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Coco Maya, San Diego, CA

Coco Maya

4.3
4.3
39 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Latin
Coco Maya is inspired by exploring the history of the Islands and Latin American regions of the Caribbean Ocean.

The dishes are a contemporary link from the past to the present using local produce and Seafood guided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. European influence in flavor and cooking techniques are echoed throughout the menu with the core of the kitchen coming from the Coal Fired Josper Oven. Hints of the Ocean, smoke, and char will reverberate through all the dishes.

A daily Brunch Menu is centered around composed Latin American and Caribbean breakfast dishes with rotating pastries and a unique Sandwich called Bokit (a stuffed fry bread from the French Islands of Guadeloupe).

Snacks vary from a simple play on Chex Mix to a fun tableside version of a Raclette queso fundido.

Dinner transitions into a more select atmosphere with the food offering a variety of plant-based small plates and large format proteins cooked over coals

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Latin, Caribbean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 848-7414

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Private party facilities

    We have private event dining spaces with televisions for presentations and sound plug ins

Experiences

  • New years all you can drink wristbands

    $199.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 - Jan 1, 2023
    bring on the new year with us at coco maya for a once a year experience. Open bar from 9-11pm, welcome champagne, fire dancing, balloon drop, and a special pre fix menu available.

What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. MM

    MarinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely atmosphere. My kids are picky eaters and the boricua bowl was a major hit.
  2. AR

    AdamR

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We made the mistake of going to dinner on a Saturday night. It was loud and crowded and felt more like a bar than a restaurant. Our service was slow and inattentive. The food was good but not great.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drink were absolutely amazing. The ambience of Coco-Maya is on a whole other level. Such a fun hip spot in the middle of downtown. Would highly recommend.
  4. SB

    SarahB

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing and the drinks were delicious. Service was slow and they forgot to put my husbands meal in. His meal didn’t come until I had already finished mine. The food was good but it wasn’t worth it for the price. We had a fun time but won’t be going back.
  5. D

    Diana

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and tasty drinks. Ambience was great and service was awesome
  6. S

    Slausch

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deangelo was so personable and attentive. I took my mom and she really enjoyed her overall experience and is excited to take her friends back again!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time. Celebrated my birthday. Great food and drinks. Lucky was a great server. Very Happy.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience, great food, courteous staff. Lovely ambience.
  9. LF

    LizF

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Amazing dinner but service was extremely slow. Expect to have a long dinner (and pace yourself on the strong drinks!)
  10. LJ

    LisetteJ

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I felt like this is a perfect place for a drink. Beautiful atmosphere with a spectacular view of Little Italy. The food menu is over priced for tapas, small shareable plates. $34 when half that is a tapas price, for the portion size. Not sure how you can pay $100 & still be hungry after eating, lol… A new sushi😂
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Took an hour past reservation to be seated and food came out late
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I made a reservation on a Friday night in anticipation of a busy environment. I was asked to wait by the bar while my table was free… an hour later I didn’t get a table… I ended up ordering drinks and dessert at the bar. Not the experience I wanted when coming to a trendy place.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The place wasn’t open for the reservation
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We went for my birthday on a Thursday morning and the restaurant was nice and empty (until about an hour later when more people starting coming). Our waitress was nice and the food was presentable. I’m not used to this type of food but for what it was, it was pretty good. The mimosas were delicious and not to sweet. The espresso martini was also really good and I don’t usually drink those. Overall a good experience. The restaurant is decorated really nicely with cute photo spots
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Good Menu needs more options! Drinks, service, ambience are amazing!
  16. TF

    TonyF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    The empanadillas were excellent and the drinks are good. It's trying to be a club more than a restaurant so it's not a place to go to talk. Most of the rest of the food was decent but not fantastic and is quite expensive. So its more like a club that sells better than average food or a loud and overpriced restaurant. We arrived a few minutes early and there was no hostess for 10 minutes. We were put at a table in the back right next to the dj, requested to be moved so we could be towards the front open area, and despite only half the tables taken, they refused. It's new and we really want them to do well but not sure we will be returning.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    The service wasn’t good; my friend bought two drinks, and they gave her one different. We waited for a long time to receive our drinks and food. I don't like it.
  18. OT

    OTkm

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location/ambiance! Delicious food, huge portions.
  19. J

    Jamma

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We came here with friends after hearing everyone talk about it. We put in our food order and waited 30 minutes. The server came over and told us the power was out and we had to close out without getting our food.
  20. DS

    DanetteS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    What’s the point of a reservation. Get there on time and a 20 minute wait? Service very, very slow. Drinks and food good once we got it.
  21. G

    Grace

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Love the openness of this spot. I love U-shaped bars…makes it a friendlier place. How they opened up the darkness and put in the partial glass ceiling was smart. The outdoor seating is modern and nicely done. Loved the lit shelving against the cement wall. The bar chairs could use some cushions so you don’t have waffle legs if you are wearing shorts or a skirt. Only had the ceviche and scallops. Both were fresh and tasty. Scallops were so tender but between the two dishes, I’d recommend the ceviche. Their happy hour drink prices are on point. The New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is tasty. Service was sparse….took a bit for a hostess to greet and seat us. All staff are nice but like many places seemed under staffed for regular seating service. Took awhile to be able to order. Recommend the bartenders help out when they aren’t busy and the servers need help.
  22. A

    Adri

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love how they offer fresh Puerto Rican/Dominican plates! Love the vibes and attire people wear. It's like sitting back and watching people work street wear at Paris Fashion Week. Oh and my Dutch Baby pancake that wasn't so "baby" was soooo filling...
  23. D

    Damael

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The host was polite same as our server but we had a reservation and we still waited 40 minutes. I think it will be nice to be careful about being overbooked.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I like the place , but I was expecting something better for brunch, I’d like to go back more like in the evening to check if the vibe it’s different
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Melody was attentive and engaging. The space was beautifully Instagramable and full of “weekend energy” with a fun DJ too. Management offered complimentary shots since we dined for such a long time, super nice. They did not rush us at all. Food was well prepared and fresh. Grouper was amazing! And the scallop aquachile starter was the table favorite. We will be back for brunch.
  26. E

    Edgar

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    the ceviche is good, but need to improve in the tostadas
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food2service1ambience1
    Didn’t seat me where I asked .
  28. G

    Gunther

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Although this is a very nice layout and decoration of the restaurant but needs proper space planning. The tables for 2 are way to small to properly dine, busy already wine glasses and bread plates. We had the empanadillas and the Grouper. While portions are big, I always opt for small and quality. I would not recommend either. Actually the Empanadas made us both sick and feeling bloated. The fish was ok but was flavorless. What’s missing is a wine selection, basically none existing. Overall great place for martinis etc. The place is fairly new and maybe still trying to find their niche. I’ll be back in a few months and will try again and perhaps update my review for the better, we’ll see.
  29. FR

    FoodReviewer619

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The aesthetics of the restaurant were nice. Drinks were good. Food was very ok and overpriced. Our waitress was very nice. May come back back for a drink, but would not for food.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience5
    It was my Birthday Celebration
  31. M

    Mulldog

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best new restaurant in Little Italy, San Diego…
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We felt like they were understaffed. Noone bussed our table, very little check in. The fritters were burnt, scallops bland, homemade doughnut dessert was cakey and dry. Overall disappointed. Drink menu was interesting.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Needs to have more umbrellas. We sat at a table and had to move. We then saw 4 other couples do the exact same thing
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    I reserved a table, but was seated at the patio instead. It would’ve been better to know ahead of time. It was unusually hot that day and reserved the table for that reason, but once parked $25 parking space, walked over to check it out for the first time, we were told we had to sit outside and were given choices in the sun (uncovered area) mostly. We sat in the corner at the only table with an umbrella. We were dressed up and had to go home to change after. The place is lovely, the food choices could use more protein plates, so I will have to go again. It was uncomfortable and we hurried our meal.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We made a reservation for the patio but they did not honor it & sat us in the corner of the room instead. Portions are small and very expensive. Cocktails tasted watered down. Disappointed overall.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We had a reservation for four, on a Saturday at 5pm. Cocktails: They were beautifully made, with appearance and flavors fitting the price point. The three we tried at our table all tasted as if they were designed to not taste like alcohol, or they were poured light. Food: The food tasted great and was beautifully plated. We had the cochinita pibil, which is a shared entree. It was delicious. We also ordered the 1lb swordfish. This was the best tasting thing of all we ordered. We had the empanadillas. Very nice flavor, but if you’re looking for the huitlacoche, you will not find it. The ceviche and scallop aguachile were both lovely. Our table enjoyed the ceviche more. The aguachile had beautifully prepared, sweet, scallops, but could have benefitted from some flaky (maybe even smoked Maldon) salt, sprinkled over top. Atmosphere: The options for patio seating were not great, for four people. For 2, or separately for 6-8 (with a reservation), it would be ok. There are only tiny tables, bar-height tiny tables and one large table on the patio. The decor is lovely. We found it notable that if you sit inside, you miss out on the view, on a great corner, in Little Italy. The music was ‘pumping’…sort of, San Diego bar scene, and quite loud. In my opinion, this detracts from the lovely meal and it is a miss, in terms of setting a vibe, where anyone might want to return and pay what they charge, for a nice dinner. Summary: We loved the food & decor. We also think coming for happy hour would be fun, but there’s a disconnect in terms of making it all work and flow together.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for my birthday. Had resos for 10am on a saturday, right when they opened, and it was pretty empty. we got to chose where we wanted to sit and even tho it was hot they were good seats ! would def come back
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was terrible, up beat vide was fun, it was uncomfortably hot, service was slow, waiter was nice
  39. GD

    GabD

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and ambiance. Food was good, but we went there on a Friday at 2pm and most of the menu were breakfast items. Wish they would add a couple of lunch items to their daily brunch menu.

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You can order delivery directly from Coco Maya using the Order Online button.

Coco Maya is rated 4.3 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 26 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • Order online
Google Map for Coco Maya

1660 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2516

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:30 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–12:00 am Sun 10:00 am–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Latin, Caribbean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 848-7414

  • Private party facilities

    We have private event dining spaces with televisions for presentations and sound plug ins

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