Volcano Rabbit

4.4
111 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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 111 People Are Saying
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!

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EB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent tacos, fair beer selection.
Outdoor seating was generous with plenty of heaters for those chilly San Diego winter nights.

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MA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in San Diego!! Great food, great service and nice ambience.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing drinks with tasty food, exactly what we needed on a date night

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Expect a 3% fee added to the bill.

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CM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great. We ordered the fish, carne asada, and carnitas tacos and the shrimp and jicama salad.
The drinks were a lot of fun. I ordered the Baja Bound which was served inside of a hollowed out pineapple. We also ordered the margarita flight which was really good.
Our server was super friendly and made great recommendations.
We dined here on a Monday around 4pm so it was not crowded at all.
We really enjoyed our experience and will definitely return.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food, great drinks, good service. Highly recommend

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OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great place to enjoy with friends

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TL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great place for younger energetic crowd. A little loud for an old timer like me. Sat outside and enjoyed the downtown San Diego night.

Food was good. Bartenders made AWESOME margaritas. Hostess was great keeping us updated about getting the outside table that a couple of campers were sitting at long after they had paid and have their take-home leftovers boxed.

I would recommend giving it a try.

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MU
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Satisfactory. I picked the restaurant because of the posted reviews. I was expecting more, a restaurant perhaps. It was a bar with some tables. It was a nice bar, but the combined effect left the food feeling more like bar-food.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu is what intrigued me and it didn't disappoint. The portions we're definitely adequate and the drinks were reasonably priced as well. I'd definitely go back. The staff was very attentive

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K
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

I made table reservations and my table wasn’t ready! I was all the way behind by the restroom secluded! Restaurant wasn’t even full they had plenty of tables. Worst experience ever

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KG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were there with a large group and were seated in a back room alongside another large group of women in a bachelorette party. They were actually screaming and continually getting up from their table posing for selfies and dancing. It was hard for our table to even talk. But the food and drinks and service were all good.

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NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Small portions but we enjoyed everything. Great service and fun atmosphere

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PB
St. Louis
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I will probably give it another shot on the weekend but went on a Sunday and the vibe was like everyone was hungover. Food was good but didn’t wow me.

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TV
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service really went out of their way to ensure we had a great experience. Would definitely go back! Great find!

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OT
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good atmosphere.

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MD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The evening at the Volcano Rabbit started badly, as we were ignored at the bar. Oh my golly I’m glad we stuck around. the service improved as soon as we moved to a table. The food was AMAZING! Gotta have the octopus tacos; the short rib taco was wonderful and the shrimp appetizers were out of this world. Worth the wait? Heck yes!!

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H
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really terrific food and service. Best Mexican food I've had in ages. Only slightly annoyed by the music video loop that was distracting on the monitor.

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OT
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Got the the Signature Meat Block, which is a big cutting board with carne asada, carnitas, shrimp and duck. All of it was very good. Plenty fo food for two to share.

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F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, in the heart of Downtown SD. Service was excellent, great quality of food, and nice ambiance with good music playing.

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D
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

We went to Volcano Rabbit for a date night. We were intregued by the name and menu, as well as it's excellent location in the heart of Gaslamp. Unfortunately, the food seemed overdone across the board. We ordered the Yucca appetizer that was pretty good and a creative twist on nachos. However, the dish was luke warm rather than hot. Both plates of tacos ordered were lack-luster. The carnitas taco was so tough that it was difficult to eat, let alone enjoy. The portabello taco seemed lacking in fresh ingredients. Overall, this restaurant may be great for happy hour and drinks, but we were disappointed in the food.

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ET
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had dinner with colleague after conference. Weather nice outside and seemed quieter to talk outside. Did outdoor seating. Had the yuca frites, chips and salsa, beef fajitas for my colleague, one calamari taco and one octopus taco with rice and beans. The yuca frites were outstanding, guacamole, seasoning, and flavorful beef. My tacos were also delicious, with fried calamari and spicy grilled octopus. Each were very well seasoned and delicious. Came with rice and beans. My colleague enjoyed the sizzling beef for the fajitas. Price for meal pre-tip was $60 for two people

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KP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside. It was very pleasant. The food was really tasty and everyone in our group was very happy with their dinners.

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SD
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Disappointed with food & service. Realizing this was a busy weekend downtown with the concert, I would have thought they would have been better prepared,

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TS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great but I’d like more choices for cocktails. I love Mezcal and I had a hard time getting a good Mezcal cocktail whipped up. I also had 3 ( it took a few tries to put something together) and I didn’t even get a buzz- I’m a lightweight, so I’m curious if they water it down.
Overall it was a nice evening.

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food and drinks, would definitely recommend.

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TT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
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 on September 17, 2018
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
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
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 on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John & Bailey are the coolest

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JT
Atlantic City
6 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
3 reviews
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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OT
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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OT
New York Area
19 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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