Cocina de Barrio

4.7
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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 weekday from 3-6pm featuring a taco cart with hand-pressed tortillas on the patio! Stay Chido!
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vipBernardF
Austin
11 reviews
Dined 10 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding menu featuring Oaxacan dishes. Numerous vegan and plant based options. One of the best Mexican restaurants in San Diego.

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LloydA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mango Habenjero shrimp ceviche has been a favorite since I first visited and has drawn me back. The Mescal cocktails are delicious! My wife and I have always been very impressed with the Chef's diversity of flavors and the presentation of the various entrees

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DerekG
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wife and I decided to try this place and it absolutely blew our expectations out of the water. The food was fantastic and our server was extremely knowledgeable of the menu. I had the octopus and she had the tacos. On top of that we split the shrimp ceviche which was so good! Everything was amazing and the presentation was great. We will definitely be back!

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vipNelsonC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent and unusual food.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I absolutely love the food here but it seems like they don’t pay attention to their reservations

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. I can’t wait to work my way through the menu.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 14, 2020

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. We're so thrilled to hear about your experience and look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipJerryD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience2

The food was good and presentation was nice, but inside seating felt fast foodish and juvenile.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 22, 2020

Jerry, thank you for your review! We greatly appreciate the feedback and will continue to improve the customer experience. Overall, we're glad you loved the food and we hope to see you again in the near future. Cheers!

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vipSaraC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for brunch this past weekend and were not disappointed! We sat at the bar and did bottomless mimosas and ordered a few different dishes. The bartender was super nice and our food came out pretty quickly. We ordered the churro French toast, the green chilaquiles and the chorizo and eggs. My favorite was definitely the chilaquiles they were SO good. Overall great experience when we are in the area we will be back!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 22, 2020

Sara, great choices! Thank you for brunching with us - we're glad you enjoyed your time here! We look forward to serving you again soon.

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LisaP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Unique and tasty! Never too crowded. Beautiful whether you sit inside or out. Went with a party of 6 and we all shared. Shrimp tacos were great. Ceviche was very yummy. The oysters were AMAZING. Pork and beef tacos were good. Margaritas were good. HAPPY HOUR will be a repeat, the food and drink specials are great! Excellent service, I wish I could remember the waiters name...

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 22, 2020

Hi Lisa, thank you for your support & review! We are so delighted that you loved our cuisine. Please check us out on the weekends for brunch from 10am-3pm!

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LisaP
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The chilaquiles verdes, service and ambiance were amazing. The pineapple upside down pancakes were served without pecans... not sure why. The Bloody Mary was ‘spicy’ and tasted very weak, not spicy and bland.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 2, 2020

Lisa, Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback! We'll make sure your Bloody Mary is extra strong and spicy the next time around!

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ChrisJ
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious as well as beautiful - works of art! Very unique, fresh and amazing flavors. The crude (shrimp, scallops) are just outstanding as well as the moles!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on January 17, 2020

Chris, thanks for visiting us! We're so glad you enjoyed it and we hope to see you again soon!

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bb1769
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This isn't your typical Mexican restaurant (good thing since it's across the street from another Mexican place). It's Oaxacan-inspired food, but very interesting and inventive. Not the cheapest place around, but worth trying. This was our first visit, but we plan to return. The two of us each had excellent fish plates. Many other dishes looked good too, including their tapas-like smaller plates. Wait staff was friendly but not artificially so.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hi there, thank you for stopping by! We are so glad you enjoyed your time here. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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vipJulie
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food, Oaxaca cuisine is truly unique and delicious. Excellent service and nice and quiet ambiance. We keep recalling how wonderful the food was- a memorable meal for sure. Can’t wait to return!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on January 15, 2020

Hi Julie, we're so happy to hear about your experience here at Cocina de Barrio! Thank you for visiting!

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vipmeljane
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! The cuisine is from Oaxaca and is different from traditional Mexican food. My husband had lamb, I had fish and our friends had sea bass and beef. All was fresh and tasty. Highly recommend.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on December 26, 2019

Hola! Thank you for giving us a visit. We're so happy you loved it! Hope to see you again soon!

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vipcathyc
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were in town for the weekend, my family is 4 including two kids. Found this place on Opentable and was intrigued. Went there, met our wonderful server Micah who was super nice, attentive and informative on the food. Everything was lovely. Best meal we had the whole weekend. Food was very well made and well presented. Highly recommend to anyone who loves good food.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on January 1, 2020

Cathy, we're so glad you and your family enjoyed your dining experience. We hope to see you here when you're in town again! Cheers!

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vipcopjr
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great find. Nice to go to a Mexican restaurant that doesn't have the std burritos and tacos. Shrimp and scallop appetizers were excellent. I had Birria and it was basically carne en su jugo. Was very good! Table had the quesadillas and tacos al pastor. Very good also.
Need to work on ambiance, place is a bit cold.
But all in all very good, highly recommend it

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on December 16, 2019

Hi there, Gracuas for your review and feedback - we greatly appreciate it! We are so glad you enjoyed our cuisine. We hope to see you again soon!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

For just opening they did a great job. The food was delicious and a great alternative to other Mexican restaurants in the area.

The wait staff was a little new so any special requests were answered with “no” however upon pressing them they did go check and we’re able to accommodate the request.

While the interior was pleasant the lighting was a little to bright to make it feel like it’s an upscale restaurant supporting the food and cost.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on December 11, 2019

We appreciate your review! We are glad you enjoyed our cuisine.

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vipGeorgi
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This newly opened restaurant is a gem! The chef Jose is truly gifted . Our guests were blown away at the quality of the food. The ceviche was delicious and the Tiradito De Salmon was out of this world.The lamb shank is a real winner as is the braised short ribs.
The service is also outstanding! I have been here several times and Karen,Jose and Anderson have each provided for a wonderful experience.
Give this place a try you will not be disappointed.i recommend it with genuine enthusiasm!! Georgi

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on December 1, 2019

Georgi, it's always a pleasure having you! Gracias for your continuous support - we greatly appreciate it!

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vipFrancisF
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to find good mole restaurants - even the ones that advertise themselves as authentic often fall flat with out-of-the-packet sauces. This is the best, most genuine one I have found in the area. Fantastic, fresh food, thoughfully presented. Bright, clean environment. Friendly service. I think this will be a new favorite.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on November 24, 2019

Hi Francis, Gracias for our first OpenTable review! We are delighted to hear about your experience here at Cocina de Barrio. Be back pronto!

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