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
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.
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!
Huge selection of drinks. They were all delicious and reasonably priced. Food was amazing as well
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!
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
Great time, good food and drinks!! Appreciate the memorable time and thank the servers for being attentive.
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!
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.
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!
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!!!
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.
Best Mexican vegan food I've had in San Diego. Lots of options and super flavorful.
Hi Cally, thank you so much for your kind words! We greatly appreciate your support & look forward to seeing you again next time!
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.
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!
Great food and drinks. A bit pricey for what you get but food was delicious.
Hi there! Thank you for dining with us. We're very glad you enjoyed everything & look forward to seeing you again very soon. Cheers!
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.
Handmade blue corn tacos are amazing! I recommend the lamb, but the beef is fantastic too!
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!
One of the best places for mexican food.
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!
Best Mexican place is SD’
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!
Amazing meal and service will come back !
Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for visiting! Until next time!
Trying something new. I was pleasantly surprised. The food and drinks were wonderfully flavored and perfectly prepared. I would revisit.
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!
The food is amazing! The flavors took me right back to Oaxaca.
Hey Maria, we're so glad we were able to transport you to Oaxaca! We appreciate your support - come again soon!
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.
Hi Jill, it was a pleasure serving you! Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We hope to see you again soon!
Drinks were great, but selection of food needs serious adjusting.
Great food! Agua santa drink was delicious!!
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.
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.
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.