Cocina de Barrio

4.7
122 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
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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 122 people are saying
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vipDesmondG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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

Great food and service

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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

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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.

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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
5 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
27 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
1 review
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.

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MTomorrow
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We got there and were immediately seated. After alittle while the waiter came to our drink and food orders and the drinks and food came out quickly. Good tasting mezcal cocktails and food was very well plated and tasted good. We are pulpo a las brasas (grilled octopus) and beef birria tacos. Loved the blue corn tortillas and absolutely love when restaurants use edible fresh flowers to decorate food!!! Overall great experience!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hello, thank you for sharing your experience with us! We're so glad you enjoyed your time here at Cocina de Barrio & greatly appreciate your support. Until next time!

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NickD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The server was very friendly, and made good suggestions. Food was also very tasty, as well as the drinks!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hey Nick, thank you for your review! We're delighted to hear about your experience with us and happy you enjoyed everything. We look forward to serving you again soon. Cheers!

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ArturoR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great place and location. Food and drink was great! Service was not bad but also not very attentive.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 9, 2021

Hi Arturo, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed your meal. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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teresaw
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and came relatively quickly, wonderful selection of tequilas and mezcals, delicious signature cocktails, and our server was a lot of fun!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 30, 2021

Hi Teresa, thank you for visiting us! We're so happy to hear about your experience and are so glad you enjoyed everything. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving you again soon! Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that my fiancé and I decided to celebrate my bday over dinner at Cocina de Barrio! Hands down the best Mexican Restaurant in CA we’ve tried so far. (And that’s huge being that we live in LA and have tried plenty of Mexican spots). Customer service was excellent, the food was fresh and every bite of everything we ordered was exquisite. We love an authentic Oaxaca spot! Excellent food, and super cute place. Can’t wait to visit again!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hi there, happy belated birthday! Thank you for celebrating with us. We're so glad you had an amazing time and enjoyed your dinner. We greatly appreciate your support - please come again soon!

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vipImndalyte
Los Angeles
88 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

One arriving, we definitely get the sense that we were not at the right place. The reviews were incredible but we showed up and and it seemed exactly like we were eating at an airport cafe. The room was stark, the seats and tables not very comfortable; the menus were paper mats on the table. The waitstaff all seemed in a hurry to avoid making any eye contact. The kitchen door was feet away with servers banging it every minutes or two. We seriously thought about getting up and leaving. And I probably still wouldn't bring anyone here if it was supposed to be a fancy dinner. But I have to tell you, the food was unbelievably good. I mean, actually, it was great. Some of the best food I have had in years. The server was friendly. The drinks awesome. It's just the ambiance that is pretty crappy. This exact chef, with this exact menu could be making three times as much money at a fancy restaurant. I've easily paid over thirty dollars for plates of food that were not as good as this place. You have to try it. It's incredible.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 23, 2021

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. We're so happy you loved our cuisine and drinks! We greatly appreciate your feedback as well. It was a pleasure serving you and hope to see you again soon!

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vipAmyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Amazing food

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi Amy, it was a pleasure serving you - so glad you loved it! We hope to see you again soon. Take care!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and came out quickly. Karen provided amazing service! Will visit again

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 15, 2021

Hi there, we're so glad Karen took amazing care of you! It was a pleasure having you dine with us & we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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YvetteO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!!!! Everything was impeccable. I will be back for sure!!!!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Yvette, thank you for dining with us! We're go glad you had a delightful experience & look forward to serving you again soon. Thank you so much for the support!

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Veronanymous
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was absolutely amazing-just felt that they skimped on the alcohol in the drinks.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 22, 2021

Hi there, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed your time here & hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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MikeP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Had a bad experience from Waitress. She could barely speak English and she also didn't know the menu or cocktails.
I tired for 2 different beers on the menu, they didn't have either available.
So i tried a cocktail, it tasted like kid drinks they were so weak.
Food was Ok but overall was very disappointed. I had heard good things but we won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a place to eat Amazing authentic Mexican Food

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 15, 2021

Hello, we're so glad you enjoyed our cuisine! Thank you for the support. We look forward to serving you again soon!

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KHRV
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, fantastic, delicious food. I definitely go back

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on April 13, 2021

Hi there, thank you so much for dining with us! We're glad you had an amazing experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Cheers!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Bday and out of town guest

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 8, 2021

Hello, thank you for celebrating with us! We appreciate the support and hope to see you again in the near future!

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vipTaniaF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!! My family and I really enjoyed Everything about the place.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 8, 2021

Hi Tania, it was a pleasure serving you and your family! Thank you for dining with us. We hope to see you again soon!

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AlenaRiggs
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant!! Never fails to disappoint :) everything was incredible as always.

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on March 2, 2021

Hi Alena, thank you for dining with us! Your continued support is greatly appreciated- it's always a pleasure. Thanks again!

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vipMartyPants
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Margaritas are excellent and the food even better! Tacos de birria and flor de calabaza were exceptional. The ceviche was amazing! It was my first time and I will be returning. Sabroso!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 22, 2021

Hello! Thank you for dining with us. I'm so glad you had a great first experience. We look forward to serving you again soon- cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and drinks!!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 16, 2021

Hi there! Thank you for your generous review. So glad you enjoyed everything!

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RosieC
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was amazingly delicious and pretty beautiful!

Cocina de Barrio
Responded on February 16, 2021

Hi Rosie, thank you for dining with us! We're glad you enjoyed our cuisine. It was a pleasure serving you 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 4.7 stars by 122 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.