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Welcome to Casa Gabriela! - Casa Gabriela, La Mesa, CA

Casa Gabriela

4.6
4.6
629 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Breakfast, Latin American
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 337-3445
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Gabriela Lopez
  • Catering
    Chef Gaby's cuisine is perfect for your next party!
  • Private party facilities
    The outdoor garden features two gorgeous private dining areas in addition to our cozy, indoor loft.
  • Neighborhood
    La Mesa
  • Cross street
    La Mesa Blvd at Allison Ave
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    2 blocks away from the La Mesa Blvd Trolley stop.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Mezcal Class Featuring Vago

    $50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 15, 2024 only
    Bring your dad on June 15th to Casa Gabriela and experience the world of mezcal with Vago Mezcal. Chirs Simmons and Maurice DiMarino, Beverage Director for CRG will lead you through an exploration of what makes mezcal such a unique agave spirit. Taste flights of Vago and some of CRG’s favorite mezcals.
    Mezcal Class Featuring Vago Photo

What 629 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Great for brunch

  • East County

    Kid-friendly

  • East County

    Good for groups

  • East County

    Healthy

  • East County

    Neighborhood gem

  • East County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Good for special occasions

  • East County

    Lively

  • East County

    Most Booked

629 Reviews
  1. JNix

    San Diego

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat on patio. For a date night . Love the place . Happy hour menu very yummy and drinks were fantastic. Left very full. Waiter Jeremy was fantastic. Miss seeing Mark . I guess he moved on . He was awesome waiter . Hopefully he’s still with Cohn restaurant’s. Jeremy was Johnny on the spot for our needs. Great service. Had the Flan for dessert.. omg unbelievably yummy! We shared the dish. Looking forward to go again and again this summer. Thanks for the great service, ambiance and food! 6/24

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  2. CheryllK

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first experience here and it went great! I came to celebrate a birthday w/ 2 girl friends and there was a perfect drink pitcher for us to split as well as amazing entrees and desserts! Definitely recommend the enchiladas mariscos suiza and cafe de olla flan. Plus our server was very patient and perfectly accommodating. Must try!

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  3. CrisNF

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the ambiance and decor of this place. Staff is nice. Manager says hello and checks. Server is nice, checks in often and responds quickly. Happy hour offerings are plenty (pls add more). Happy hour drink prices could be lower or add more flavor. Cocktails need a bit more liquor. Lower prices doesn't mean less add to the drink. But overall great and will invite more friends to come.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    good selection of food. guac and salsa is great, food authentic and rich. Wish they would ring back the Brussel sprouts though.

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  5. Meli

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ford and service was perfect! Amazing place for dinner and celebrations. Food was so yummy and the cocktails even better, great tequila selection. Will definitely be returning.

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  6. Tyrone

    Houston

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Casa Gabriela is always great. Great food, great service, and an interesting Tequila list that allows anyone to find a great reasonably priced. Gabriela blend of spices on each dish is very complimentary to each dish and each bite. Jeremy was our waiter this time and he was attentive and friendly. See you next time!

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  7. AnneG

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was excellent but the food was too salty. I usually enjoy a Cohen restaurant, but I will not be returning to this one.

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  8. Gloria

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. The entree that I ordered was very good. They give you a big portion for the value. From appetizer to the desserts , they were all very good. The decor and the atmosphere are pretty nice. The only thing is just the parking where it’s located. Overall I’m impressed and happy that we went there.

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  9. Airam

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Visited for happy hour. Good food, good drinks and great service!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the service was great and the food was impeccable. We always enjoy ourselves when we eat here. Chef Gabby’s food is always excellent.

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FAQs

Casa Gabriela offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 337-3445.

Casa Gabriela is rated 4.6 stars by 629 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 56 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Casa Gabriela

8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-9218

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    La Mesa Blvd at Allison Ave
  • Neighborhood
    La Mesa
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Breakfast, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Public transit
    2 blocks away from the La Mesa Blvd Trolley stop.
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Gabriela Lopez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer Garden, Dog Friendly, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (619) 337-3445
  • Catering
    Chef Gaby's cuisine is perfect for your next party!
  • Private party facilities
    The outdoor garden features two gorgeous private dining areas in addition to our cozy, indoor loft.
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