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Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA

Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley

4.7
4.7
526 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Blanco is more than your typical Mexican restaurant, it‘s an escape from the ordinary, a happy hour hang out, a place to sit back, recharge and party. It’s a vacation in your neighborhood that helps you relax with your favorite people. For food, margaritas, and good times, Blanco is the perfect place to find your bliss.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Southwest
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 810-2931
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Blanco catering provides a fresh twist on Mexican food for your next fiesta, family reunion, office gathering, or get-together with amigos and amigas. Allow us to bring a fun and delicious catering experience that is easy to assemble and ready to enjoy.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a higher bar style table that seats up to 16 guests.There is also a window banquet table that seats 20+ guests.Fabulous patio that can be used as a private space that seats 50 guests.
  • Neighborhood
    Mission Valley
  • Parking details
    Please park in parking structure "C" and walk across the ramp on the top floor, this will lead you straight into the restaurant.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Menú Del Mes

    Apr 30 - May 31, 2024
    A limited-time menu for you to enjoy a three-course experience available for both lunch and dinner! From fan-favorite appetizers to entrees and desserts, you won't want to miss this deal. $30 per person now until May 31st.
    Menú Del Mes Photo

What 526 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Lively

  • San Diego

    Mexican

  • San Diego

    Good for groups

  • San Diego

    Hot spot

  • San Diego

    Lively

  • San Diego

    Mexican

526 Reviews
  1. DianeF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was good at first, but after our meal was delivered, crickets...no attention to us. Booked for 5 for a girls bday. No mention about her bday (got a card) but no extra bday dessert for her, or asked about it. Felt forgotten....

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, drinks and quick service. Sat outside it was a great ambience even among a mall.

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  3. JamieE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wondering staff. We had the best service and the food and drinks were excellent.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Way too loud. Could not hear anyone. Food and service were good though.

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  5. EatOutAlot

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was really good, the chips are addicting, and the service was excellent. Kudos to Mariah for great service!!

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  6. Jenn

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Blanco and have eaten there countless times. The food was excellent. We took advantage of the menu of the day with three courses and were happy with the quality of the food for the $30 as well as the serving sizes. I had one of their skinny margaritas, which came highly recommended and was excellent. We had a server who seemed like he was trying — and he was friendly — but missed some of the most basic things — water refills, checking on my drink at the bar, etc. I normally chalk this up to a busy night and maybe short staffing, but it was very quiet and not busy at all the first half hour we were there (which is why we deliberately go earlier for dinner). All in all we’ll definitely be back, but hopefully the service has improved. We did have a woman come by a couple times who didn’t appear to be a server, but we weren’t sure who she was since she wasn’t dressed in what the servers wear nor did she have a name tag or introduce herself.

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  7. JosephL

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cinco de mayo. Full house, mariachis, Mexican beer, cocktails, tacos.

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  8. Chris

    Phoenix

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect! Great service! The Tamale was fantastic!!

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  9. samdelgado

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    great atmosphere, was very modern and aesthetic. food and drink is slightly pricey but i was very please with the flavors especially with the desserts. mixed alcoholic drinks were a hit or miss in my taste would recommend for a nice lunch ever once in a while while shopping for within the area.

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  10. SBELL

    San Diego

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding. We had fajitas and their spicy skinny margaritas. The service was perfect, too. I definitely recommend this location if looking for good food, service and ambiance.

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  11. AimeeA

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great option for out of town visitors - food was good, the salsa, guacamole were tasty, as was the spicy skinny marg. The tacos were on point. Easy parking in mall lot.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an amazing time as always. Used to go here every Tuesday with my family.. Just me and my 2 girls went out tonight and had mommy daughter night. It was perfect. Food was really good too.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really liked the food, taste and presentation as well

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  14. CarolynM

    Indiana

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The BBQ pork tacos were amazing as were the Mahi and Chicken tacos. Love the salsa as well.

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  15. JoSalle

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blanco Cocina + Cantina never disappoints! My boyfriend and I have been coming here for years now, and we love trying new things on the menu. We came here for lunch to try out their Restaurant Week special. We have a few go to items on the menu, so it was fun trying out new entrees and saving room for dessert for once! Everything was delicious and we look forward to coming back again soon.

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  16. MariG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Restaurant week. Without it would’ve been pricey. Had the shrimp tacos. They were delicious! The order of guacamole was a little skimpy, but also good.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Blancos is our go to. Food is excellent servers are excellent

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We made a reservation for 10 for my birthday dinner but more of my family showed up. Blanco Cocina + Cantina was so understanding and accommodating. The food was fresh and flavorful. The drinks were refreshing and perfectly made. Overall, we all had a great experience and will definitely be going back again in the future.

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  19. MaryB

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was there with two friends. Our favorite minute items were the drinks: the blackberry and the strawberry moon-alcoholic and the skinny margarita. We also ordered the cheese crisp with tomatoes (and?—it wasn’t my dish) and the tortilla soup. The latter was not quite as good as the last time we were here and the cheese crisp was good but not outstanding. The wait staff were friendly and attentive and the meal came without a long wait. We will likely return to try other things on the menu.

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  20. JohnP

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent and the service top notch. Love this place. Like always, we had a great experience. We had a party of 7, everything was great!

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  21. Hawk

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place. Food is fresh and good. Service is great.

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  22. NickB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From hostess, drink runners, to server, everyone was fantastic. Very much enjoyed my time.
    Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion ValleyResponded on February 16, 2024
    Thank you for the great review! We appreciate your business and hope you join us again soon at Blanco San Diego!!

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  23. EverettR

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First off, the server was excellent, attentive, knowledgeable and friendly! My wife and I were celebrating our 43 wedding anniversary and we landed at a great spot! Highly recommended!

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  24. JosephL

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mid-week dinner for two. Excellent mall restaurant, conveniently located with a mostly traditional Mexican menu. Friendly staff, courteous and efficient. Tacos and margaritas better than expected.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good and delicious and our waitress is very friendly and nice. However the music was loud indoor. My friend and I set across from each other and we have problems hearing each other.

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  26. KenethR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I have always enjoyed going here great service food is good and the managers are always checking to make sure everything’s OK

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time at Blanco Cocina. The food was delicious and the service was great. They even brought dessert for the two birthday girls in our group which were amazing- the Mexican Chocolate Tiramisu and the Tres Leches Cake.
    Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion ValleyResponded on January 19, 2024
    Thank you for the great review! We appreciate your business and hope you join us again soon at Blanco San Diego! We love celebrating birthdays here at Blanco! =)

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service is always great here and I love how management is very hands on. We love coming here!

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  30. AndreS

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & Service are great! Always love coming here. Thank you!!!

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  31. Nicki

    San Diego

    153 reviews

    4.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great cocktail menu & exceptional service! The food was also very good, but portions are small (at least for the bowls) & the pork was very fatty.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was nothing short of amazing. We had the best table!

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  33. GGreg

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant! I eat here several times a week. The managers and servers are awesome. They remember my favorites and always give myself and my guest(s) the best experience. It feels like family. Most importantly, the food is absolutely delicious. Everything on the menu is fab. I especially ADORE the cheese enchiladas and the taco salad (which you can get with meat, fish or vegan) The greens are super fresh in the salad and the dressing so good. The cheese enchiladas are so flavorful, the enchilada sauce is unique and so yummy. The beans are great (I prefer the black) the rice is super tasty as well. I highly recommend Blanco.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Server was great… food was nothing amazing, I wouldn’t go back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good was great- everything good and service very attentive. Kinda noisy tho when you have a big table of people trying to talk across it.

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  36. BrigitS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun atmosphere, friendly staff, reasonably priced for great food and delicious cocktails. Loved their Rosemary & Joy Margarita!!!

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  37. ivanv

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This is a TacoShop pretending to be restaurant, really expensive Taco shop food Warm cheese is the worst cheese I got in restaurant was nacho liquid cheese and the fajitas super salty cooked with soy sauce worst fajitas Sorry for the waitress is working on the wrong place because the service is was great but the food is for never comeback ever Hope someone from restaurant see this review to fix it

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  38. AlanM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service. It's a bit noisy inside so it makes it challenging to have a conversation. It would be great if they would address the noise conditions.

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  39. JosephL

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really enjoy eating at Blanco. Tuesday evening, 6:30 reservation. Immediately seated. Server pleasant and efficient. My wife and I both had tacos, which were delicious. Can't ask for more...

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  40. GlennR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La carne en los tacos de asada es excelente, se derrite en la boca, buen café y la salsa de la casa corona los deliciosos platillos. Mi lugar favorito para una margarita con mango picante!

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley using the Order Online button. Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 810-2931.

Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley is rated 4.7 stars by 526 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blanco Cocina + Cantina – Fashion Valley

7007 Friars Road, San Diego, CA 92108

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Mission Valley
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Cocktail Bar, Southwest
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Please park in parking structure "C" and walk across the ramp on the top floor, this will lead you straight into the restaurant.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 810-2931
  • Catering
    Blanco catering provides a fresh twist on Mexican food for your next fiesta, family reunion, office gathering, or get-together with amigos and amigas. Allow us to bring a fun and delicious catering experience that is easy to assemble and ready to enjoy.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a higher bar style table that seats up to 16 guests.There is also a window banquet table that seats 20+ guests.Fabulous patio that can be used as a private space that seats 50 guests.
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