Volcano Rabbit

4.5
83 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Fun
Hailing from Mexico, Volcano Rabbit is one part mystery and two parts tequila. It doesn’t follow the rules. It doesn’t always play nice. Volcano Rabbit wants a thrill. It craves a good time. Volcano Rabbit is moving in, and it’s thirsty.

Happy Hour: half off ALL tequila & appetizers & $5 drink specials
Taco Tuesday: half off all a-la-carte tacos & $5 drink specials
Weekend Brunch: Celebrate the weekend with bottomless bloody marys & DIY mimosas. Full a-la-carte brunch menu coming soon.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Bottomless Bloody Marys & DIY Mimosa Bar: Saturday & Sunday - 11am - 3pm
*During these hours we serve our regular menu with the addition of our bottomless bar.

Lunch: Monday - Friday - 11am - 4pm
Happy Hour: Monday - Friday - 3pm - 6pm
Dinner: Daily - 4:00pm - Close
Taco Tuesday: Tuesdays from 3pm - Close
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Phone number
(619) 232-8226
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Andre Alto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Market St.
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Parking details
*** Please note new updates to weekend parking on 5th Avenue ***
Parking is prohibited at all meters on 5th Avenue from L Street to Broadway from 8pm - 3am on Friday & Saturday nights.


Closest parking garage is "Park It On Market" located on 6th Avenue and Market Street. Horton Plaza also offers garage parking for the Gaslamp.
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Public transit
Near all major bus stops
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Entertainment
DJ entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Host a delicious dinner party at the home of Downtown San Diego’s largest tequila selection. Enjoy craft tacos, tasty tequilas, and magnificent mezcals at this stylish Mexican eatery.

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What 83 People Are Saying
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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Their tacos are more like gourmet tacos but dang they're fantastic. One of the best Octopus tacos I've ever had with a spicy dressing and pineapple salsa. It sounds silly but their carne asada tacos are incredible with fried crispy cheesy on top....a bit of fusion and not authentic (for traditional taco eaters) but killer none the less. Taco Tuesday is the best value, tacos are cheaper and giant margaritas are 7 bucks. Oh yeah and their guacamole is A+ and recommended! Marshal is an outstanding bartender!

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JC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

The server only checked on us one time during the hour and half we were there. We didn’t even get water. We had to to go to the bar to get water. We also had to go get our napkins and straws. We were asking anyone the walked by to help us because our waitress was so inattentive - it was not busy at all. $140 not well spent - WOULD NOT RECOMMEND!!!

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ES
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Terrible food. Threw on a plate. Rice beans were bad. The portion was very very small. Never to go back!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John & Bailey are the coolest

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JT
Atlantic City
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Carne asada taco was much better than chicken. Surprised that you can mix and match tacos but you pay full amount of the higher taco.

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CJ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome! Great food, great drinks, great ambiance ! We love it here!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere

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SH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A little loud for our business meeting group, but other wise they loved the food and the vibe.

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BR
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great selection of tequilas and 1/2 price Tuesday is an opportunity to try some premium sipping anejos. Guacamole was excellent and tacos were ok. They lacked a freshness and came out room temp. Expected a bit more considering it’s a signature.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun vibe

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a
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This is a review only on the food and I was disappointed. I have had better Mexican food elsewhere. It was either over cooked or the flavors didn’t come out as well. When asked the server for recommendations she suggested only 2-3 things in the entire menu. This is more a friends get together place than a serious dinner date place. I would pass.

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New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very very good especially for the target price, not really Mexican though. We are more in the range of a modern tex-mex.
Outstanding service and pleasant environment.

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was amazing. The drinks were incredible and one of a kind! Would definitely recommend and will be going back.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, the service was super great and the atmosphere was something out of a movie.

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AZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing from helping with parking to understanding our rush to eat and get out for a concert. Suggestions for food and drinks were spot on. Our waiter was excellent in accommodating us and patient as we waited on other diners. Food was delicious and prices were fair.

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OW
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for happy hour and had the Octopus Tacos. They were very good. I was sad that they were not on the happy hour menu though. I just wanted to try them. My only ask of this restaurant would be to add more stuff to the happy hour menu. It was pretty light in that area. The host and staff were very friendly though and made it an enjoyable experience.

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GT
London
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal here was probably the best we’ve had in three weeks in California.

If you go here, have the skirt steak tacos! They will not disappoint. Service was super fast and friendly as well.

A winner!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting with my family and decided to give Volcano Rabbit a try. So glad we did. We loved the nachos, one of the best ever. The tacos were delicious and the variety was great. Everything was fresh and the service was outstanding. Cheers!

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ST
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our 7.30 reservation felt like we were a bit early to the party, like the restaurant would come alive later in the evening. Food and drinks were really good though

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VC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our second time there. Love that they offer margarita flights!

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DD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. The food far exceeded expectations. Everything was delicious. Mole was rich and perfectly spicy. Nachos were absolutely amazing. Cocktails were excellent. Service was outstanding. Don’t miss this place!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This place looked great on the yelp photos. Ordered to $20 taco, a few apps and drinks. They were all ok.

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L
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Other than the occasional homeless person trying to beg from you if you’re on the patio, it was a good spot to meet up with a friend visiting from out of town.
Taco Tuesday tacos were great as was the Cadillac margarita.

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g
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty good. The service was fine until the check came. One of the waitresses had knocked over my drink that was about halfway full and they still tried to charge me for it. I asked them to take it off and they did reluctantly saying that she will have to go ask her manager if it's ok and it was just left us with a bad taste in our mouths.

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RM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came here for a nice meal on our honeymoon and it was really nice. Good service and a cool atmosphere.

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J
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I tried to compare this place to King and Queen Cantina and they are not even close. The tacos were okay but not that special. The churros were the best thing on the menu but you don't go to a dinner for desert. The service and the building were awesome. I'm going to give it a second chance because there are a couple of items I want to try but right now it is just okay.

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MK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The ceviche was much too limey-inedible-sent it back. The shrimp taquitos, however, delicious!!!

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m
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious! Portobello taco was fabulous and different. Recommend guacamole and beef nachos for apps. Nice twist on different margaritas.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was warm and friendly, food was amazing, and margaritas even better!

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The tacos are pretty good, but my group was disappointed about the service. I ordered a fajita and the waitress continually forgot my tortillas for over 30 mins. Everyone was done with their dinner by the time I could eat (and by then my food was cold).

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Awesome service - half of our party was late and they still sat us, and waited us for another hour until they arrived. Very nice people!

Food was nothing to write home about - salsas and guac were good. Carne Asada Burrito was heavy on the rice. Interesting flavor - not in a bad way

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KP
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for dinner on a Friday night. We sat outside, noticed it was noiser inside, but not bad. Food was amazing. Boyfriend had the octopus taco, great seasoning and we shared the meat plater. Duck was salty, but the carnisada was wonder as was the carnitas. Definitely an upscale Mexican restaurant. Drinks were on point. Recommend for a great experience overall!

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Carne asada tacos, would highly recommend. They sat us next to the fire, which was perfect.

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m
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Great food and service. Went on a late Sunday afternoon. Downside, Patio seating where the homeless people continuously walk by next to your table. Oh, and the prostitution transaction occurring behind me in the open seating bar area. Great restaurant that needs a better location. Didn't feel safe, would not bring my children here and would leave before dark.

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TK
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and drinks were awesome! Our server was great- knowledgeable and attentive! A little more of a rowdy atmosphere, not the best place for kids. Would be awesome for a date or fun night with friends!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Were seated at an outside table where we could enjoy the beautiful weather. Service was prompt, and very courteous as we inquired about the menu items. Appetizers came out quickly, and were delicious. Salsa flight favorite was the more traditional mild option. Entree’s arrived and had a spectacular presentation, which was matched by the quality of food. The Tinga Burrito was a VERY large portion (which could easily serve 2) and was packed with flavor. Another favorite was the Octopus taco. Meat was tender and the combination of flavors went from spicy to a hint of sweet from the Mango topping. Thoroughly enjoyed this outing.

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New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and atmosphere!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food Fantastic! Loved the Ahi and Octopus taco, and they have one of the best happy hours in town. Chris was outstanding! Very friendly and engaging, knew the menu very well and took my allergy very seriously. Thank you Chris for the great experience, we look forward to coming back to Volcano Rabbit soon!

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CR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the food! Great happy hour and awesome Taco Tuesday special!

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