Cocina de Barrio

4.7
97 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
*REOPENING ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30TH*

Brunch hours are on a walk-in basis only.
Thank you for your cooperation & support during this time!

Cocina de Barrio by Chef Jose J. Flores

Bienvenidos a Cocina de Barrio, the newest modern-urban Mexican restaurant located in Hillcrest, San Diego! We are proud to feature the culinary richness of Oaxaca as well as other Mexican regions. Stop by and enjoy our bar stocked with plenty tequila and mezcal selections, MUCHA cerveza, and wines sourced from Valle Guadalupe.

Don't forget to join us during our weekend brunch (where we add a Mexican kick) and our happy hour every Tuesday-Friday from 3-5pm! Stay Chido!

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 97 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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vipFoodie4sure
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. A bit pricey for what you get but food was delicious.

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LisaP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The food was pretty good and beautiful presentation, the outdoor patio (connected to the restaurant) is lovely.

Why not a 5 star - The gal that greeted us indicated we had about a 20 min wait or could eat indoors despite having a reservation to dine outside and we arrived on time. After much back and forth (she literally kept walking away and coming back and checking my reservation on her computer) we were crammed at a small table with an extra chair at the end to fit our party of 5. Not awful, but certainly not what you expect when you arrive with a reservation.

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vipDesmondG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Handmade blue corn tacos are amazing! I recommend the lamb, but the beef is fantastic too!

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AntonioM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for mexican food.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Antonio, thank you for your kind review! We're so glad you're a fan of our cuisine. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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accursiol
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican place is SD’

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service will come back !

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trying something new. I was pleasantly surprised. The food and drinks were wonderfully flavored and perfectly prepared. I would revisit.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you for dining with us! We're very glad you enjoyed everything. We appreciate your support and look forward to your next visit. Take care!

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MariaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing! The flavors took me right back to Oaxaca.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 5 days ago

Hey Maria, we're so glad we were able to transport you to Oaxaca! We appreciate your support - come again soon!

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vipJillB
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great service and good food. I would have just had appetizers as the entrees are too much Forbes me. Excellent choice of tequila for Margaritas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Drinks were great, but selection of food needs serious adjusting.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Agua santa drink was delicious!!

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AnitaK
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Very disappointed with food and service.. I mean don’t even get me started on the drinks.. I ordered a glass of wine and they served me old wine, asked for something else and that glass of wine was old too.

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MTomorrow
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got there and were immediately seated. After alittle while the waiter came to our drink and food orders and the drinks and food came out quickly. Good tasting mezcal cocktails and food was very well plated and tasted good. We are pulpo a las brasas (grilled octopus) and beef birria tacos. Loved the blue corn tortillas and absolutely love when restaurants use edible fresh flowers to decorate food!!! Overall great experience!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hello, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time here at Cocina de Barrio & greatly appreciate your support. Until next time!

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NickD
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was very friendly, and made good suggestions. Food was also very tasty, as well as the drinks!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hey Nick, thank you for your review! We're delighted to hear about your experience with us and happy you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!

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ArturoR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place and location. Food and drink was great! Service was not bad but also not very attentive.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hi Arturo, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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teresaw
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and came relatively quickly, wonderful selection of tequilas and mezcals, delicious signature cocktails, and our server was a lot of fun!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 30, 2021

Hi Teresa, thank you for visiting us! We're so happy to hear about your experience and are so glad you enjoyed everything. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that my fiancé and I decided to celebrate my bday over dinner at Cocina de Barrio! Hands down the best Mexican Restaurant in CA we’ve tried so far. (And that’s huge being that we live in LA and have tried plenty of Mexican spots). Customer service was excellent, the food was fresh and every bite of everything we ordered was exquisite. We love an authentic Oaxaca spot! Excellent food, and super cute place. Can’t wait to visit again!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hi there, happy belated birthday! Thank you for celebrating with us. We're so glad you had an amazing time and enjoyed your dinner. We greatly appreciate your support - please come again soon!

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vipImndalyte
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

One arriving, we definitely get the sense that we were not at the right place. The reviews were incredible but we showed up and and it seemed exactly like we were eating at an airport cafe. The room was stark, the seats and tables not very comfortable; the menus were paper mats on the table. The waitstaff all seemed in a hurry to avoid making any eye contact. The kitchen door was feet away with servers banging it every minutes or two. We seriously thought about getting up and leaving. And I probably still wouldn't bring anyone here if it was supposed to be a fancy dinner. But I have to tell you, the food was unbelievably good. I mean, actually, it was great. Some of the best food I have had in years. The server was friendly. The drinks awesome. It's just the ambiance that is pretty crappy. This exact chef, with this exact menu could be making three times as much money at a fancy restaurant. I've easily paid over thirty dollars for plates of food that were not as good as this place. You have to try it. It's incredible.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. We're so happy you loved our cuisine and drinks! We greatly appreciate your feedback as well. It was a pleasure serving you and hope to see you again soon!

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vipAmyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Amazing food

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi Amy, it was a pleasure serving you - so glad you loved it! We hope to see you again soon. Take care!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and came out quickly. Karen provided amazing service! Will visit again

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 15, 2021

Hi there, we're so glad Karen took amazing care of you! It was a pleasure having you dine with us & we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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YvetteO
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!! Everything was impeccable. I will be back for sure!!!!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Yvette, thank you for dining with us! We're go glad you had a delightful experience & look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you so much for the support!

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Veronanymous
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was absolutely amazing-just felt that they skimped on the alcohol in the drinks.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi there, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed your time here & hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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MikeP
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had a bad experience from Waitress. She could barely speak English and she also didn't know the menu or cocktails.
I tired for 2 different beers on the menu, they didn't have either available.
So i tried a cocktail, it tasted like kid drinks they were so weak.
Food was Ok but overall was very disappointed. I had heard good things but we won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a place to eat Amazing authentic Mexican Food

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 15, 2021

Hello, we're so glad you enjoyed our cuisine! Thank you for the support. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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KHRV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fantastic, delicious food. I definitely go back

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you so much for dining with us! We're glad you had an amazing experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bday and out of town guest

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 8, 2021

Hello, thank you for celebrating with us! We appreciate the support and hope to see you again in the near future!

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vipTaniaF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! My family and I really enjoyed Everything about the place.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 8, 2021

Hi Tania, it was a pleasure serving you and your family! Thank you for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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AlenaRiggs
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant!! Never fails to disappoint :) everything was incredible as always.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 2, 2021

Hi Alena, thank you for dining with us! Your continued support is greatly appreciated- it's always a pleasure. Thanks again!

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vipMartyPants
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Margaritas are excellent and the food even better! Tacos de birria and flor de calabaza were exceptional. The ceviche was amazing! It was my first time and I will be returning. Sabroso!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 22, 2021

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. I'm so glad you had a great first experience. We look forward to serving you again soon- cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 16, 2021

Hi there! Thank you for your generous review. So glad you enjoyed everything!

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RosieC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazingly delicious and pretty beautiful!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 16, 2021

Hi Rosie, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed our cuisine. It was a pleasure serving you and hope to see you again soon!

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MelissaK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alaways and consistently amazing.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 11, 2021

Melissa, thank you so much for your continued support! It always a pleasure having you. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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sara
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful, authentic experience! You can tell that the food and drinks are made with lots of love. I would highly recommend the Costillas and the Pollo en Mole Coloradito!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 9, 2021

Hi Sara, thank you so much for dining with us! It was a pleasure having you & we're very glad you loved everything. Hope to see you again soon!

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DannyS
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in San Diego. Amazing food drinks and service

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 5, 2021

Hi Danny, thank you so much for dining with us! It was a pleasure serving you & hope to see you again very soon!

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Veronanymous
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately I did not get our servers name, but they were very friendly and made excellent recommendations on all of their food choices. By the end, I wished I would have left some room for their deserts-next time...

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 3, 2021

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. We're glad you were given great service & recommendations by one of our servers! We look forward to serving you again soon - cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was fast. Happy to have them back open

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 6, 2021

Hi there! Thank you for joining us - we're so glad to welcome you back! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food photographs better than it tastes. There's no "wow" moment when you taste each dish. Mediocre flavors and I was disappointed after finally getting to dine here. Check out the photos, look amazing right? It wasn't. The grilled oysters were flavorless and bland. And, the creme brulee didn't have the crispy topping you expect. It was more pudding than creme brulee.

Everything is pricey so for the taste and quality, it's a poor value.

The cocktails were good and the dessert wasn't bad but not enough to bring me back.

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SallyG
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, never disappoints. The costumer service, amazing.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 3, 2021

Hi Sally, thank you for your support! It was a pleasure welcoming you back and we're so glad you had a wonderful time with us. Come again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Food, delicious! Service and ambience on point! Will definitely be back!

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vipAmelia
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most delicious brunch - the churro French toast, chilaquiles verdes and the chicken tinga quesadillas - all were to die for plus amazing margaritas - we will be back for dinner next time!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on November 24, 2020

Hi Amelia, thank you for brunching with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your meal & look forward to serving you again soon!

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FAQs

Cocina de Barrio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 677-2770.

Cocina de Barrio is rated 4.7 stars by 97 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.