Curadero

4.0
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Soulful and sustainable coastal Mexican street food served in a fun and casual yet edgy/rustic atmosphere.
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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The person serving our table really left a lot to be desired. Had he not been so arrogant, it would’ve been a better evening.

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AS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch & breakfast menu. Tasty drinks!

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MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was ok. Didn’t die from it, but nothing to write home about. Everytime you ask the waitress a question she would say “I don’t know, let me go ask.” And then she’d disappear for a few minutes. Guess it’s better than making things up, but learn the menu ! I would temper all of this by saying that I really don’t like the whole downtown scene, so I didn’t have a great attitude walking in. Dirty, loud, crowded and a lot of homeless wandering around. I honestly don’t see the point.

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y
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Knew nothing about the restaurant except that it is close to the symphony hall. Turns out it is in the old Salt Box restaurant location. The margaritas were the best I have ever had - no mixes. Try the classic as it is very dry and well balanced - served up. Guacamole was extremely fresh and very large for sharing. The ceviche was also wonderful - lots of perfectly diced veggies in with the seafood - hot but not overly so. Tried the octopus tacos as well - delicious. We will be back to try the entrees next time.

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BH
New England
16 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Drinks overly sweet.
Food bland and mushy.
Service rude
Not a win.

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EM
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

get some real salsas and season the food please. You need a mexican in the kitchen ASAP!

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J
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Curadero was a new find...close to the Civic Theater and with food choices that seemed good. It fulfilled our expectations and more. Every bite of food was excellent, as well as good service. Authentic, spicy...just great! If I have one quibble it is that a large party came in after us and instead of sitting down and ordering they meandered around their tables which meant we had...let’s just say it...people’s rear ends practically in our faces as we ate. I’m pretty sure there’s a nice way for management to handle this in the future. But, all that being said...I’ll be back and I’ll be back with friends and family!

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PZ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, service and with Saturday happy hour prices.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellently prepared creative Mexican with very friendly service and great margaritas

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DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

At first I must admit I was apprehensive as the place was empty at 12:15 on a Saturday for lunch, but the food ended up being wonderful and the servers were very nice.

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was very slow. Sat for 10 mins before we were given menus or a glass of water

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KD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I would recommend to a friend for the drinks alone

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PD
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Appetizers and drinks. Bartender was very good

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t
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Friendly staff. Nice place.

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s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

The starters of Guacamole and Brisket Tacos were pretty good and had some modern flair. The Pozole was terrible. I never send food back, but I could not eat it. It was unusually bitter and the pork was just greasy threads. The hominy was overcooked. Big disappointment since I love Pozole. Then, I ordered a ceviche, but was brought the wrong one... meanwhile I waited 15 minutes for it. I had to flag down the waiter to get it corrected. Sangria was way too sweet. Strange, uneven meal. I also was wondering why Open Table is promoting this place when you cannot get points for dining. We won't be back.

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BF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The people that work here were really nice !! The food was good and reasonable at happy hour time :)) I think we almost tried everything on the menu . Would definitely go back !!!

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KJ
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I really enjoyed our experience at Curadero. The service was perfect and the people were warm and welcoming. The cocktails were tasty and well balanced. We really enjoyed the fish ceviche appetizer. Our entrees were perfect size. Not too much and not too little although I did see some reviews that the plates were skimpy for the price but we didn't leave hungry and I felt the quality warranted the price. The only negative was the lack of intimacy. Our neighbors were seated pretty close to us so we could hear their conversation and they could hear ours. I would suggest maybe spacing the seating out a tad. I would definitely eat there again and look forward to my next visit.

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a
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Cute spot and decor. Food and drink were underwhelming

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HS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food wasn't very flavorful. It felt like it needed salt. The plates have great intentions and are inspired on authentic and innovative recipes, but the flavor was not there for me. I had the ceviche peruano, mushroom soup and queso fundido, among the things.

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RB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was just okay at best, very bland and the portions were small.

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OT
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great fish tacos, margaritas!

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JC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Don’t get the Ahí Al Pastor. The sopes were delicious as well as the tostadas and salsa, and the drinks!

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CV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

This place wasn’t too bad, it just didn’t wow. Mushroom Soup lacked flavor, never got the salt and pepper I asked for, luckily there was a lemon on my GF’s salad that I used. Her Mexican Caesar was very yummy, Telera croutons were a nice touch. She got the enchiladas de mole, it was ok, more burnt tasting than sweet, the rice was oddly crispy on the outside, like it was cooked and then they re-fried it. I ordered the tamale with green sauce and a order of plaintains, both I would recommend. We both had the Jamaica Spritzer to drink, I would go back for that.

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The decor and location is fantastic, the service was not very good and the big disappointment was the food, I had chicken tacos and they were blunt with little to no taste. The coleslaw served with it was much nicer. I was really hoping for a good meal. And you would expect better service at a place like this.

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JL
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was okay. Food was good, but tough competition for Mexican food in SD. Service was ehh.

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T
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Tamarind ice cream! The freshest churros. Great food!

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d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Came here for restaurant week dinner with friends. The atmosphere seemed promising but that was about it. Drinks were weak and food was disappointing. Very difficult to have a conversation without having to yell at each other. I guess I have to continue to believe that there is no such thing as gourmet Mexican food and just stick to traditional taco shops to get my fix.

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KJ
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Excellent enchiladas with mole sauce, great presentation. Beef tacos had incredible flavor. The only down side was the service. Our waiter was gruff and seemed irritated when we had questions. After the meal was served we never saw him again. In fact, I had to ask the bartender for our check. She couldn't cash it out so she had to find another waiter (couldn't find ours) to complete the transaction. Aside from the service, it was a good experience.

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GC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved how comfortable the setting was. Ceviche and drinks were great!

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C
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good. Loved the service and Ahi Tuna!

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MW
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Yelp reviews ran the gamut but our experience was positive. The food was very good, we had delicious guacamole and chips as a starter and shared the carne asada plate which was plenty of food for two. Our waiter was knowledgeable about gluten free options which is always helpful.

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FL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insanely delicious! So glad we went!

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S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for before concert or theater down town. Food is excellent, with excellent takes on Mexican Cuisine with very good fresh seafood tostadas or tacos, carnitas (both on bone and off), excllent drinks and beer selection. Service is friendly and efficient. Prices are reasonable.

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L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Poor table service, slow bar service, slow kitchen, mediocre food. Our table was left unattended for long periods of time throughout the evening. Everyone was happy having one cocktail before dinner until the food was so late coming out of the kitchen that we ordered another round, although it was not easy getting our server’s attention. At least fifteen minutes after ordering the second round of drinks the food finally arrived but still no cocktails, we were well into our meal when the second round of drinks finally arrived. The food was disappointing, overall it was a very expensive meal for such an underwhelming experience.

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EM
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

It is a lively restaurant with nice decor. The food was expensive and fair quality.

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s
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Very over priced for the quality. They must do better to sell high end Mexican food in San Diego. There are many better options.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was creative and tasty - especially the fish of the day (rockfish) wrapped in a banana leaves. The rice was delicious. The guacamole needed a little salt. Service was not super attentive / fast but servers were friendly and accommodating. We had theatre tickets and were rushed. I would definitely go back for happy hour, lunch, or dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The Ceviche was a soup

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing! I can’t recall his name, but the entire experience was fantastic!

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MV
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The ambiance is fun and the food is creative and fresh. The margarita cocktail list is very refreshing, not a bunch of sweet and fruity options but real flavor. The ahi tostada was great. The watermelon pepita salad was not as interesting as I had imagined. We still had a wonderful time and I will return to try some other items on the menu.

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