Cocina de Barrio

4.5
160 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
*Brunch hours are on a walk-in basis only.
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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 160 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LuisaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. If you're looking for authentic Mexican food, this is a must! Tacos were the favorite. The service was also great! Highly recommend it.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola Luisa, gracias for the love! We’re glad you enjoyed your visit with us and loved the tacos! Hope to see you back soon. Cheers!

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WendyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We sat in the parklet. Had we been on the patio it would have been 5 stars for the ambiance. Food and drink was excellent. Best flan we've ever had, from non-flan-loving people. The seafood soup was outstanding. We had a vegan with us, and the number of choices was outstanding, and it was all excellent.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola Wendy, gracias for sharing your dining experience with us. We’re glad to hear you liked what we had to offer. Hope to see you back. Stay Chido!

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viprickyb
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great drinks

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola Ricky, gracias for the love and support. Hope to see you back soon. Stay chido!

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vipVeganist
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vegan menu. They really know what they are doing with flavors.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola, gracias for the love! We strive to give our customers variety in dishes - so this means more than you know! Stay chido!

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AlperY
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Rude staff and dirty place. Although it was an open area, the garden smelled of gas.

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Teresa
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time here and it was great service and yummy food and drinks. My favorite is the churros!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola Teresa, we’re glad to hear you’re a returning customer and loved our churros! Gracias for the love! Stay chido!

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AnaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The drinks are the best .. the service and food were average .. Prices are high compared to what you get.

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vipMWMI
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was excellent, however, there are far too many Mexican restaurants in San Diego that offer food of equal uniqueness and quality for a much fairer price. We’ve been to Cocina de Barrio several times and have come to deal with their high prices because of their great outdoor environment and their usual professional service. Yesterday, however, the wait staff seemed disorganized as well as aggressive in taking our orders despite our explaining several times that we wanted to enjoy our drinks and appetizers before placing an order for entrees. That aggressiveness, sadly, added a negative tone to our experience.

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AnthonyR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was no your ordinary Mexican food, we had dishes that we had never even heard of. We loved both the food and the service. Karen our waitress was very helpful

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola Anthony, gracias for sharing your dining experience with us. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit with us and hope to see you back soon.

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vipdek116
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great vegan choices, and cocktails!! highly recommend

Cocina de Barrio
Responded 2 days ago

Hola, gracias for the love!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. Fresh, authentic and unique from your typical Mexican restaurant fare. Service was also excellent. Will definitely be going back.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on July 20, 2021

Hola, gracias for the love and support. We strive to give our customers the most authentic Mexican cuisine so reviews like these mean more than you know. Please come back soon! Stay Chido!

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was lovely! The food and drinks were amazing! Service was excellent and food was out in a timely manner! Definitely recommend and will come back soon!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on July 18, 2021

Hola, thank you for the love! We’re glad you enjoyed your dinner! Hope to see you soon! Stay chido!

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vipVeganist
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The change in the menu is great. Love all the vegetarian options available with no sacrifice to flavor.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on July 12, 2021

Hola, gracias for the love and noticing! We want all our customers at Cocina De Barrio to be included! Stay chido!

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Foodie619
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Service is quick and staff are great. In my opinion, food is very overpriced for what it is. Short ribs with mole was extremely over salted, I could barely eat it! Came with two small pieces and rice for $30. My cocktail barely had any alcohol for the price as well. Birria tacos were very good and so were the oysters. However, I wouldn’t recommend or return here. Better off going to a nicer restaurant for higher quality food.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 28, 2021

Hola, Glad to hear you loved Cocina De Barrio. Cheers!

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SarahM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful! We had extra patio seating due to covid, and sitting outside was great. The food was so great, and the drinks were also expertly crafted! We will absolutely be back

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 28, 2021

Hola Sarah, Gracias for the love and support. At Cocina De Barrio safety comes first and we’re happy to hear you loved what we had to offer. Hope to see you soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the drinks were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 28, 2021

Hola, we’re glad you loved what Cocina De Barrio had to offer. Again, Gracias for the love and hope to see you soon.

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Tino
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Son’s birthday

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ROBERTO
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was awesome the food was amazingly good and well presented the drinks were off the hook and the staff was very friendly and attentive. Loved the place and would definitely be back.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 22, 2021

Hola Roberto, thank you for giving us a try! We’re glad to hear you loved what we had to offer. We hope to see you soon!

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LS1014
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had made reservations for 9 p.m and when we arrived we were told we had 5 minutes to order food because the kitchen was closing. I don’t understand why you would allow reservations to be made that late knowing your kitchen closed shortly after. I walked right out, really disappointed.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 22, 2021

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to review. We apologize about this incident. We took a look at our records and only had one reservation the night you dined at 9pm. However, it appears your party arrived late at 9:12pm and our kitchen closed at 9:30pm - giving you a rushed experience. We try to give ample ordering time prior to closing the kitchen, which is why 9pm is our last seating time. Again, we apologize about the inconvenience. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is absolutely amazing perfect for a late night dinner completely suggest ordering the octopus and the pork ribs and the salsa Verde I would eat three more plates of it!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 14, 2021

Hi, thank you for the love and support - means more than you know! Cheers.

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richardg
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our server was very attentive and did not rush us. We set outside and it was much quieter than the indoor seating. overall a very fine experience.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 14, 2021

Hi Richard, thank you for sharing your experience with us and hope to see you soon.

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OliviaH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This place was highly recommended and it did not disappoint. I describe it as Mexican Gourmet Infusion. All our dishes were full in flavor. The presentation is like you’re being served a Mexican Fiesta so it’s a feast for your eyes! I called to make a reservation and wanted to sit out in the patio but it was taken by a big party so the the host on the phone said they had out front dining availability. I asked if it was nice and matched the indoor decor somewhat as we were celebrating a birthday. It was not at all. If given a choice I would not dine on their makeshift patio because it took away from the experience. However service was on point. Will definitely be back!

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MsKellyMo
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent creative unique regional food. Casual but lively atmosphere. Drinks are beautiful and delicious. Server did an amazing job with 2 large parties. Dessert and appetizers were my favorites. Ceviche and aquachile outstanding always, flan, creme brûlée and churros addictive. Wish shrimp tacos were on the regular menu and a little longer happy hour so I can sample that!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 14, 2021

Hi, thank you for visiting us! We're so glad you had an amazing experience and got to try a little bit of every category - such great choices. It was a pleasure and we can't wait to see you here again soon! Cheers.

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Felicia
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Unimpressed with food... even more disappointed with the service. I would not recommend nor will I return.

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vipsonny
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great
One of my favorite places in San Diego

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Sonny, thank you so much for dining with us! We're so glad you enjoyed everything. We greatly appreciate your support - hope to see again soon!

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Vanessa
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints. Food and drinks are always delicious. 10/10 recommend!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Vanessa, thank you for your continued support - it means more than you know! It's always a pleasure having you & we look forward to your next visit. Thanks again!

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Vero
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a nice Happy Hour

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hi Vero, thank you for joining us for happy hour! We are so happy you enjoyed your time. Until next time - cheers!

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Celi
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, Delicious and Great Customer Service. Definitely going Back.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on June 1, 2021

Hola Celi, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipMichaelF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was surprisingly amazing! Yum!!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 28, 2021

Hi Michael, thank you for dining with us! We are very happy you loved your meal. Please come again soon! Take care.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING FOOD AMAZING EVERYTHING ! Highly recommend!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 28, 2021

Hi Laura, thank you so much for taking the time to review our business! We're delighted to hear about your experience with us and look forward to serving you again in the near future. Cheers!

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BBQalabama
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was reminded of Rick Bayless’ restaurant In Chicago. Everyone’s dinner was spectacular. Looked fantastic and tasted even better. The mole was mind blowing.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 28, 2021

Hello, thank you so much for dining with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your dinner. We greatly appreciate your support and hope to see you again very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food and drinks were good. Service was disappointing, cold and detached. It’s so nice to go out and support our restaurants after the last year. Went with a friend from out of town and was looking forward to time eating and catching up. Most likely won’t go back or recommend to others. Maybe it was just an “off” night.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi there, thank you for visiting us! We're glad you enjoyed your food and drinks. We do apologize about the quality of service - we are doing the best we can during these busy times with a lack of employees at the moment and this may currently result in delays with service. Nonetheless, we appreciate your support! Cheers.

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MichelleE
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere! The drinks were delicious. Each of us ordered something different, strawberry margarita, soleado picante, aqua Santa, and Jalisco Express. All of them delicious. The food was also superb. Can't wait to go back!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 28, 2021

Hi Michelle, thank you for visiting us! We're so glad to hear about your experience. It was a pleasure serving you and look forward to seeing you again soon! Take care!

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MarjorieM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A bit noisy even on the patio though we were there on a sat night.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi Marjorie, thank you for dining with us! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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YeseniaRdgz
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

One of the waitresses was rude, but the food was great.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hi Yesenia, we are extremely sorry to hear that. Customer service is one of our top priorities and always do our best to deliver the best possible service. Please reach out to us directly with more information regarding this incident so we can further investigate and improve our service. Thank you for dining with us!

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LilianaR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicioso cada platillo y excelente servicio! Regresaré muy pronto

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 27, 2021

Hola Liliana, gracias por cenar con nosotros! Agradecemos su apoyo y nos alegra que haya disfrutado de todo. ¡Nos vemos pronto!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent I had
3 appetizers the birria tacos we my favorite..
Definitely will come back!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hi there, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're glad you loved everything. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!

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vipDesmondG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the braised lamb taco's or the beef tacos. They’re amazing!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hi Desmond, thank you for your review! We're happy you loved our birria tacos. Your support is greatly appreciated. Until next time!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hello! Thank you for your rating and review. We appreciate your support and hope to see 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 4.5 stars by 160 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.