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Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina - Permanently Closed

4.2
4.2
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

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.

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Menu

Sopa y Ensalada / Soup and Salad

  • Romesco Tortilla Soup$9.25

    Tomato broth / tortilla strips / avocado / fresh cream / queso fresco / fried pasilla chile / cilantro

    • Romesco Tomato Soup$9.25

      Goat cheese crouton / extra virgin olive oil / fresh basil

      • Greek Salad$12.95

        romaine and iceberg lettuce / tomato / feta cheese / kalamata olives / red onion / persian cucumber / oregano vinaigrette

        • Ensalada de Tomate$10.95

          red tomatoes / heirloom cherry tomatoes / feta cheese / basil & goat cheese creamy dressing

          Tj's Original

          • Caesar's Salad$12.25

            hearts of romaine / Caesars dressing / Parmesan / crouton

            • Made Tableside (Available in the Upstairs Dining Room Only)$13.25

          Pasta

          includes house salad

          • Saverio's Penne Arrabiata$21.95

            spicy vodka tomato sauce / mascarpone & romano cheese / basil

            • Linguini Pescatore$23.50

              mussels / clams / shrimp / calamari / spicy marinara / basil / extra virgin olive oil

              • Linguini "Martha"$20.95

                cherry tomatoes / sliced garlic / red pepper flakes / basil / cracked black pepper / extra virgin olive oil

                • Baja California Lobster Ravioli$24.95

                  Lobster ravioli / crab / lemon-madeira bisque / toasted pine nuts / pepper oil

                  Platillos / Main Courses

                  include house salad

                  • Traditional Chile en Nogada$24.95

                    (a classic recipe from Puebla, Mexico) poblano roasted pepper filled with ground beef / pork / dried fruit & walnut-pinenut mix / walnut-goat cheese cream sauce / pomegranate arils

                    • Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib$28.95

                      cabernet sauce / braised fennel / yukon gold potato puree

                      • Grilled Octopus$17.95

                        lemon paprika marinade / cauliflower puree / caldillo / shishito peppers / jalapeno / baby potatoes / green onion

                        • Pescado del Día$27.95

                          Fish of the day / shrimp / al pastor rub / pineapple / scallions / shishito peppers / ashes / tomatillo arroz. May contain fish bones

                          • Cochinita Pibil$25.95

                            yucatán style slow roasted pork / refried black beans / pickled red onion with habanero / fresh corn tortillas

                            • Mary's Roasted Half Chicken$26.95

                              adobo roasted cauliflower / baby carrots / beets / bitter green leaves / chicken jus

                              • Pollo en Mole Negro$25.95

                                roasted chicken / mole negro / white rice / pinto beans

                                • Carne Asada a la Tampiqueña$28.25

                                  Beef tenderloin / guacamole / refried beans / demi glace roasted poblano peppers / enchilada verde

                                  • 1lb Ranchero Style Rib-Eye$29.95

                                    sweet potato puree / local broccolini al ajillo / blistered shishito peppers

                                    Los Arroces

                                    Rice specialties

                                    • Paella$26.00

                                      Shrimp / clams / mussels / calamari / chicken / pork / Spanish chorizo

                                      • Risotto Negro$24.00

                                        Black squid ink rice / Calamari / octopus / aioli

                                        • Risotto Mexa$15.95

                                          parmesano / oyster mushrooms / cherry tomato / chile morita shrimp

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                                          What 62 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          4.2
                                          4.2 based on all time ratings
                                          • 4.1Food
                                          • 4.0Service
                                          • 4.2Ambience
                                          • 3.8Value

                                          NoiseModerate

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                                          1. PU

                                            PattyU

                                            San Diego

                                            14 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on September 30, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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.

                                          2. SS

                                            SarahS

                                            San Diego

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on September 22, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            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!

                                          3. KR

                                            KatieR

                                            Hawaii

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on September 19, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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.

                                          4. AN

                                            ANGELAE

                                            San Diego

                                            13 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            13 reviews

                                            Dined on September 9, 2017

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            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.

                                          5. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            2 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on September 9, 2017

                                            overall3food3service1ambience3

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

                                          6. SF

                                            SFDiningFan

                                            New York Area

                                            14 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on September 7, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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.

                                          7. A

                                            Aaron

                                            Portland

                                            9 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on September 3, 2017

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            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.

                                          8. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Baltimore

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on September 2, 2017

                                            overall2food2service2ambience2

                                            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.

                                          9. R

                                            Ronzo

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on August 19, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          10. SF

                                            SFFoodTouring

                                            San Francisco

                                            17 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on August 17, 2017

                                            overall2food3service1ambience2

                                            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.

                                          11. KW

                                            KeithW

                                            Washington DC

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on August 12, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          12. s

                                            skip

                                            San Diego

                                            35 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            35 reviews

                                            Dined on August 11, 2017

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            Enjoyed tostadas & drinks, nice weather!

                                          13. o

                                            out2lunch

                                            San Diego

                                            16 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on August 9, 2017

                                            overall4food4service5ambience3

                                            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.

                                          14. A

                                            Archtonic

                                            Austin

                                            49 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            49 reviews

                                            Dined on August 4, 2017

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            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.

                                          15. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            2.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on August 3, 2017

                                            overall2food1service4ambience5

                                            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.

                                          16. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 31, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            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.

                                          17. HM

                                            HectorM

                                            San Diego

                                            3 reviews

                                            3.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on July 29, 2017

                                            overall3food2service3ambience3

                                            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 😕

                                          18. E

                                            Excellent

                                            San Diego

                                            17 reviews

                                            vip
                                            3.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on July 29, 2017

                                            overall3food4service2ambience4

                                            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.

                                          19. RA

                                            RALdines

                                            San Diego

                                            122 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            122 reviews

                                            Dined on July 29, 2017

                                            overall4food4service4ambience4

                                            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.

                                          20. RA

                                            RodrigoA

                                            San Francisco

                                            17 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            17 reviews

                                            Dined on July 28, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          21. S

                                            Simba

                                            New England

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on July 26, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          22. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on July 26, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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.

                                          23. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 25, 2017

                                            overall1food2service1ambience2

                                            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.

                                          24. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            3 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on July 25, 2017

                                            overall2food2service3ambience4

                                            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.

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 23, 2017

                                            overall1food1service1ambience1

                                            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.

                                          26. FM

                                            FranM

                                            Phoenix

                                            16 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            16 reviews

                                            Dined on July 22, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and service

                                          27. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on July 21, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            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!

                                          28. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on July 21, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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.

                                          29. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on July 19, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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!

                                          30. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            1.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on July 14, 2017

                                            overall1food3service1ambience5

                                            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,

                                          31. M

                                            Mau27

                                            New York Area

                                            14 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            14 reviews

                                            Dined on July 14, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicioso y diferente.

                                          32. MP

                                            MariaP

                                            Central Coast

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on July 13, 2017

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                          33. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 10, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          34. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 8, 2017

                                            overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                                          35. R

                                            Robert

                                            San Diego

                                            48 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            48 reviews

                                            Dined on July 8, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                          36. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 8, 2017

                                            overall1food1service2ambience4

                                            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

                                          37. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 8, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            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.... :)

                                          38. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Baja California

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on July 8, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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!

                                          39. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            San Diego

                                            82 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            82 reviews

                                            Dined on July 7, 2017

                                            overall2food3service4ambience3

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

                                          40. l

                                            lourdess

                                            San Diego

                                            20 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            20 reviews

                                            Dined on July 6, 2017

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            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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                                          Romesco Mexiterranean Cocina - Permanently Closed is rated 4.2 stars by 62 OpenTable diners

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