Tahona Bar

4.4
195 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to Tahona! We are the first mezcal bar and tasting room in San Diego. In our restaurant, we invite you to taste our incredible craft cocktails and our amazing contemporary Mexican cuisine featuring Oaxacan bites. In our tasting room, we welcome you to indulge on a mezcal tasting experience!

We are located next one of the most iconic historical landmark: the Campo Santo Cemetery in Old Town. Inside Tahona, you will be transported to a modern Mexican hacienda designed with hand painted tiles, handmade rope seats, traditionally crafted fabric brought from Oaxaca, hand clayed walls and more.

We also have a cozy covered outdoor patio dining experience so you will have the choice to dine inside our hacienda or on the streets of Old Town!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 195 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.2
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

While the mezcal was good, it took 45 minutes after our reservation time to get seated and service was slow. I felt prices were not worth it and I left disappointed. Good spot for drinks with a fun environment, but not great overall.

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DMan
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and phenomenal food. I would highly recommend the mole sampler and cauliflower tacos!!!

However, ONE STAR for being kicked out of our table for being "unaware of a time restriction." My party of 4 sat ordered a significant amount of food and cocktails while being attended to by two wonderful servers, it was unfortunate when chambray-clad "evening manager" asked us to close out after being handed our check only 10 mins prior to. In other circumstances, I would've obliged and not questioned managerial protocol. Unfortunately, there were other guests and larger parties who were seated before us and were not to my knowledge asked to do the same.

In my defense, my party was continually ordering food and cocktails and would not be considered a "dead table" in industry standards, especially after bringing in a $400+ tab. Hence, why it was a bit upsetting to be rushed out of our table while we were in the process of closing out--particularly when there were other parties seating prior to us.

It is unfortunate because we have dined here many times and have had a wonderful experience. Sadly, I do not think we will we returning after tonight.

As constructive criticism to management: please inform your guests that there is a time limit upon seating. Additionally, please do NOT BE CONDESCENDING AND DISCRIMINATORY when they ask after the fact. Unfortunately, the "you should have known" excuse does not sit well with me....but hey I'm glad the group of 8 white men enjoyed their tacos! No.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a little gem!

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vipNeenernene
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place! The drinks are delicious and all the staff are friendly, helpful and have a great sense of humor. It makes me want to return time and time again.

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Andi
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love coming here because the food and the drinks are AMAZING! Made reservations and we didn’t intend on being difficult but being sat on the walkway at the end was inconvenient in relation to passers/traffic and was cool/not well lit. We asked to be moved and they did quickly do so upon a table coming available - easier to see and warmer - thank you! Server offered options, cared for dietary restrictions and discussed preferences - all of which were delicious! We will be back and will continue to bring our friends to introduce more people to the great flavors and service.

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Monicag
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Mexican food and great service. Definitely recommend.

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JohnW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and drinks. Highly recommend.

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AnissaA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing will be back! Great ambiance and food was amazing!

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Mikaila
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We did the Valentine’s Day pre fixe menu and the food and drinks were exceptional.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service is always amazing here! Literally nothing on the menu I don’t love!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and distinctive in flavor. The mezcal flight was just as the waiter described it. The restaurant was cozy and romantic.

We will return to try the other mezcal flight and for a tequila/mezcal tasting. Possibly, just to have drinks at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! Would recommend for a date

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Gordo
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from out of town. Food and drinks were delicious. Service was top notch.

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SaraC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

This was my second visit to Tahona and it was completely different experience than my first. The food (braised beef) tasted completely different, overly seasoned/salted and ruined the taste. The service was poor this second time as well! We were constantly looking around for the server to get her attention. Super bummed because I really enjoyed our first visit.

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Autumn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING food, service, and ambiance! Thank you for another incredible experience! We will definitely be back soon.

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LaurelS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time at Tahona for a girls reunion! The service was excellent and the food was delicious! The mezcal margaritas were excellent!!

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RichardC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise was too high. Tables are to close to each other. Dining area appeared to be at maximum capacity

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Aaron
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven did an awesome job introducing us to eight diverse tastes of mezcal and providing a good background on each. Dinner afterward was outstanding -- recommend one of each taco, the empanadas (dip in the table habanero sauce!), the churro dessert and some mezcal cocktails!

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BriMonte
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Food was a little salty but everything else was top-notch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceeded ALL expectations!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and such a Chic and cute place!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Brunch Loved the menus spin on classic dishes.

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Martinl
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING HIGH VIBING

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vipLizB17
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wow - amazing margaritas! Food was also good, would like to try more on the menu. The service was on point. Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, drinks everything was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Vday Menu was okay. Not reflective of Mexican food and small menu. Unfortunately we left hungry.

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Joseph
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is an upscale restaurant, and it is amazing and fun. The Resturant is located in the vicinity of some Mexican restaurants. Unlike these Mexican restaurants, Tahona serves small Spanish savory dishes, with drinks from 3 separated bars located within the premises. The handcrafted cocktails are outstanding.

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent/imaginative food and cocktails. Service was very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have such a wonderful time, thanks again for taking such good care of us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Mexican food in San Diego

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t recommend this place highly enough - food is fantastic, service supreme and environment really is soulful. Loved the speak easy too and can’t wait to return again soon!

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vipTomM1
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is my seocnd time here. The menu is unusual and outstanding with creative regional dishes and ingredients that are far from standard Mexican fare. The service is uniformly excellent, at the bar and the tables. The interior is beautiful. The cocktails are inspired and original, especially the tequila and mescal drinks. The noise level is high - it is a small place. But overall I'd highly recommend this place!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, ambience, and service, will definitely be going back!

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NancyW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, gorgeous ambiance...just a little loud. 🥳🎉 💕 but loud is okay, when you’re in a party mood! We’ll be back for sure!

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Alexis
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my new favorite spot in San Diego! Every bite was decadent and had such depth of flavor. I highly recommend ordering the Campo Santo, the mole tasting, ahi tostadas and the taco plate! I can’t wait to go back!

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monicajellybean
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The drinks were incredibly weak. We spent a lot on alcohol to not feel one bit inebriated. I expected a lot more from a restaurant that has bar in the name. I wouldn’t come back.

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vipFoodie1
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is AMAZING!! Staff is exceptional!! We’ve basically tried everything on their menu and every. single. item. is delicious!
Great ambiance and vibe. There’s also a mezcal tasting room and a speakeasy here too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Super fun and cozy. Acoustics are pretty loud, but overall we really enjoyed it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff amazing food amazing drinks!

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KourtnieP
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Some of the plates we’re better than others. Limited menu and portions were very small for the price. The music was so loud we could not hear each other talk or hear the waitress. I am all for dim lighting but it was way too dark. Everyone around us was pulling out their phones in order to read the menu. Felt like being in a night club. Not a restaurant.

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Tahona Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 195 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.