Cocina Calavera

4.4
41 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Health driven Latin concept, 100% gluten/dairy/sugar free with a large vegan menu. We boast a unique bar selection, using organic cold pressed juices for our craft cocktails, and the only restaurant to have hard pressed juice on tap!

Experiences

  • Bottomless Weekends!

    $22.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Bottomless Mimosas w/cold pressed juice options, sparkling rosé, 101 Cider's Cactus Rosé, and Bloody Mary's!
  • Paint & Sip!

    $30.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Paint & Sip using alcohol inks @ Cocina Calavera in support of the Hillcrest Art Walk. $30 per person booking fee covers artist fees and everyones supplies. Drink specials at the bar! Event starts promptly at 7pm, please arrive at 645pm to be seated and start sipping!
  • Live Jazz by Mikan Zlatkovich Trio

    $20.00 per personPrepaid

    Jun 24, 2021 only

    Live Jazz @ Cocina Calavera by Mikan Zlatkovich presented by Katya Mezhova. $20 entrance fee, full food and bar menu available during performance.

Offers

  • Wine Wednesday!

    Multiple dates available

    Wed 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    50% off all bottles of wine (including sparkling wines) all day!
  • Taco Tues w/House Margs!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Take $1 off all Street Tacos on Tuesdays, with $6 House Margaritas all day long! Cheers!
  • "This Thursday" Rotating Specials

    Multiple dates available

    Thu 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM, 5:00 PM - 8:45 PM

    Visit our website for This Thursday's rotating special!
  • Weekday Happy Hour!

    Multiple dates available

    Tue - Fri 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM

    Check our website for our Happy Hour Menu, Weekdays, 3pm - 5pm!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 41 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love the happy hour, love the food, drinks, and staff!

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the service and quality of the food. Staff are very knowledgeable about food allergies and the menu so it was safe and easy to order

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MardineD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was good, but food left two diners with digestive issues.
Options for gluten-free were excellent.

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MaryS
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went on a Tuesday and lucked out with Taco Tuesday Specials! I absolutely love the mission of this restaurant as I am GF and DF and it was incredible to be able to eat out without worry. I had the carnitas, chicken tinga and fish tacos. The Chicken was probably my favorite, but they were all delicious. The only thing I was not enamored with were the chips, but the salsa was fantastic.

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and drinks! Will definitely be back soon

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and Jose was knowledgeable and helped us pick great food items with our complicated food allergies

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MarcM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For those with food allergies, travel is without a doubt one of the most unrewarded and irritating experiences when hungry. This restaurant does not identify menu items as GF (Gluten Free) because there are no glutinous flours used in any dish. There is no need for a dedicated fryer or dedicated kitchen space where cross-contamination exists. I had two entrees because the food was so clean and perfectly seasoned. I wish the owner, Josh, would relocate to Vegas in the Fremont Street area. There is no 100% gluten free/vegan Mexican food restaurant with ethical practices in the area. A restaurant like this located near the Fremont Street Experience would do very well. As a Celiac living in Vegas since 2002, I've met many residents and tourists who struggle with finding safe restaurant options in Vegas. Restaurants claiming gluten free options normally aren't gluten free for Celiacs due to cross-contamination. Josh is knowledgeable and intelligent regarding food allergies. Most of us face ethical issues regarding restaurants claiming GF. Most just want a sale regardless of the danger to a person with a gluten allergy and subsequent damage to the body. I hope this restaurant is successful and CA will stop paying $3000.00 monthly to free loaders who refuse to seek gainful employment. This restaurant may hire a responsible and ethical applicant.

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so fresh and unique. We love Mexican food but hate being bloated after, we really enjoyed the healthy spin on the dishes and can't wait to go back and try more of the food and drinks!

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MichelleA
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I had a wet tings burrito!! The staff was very kind and attentive.

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vipKimS
Naples
119 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent and the food was excellent. We had street tacos and nachos. Great value and amazing food!

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DemetY
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food, drinks,ambient was great! Service was mediocre!! They just need more friendly and welcoming employees!

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vipDAVIDC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fun ambiance! Fast and friendly service. Definitely would come back next time I am in town.

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the weekend bottomless on Saturday's and Sunday's! They definitely don't skimp out!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The salsa and our service was the best part:) my food was served cold :( the bathroom was really poorly maintenance, my drink was not strong, but the cold beans and rice really threw me off

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, amazing food & bombbbb mimosas. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Super cute place, good food but just be careful when you checkout! I read a previous review which I somewhat discarded but turned out to be true- no matter what you choose they charge an additional 5% to your tip, assuming you won’t notice. For example I tipped 18% but sent myself the bill and when doing the math they actually charged 24%. My friend tipped 23% but when she checked her bill realized they charged 30%. Nice place just be aware they fake their tips on iPad to overcharge.

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a family with celiac it is SO hard to eat out, so we were thrilled that this place is entirely GF. All of us enjoyed our meals and had NO sickness after, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall staff was amazing. Def would go back!! If you want good service it’s a must

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the taco Tuesday specials! Great priced street tacos and house margaritas

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TraS
New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Awesome that is is a gluten free kitchen, but the food was not great. The guacamole was very salty. The salsa tasted old and from a jar/can. The tortillas were the best part of our meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff

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Anonymous
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and fresh, great quality food for a reasonable price. Cocktails were unique with their sugar free cold-pressed juice take at the bar, very trendy!

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vipMaudz
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! I highly recommend this place! The food is so fresh & delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really great experience at this restaurant. The service here is exceptional.

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vipDinerGirl
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Don't understand the 5 stars this restaurant has received in reviews. We sat outside and the server or host was good enough to provide heat lamps upon request. Both the server and the host(ess) were more than friendly. However, the drinks and food were abysmal. There were 4 of us total and all of our meals were cold. My carnitas bowl was dry and insipid. I took two bites and that's all she wrote. Not at any point did our server ask if our meals were good to taste. Further, two of us ordered a mojito and a Margherita; both failed to have any trace of alcohol whatsoever. I just spent $50 for nothing. We will never go back.

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vipLISAW
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want healthy Mexican food go here. Awesome food and mimosa's !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Check out the menu prices thre a little high but he for was definitely worth it! I think the waiter was brand new because he couldn't answer any of my questions. The portobello and poblano tacos were absolutely amazing!!👏

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Visited San Diego and was looking for vegan options that were open especially with California dining restrictions. Stumbled upon this place during a google search and I am so glad I did! Not only was the service great but the food was too! The seating was sidewalk outdoor seating and they provided heat lamps to keep us warm during our dinner.

We ordered the Nopal Hurache (grilled cactus, topped with jackfruit carnitas), Carnitas (jackfruit) street taco, Portabello & Poblano street taco, Divorciadas enchilada with jackfruit carnitas and the jicama fries all was amazing! Wish I ordered an extra carnitas street taco— also the rice and beans that came with the taco combo was delicious.

Highly recommend to any vegan also you can bring your non- vegan friends as they have meat options

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing place and perfect for Sunday brunch with the bottomless drinks. Multiple ones to choose from. Absolutely loved it.

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Kara
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous fresh food and impeccable service! Can't wait to visit many more times.

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RonyL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Josh is very welcoming and knowledgeable. Must try!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. Highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in San Diego!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service. First time dining here and was an absolutely amazing experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day on Saturday night instead of Sunday. Outdoor only is what we wanted and got. It was chilly but the table top fire was helpful. Food was good and they had veggie option for me. Very nice evening!

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LetishaN
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EVERYTHING was absolutely AMAZING ‼️ Josh was very welcoming and personable. He made sure we had everything we needed and was transparent. The food was impeccable and way beyond our expectations ... delicious is not sufficient. This was definitely an experience that I’ll never forget! I had guacamole and shrimp tacos. No disappointments here .... worth every Penny ‼️ Food and service on point‼️‼️‼️

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this restaurant! Our experience was amazing. This was our first time visiting this establishment. The food was over the top delicious. Customer service was terrific and we will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

100% gluten free, 100% flavor. Amazing cocktails and tasty food.

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vipTatianaK
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic plant based options. Jackfruit tacos are yummy. All of the creams and cheeses plant based. I really enjoyed the grills fish taco as well. Really good cocktails. I recommend the prickly pear

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vipMeridith
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding! Many healthy choices on the menu. The poke bowl was very good. My husband loved his street tacos. Service was efficient and so friendly. Ate outside under a toasty heat lamp. We will definitely go back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cocina Calavera using the Order Online button. Cocina Calavera also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 241-2422.

Cocina Calavera is rated 4.4 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

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.