Tahona Bar

4.6
52 reviews
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$30 and under
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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! Please note that there is no food available in the tasting room. When making a reservation for tasting room, please book directly through our website at tahonabar.com.

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.

Specials

Happy Hour

Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm, Tuesday through Friday.
Enjoy $6 specials on Tamarind & Pineapple Wings, Corn & Chile Poblano, Croquetas, Ahi Tuna Tostada, Torta Ahogada and Shishito Peppers.
As well as $2 off on bottled Mexican lager, glasses of wine, classic & slushee cocktails.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 9, 2019

Ends: May 10, 2118

Availability: Tue-Fri 5:00PM-7:00PM

Celebrate #TacoTuesday at Tahona! 🌮

Join us and enjoy $4 Barbacoa Tacos as well as $2 off our Tahona Margaritas and Classic Cocktails.

Specials available ALL day starting at 5:00 pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: May 9, 2019

Ends: May 10, 2118

Availability: Tue 5:00PM-11:30PM

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Sun 11:00AM - 12:00PM 1:30PM - 2:00PM
Tue - Thu 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri 9:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 12:00PM 1:30PM - 2:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 52 People Are Saying
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SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a refreshing option to typical Mexican food you can find in Old Town. The choice of tacos was incredible with lively flavors and the margaritas with the freeze dried limes were fabulous. The staff was friendly and very helpful as we navigated though the menu.

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FS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Awful experience and will definitely not be back. The service sucked and the food from what I did taste didn’t impress.

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OT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great spot in the heart of old town, delicious hand crafted cocktails unique flavors, delicious tacos, and the best service from our guy JAN, thanks for making our evening memorable, we will be back.

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MH
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Enjoyable. Good mezcal and tequila cocktail selections. Excellent Ceasar salad. A bit disappointed that so many menu items were fried. Tasty non the less.

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AG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful inside, bartenders and servers were great, amazing drinks. Food is really good though a tad pricey for the portion size. However great place overall

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DB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding ambiance, unique food, and wonderful drinks! High you recommend!!

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ML
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great drinks, but they took a long time to come out! Service was friendly, but very slow. Food was great!

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JG
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit was on Sunday for brunch and we enjoyed every moment.
The food and customer service and ambiance were excellent.
We will return some evening for the tasting room experience and dinner.

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HH
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and a much needed addition to old town. When I was in for brunch they brought in authentic pastries from TJ! So delicious! Also, The best Bloody Mary I’ve ever had!

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C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Mezcal list is amazing. Servers all very nice. The menu is limited and food comes out at a snails pace. We all ordered 3 tacos and it was about 40 minutes between our first and last taco.

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A
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This place is cute and has lots of potential. However the service staff does not have their act together. And it was unfortunate to see that not only do they not have their act together but they are a little bit arrogant about who they "think" they are at such an early stage of the restaurant. I hope they will get it together because it does have lots of potential. But until I see over the moon reviews myself and everybody I know will not go back. Too many other great choices out there where you can spend your money.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Tahona and we enjoyed everything from the moment we walked into the door! Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us great recommendations to try! It was one of the best dinners I’ve had in San Diego. We will be back!

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SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Drinks were great but took over 15 mins each time. Service started strong but seemed a little scattered towards the end. Our salad app came out after our main courses and no one would pick up our empty glassware. Would return for cocktails probably for happy hr next time.

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j
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place. food service ambiance all top notch. really great find in San Diego. We would definitely go back

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, service, quality and mezcal selection are excellent! The ambiance has the potential for excellence but the cumulative noise level is overwhelming, making it near impossible to have a conversation with those at your table or the staff. The positives outweigh the loudness negatives - we will definitely go back. Improved acoustics would make Tahona 5-star excellent in all respects!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service, ambiance all amazing! Will definitely go back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful hosts, exquisite and original food and drinks, a unique way to discover Mezcal!!

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San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not a very extensive food menu, but everything we had--tacos, roasted shishito peppers, caesar salad--was tasty. Great mescal selection. Waiter was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the drinks. Fun, noisy place!

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy tacos. They had special soft shell crab one and the barbacoa was delicious too. I enjoyed the Paloma cocktail with very fresh juices. Service was attentive and it had enjoyable ambiance.

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z
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great cocktails. Sophisticated flavors, layered, balanced, well seasoned. Incredible Pulpo. Well designed space. Can't wait to return.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for a quiet birthday celebration. It was the perfect setting. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Would def come back and try more of the menu.

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VA
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent right from the start. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly and were all very busy buzzing all over the place making a great customer experience for everyone. The drinks and food were absolutely amazing, especially the tacos! Thank you for a great night out!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our evening! The restaurant is beautiful. The Mezcal was amazing and so unique. The food was artisanal. We started with the Pulpo ceviche, then ordered various tacos. A perfect amount of food but room for dessert!

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EP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing cocktails and incredible ambiance.

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T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience at Tohana. The place became pretty crowded towards the end of the evening which made it a bit loud, but also means its popular! Overall we had a great experience. Cocktails were fantastic and the squash blossom taco was so good, we ordered a second.

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PE
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a large party, a little distracted and noisy but our server along with the rest of the employees were amazing. It was obvious that our waiter, Richard loved his job. He gave great recommendations and explained what we were eating with a rare enthusiasm that I really appreciated. The food was delicious and beautifulI. I definitely recommend this restaurant and one of our party even made arrangements that night to come back another day. Thank you Richard and Tahona for a great night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great. Fantastic cocktails!

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BL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Very, very limited menu. The only saving grace was the service.

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A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Mezcal forward restaurant and such a great addition to Old Town! The food and cocktails are top notch and the service was stellar.

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s
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drinks are AMAZEEEEEE!!! :) Third time visiting in a month

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EP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing 4 courses Mezcal pairing dinner...

Definitely recommend

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R
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Mescal tasting was fun and interesting. Unfortunately, the food was very disappointing. The mole flight was served with a potato filled taquito that, though tasteless, masked the taste of the moles and which did not pair well with them. The miles, though something wonderful in Oaxaca for which it is justly famous, were in themselves lacking in flavor. The Firing Squad cocktail, however, was excellent. While this three month old restaurant definitely needs to improve its food game, the service, ambiance and mescal program were all well done. They should also update their website so that what is advertised, such as what is offered on Taco Tuesday, is actually the same as what is on offer in the restaurant.

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S
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Came for drinks and dessert - Churros were not worth the money ($7 for a few small pieces) but the chips and salsa were delicious. The atmosphere was cute and service was very friendly and educational.

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V
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Wonderful decor and ambiance! Our first visit was to sample the food and stay for a mezcal tasting. The food, while presented well, lacked flavor. Not bland, but it was as if there was some key spice missing. We ordered 4 out of 6 of the taco offerings and we felt the same about all of them. Even the guacamole lacked flavor. Although we did like that it was served with chicharrónes.

The mezcal tasting, by a prominent brand, was excellent! We’re already planning to return for one of the in house tasting experiences. But must say, that we’ll most likely opt for another restaurant to eat. I really hope the food improves. Definitely willing to try it again.

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TS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience with Tahona was incredible from start to finish- from the bartender making our cocktails, to our server, the presentation and taste of the food to the Mezcal expert walking us through our tasting...I can’t wait to return and try more Mezcal varietals and other authentic dishes. Thoroughly impressed and excited to welcome them to our neighborhood!!

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PH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

meal was great, waiter was great, drinks spectacular.
only negative, very loud. we were a party of eight, definitely could not
talk to the people at the end of the table.
food was so good! every dish we had was super.

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RG
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and drinks all the way around with friendly staff warm environment and outstanding cocktails margaritas and tequila selection. Great location highly recommended the Mole sauce was incredible On many dishes, my only request is they have a more expanded food menu.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible restaurant, service, food and drinks. We had a wonderful time!

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EM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made reservations on Open Table for my friends birthday dinner. Luckily it was just 3 of us not a whole party bc this place is small, but nothing wrong with that just would not advise it for a large large group! Complementary chips & salsa were good. Chips a little hard like stale. Drinks were great, something different. Ordered the Mole Trio, & filled me up!! $10. I enjoyed the flavor! I would say the music is a bit loud for such a small place, could barley hear my friends from across the table. I would say the way they do their checks is uncomfortable.. they should change that. Having your server see how much you pay/tip and him waiting for you to process your funds is a bit weird. Didn't enjoy the payment process. Other then that really cool new place would come back!

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l
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except for one tiny yet important item for a Mexican spot... the salsa was puréed like baby food and even their "spicy" one was weak. Otherwise the food, cocktails, and service were awesome.

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