Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant

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29 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Mexican
(We are The New Spot in The Gaslamp)

The space is unique to San Diego, feeling almost New York City like. Chandeliers, Club leather furniture, marble table tops, cocktails that, though, called tiki, are not really the tiki you would imagine.

The cocktails are met with a menu mostly unfamiliar to San Diego. Baja California is where Baja meets San Diego. In a time and place where we need to spotlight it most. Relying on ancient and modern techniques and cross-border ingredients with a nuevo approach to menu delivery, the culinary story will highlight oysters, seafare from baja and produce highlighting the southern california region, including foraged ingredients.

Juan tequila is located in the Gaslamp. We are proud of the story we are telling and the team we have built to make this happen.

Welcome to Juan Tequila. Straight Up Classy™

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Complimentary specials

All Day 50% off Tequila & Mezcal under $30 + Street Tacos for $2.5

Tuesdays all day enjoy 50% Off on Tequila & Mezcal under $30/shot. Street Tacos $2.5 all day! (Specialty Tacos not included)

$5 Late night menu: House Marg, House Wine or Tecate Beer

Enjoy the late night menu with $5 Margaritas, House Wine or Tecate Beer.

$5 Menu: House Marg, House Wine or Tecate Beer

Enjoy the $5 Happy Hour Menu with: $5 House Margaritas, $5 House Wine, $5 Tecate Beer, $5 (two) Street Tacos, $5 Cali Fries

What 29 people are saying
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Corbot
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and lovely and attentive staff. Food was also delicious. The live music was also definitely a treat. Would recommend to anyone who finds them self in San Diego.

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JBond
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was good service w a feee tequila shot for our birthday girl . The ceviche and guacamole was really good! Tacos decent Z only complaint is the smoke occasionally coming out from top

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Clott
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was good, service was slow but the biggest issue was the seating. Hip cocktail tables with no back bar stool, very uncomfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and Latin music.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Band was a little loud, but good music. Taco Tuesday deal was fantastic and totally worth the noise

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TheOttos
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We made reservations here here thinking it was a different place but decided to stay even though they had no record or idea a reservation had been made. The decor is nice but the vibe felt more like a want to be Miami night club with a live DJ & a handful of young people being loud & drinking (at 5:30 on a Sunday night). They do have a huge tequila selection but I ordered a simple strawberry house margarita & they were out of strawberries so opted for passion fruit. There was nothing spectacular about the drinks - pretty typical. The server didn’t seem to know the level of spiciness I’d the dishes & even after asking the kitchen didn’t clarify much. As someone who doesn’t do spice (but hubby does) let’s just say there is nothing we had that was “mild”. The chips & salsa were spicy - even for my husband. We ordered the octopus & potato appetizer which was good but it was literally 4-5 small bites of octopus & probably 15 mini potatoes. The tacos we got were good & hubby said the rice was nose-wateringly spicy.

Overall not a bad place but with all the other options in the area, not someplace I personally would go back to.

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DavidF
New England
19 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Because of tgelive music and general acoustics, I wouldn't recommend this for a dinner you want to talk through at moderate voices. BUT: we had a fun time regardless, the food and cocktails were REALLY GREAT, and the staff did their utmost to give us a good time. So yes: highly recommended!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great meal and fabulous margaritas at Juan’s Tequila Bar. The quality of the food was great and the tequila selection is incredibly large. Had a taste of Nosotros Blanco and Reposado. Both were very smooth and enjoyable. Learned a lot about tequila from the very knowledgeable and friendly owner. This was our first visit to the Gaslamp area and we will definitely make Juan’s Tequila Bar & Restaurant our go to place when we visit San Diego again. Happy diners from Ohio!! Don’t miss this gem on 4th.

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vipCherryF
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a unique little place. The staff was very helpful in making our selections. I'll definitely go back there when I am in San Diego.

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vipPete
Omaha
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our meal and very pleasant atmosphere. Had tacos, they were great! Finished the meal with their homemade flan, that was outstanding! Good evening

TD
vipTonyD
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juan Tequila Bar had a great vibe. Our server, Bonnie, was super friendly, knowledgeable and very concerned about our experience. Every dish was excellent and the craft cocktails were perfectly mixed and balanced. I'd recommend this to anyone!

DZ
DeeZee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks here were AMAZING!! I was pleasantly surprised. Staff was friendly and I highly recommend the fish tacos and their paloma!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The service outstanding, their vegan options are amazing and the ambience with the live music couldn’t be better. I really recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had tacos de papa! 😉
The mushrooms al mezcal are insanely good! Music was spot on and my favorite drink was "you know the words"

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bartender was extremely knowledgeable and really nice. Learned a lot about the tequila we were drinking and he made some excellent suggestions. If I lived in SD, this would be my go to spot.

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ErikaL
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Joe was amazing! We will be back! The drinks were delicious!

RK
RacerKim
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was a bad night for the servers obviously. Although they were very nice, they failed to serve us everything we had ordered the first time without a reminder. They were unable to make a Cadillac margarita since they don’t stock Grand Marnier. And when the check came, the tacos hadn’t been discounted at half price for taco Tuesday.

The food was tapas style. This is not a Mexican restaurant.

We probably won’t be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Enjoyable atmosphere with great music playing on the 2nd floor balcony. Food is tasty and the drinks are a treat. I will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are the best in Gaslamp by far! Food is really good too! I am often eating downtown and this new place is now my favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I‘ve had the Pork Belly Taquitos and that was the best plate I could ever asked for. Then they recommended the Hongos al Mezcal which were delicious and I finally ordered Camarones Juan Tequila. Food was great and cocktails outstanding! Go to this place!!

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vipEnelram2
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Food very bad. Plates came different time. Not Mexican food.

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MaurineB
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun vibe! Decor very hip!

The live guitarist was FANTASTIC! Mostly instrumental music.....they could turn the volume down slightly as we had hard time hearing each other talking.

Food was unique and delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The cocktails were great but the food was very salty and the service was slow .

HB
HannahB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food and drinks. Service was kind of slow considering it was not busy. Would recommend trying for the food and drinks

FH
FredH
Jackson Hole
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of Mezcals in a cool downtown atmosphere. A smaller venue, but still very comfortable. They are new, so when I asked for a menu of drinks, I was given a list with about 10-15 pages of alcohol, but none of it had prices. I'm sure they will fix this in the near future, because who needs a random price order that could cost me who knows what??

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The drinks were really good, but our food was super salty.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cocktails Ive tried are too good. The menu is creative, really recomend their mussels con chorizo and the conejo tamales. I had a good time, the place looks great and the staff took care of us well even though it was busy.

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vipPaulO
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Obe Juan Kenobi margarita was quite good, but meal went downhill from there.
The rabbit seemed deep fried, rather than braised and I found no saddle- just leg. Masa cakes were cold.
Caesar salad served with over charred but cold shrimp and greens and dressing that didn’t taste like Caesar.
Humboldt County oysters were probably fine, but were served after the fried rabbit, so my enthusiasm was diminished.
Duck chilaquiles seemed to be served on a bed of bagged blue corn chips.
The place looked great, hope they can work out the food issues.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely new place! Definitely worth checking it out

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Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 458-9455.

Juan Tequila Bar & Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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