Tahona Bar

4.4
237 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
We are welcoming parties of up to 6 for indoor and outdoor dining!

Parties of 7 or more, please email our large party coordinator at Tahonasandiego@gmail.com.

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 237 people are saying
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCatherineL
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot for Happy Hour, celebrating with friends, and overall good food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best spot in Old Town

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food for a good price at happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to Tahona for Date Night! Always a great experience from the food to ther service.

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ErinW
New England
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazed by this place! Plus didn’t know Tuesday was taco Tuesday with discounted items! Such an awesome surprise. Always recommend

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Made a reservation for indoor dining but host placed us outside; ambience not the same and food was not as great as previous experience. Won’t be returning here again.

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Lynn
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a good place if you are looking for a large selection of tequila and other alcoholic drinks. We liked the menu because we weren't looking for a big meal, but it is limited. We didn't have any spirits either.

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SDSUGrad15
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Great Drinks, yummy appetizers, not the best service.

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vipFizzle
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It’s a bar……with some food. Really salty food.

Service was really really bad. I get it- pandemic and no one wants to work…love the outdoor street experience.


Add some real food to menu and it would be a game changer

JF
vipJanieF
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Fun environment! Good food and our server Jim was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Poor service and to be honest the tacos were not very good.

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Dakota
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have an amazing experience at Tahona. They have such incredibly knowledgeable staff that make excellent recommendations on drinks and food.

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NamN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service despite the vast amount of staff standing around. Eg. When we asked the server about the dish, he blatantly said “I don’t know, I’m just here to be pretty”

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot in old town hands down!

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RyanE
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

I have high hopes for this restaurant after the reviews on open table, but we left very disappointed. The ambience was fantastic. The service was very slow, and the food Just didn’t taste good. We try to variety of items On the menu. The best was a non-alcoholic fresh fruit drink. The margarita and tacos we’re very average. The salad and pork rinds served with guacamole we’re just gross. Save yourself some time and money and go other places for a good dinner in old town.

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HeatherH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The food was good but not great. We are vegetarians and usually have more options to choose from. We had to send a drink back (we NEVER do) because it was so bitter we couldn't drink it.

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vipEliasM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible Service. I left..

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Never once saw our server after he seated us, the phone ordering was more complicated then it needed to be, and our food and drinks were brought out at completely random times.

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AKKP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good food, great service. The birria tacos were the best, cauliflower tacos pretty bland.

JM
vipJenniferM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

such a fun spot in old town to celebrate cinco de mayo. delicious food and cocktails. the bien picado was delish!

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vipBrint
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Have been twice now. First, experience near perfect with friendly, knowledgeable waitress and outstanding eats. Second visit was bizarre.

Waiter got drink order wrong after being shown on the menu and then brought the same (incorrect drink) when we sent the drink back.

After telling my girlfriend that they had vodka (she has an actual allergy to agave drinks) he told her that bartenders would not substitute this in any of the cocktails (I'm understanding that some restaurants will not alter their cocktail recipes). That being said, he acted like he was unsure of this fact so I asked him to check with them for us which he fought me on for a good 5 minutes. Once I convinced him to just check in with the bartender he did not return to table at all for a good amount of time. When he came back he acted like we had never had the conversation (should mention he also had not gotten most of our party's drink order at that point). He never apologized or admitted fault for the misunderstanding.

Luckily a manager largely took over the table. He gave us a tasting of mezcal and comped one of our dessert. He was very nice and apologetic for the misunderstanding which was greatly appreciated.

I think this place has the potential to be one of the more unique and delicious places in old town. Hope they can get the service back up to snuff though.

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KendallA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Bad food, good drinks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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LovingLife
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ... everything was super! Our service was fabulous ... food & drinks were wonderfully presented and super tasty ... ambiance was perfect. Live music was so fun!
Everything was excellent! HIGHLY recommend!

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vipAbth
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The barbaco is fantastic! Great food and nice atmosphere.

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OmezM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Mezcal was awesome. Food was not typical Mexican. Good attempt at fusion. Limited food menu.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food3service2ambience3

Not many vegetarian options but amazing cocktails!!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, can’t wait to come back. Awesome tacos, awesome cocktails.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Tahona. The food and bev was very much tasty! The service was spectacular as well. From the moment we arrive they were very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be returning here. Tahona has made it to our SD eats list!

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RickK
Grand Rapids
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and cocktails. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Live music was nice. Some of the best Mexican food I have ever had. The mole trio dish was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, Wonderful food and drinks, with a fascinating historical location! *Chefs kiss

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My Aunt mentioned she wanted to try out this restaurant since they served mezcal. She later revealed that she and her coworkers had meant to come her before COVID and before the winter surge. Since that didn’t happen, she texted her drinking partner (me! 🙋🏻‍♀️ aka her niece). I made the reservation via the Open Table app and the happy hour food was delicious! We ordered a second round of appetizers and drinks. Total bill of $230 + tip = $260+ for a party of 5 (Mothers & Daughters + male DD lol). We had an amazing time! The food and drinks were totally worth it. Better than Cafe Coyote, Fred’s, and Miguel’s!!!

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JoeE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the check in process all the way to the signing of our tab, a class act crew.

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dannybaruch
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Horrible experience! I first showed up with no reservation and was told it would take about 45 minutes to be seated. I left and was able to make a reservation for 8 o’clock. When I returned and tolde the manager/host “ I have a reservation” he replied “it’s still gonna take a while dude”
My girlfriend and I were seated at the same time as another couple. We arderse practically at the same time (we only ordered a couple of drinks) the other couple got their drinks, then their food and we still waited; but no drinks came. After I saw the server delivering more stuff to the other table, I made him a gesture to ask about our drinks. He left and came back a few minutes later with more stuff for the other table. After waiting for more than 30 minutes for our drinks, we decided to leave as it seemed our business was not welcomed there. Overall just a horrible experience for me. I’m sure it’s a good place for others but for me it just wasn’t at all.

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TacoTuesday
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Delicious food and cocktails! Great for a date night or catching up with old friends.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing time at Tahona. Beautiful food, knowledgeable and friendly staff, yummy drinks, and cozy atmosphere. Closest to being in Oaxaca you can get tho side of the border!

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Cassidy
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We were nervous to come here after one of us had a bad experience with service in the past . Long story short, it was taking almost a half hour to get their first long to get their first round of drinks . He went to ask the server about it and found everyone taking shots by the kitchen. Not a good look! But we decided to come back today to give it another shot because I thought the reviews looked good and the happy hour seemed like a good deal. The food had no issues the drinks were also pretty good but the service! Bad. Sadly it seems they did not improve in the last few months. Inattentive waiter blaming all the issues on the busy bar. It seemed like he was the only server in the restaurant so he was definitely busy but still did not seem to care about the lack of attention he was able to give our table. Like at least give a little check in to acknowledge there’s an issue. Took over 30 minutes to get our drinks. And things did not improve throughout the evening. At one point we almost left but we knew we couldn’t get into any of the other restaurants in the area with long lines. I think this restaurant just needs to get their staffing organized. Could be a great place it has such a cute atmosphere but sadly none of us will be returning.

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cesarm
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

No bueno!! Not my favorite restaurant anymore. Horrible experience I’m out 4 good

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Secret and exotic local best kept secret. Richard and Monica were the bomb and the food is amazing!!!!

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Chirag
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and outstanding drinks.

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vipVidal
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall wonderful experience. Of course missed dining inside the beautiful restaurant but the outside seating was great. Always amazing drinks and food! Shrimp tacos were the best!

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Tahona Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 237 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.