throughout our entire meal! Some may think this is cute, I thought it was a bit offensive. We said nothing because he probably thought it was a compliment and he would’t have ”gotten it.”
Caliente has a nice enough atmosphere. It wasn’t loud and we were able to converse, which was refreshing in today’s restaurants.
One of us had a deep fried chile relleno, one had a trio of something and the third had fish tacos. The relleno was good. The tacos were so sweet that the individual had trouble even partially eating them.
Our pitcher of margaritas was pretty sweet and pretty watery. I would order either a higher end margarita or ask for a name tequila on the side or even some other drink, if there is a next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Waiter was inattentive. Food was overpriced. Good location. Nice facility.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Had steak fajitas which was mainly peppers and onions and VERY little steak

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We are regulars at Caliente and love the food and ambience and while our server was great this was the second time we had an extremely rude hostess. We had out-of-town guests with us who were also taken aback but the hostess's attitude and rude and condescending mannerism. Therefore, only three stars for service, our server deserved five but the hostess earned zero. It is a shame when this is your first impression of an otherwise great restaurant.

Tags: Tapas, Kid-friendly, Fun, Paleo Friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Music was way too loud; very difficult to carry on a conversation. My shortrib tacquito were as hard as a rock; must have been sitting in the kitchen for a couple of days; obviously not made fresh. We will not return!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Ok at best. Extra charge for chips and salsa, really? Good drinks but very pricey. Ceviche was tasteless and consisted of a whole avocado cut in half with a couple of tablespoons of the ceviche. Wife's chile relleno was not to her liking either. Not recommended.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Food took an hour to arrive. Also, despite us making our reservation well ahead in advance, they tried to stick us in a table outside in the rain for a party of 7, even though other covered tables were available. The hostesses were rude. We won't go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Very delicious food. Great fish tacos. Excellent drinks. Great service.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 14, 2017

I thought it was going to be better than it was:( we did get a nice seat overlooking the street...when we sat down, our waitress was nice, came back to take our order and we didn't have utensils or napkins.. asked to have candle on table lit( my daughters birthday), she never did..brought waters and a pitcher of margaritas.. we poured our own and she finally came back with utensils... my daughters meal and my grandsons came out a full 10 minutes (maybe 15) before the rest of us ( 4 more).. we finally told her to eat so it wouldn't be cold. When our dinners finally arrived they were just ok... didn't enjoy the meal, service dwindled as the meal went on.. they did acknowledge the birthday and sang and brought dessert.. the food was just not great:(

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 5, 2017

If you are not into real spicy food, stay away! Otherwise, the drinks are refreshing. Also, we didn't ask for chips and salsa but they put them on the table and didn't tell us we would be charged for them $4.00.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on July 30, 2017

My wife and I had a reservation for 6:15 pm Saturday evening and we were between 5-10 minutes late due to traffic. My wife checked in and was seated within a minute or two of her walking in while I parked our vehicle. Once I walked in and sat down it took 10 minutes for staff to come over and acknowledge us and pour water. We told the server that we were ready to order, he took our drink, guac and meal order at the same time. Ten minutes later he came back and told my wife that they did not have any more Pina Colada mix and asked her if she wanted anything else which she told him she did not and would stick with water. He left and returned about 5 minutes later with my drink and our guac or with some chips. (We never did get offered any chips and salsa like other tables upon them getting seated.) Our food order showed up 30 minutes after we placed it with the server, they appeared average on the busy scale due to there being 5 empty tables in our area that I counted while we waited. The food was ok, but the lack of attention by the server or any staff even to fill my wife's water glass was horrible as I had to stop the server and ask that it be refilled. After being there for over an hour we were done and when the server came by I asked for a to go container and the bill at once figuring it was going to be a wait to get it. My wife got up to use the restroom and I waited for the box and bill. She returned and I still did not have either until the server looked at me and realized he had yet to take care of either. When he brought both over I took them and looked at the bill just to verify accuracy. Good thing I did as the bill included $11 for a Pina Colada we did not get. The server returned and I pointed out the error giving him back the bill for correction before providing my credit card to pay. The corrected bill was brought back, we paid it and left without leaving a tip. I have never not tipped a server or written a review like this..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Chupacabras were alot sweeter than I remember from a couple years ago, but food was very good, and of course, deck atmosphere on a nice evening is fun, too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Our evening was great thanks to a very attentive server: Trevor. He was amazing. The food and drink was good. Trevor recommended the Thunderbird margarita and boy, he was right.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I made a reservation and when we arrived (party of 8) requesting outside/upstairs table, we were told that we needed to call in advance for that request and they weren't sure they could accommodate us. Finally after 5 minutes, they moved two tables together and sat us outside/upstairs. During our whole dinner, there were at least 6 other open vacant tables that could have seated us.

Come on - you haven't updated your menu, service is still has gaps. And you can't accommodate patrons who want to eat dinner?

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Best fish tacos I have ever had. Wonderful crunchy, salty tortilla chips and a super Margarita

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New England)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Really? Pay for chips and salsa with a $100 2-person check? Lame!!! And their very expensive drinks do not list prices.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 16, 2017

2 birthdays.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 12, 2017

This is a great restaurant for a large group. The food is delicious but a little spicy depending on your taste. We always order the guacamole, which is a treat. As far as drinks, you can't go wrong with pitchers of ChupaCabras.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Great location, especially upstairs on the deck. Food was good, service was okay. I'd go back, but just know that it's not authentic Mexican food. It's more tex mex with fajitas, sauces, etc. If you go, just know that service is not super fast or comprehensive. Perhaps we had a new server.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Delicious food, including avocado ceviche! chile relleno and sampler platter. Impressive tequila assortments; recommend any of the Margaritas. Our family enjoyed our meal on the front porch where it was quiet and picturesque.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Spicy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 4, 2017

The food was very poor quality. The service was also very poor. We did not get what we ordered. Not a good experience at all.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

of a party of 6 only 1 had a bad meal. do not order the refried beans, they look like they come out of blender, tasteless...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

I have been to this restaurant on several occasions and this was by far the longest I have ever had to wait once my meal was ordered. The management needs some sort of a backup plan for nights when they anticipate that it will be very busy

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We had reservations and were seated upstairs in a great area. Downstairs was maybe 2/3 full. Our food took forever and I mean 1 hour from ordering. Our server kept apologizing but it was a bit ridiculous and worse since we had 2 toddlers with us. The worst part was when the food arrived. Very mediocre at best. Rice was way under cooked, my wife's chicken mole was horrible, she only took 1 bite. My chicken fajitas were flavorless and my 18yr old son had steak fajitas and he said they were not good. Tortillas were room temp. Someone was not watching and managing that kitchen. Even though it may have been busy, food quality should never suffer. They knocked about $45 off the bill, 2 drinks and my wife's plate but it was still $165 for a not so good meal. The margaritas were really good and our server did a nice job (sorry I can't remember her name). Hostesses were a bit stuck up. Not sure I'd go back for the food.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Worst service ever. Multiple tables got up and left. Those who didn't were served wrong orders after waiting for hours. Would not fly outside of a tourist town.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on June 30, 2017

First time here. Excellent food, very good service, (Greg) made a reservation and asked for outdoor seating. It was honored. The portions are rather large. I had shrimp fajitas and for $23, it could have easily served 2 people. The wine choices were slim, and like most Tahoe restsurants, overpriced.
We would return

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Limited menu. Guess if you are looking for good food keep looking. Venue is hot and stuffy and the service is slow and non responsive.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 19, 2017

The upstairs deck is very nice and is a fun place to eat. It has plenty of large umbrellas so there is plenty of shade. The food is very good, and portions were very large (plan on taking some home). Also, our server was very friendly and efficient. This restaurant is definitely one of the best places to eat in this area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Very bad night for service. Waited LONG time for food. Were told it was the owners birthday party upstairs that night that was making the kitchen so backed up. Gee, thanks.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

We think the chefs and owners taste buds have been cauterized by the hot spices. There is a difference between spices added for flavor and spices added to burn. Too bad they don't get this. Even when asked to lower the heat, many foods are too spicy.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food was decent at best. I ordered a burrito and requested steak instead of chicken and there was $6 upcharge. The quality wasnt the worst, but for 2 entrees and a couple drinks, we paid too much for what it was. Will not be returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Always a phenomenal service. Great food. Great location. Though I do miss their variety salsa they use to bring to the table... what happened to that?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

The drinks were horrible. Who puts a margarita in a pint glass outside of Applebees?? Guacamole was cold, as if made hours earlier. Very disappointed as this place used to be better.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 7, 2017

High quality Mexican food is very good. My only complaint is the noise level. Seems to attract large groups of rowdy people that make lower decibel conversation difficult. Even the waiter had a hard time hearing our order. It is a ski town, though, so understandable. Happy hour is the best in Tahoe.

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

New Year's Eve dinner with s party of 8. Waiter's head was in the clouds (had to repeat requests numerous times), but otherwise decent experience. Food was very good off the main menu. Kids items were a little too plain... bummer!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2016

3 Large parties of 15 to 16 on each table next to our table was extremely loud and made our dinner very unpleasant. Love the food and our server was great and took our small table order first before his large 3 tables was appreciated. Squeezing 3 large tables all together around two small booths is miserable for the small tables. Have always enjoyed eating here but not much fun with the large groups. I will return because I love this place but hope the management limits how many large groups at a time in the future. Thank you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2016

The service was terrible. We were ignored for more than 30 min. No menu was given to us. the food is way to copious. You should not serve these huge portions that no one seems to be able to finish. Why waste so much food! You could do better with normal portions and better service. The bill was also way too high, although I don't mind paying good money if the food is worthwhile. We will not come back - sorry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The food is typical Americanized Mexican fare - tasty, but nowhere close to authentic. Very much like a Chevy's, but Caliente's atmosphere is nicer. Portions were way too much for one person, forcing a diner to either take it with them (difficult for the many tourists to refrigerate and re-heat) or leave it behind (wasteful, especially considering most entrees are $16-$18).

Service was mediocre - the server was pleasant, but not entirely useful. One of our 7 meals was not served along with the others. After 10 minutes of waiting, we had to flag down the server to ensure it was coming, got a blank stare, and then presumably left to inquire. Someone else eventually delivered the meal - no acknowledgments or apologies from anyone that the meal was so late that many of the rest of the party were nearly finished.

Would I return? No. King's Beach contains many other restaurants with better food, service, and value.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2016

good location with good views, but food not so great.
I can go back for some drinks for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2016

This was a fun place. However, both couples used different credit cards and both numbers were stolen. This is a serious problem. One credit card had a fraudulent charge of $3800 and the other card received a fraudulent letter supposedly from their bank requesting the cardholder to resubmit all their credit information.

Is there some way for Open Table to make sure this restaurant investigates the situation? Would love to be kept informed. We won't dine there again unless the issue is resolved.

Thanks, gail

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Authentic, Fun
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