Death By Tequila

4.1
156 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Death by Tequila. We know, we know, muy oscuro. We don’t mean it literally, of course. After all, our vibe is all about passion, community and good times. As the saying goes, “los muertos al cajón y los vivos al fiestón” (the dead to the coffin and the living to the party). We’re so particular about great produce that we insist on growing our own at local heritage farm, Aschbrenner Acres. Small batches of special varieties you won’t find anywhere else. They may not be the easiest to grow, but they’re packed with flavor. Each day, we roll up our sleeves and get our hands in the dirt. We crunch into this, bite into that and pick only the plumpest, ripest, tastiest organic vegetables, gently seasoned by the ocean air.
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience2

If you sit outside you will be cold as there is no heating. The quality of the NY strip beef was poor.
For the food and ambiance it can feel over priced.

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Cole
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Food was okay, nothing memorable. Service was AWFUL. They weren't busy and seemed fully staffed so there wasn't an excuse for drinks and food production to be painfully slow. We had to get the manager's attention to order more food. Really loud inside because the music was turned up.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Unique, tasty offerings. Not your “stuff yourself with chips, rice, and beans” kind of Mexican place.

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MikelC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Apps were amazingly done.!! Drinks were also on point.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great margaritas! Enjoyed the salsa and guacamole app, empanadas and carnitas. Fun spot.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and so were the food and drinks. I little drafty and pricey but good for a date.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good food, great drinks, a bit annoying the table has a time limit and once we received our food and ate they asked us to hurry up as others were waiting for the table.

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Steph
Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and can’t wait to go again! We wanted fresh, local Mexican-inspired food and this place delivered. From the appetizers to our meal to our drinks, everything was fresh and full of flavor. Our server was friendly, engaging, and attentive, and the indoor/outdoor atmosphere was spacious and inviting. Highly recommend!

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vipFachoy
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cocktails were scrumptious, lobster roll was delicious the dozen Oysters were fresh but, seemed tiny.

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vipJulieC
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service was wonderful and welcoming.

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vipTonyF
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Just average.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of my most favorite restaurants!! Will definitely be eating here again!!

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StacyW
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Original and tasty menu, I like being able to choose several small dishes. The margaritas are fresh and perfect.

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vipSDWineReviews
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great margaritas. And the food is delicious and reasonably priced.

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vipeatoften
Seattle
40 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I really do love good and fresh and nice new twists with any restaurant. And if all the other parts of dining out were in place here this would have been great.
But.
Right off the service was bad. I get the challenges with help these days and this guy did show up so my criticism would be with the manager and owner for not doing their job and teaching their staff the basics.

I don’t need a story about how great the tequila is or treated like its my first time dining out. 10 min for a glass of water? 15 min for chips and salsa? Then assumed we didn’t want dinner and left us for another 10 min without asking?
I had plenty of time to watch the whole crew and clearly nobody there had a sense of service.
Get some staff trained, axe the DJ, step it up to the level the chef is providing.
Good luck.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall good experience

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GolfingG57
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service OK food.

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JeannineR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and drinks. Awesome service. The music was way too loud. Unable to have conversations with our group.

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vipDavethediner
San Diego
229 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Margaritas were great as usual - short rib and carnitas tacos were great - soft shell crab was a little off - waitperson seemed to leave us after drink orders but we were eventually rescued by another waitperson

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Jazzy
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This was our first time dining with DxT, and definitely won’t be the last. Our waitress Isabelle was nothing short of amazing, from her attentiveness to her recommendations. This was a great experience!

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Hannah
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We were really looking forward to trying this place out and SO disappointed. We had reservations for outdoor seating, but they had nothing available when we came at our reserved time that we had to wait 45 minutes. Worst part was that the food was truly flavorless for being so pricey, and you will be charged extra for ordering tequila neat off of their tequila list. I’ve been to places that have charged for large ice cubes but this was a first!

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vipsandiegovicky
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had an excellent meal and drinks for a birthday celebration and everything was amazing. We had the salsa combo, shrimp ceviche, shrimp quesadilla, pork taco and beef taco. We will be going back again.

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Dudemandudetron
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Could be good but hit or miss service and food quality

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both the food and drinks were incredible! I had the Guava Margarita and the Wildcat cocktail and both were very refreshing. The food had wonderful, fresh made flavors. Ambiance was great as well. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Very cute place. Very loud music inside but I actually enjoy that, just thought I should mention for those who don’t. Unfortunately the food was pretty bad. My friend and I ordered 4 items total and only liked one. They did have generous wine pours!

1. Queso Fundido w/chorizo - this was ok, chips weren’t great and queso was extremely oily. I couldn’t eat much at all as there was a large deep visible pool on top of the entire serving dish besides the very corners
2. Ceviche - my friend liked this, I don’t eat seafood so I don’t have details
3. Carnitas taco - carnitas was very dry, couldn’t taste any sauce or anything and somehow even though it was dry it was sitting in a giant pool of oil, which seemed to be the theme of the meal. I’m not afraid of a little grease, I love taco shop tacos, but this was crazy without the flavor to go with. I asked for hot sauce and was given Tabasco. What San Diego Mexican restaurant, let alone an upscale one, gives people Tabasco as hot sauce for their tacos?!
4. Black angus short rib taco - my friend ordered this so I don’t have details but he did not enjoy it.

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vipmichelleg
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Never been DBT since my move to Carlsbad, but finally was able to try it this weekend. I had an awesome time meeting other people. The drinks that Monique recommended were amazing. Love the margaritas and all. Monique is an awesome server, she’s polite courteous and always smiling she’s a great server :))

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Meljans
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Amazing tacos, tortillas, ceviche and margs!

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VanessaT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, wish I remembered her name, she suggested alterations to our order that she thought would better suit our group and she was spot on. She was on it with getting additional rounds of drinks and so patient with a great attitude. With our large group and a baby, she totally nailed it. We’ll be back.

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Lizzie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It's awesome to finally be getting more authentic Baja style food in North County. Cocktails were great with fresh squeezed juice; salsa and guac were unique and fantastic, food was wonderful. (Except the short rib tacos which sort of sucked). But overall, great friendly service with outside seating, great food and beautiful cocktails. Wonderful night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

We had such high hopes but was greatly disappointed. The drinks are delicious, definitely worth coming back for them. But the food and service were both sub par. The food was lacking flavor and quite overpriced for the quality.

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vipMargarita
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Tacos were excellent! I highly recommend the carnitas taco and the rice. Portions are very generous.

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AnneP
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all. Our waiter (I think Dominic) was so wonderful and kind, and fun! The we shopped for an afternoon and returned to Andrew the bar manager, who took great care of us. We will be back! Loved it all!! Anne and Shirin!!!!

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Matt
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

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RickSanchez
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date spot. Drinks and food were fantastic.

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vipRonz
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent drinks . Eclectic food choices. Try the himacci and clams and mussels . Both are very good . We really enjoyed our evening at DBT and will return soon

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Sabrina
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

I'm not sure if it was this particular night, but the food was VERY disappointing! My husband and I first experienced Death by Tequila a couple years ago, and WOW! We have been saying for the longest time we HAD to come back. After all that time, we finally visited last night. First, I ordered the shrimp quesadilla tacos. Three tacos arrive, and two of the tacos had a sliced shrimp and a half, and one of the tacos had ONE sliced shrimp. I don't understand why it would leave the kitchen this way.. Second, my husband ordered the Tomahawk dish, we seriously waited another 40 minutes after I ate my tacos.. after waiting ALL THAT TIME, the meal was completely DRY and TOUGH. Seriously, it was inedible that my husband ordered some more sauce on the side to help chew the meat, but he gave up and left the rest on the plate. Imagine how disappointed you would be. We ended up leaving hungry still and bought taco bell on the way back (funny, but that's the sad part). The waiter was very kind the whole time and knew the conditions of the food and how much longer we waited.. but if it was not for the drinks or music, I would have treated that night completely different.. I woke up the next day thinking about how much we spent for dinner and still feeling disappointed how our dinner actually went, I felt I had to write my review. Its VERY SAD to say, Death by Tequila is not what we remembered and not sure if we can recommend this restaurant like we once did...

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Ryan
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Service was great! Drinks were great! But the food was really expensive for the quality of ingredients and execution. Ordered a Cesar salad and the lettuce was old and tasted dirty, had multiple stale chips that were brought with our salsa sampler, one tortilla of a taco had a big chunk missing (could tell it was handmade and piece broke off but at first it looked like a bite had been taken out) and one tortilla with a taco was so hard it snapped in half when we attempted to eat it.The restaurant definitely has potential…maybe it was a bad night. It’s sucks spending that amount of money to get poor execution or ingredients.

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vipSandiegostate
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was really disappointed by my experience at Death by Tequila in Encinitas. Had reservations for inside was put at table outside right in front of their dj. We could barely hear each other and it was beyond uncomfortable. We asked the hostess if we could sit else where she said no, and didn't try to remedy the situation. The music got louder and we asked again to please put us anywhere else, and we were told you can't switch tables and then we would be put at the end of the hour and half waitlist for a different table. Even though we had reservations. Having been in the industry myself I was really
taken aback by the way we were spoken to and treated. Horrendous horrendous customer service and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The noise level with added DJ music made it impossible to have a conversation. Everyone enjoyed their cocktails but there were hits and misses with the food. The salsa’s, empanadas, smoked sweet potatoes and quesadillas were all tasty. The ceviche was just ok. The Cameron Michelada was not. The sauce was tasty but the 5 “local shrimp” were tiny and not worth the $22price tag. Overall just ok for our party of 4.

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MichaelM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good and service were great, food was meh.

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Death By Tequila offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 795-9143.

Death By Tequila is rated 4.1 stars by 156 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.