Permanently Closed - Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina - Permanently Closed

4.2
62 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina’s new location to Downtown Little Italy brings what Zagat referes to as “Fabulous, imaginative and upscale Mexican cuisine with Mediterranean accents”. Voted Best Mexican Restaurant in San Diego by San Diego Magazine for 3 consecutive years is a recognition not taken for granted by Chef Lalo’s forward-thinking cuisine created to be savored by both locals and visitors. Romesco is a simple-elegant restaurant dedicated to serving inventive tapas, craft cocktails and a good selection of Baja wines. Craft beers from Tijuana, Ensenada and San Diego also play a big role. Our first-floor level presents a lively, casual Spanish tapas barroom featuring bullfight paintings in a Mediterranean ambiance. For a more relaxed-formal experience, move up to our second level, where a dining room of warm, dark wood will greet you, and you can step out onto our bar-terrace to capture the pulse of the city as you overlook downtown little Italy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 3 pm

HAPPY HOUR
Monday - Friday 4 pm - 6 pm

FRIDAY
Kitchen 4pm - 11pm
Bar 4pm- Open Late

SATURDAY
Kitchen 11 am - 11pm
Bar 4 pm - Open Late

SUNDAY
Kitchen 11 am - 9 pm
Bar 11 am - Empty

MONDAY
Kitchen 4 pm - 9 pm
Bar 4pm - Empty

TUESDAY - THURSDAY
Kitchen 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Bar 4:00 pm - Empty

* Please note that our 1/2 off Tapa Tuesday special only applies on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVE basis on our first level and bar areas. We take Tuesday reservations for our full dinner menu.

*FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS we serve full dinner menu from 4-10pm and our Tapas menu from 10-11pm
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Phone number
(619) 756-7864
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Eduardo Covarrubias
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Catering
We would love to cater your event. We have space for up to 200 people. Please visit out website for more details at www.romescomexmed.com or email suleima@romescomexmed.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beech & Kettner
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Parking details
Street parking and private lots are nearby.
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Public transit
San Diego Trolley County Center / Little Italy on the Green Line
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Special events & promotions
please go to our website and click the book an event tab
www.romescomexmed.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
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4.2
ambience
3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PU
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal here!! Food was fantastic, great Baja flavors, nice choice of wines (including some nice ones from Valle de Guadalupe), service was fantastic and just a great night overall.

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SS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was very relaxed, maybe a little too much so for us this evening... but we also didn't indicate that we were in any hurry. The food, however, was just fantastic! Try the Chile an Nogada... wow! So, so good and hard to find! Everything we ordered was fantastic. The only negative to the evening was that we thought the music was too loud.
We will definitely be back, and soon.... wow, Romesco was good!

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KR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went for a girls night and it was perfect. We asked for opinions on wine and food and were steered toward great options for both. Everything was delicious and I look forward to returning.

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AN
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good dinner, great waiter, Gabriel. Had th chips/guacomole appt, nice size , I had grilled octopus entree, excellent. husband had a pasta dish that he enjoyed.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was non-existent, even at 530 pm. Food was ok, nothing to rave about. Not a very interesting experience at the downtown location.

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SF
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hosted a party of 5 last week. Even before my guests arrived, the manager came over to the table and introduced himself, shared his specific preferences for Mexican wine and fixed the wobbly table. When my friends arrived, he checked their preferences and made excellent recommendations. We shared the grilled fish (5/5), octopus (5/5), paella (3.5/5), short ribs (4/5) and beef/lamb pastor tacos (5/5). Overall, the meal was fabulous..I am hyper critical about paella and most are over hyped, so the score reflects this perspective. I highly recommend the service, kitchen and uniquely broad Mexican wine offerings.

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Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Huge traditional portions that were well made, but given the price I was hoping for a modern twist on the dishes. Cocktails were average. Server was not readily available.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Most of the dishes were not up to quality standard and tasted the same- they all were in need of some love. The fish of the day; however, was surprisingly outstanding after the series of unimpressive tapas.

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R
New England
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I thought I was in a five star restaurant in Mexico City

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SF
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Our waiter was pretty rude to us, and got visibly irritated when we asked for water for the seventh time. Not sure if he was upset that we were ordering salads... but we thought the wine would make up for our diets. I rarely write reviews but it was a pretty negative experience. We had gone when it was still bracero and enjoyed the experience much more. Will not be back.

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KW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was just great. We did the Tapas, all the food tasted delicious and the service was very good.

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s
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed tostadas & drinks, nice weather!

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o
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Chicken dish was delicious. Will be back for that. The octopus was undercooked and the sauce was equivalent to a bottled hot sauce. The Cardinal fish special was excellent. Did not like the Cline house chardonnay.

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A
Austin
45 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

What a surprise. My family really enjoyed ourselves. The food was really good. The service was good - although there weren't that many tables. We had nice city views. Everything was simple and pleasurable.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Good service and ambiance. One of the worse Mexican food restaurants I e been to. Guacamole tasted like something out of a midwestern resturant, Carne Asada plate was just OK. Overall pretty expensive for the quality of food.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a place in Little Italy to have a casual dinner with our son. Could not get a reservation at most places, so we booked this one because it was available. I was expecting a middle of the road cheesy mexican place, but boy was I wrong. The place is awesome. The food is a blend of mexican and mostly Spanish cuisine. We ordered some tapas to share and they were all delicious. Service was very attentive. As we were sitting at a table on their side patio (close to entrance, which was not the best spot), people were pooring into the place. It turned out this is a Little Italy hot spot. All kind of characters coming and going, very vibrant. I definately would come back here. What a gem.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

We were very excited to try the new Romescos location as we have dined at the Romescos Tapas Bar in Bonita many times. However, we were very disappointed. It took a while for someone to come and ask if we wanted a drink and we ended up getting our first tapa before our drinks! No bueno. It was early on Saturday, 6:30pm to be exact so we couldn't understand why they were so slow. The Martinis were small, expensive and mediocre. We ordered 7 tapas plus a dessert and only 3 of the Tapas plus the dessert were good, but nothing spectacular. We will not be returning to Romescos in Little Italy nor will we be referring any of our friends. Sorry 😕

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San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This past visit was my 3rd since they changed to Romesco's. I really like most of the food but the service has been a problem all 3 times. You wait for a very long time to be acknowledged once seated. For this visit there were 6 of us sampling multiple dishes. The plates stacked up because no one came by to pick anything up. I ask repeatedly for water refills. Only had 2 wines because it took so long to get the servers attention.
If they don't pick it up service wise, this restaurant will fall off our options. There is just too many choices.

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RA
San Diego
119 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

With Bracero not making it, glad to see that Romesco seems to be succeeding in the same space. Nice neighborhood restaurant. Waiter was very accommodating.

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RA
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic mexican tapas, wine list includes lots of choices from Baja!

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am an exotic food connoseiur and had the grasshopper native Aztec delicacy. Awesome

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So cool! We had the owner make our table side Caesar salad from scratch. The bar is way up there for any Caesar salad for me now. So rich in flavor, that was my high. We live in north county and a good friend recommended this spot, Thanks Sean, we will be back. Great service and classy spot.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We had to ask twice for the bourbon menu. Our three tapas came before our drinks. We were consistently out of water. No one checked on us after our food arrived.

If our drinks had arrived on time, we probably would have ordered a second round. The server was polite but not very attentive.

The menu and the food are not nearly as good as Bracero. Even though we live only 2 blocks away, I doubt we will be back. There are too many better choices in Little Italy.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I frequent the Romesco Tapas bar in Bonita, and always have great food, good service, and an overall good time when at the Bonita location. For a birthday dinner, my friends and I tried the downtown location. We hoped it would be just as tasty, but in a new, fun, festive location. What a disappointment.

The food was only okay, and the service was downright terrible. The birthday girl got up from the table on two different occasions to have somebody attend to our needs. I will not be back to this location.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service from waiter.

Food was mediocre.

Restaurant was empty like ghost town.

Beer selection was paltry and of low quality.

Glassware for beer has cheap lead-plated designs. It cheapens the dining experience.

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FM
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have now been here twice- once when it was Bracero, and once since becoming Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina. Some of the menu items are the same, which we were happy to see. The Pibil entrée is fantastic, and the grilled octopus was also a favorite. The paella was okay, but doesn't need to be ordered again. The corn-bread dessert came with coffee ice cream was okay, but also not something we'd need to get again. The service was great and the place is in a great location, close to our house. We'll be back!

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience: the food was incredible and the service was wonderful. Our server Andy was the best! I usually frequent the Romesco in Bonita that has a more family/neighborhood vibe, this new location is perfect for meeting with friends for a dinner and drinks.

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insane food!!! We had tapas and the short rib entree which was amaaazing!! I wad kinda bummed out they didnt have an IPA from baja I wanted to try but I had another pale ale which made up for it. Great service. This is my new regular hang out. Salud!

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

Overall not impressed with the quantity of the food for the price, The tacos are the smallest tacos I have ever seen, for the price not worth the price, same as well for the meatballs four meatballs for over 8 dollars, and to make matters worse a 12 dollar kids meal pasta about a 3/4 cup of pasta with two (2) small shrimps on top, no pleased at all , service was not great we sat down waiting on our server for well over10 minutes, until I got the attention of the manager, gave him our food and drink order, and it still got messed up, waited around for our last item and it never came which was supposed to be an appetizer, Once I got the bill I had to get it corrected for an item that was not received, Along with a poor excuse from the manager and the waitress,

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M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicioso y diferente.

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MP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amauri and Maria are excellent! I thank the hostess for reserving a beautiful table, as well.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu. We had the table side caesars salad and various tapas. Very cool spot and great addition to the neighborhood!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything we received was detail oriented which made it an even better experience. Great staff!

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R
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, atmosphere. We were a party of six, and never felt rushed.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Bad brunch selection and horribly overpriced for the products and portions being served .

Rent must be an issue , they will not survive , the place show the lack of customers already

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to the bonita location in the southbay and this location I would say has a more modern approach which is nice for the area. The menu is also a little different but in a good way. It looks like they kept the best sellers from Bracero. Really really good food I must say. The flavors are like nothing I've had before. I've been to Mexico a hand full of times and this is as close as it gets to the real thing. Beautiful patio with a nice view. You must must try their tacos and their cochinita. Also the roadside ahi tuna tostada was very bright and fresh. Add some of their salsas to spice it up. Very good sh.... :)

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Baja California
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique menu! the shrimp and bone marrow sopes, short rib tacos and paella are to kill for. It really looks like the menu was very well planned out. My wife had the octopus entree and she ate half only, yup, I had to confiscate the rest. I had the Dos Sangres cocktail and that was enough to give me a buzz right were I needed it. My wife had some baja wine which she enjoyed. White, don't remember what it was called. Ive been in San Diego for almost 15 yrs now and I've never really experienced such authentic Mexican food like this before. I think I found a gem!

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San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2017
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Great food and the restaurant is modern and beautiful. The food is tasty and unique.

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l
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent service. The place is great! The food was delicious. Try the the a tostada. Or the classic caesar salad ! The pork.. shrimp tacos.. everything we tried was great.

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