Cocina de Barrio

4.5
141 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 141 people are saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LS1014
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 5 days ago

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

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richardg
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
1 review
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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Fran
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Huge selection of drinks. They were all delicious and reasonably priced. Food was amazing as well

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hey Fran, thank you for visiting us! We're glad you enjoyed our cuisine and drinks. Thanks again for the support! We hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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CarlaS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I have no idea why people like this place. It does not have the best Mexican food in town and the prices are on the higher end. There are so many other better places in town. Don’t bother

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time, good food and drinks!! Appreciate the memorable time and thank the servers for being attentive.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 16, 2021

Hi there, thank you for dining with us! We're very glad you had a great time and enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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NaomiC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Cool restaurant! Used to be the old Swamis.

This was my 3rd time at Cocina Del Barrio-I’ve had brunch (delicious), appetizers (creative and tasty) and dinner, which was my last visit. Lots of vegetarian and pescatarian options which is nice.

The cocktails are tasty and they look pretty-wouldn’t have minded more tequila and a bit less sweetness-but I don’t typically drink sweet cocktails.

We ordered a light dinner which was good. I didn’t love the esquites. Kinda wish the corn was char broiled and the cheese had been on top like you get in the cup- it was kinda of warm and soupy.

The seafood soup was really good, delicious fish and seafood like salmon and shrimp. It was a little salty and we added hot sauce and pepper. Overall good experience. Hopefully continue to update and experiment with new dishes.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 5, 2021

Hi Naomi, thank you for dining with us! We greatly appreciate your continued support. It's a pleasure serving and look forward to your next visit. Until next time!

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Lesly13
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely delicious! A little pricey for the portions, but it was worth every penny. Our server was really helpful and was helpful with recommendations and knowledgeable about the menu. It was a fantastic experience and we can’t wait to go back!!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi Lesly, thank you for dining with us! We're happy to hear about your experience & can't wait to welcome you back soon! Take care.

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Cally
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican vegan food I've had in San Diego. Lots of options and super flavorful.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi Cally, thank you so much for your kind words! We greatly appreciate your support & look forward to seeing you again next time!

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vipGandJ
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is not a reflection of the restaurant itself but we made an online reservation to take 2 friends visiting from out of town. We were surprised when we got there that the restaurant was closed. I don't know why the reservation was allowed to go through.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 3, 2021

Hi there, may you please provide us with more information regarding the time of your reservation? We were open on Tuesday 4/20 during normal business hours (3pm-9:30pm) and do not see a reservation being booked out of this time frame in our records. Thank you!

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vipFoodie4sure
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on May 1, 2021

Hi there! Thank you for dining with us. We're very glad you enjoyed everything & look forward to seeing you again very soon. Cheers!

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LisaP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
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
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hi Desmond, thank you for your kind review! We're very glad you enjoyed our Birria Tacos. It was a pleasure serving you and hope to see you again very soon!

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vipAntonioM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best places for mexican food.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 13, 2021

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 on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican place is SD’

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 19, 2021

Hi Accursio, thank you so much for dining with us! It was a pleasure having you. We appreciate your support and look forward to having you back again! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal and service will come back !

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for visiting! Until next time!

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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 on April 13, 2021

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
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 13, 2021

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
28 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.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi Jill, it was a pleasure serving you! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
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!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for your recent visit! We're so happy to hear you're a fan of our cuisine and Agua Santa craft cocktail. We hope to see you again soon! Take care.

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AnitaK
San Francisco
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.

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 141 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.