King & Queen Cantina - San Diego

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$30 and under
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Mexican
King & Queen Cantina is a Modern Mexican Cuisine with a special twist. The food & drink will blow your mind. Something different and unique.
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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, great staff, awesome drinks and exciting décor.

AL
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

This place is a hit and miss. I have been here a few times and there are times when service is amazing then other times when service makes it not worth going any more. The only reason I come back is for the food. Food here is great and always delicious! a

GR
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Service was very good nice but food was not to the level expected for an upscale restaurant. We were there for Brunch restaurant was loud. Maybe Brunch just isn’t there thing but whit the choices we have in San Diego for an amazing Brunch experience this would not be a place I would return

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a total of 9 people in out brunch party. We got there at 11:30AM on a Saturday. Right off the bat as soon as we sat down our waiter Leo told us that the bottomless mimosas won’t be served to us if we are roudy, loud, basically a nuisance. That we can’t chug them cause we will be cut off. Mind you we haven’t even had the chance to order ANYTHING. We were all just saying hello to each other since we are a great group of friends. So Leo pretty much killed our vibe since he came over to regulate our table before we had a chance to order anything. We were pre-judged because of our energy. Then when we were being poured our drinks one of our friends asked a question about the alcohol. He then proceeded to tel is he’s a recovering alcoholic and that he knows the struggle and battle. So at this point our whole mood is killed. We cannot relate to his struggles as we are not going though that. We felt truly disrespected and attacked. The Food was mediocre. But I don’t think I’ll be back here since our energy is too much for this place to handle and the fact that we were pre judged and regulated as if we were kids.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great for any type of celebration, it has such a great vibe. The staff was really friendly and on top of everything.

RM
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around an amazing experience! I went for my birthday. I was excited for the margarita flight and the churro cart. Our server was very attentive and had a fun, positive attitude. The place is beautiful, food is amazing and drinks did not disappoint! I already recommended it to one of my friends and she will be going for her birthday this Thursday. Thank you!

LM
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious fajitas! Amazing margaritas! Cody was our waiter and he was excellent!

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visited a busy Saturday Thatshown to the table at the booked time, menu is interesting covering a lot of varied tastes. We ordered a starter to share and two mains with a side, the nacho starter was the best my wife had ever had apparently. Was disappointed that immediately we started to eat the starter the mains were delivered, I know it was a busy night but trying us to rush us through our meal is not good service,
The House Tacos were another good choice by my wife while I had the belly pork burrito which was tasty,
To drink we had the Golden margarita which comes with an extra shot which was a pleasant experience.
The house does set a two hour limit on the table but it does feel they are trying to rush you through much faster than that.

DN
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After walking past it multiple times on multiple visits to San Diego, we finally decided to visit and quite honestly, we are glad we did. King and Queen was a great place to have dinner. My wife and I had the pork belly tacos, the fish tacos and the bone marrow tacos--plus the chips and guacamole. (Plus a mescal tasting) WAY more than we could realistically eat but we tried! We really enjoyed our meal and would return the next time we are in San Diego. (there is so more much more on their menu so there are lots of things we need to try.)

AS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had a reservation booked a month prior for 15. When we arrived,the table wasn't available. The only option was to split our party :( I was a weeee bit annoyed, because who wants to do that.?! HOWEVER, I believe the manager (bald gentlemen) was very apologetic and really tried to find different ways to help. His energy was very sincere and I appreciate that. Also, our waiter Leo was thee best. Keep this gem forever. He was very entertaining, helpful, and engaged. This could have went downhill, but King and Queen customer service is amazing. That is why I will continue coming back. food, drinks, and ambiance were great. Thank you for a great evening.

ME
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brianna was so friendly, helpful and informative! Great personality, and wonderful service!

MC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Everyone is very friendly. A little loud on the second floor but overall a great place to visit

R
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday brunch here on a Sunday. Our waitress, Dani, was super attentive to all 10 of us and the food was amazing. Make reservations!

GZ
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st tine there for Sunday Brunch! Lived the food and Vibe if the restaurant!!

H
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Food was great drinks were A lil weak . Biggest issue was as we was waiting on our deserts the waitress came up to me and ask me if I needed a box to go and I said no thank you I would like another margarita and at which time she informed me I had to take it to go because my time was up ! Wow she says theres A two hour limit I was shocked and said Ive never heard of that before and she even stated the hostess should have notified me of this ..I said should I have been notified when I made my online reservation or in person before being seated I would have NOT ate there ! Manger came and said sorry and basically it is what it is and gave us 15 mins to finish! I wouldn't return to this place and have expressed to other people that have gone there about this horrible experience un heard of !

GG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

King & Queen during happy hour is just SO nice. And if you're going with a large party, request Leo to be your server! He's the best!

CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience1

The food was great but it was too loud to enjoy. Hands down the best sangria I have ever had, though.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very noisy.

P
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Fantastic food in an energetic, elegant Little Italy location. Each dish (there were 5 of us altogether) had its own distinct flavor, colors, presentation. Excellent mix of greens, fish, meats. You must try the fish and fries---whole tilapia fried to perfection. Very good salsas. Really hot grilled peppers. Enormous drinks. Flavorful. The restaurant is far too loud for our taste and please tell me what is the need for mindless sexploitive videos playing overhead and over the bar. This is our second trip. Food and drinks get better and better . Noise grows louder and louder. Its certainly not the people drinking and dining. Everybody seemed well dressed, well mannered, quiet and happy. Its the audio and video which are huge distractions and completely unnecessary to a place with such high quality food and drink. (We were there on a Wednesday from 6:30 pm to about 8:30 pm.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The house taco sampler were all delicious and the margs were great! The service was terrific, ask for Bri!

F
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and service a lot. I’d go back to this place.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful atmosphere for a Monday night. Food is delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok but not sure we were seated next to the restrooms when they had plenty of other tables, we felt excluded.

D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks are always great! Korean tacos are the best!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the place, everything was almost perfect, the music tho it was loud, my friends and I were screaming not talking... a little bit anointing

TF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The drinks and salsa were good, but our Tijuana platter was not.

DF
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and nice server. Seated quickly. Lots of food options. The decor was fun and the outdoor upper deck patio was awesome

JD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pork belly app and sharing taco combos with a date was a great choice! You get to try a bit of everything.

F
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit at King and Queen Catina was phenomenal. We had amazing service, outstanding food and delicious drinks. The bone marrow tacos are such a creative and delicious dish. What really awed us was the table side smoked old fashion. The old fashioned really embodied the smoky flavors of the bay leaves and wood chips. We will definitely be returning soon.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Food was good. We were forewarned the there was a 2 hr table limit on Friday nights but felt harassed from the time we were served our meal. They were trying to clear our plates every pass by the table. Had to wait and ask twice for one of our party’s wine that didn’t come with the other drinks. Very noisy. Server was pleasant but very busy, rushed and distracted. Won’t go back. Too metro crazy.

RB
Milwaukee
17 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Friday night. Very loud. They obviously were focused on getting us in and out. Entrees arrived a few minutes after our quacamole. Good portions. Food was just ok.

BA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. The food, drinks and ambiance are wonderful.

A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service from Cody! Food was middle of the road and pricey! They charged us a $1 just for a little 1/4 cup of salsa. :(

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to try new places and I had seen an advertisement on Instagram. I showed my husband and we made a reservation. We had the best time. Food was good, service was outstanding and the vibe was super chill. I am a huge day of the dead decor follower and I loved everything about this place. Highly recommend.
Great job King & Queen Cantina

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first time going and went with a few friends, our waitress Itzel was amazing. She was friendly and attentive to our requests and needs for the whole time we were there. Loved it and dont let the margarita flight fool you, they might look small but are so flavorful and filling

OT
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Delicious food!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We arrived a little earlier than expected, and the host advised she moved our reservation so that we maybe seated asap, after realizing several walkins with no reservations we spoke with another host who advised she never updated our reservation after sitting for 44min, and she wasn't apologetic at all. The only reason I gave this restaurant 3 stars is because the food and drinks are decent, and the wait staff is awesome.

S
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

They don't Respect Reservations. I made A Reservation for Outdoor sitting for a Party Of 2 and They Blew It Off. They Put Me and My Husband Who Was Celebrating His 26th Birthday In A Hidden Area With no View. I asked The Hostess If I Could Please Be Moved To The Outside patio Area Since That's What I Had Chosen To do When I Made The Reservation. She Said First Come First serve But Then Again What Is The a point Of A Reservation??! We Were Completely Disappointed At that Point. It Took A long Time For Our Waitress To Come By And Take Our Order. The Food Was Good. but We ended Up Getting Sick The Rest Of The Night... overall It was Very Disappointing First experience.. I will Most Likely Not Be Returning Here Again.

DV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The host staff was very rude. Food was good and servers were very nice.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went for brunch. It was all of our first time going. Margarita flight is great. Food was good but our waiter was not too happy about a lot of modifications also took a couple times for food to come out right. However, I will come again but to try regular menu.