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

Casa Gabriela

4.6
4.6
571 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 32 times today

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

What 571 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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

    Good for business meals

  • East County

    Good for groups

  • East County

    Healthy

  • East County

    Hot spot

  • East County

    Neighborhood gem

  • East County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Lively

  • East County

    Most Booked

571 Reviews
  1. BobC

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Jeremy was outstanding. Carnitas very good. Bar service very slow and they serve salad olives in Short poor Martinis. Cohen’s can’t afford Queen olives like everyone else while charging full retail for drinks. Surprise 5% surcharge on the bill. Tacky Cohen’s. Bob and Teri, La Mesa

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  2. Nora

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely eating out on the patio. The food was delicious. The street corn is a must!

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  3. TrishS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overjoyed at the authenticity, Latin Art displayed unobtrusively. Service was outstanding from Front Desk to complimentary Bday Dessert. House Margaritas were simply divine. We had a sampler appetizer that was tasty, tho under our expectations. Appreciated that the food was not overly salty. Try the quartet of rolled taquitos, -2- sweet potato & -2-white potato. Salsas & Complimentary Chips did not disappoint with nice bites. Come here & thoroughly revel in the atmosphere, unbeatable libations.

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  4. JocelynT

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. Food was lovely and staff very friendly and welcoming! I strongly recommend!

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  5. Portia

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love dining here. We always love the food and the service is amazing!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, their mimosas were awesome & ambience was great!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    It was ok. It seemed as if everything I asked for, they did not have. There is a full bar, but no coke or Dr. Pepper. They have enchiladas but cannot make “just cheese”. The food we did get was good, bit I guess I had higher expectations.

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  8. ClaudiaF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place. I've eaten on the patio several times, but this time I had family coming from all over the county, so we got a large table inside. The inside is equally as wonderful as the patio, with lovely art and an overall great feeling. The menu is full of incredible options that a couple of my "foodie" family members were very impressed with. This is by far my favorite restaurant in La Mesa and beyond.

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  9. BeverlyG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and will recommend to friends. Love the chip and salsa, great selection on the menu. Gluten friendly the only downside is I'm highly allergic to shrimp and many of the food contain shrimp. But they let you know which food are for me to eat.

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  10. FabienneH

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my all time favorite restaurants . . . I always enjoy myself and their Brunch service is great!!!

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  11. NancyA

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    How wonderful to have Casa Gabriela open for weekend brunch! The selection of food and drinks is excellent! My husband and I loved the Chilaquiles and Sopa Benedicts. Amazing flavors! The service and ambiance are always top notch! Make plans to eat there soon.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is beautiful. The server I had wasn’t that good. Food is reasonably priced. Some of the dishes are good.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris, our waitress, was very informative and attentive to our needs

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  14. JosephL

    San Diego

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My wife and I really enjoyed the restaurant on a Sunday evening. The staff was courteous and attentive, the restaurant spacious, the food (Jalapeño-Cilantro tempura cauliflower, potato tacos and the “La Jefa” Asado molcajete for two) delicious. My house margarita was perfect.

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  15. JanelC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, and the environment was beautiful. Everything started off well, but then things started moving very slowly, and it took forever for our entrées to come out. We had to take half of them to go and our desserts to go since we had to make it on time to a show nearby. That part was disappointing. We were there for restaurant week so they should’ve had everything figured out. Our server was friendly and did her best, but really didn’t notice that things were moving so slowly. We should’ve reached out to the manager.

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  16. Claudia

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food, drinks are delicious. Great venue for brunch too.

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  17. Varamu

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambience is nice but noisy. Food is ok… overpriced I would say.

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  18. nancyc

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    love the menu at Casa Gabriela- the happy hour is awesome! Our favorite is the Caesar salad and the cauliflower. but everything we've tried is good!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love Casa Gabriella. It has become our fav, and we love Gabby too! Our server Savana was so cheerful, attentive and knowledgeable. Always worth the 30 min drive for us.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved dining outside but it was a little cold and the outdoor heater was not putting out heat. We were a party of 8. When our food came it came out in waves over a 5 to 10 minute span.

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  21. FabienneH

    Palm Springs

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I always love dining at Casa Gabriela. The menu is delicious and the service is friendly and attentive.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff was great. Our waitress checked in regularly and was very attentive. The decor is nice and the overall feel of the restaurant was pleasant. The food was good, but being Mexican, we tend to be a little more critical about flavors and the way things are made. Would still be open to coming back, so that’s a good thing.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my boyfriend’s birthday. We love it here. It never disappoints. The food and service are equally amazing.

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  24. EtneyP

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    This was our second time dining and the food, service, and atmosphere was entirely different. The food wasn’t to the quality it was last time. The drinks were good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered 5 appetizers/mains to try several different things. Most of the ingredients were good quality and prepared well; however, everything was under-seasoned. Salt and spice was severely lacking on the ceviches, empanadas, queso fundido, and the tempura cauliflower. The cocktails were the star of the evening. The biggest letdown was the chips and salsa which tasted store bought and lacked flavor.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was great as well as the support staff.

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  27. Michael

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Flautas were burnt. Mocajete seafood was overcooked. Very disappointing.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was horrible, it either had no flavor or it was gross. Not even close to being authentic Mexican food. It took an hour after ordering to get our food and it was completely abysmal we couldn’t even eat one of the dishes it was so bad. The waiter didn’t tell me that my plate was hot and I burned my hand on it. Overall horrible experience, complete scam to serve that quality of food for that price.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute location, good service and and good food. We enjoyed and will likely be back again.

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  30. KimC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Could not have asked for a better Valentine's Day experience than what we had at Casa Gabriela. The menu choices were varied and everything we chose was delicious. Drinks were also very good and the appropriate amount of alcohol was used (buzzy, but not too strong). The host and wait staff were also excellent and very attentive considering how busy it was. Definitely a great value on Valentine's Day. We will be back for their everyday menu soon.

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  31. Eddie

    El Paso

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food took too long...that was the disappointment at Casa Gabriela

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  32. LorieW

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service. Jeramy was our server very friendly

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  33. Maria

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service. Real mexican food. The biria tacos were delicious

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  34. aliann

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    blackened ahi was amazing, also the black bean and lobster empanadas!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The place to be if you want upscale Mexican in La Mesa. Creative, delicious cocktails. Crave worthy, California style Mexican dishes. Good size restaurant with upstairs, downstairs, cute patio with fire pit. Same restaurant group as Coasterra. Perfect for friend meet ups, date night, impressing out of town guests.

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  36. MikeP

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was great but the food upset our stomachs that night.

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  37. TracyH

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ALWAYS great food and great service. Yes it is slightly on the pricey side but well worth it.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time at Casa Gabriela! The service was amazing and courteous. The food was well served and beautifully presented. I had the Chicken Milanesa, and others had the Flank Steak Tampiqueña. We all enjoyed our dishes, they were perfect. Will continue to go to Casa Gabriela time and time again!

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  39. Makenzie

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great experience with a large reservation for my birthday.

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  40. MarlaB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good -- best even! We started with Ceasar salads which were perfect. The cocktail menu is extensive with something for everyone. I'm a big Mezcal drinker and they had several different ones. We will definitely go back!

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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 571 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 32 times today

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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