Tahona Bar

4.5
217 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!

Experiences

  • Origen Raiz 4 Course and Mezcal Pairing Diner

    $60.00 per person

    May 7, 2021 only

    Mezcal Pairing Dinner Menu Origen Raiz is officially introducing their amazing mezcals to the USA and are kicking off with a celebration at Tahona! To help celebrate, we are offering a very special 4 course dinner created by our Chef Adrian Villareal. To make the night even more special, we will be joined by Asis Cortes himself who created these beautiful expressions. This will be an unforgettable night!

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 217 people are saying
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vipBrint
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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!!

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

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

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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

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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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CassidyA
Mexico City
1 review
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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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
4 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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cesarm
San Diego
2 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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ChiragD
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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HollyR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy drinks, delicious food, awesome service, great patio seating! Definitely coming back!

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AlisonL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food and drinks were excellent at Tahona! The tables were spaced a little closer than I would have liked, but otherwise really enjoyed our food. The drinks had beautiful presentation! Towards the end of our meal, the service was a little slow and it took awhile for our server to clear our plates from the table.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
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 on February 25, 2021
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
5 reviews
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
4 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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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 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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You can order delivery directly from Tahona Bar using the Order Online button.

Tahona Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 217 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.