Cocina de Barrio
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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!
- 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
- Limited number of seated diners
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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.
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!
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.
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!
Great service, great food, great drinks
Hola Ricky, gracias for the love and support. Hope to see you back soon. Stay chido!
Love the vegan menu. They really know what they are doing with flavors.
Hola, gracias for the love! We strive to give our customers variety in dishes - so this means more than you know! Stay chido!
Rude staff and dirty place. Although it was an open area, the garden smelled of gas.
This was my second time here and it was great service and yummy food and drinks. My favorite is the churros!!
Hola Teresa, we’re glad to hear you’re a returning customer and loved our churros! Gracias for the love! Stay chido!
The drinks are the best .. the service and food were average .. Prices are high compared to what you get.
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.
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
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.
great vegan choices, and cocktails!! highly recommend
Hola, gracias for the love!
The food was spectacular. Fresh, authentic and unique from your typical Mexican restaurant fare. Service was also excellent. Will definitely be going back.
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!
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!
Hola, thank you for the love! We’re glad you enjoyed your dinner! Hope to see you soon! Stay chido!
The change in the menu is great. Love all the vegetarian options available with no sacrifice to flavor.
Hola, gracias for the love and noticing! We want all our customers at Cocina De Barrio to be included! Stay chido!
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.
It was great
Hola, Glad to hear you loved Cocina De Barrio. Cheers!
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
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!
Food was excellent, the drinks were delicious. I would definitely recommend this place.
Hola, we’re glad you loved what Cocina De Barrio had to offer. Again, Gracias for the love and hope to see you soon.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Hi, thank you for the love and support - means more than you know! Cheers.
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.
Hi Richard, thank you for sharing your experience with us and hope to see you soon.
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!
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!
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.
Unimpressed with food... even more disappointed with the service. I would not recommend nor will I return.
One of my favorite places in San Diego
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!
This place never disappoints. Food and drinks are always delicious. 10/10 recommend!
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!
It was a nice Happy Hour
Hi Vero, thank you for joining us for happy hour! We are so happy you enjoyed your time. Until next time - cheers!
Amazing, Delicious and Great Customer Service. Definitely going Back.
Hola Celi, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're delighted you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
It was surprisingly amazing! Yum!!!
Hi Michael, thank you for dining with us! We are very happy you loved your meal. Please come again soon! Take care.
AMAZING FOOD AMAZING EVERYTHING ! Highly recommend!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Great food and service. A bit noisy even on the patio though we were there on a sat night.
Hi Marjorie, thank you for dining with us! We're so glad you enjoyed everything and look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!
One of the waitresses was rude, but the food was great.
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!
Delicioso cada platillo y excelente servicio! Regresaré muy pronto
Hola Liliana, gracias por cenar con nosotros! Agradecemos su apoyo y nos alegra que haya disfrutado de todo. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Everything was excellent I had
3 appetizers the birria tacos we my favorite..
Definitely will come back!
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!
Get the braised lamb taco's or the beef tacos. They’re amazing!!
Hi Desmond, thank you for your review! We're happy you loved our birria tacos. Your support is greatly appreciated. Until next time!
Great food and service
Hello! Thank you for your rating and review. We appreciate your support and hope to see you again soon!
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.