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Tahona Bar, San Diego, CA

Tahona Bar

4.3
4.3
435 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
We are welcoming OpenTable online reservations for up to 8 guest for indoor and outdoor dining!
Parties of 9 or more, please email our large party coordinator at sales@tahonabar.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!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-2090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Villarreal Mora

  • Catering

    Choose from several venues at Tahona Bar for your next event!

  • Private party facilities

    Book Your Next Event at Tahona Bar. Choose between our several venues at our restaurant for your next social or corporate event. We can accommodate groups from 8- 100 People in our Main Dining Room, Mezcal Tasting Room, Bar Area, Oculto 477 Speakeasy, and Patio. Please contact Sales@tahonabar.com.

  • Private party contact

    Tahona Bar Sales Manager : (844) 977-1935

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Cross street

    Conde Street

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of street parking in Old Town and some paid parking lots available within a couple blocks of the restaurant. In addition we have valet available for our dinner service Friday-Sunday.

  • Public transit

    MTS (Trolly) has an Old Town station and then it is about a 10 minute walk south to our restaurant.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Tahona's Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

    $45.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    One time a year, our departed come back to celebrate with us. Day of the Dead is a two-day holiday that reunites the living and dead. Families create ofrendas (Offerings) to honor their departed family members that have passed. These altars are decorated with bright yellow marigold flowers, photos of the departed, and the favorite foods and drinks of the one being honored. The offerings are believed to encourage visits from the land of the dead as the departed souls hear their prayers, smell their foods and join in the celebrations! Join us on November 1st to celebrate this rare holiday for celebrating death and life. Bring an ofrenda to our altar and receive a free shot of mezcal to sip in honor of those that precede us!

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What 435 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience‼️‼️ definitely will be back
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It was a wait to get an order in. The tacos were delicious and priced accordingly.
  3. SS

    SabineS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The main room where we sat was cold and drafty! Wanted it to feel warm and comfy.
  4. D

    Derek

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant from a weeklong stay in San Diego. Interior decor is beautiful, relaxing, charming. Cocktails fresh and well executed. The coconut salad was so original/creative and very delicious. And then the tacos, oh my goodness, a+. Service very friendly as well.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Very underwhelming experience, came to celebrate my birthday and ended up leaving shortly after being seated. The host didn’t acknowledge us until 15 minutes after we sat, took our drink/app order and disappeared for the night. The food was cold and the salsas tasted like canned tomato sauce. Many other options in old town that meet service expectations.
  6. A

    Amber

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    We had made reservations in advance and out in the notes it was for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We LOOOVE Tahona - it’s our favorite spot. When we got there the hostess walked us to an already taken table - said she made a mistake and then moved us to a standing bar table :( I was so bummed!!! It was our anniversary and felt like we were just shafted. When we get there we waited a while for our waiter to get there and it just felt awkward - we didn’t know if we had to go order at the bar. Once our waiter came, he was amazing and did an incredible job. The food and drinks made up for the cruddy seating we ended up with (with a reservation and notes for anniversary was really hoping for a better seat). Tahona is an amazing place with wonderful service and food - just wish that night we would have been seated somewhere more meaningful I guess?
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    A little pricey
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Tahona! They always make the experience memorable
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best customer service ever. Our speakeasy reservation got pushed back making our dinner reservations later than previously booked. They were so accommodating and apologized for all the inconvenience. Everyone was so nice.
  10. MI

    MoiraI

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always delicious drinks! Friday have a great vibe for a group night out.
  11. R

    Roblesr11

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for the Chefs Pop up dinner event for Claudia Sandoval and it was AMAZING. Plus the recommendations some of the servers gave us were great. Definitely going back
  12. BE

    BridgetEJ

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our new favorite date night spot! 😍 Everything about our experience impressed us. The modern rustic decor, the creative menu and delicious food, the incredible cocktails (Bien Picado, Carajillo) the friendly staff, the ambiance and lively musicians (Sunday night) had us bewitched and we felt like we were somewhere far away on a fabulous vacation. As a lifelong lover and student of Mexican cuisine, I tried a few things on the menu that were completely new to me. Just amazing. I can’t wait to go back!!!
  13. D

    Datenight

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The service was slow and food so so. I will not be back or tell others to go here. Overpriced for what we received.
  14. TL

    TaLi

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    I had reservation, but the hostess still take us to the bar stool areas. I waiter was ok, but he did not provide much of services. However, the Restaurant paying system asking for 20% tip. The restaurant does not pay enough to its employee and force customer to pay 20% tip is outrageous behavior. Even Food is food, I try not to support business to this kind of restaurant.
  15. AM

    AustinM

    Exclusive

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious authentic Mexican food. Perfect spot after enjoying drinks at the speakeasy, Oculto 477
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was okay, overpriced for the quality. Good place to go try different mezcales and tequilas. Our server was nice and attentive it made up for the food. A good place to go have some drinks.
  17. RF

    RichardF

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are visiting from Michigan and looked for a great dining experience!The tacos were delicious and staff very friendly.
  18. F

    Foodie

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Being seated and overall service was somewhat awkward, and our server mostly came up to our table and stared at us without saying much or asking guiding questions. The drinks we ordered came last, even after our main course, and the live music is not very conducive to such a small setting given the volume being so high. The food is ok, but frankly there is much better Mexican food in San Diego. I’d come back for the speakeasy in the back, but not the restaurant itself.
  19. AE

    AdventurousEaterGal

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    Tahona failed to deliver a positive dining experience. My server was quite distracted, which didn't make too much sense since we were one of the first tables who arrived for dinner service. I asked the server about the catch of the day and he didn't come back for about 15 minutes. When he returned, I reminded him about my question and he said he checked with the chefs about 86'ing the previous night's menu. While I work in the food industry, I don't think there's a reason to use culinary slang in this scenario. The food was okay - stuffed squash blossoms and tuna empanadas - but wasn't worth the price. Frankly, I recommend the speakeasy behind this restaurant (Oculto 477), but I would skip having a meal here.
  20. AC

    AClauDNEUENschwander3412

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely, hands down, one of the best culinary experiences in San Diego County! Innovative and fresh, every dish hits the palette differently and remains savory. Mezcal? Say no more! Their Paloma and Oaxacan Firing Squad will exceed expectations and immediately transport you to what you imagine old San Diego was like. Caleb was our waiter and he is wonderful. Extremely friendly, efficient, and has a lot of knowledge about the foods that are served here. The Tahona bar is a MUST for anyone visiting San Diego, or for any locals looking for a great date night spot.
  21. K

    Kendall

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious and staff are super nice! The croquettes and boa bun were the favorites on the menu!
  22. S

    Stefan

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We were the first to be seated for dinner when they opened. We choose outdoor seating as the air felt a little stuffy indoors (but we love their interior space!). The food was thoughtful and executed well. It’s nice that they have some outdoor seating now, but keep in mind it’s street-side, so there’s a good amount of traffic noise. The biggest downside of the outdoor seating is the cigar bar a block down which wafts through and can really kill the experience. This is not the restaurant’s fault by any means, but a good-to-know. We love this intimate spot for a nice evening out.
  23. B

    Burnie

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We shared 4 different selections and two of the four were outstanding. The other two were good not great. We started with two different cocktails that we both enjoyed.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Overall great food and experience!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Not what we expected for a Mexican restaurant. Food was bland and had little to no taste. Presentation was nice but the taste didn't match the looks. I had the empanadas and it felt like I was eating cardboard. My wife had birria with bone marrow, she described it as being very bland. She enjoyed her drink, it wasn't very strong in taste for her. I agreed with her as I could barely taste the mezcal in mine.
  26. LY

    LYDIAK

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun; different; upscale Mexican!! Loved the Mezcal tasting room! Service & food great! Nice decor!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always amazing with incredible drinks and fabulous selection of mezcals. One of my favorites in San Diego.
  28. AC

    AlanC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    This is very specific Mexican food. Very interesting, but perhaps not to everyone's taste. I liked the experience but won't return.
  29. E

    Eric

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tahona bar was fantastic. Drinks and food were amazing as well as an attentive and genuinely nice service staff, from the host stand to the servers.
  30. TF

    TamF

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Traditional Mexican food in a lovely setting
  31. K

    Kimberlyb

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The place is beautiful and had live music which was spectacular. Acoustics are very noisy hard to hear at times. Not from music, from people talking. Food was ok. Waiter and service was awesome. Only real disappointment was that they are listed as participating in Restaurant week with a special menu and they are not.
  32. JM

    JamesM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Plus cocktails were amazing
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took our German colleagues here and they were impress. The loved the food and tequila. Let’s say we won some major brownie points with out higher ups.
  34. LS

    LoveSteaks

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    LOVED the homemade margaritas. Will be back. Happy hour is great for tacos too however I think The birria was a little too rich, not use to a thick sauce but It did have good flavor. Red SALSA is not good, it’s pasty and lacks flavor. Green salsa was ok. Chips were great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing. The service, food and drinks are top notch. Last night we started our date night there before our SHM concert and it was perfect. A must if in San Diego area.
  36. SF

    SamF

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    The guacamole and chips were a huge let down. The chips were salty and cold and the guacamole lacked flavor and was watery. Overpriced for the taste
  37. RK

    RickK

    Grand Rapids

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    2nd time we have eaten here. So good! Great atmosphere. We will eat here every time we are in San Diego
  38. SB

    SarahB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing mezcal selection and cocktails. Definitely get the Old Town Old Fashioned, Oaxacan Lady and corn croquetas. I will be back and plan to recommended this place to everyone I know!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I got the chef’s tasting menu and a mezcal tasting menu. Service was very spotty ranging from good to pretty bad. My main server was knowledgeable and took the time to explain each dish he served. That said I had 5 different servers including the head chef (maybe?). The server whom I saw the most was friendly but had no idea what he was serving and seemingly no interest in finding out. He served my mezcal tasting in reverse order, described one dish simply as “meat”, (some easily recognizable ingredient i have forgotten) and then stared at the dish for several seconds before listing the 3rd ingredient as “onions”. One dish he didn’t even explain. I think he may have been a busser though I cannot be sure. This was made worse by the fact that my main server recognized my mezcal tasting was reversed, asked who delivered it, clearly knew who it was but was not able to, or did not correct the situation as the same problematic server continued to bring me dishes getting worse with each delivery. The food was also spotty. 2 of the dishes were quite tasty but the others were marginal. The dishes were quite small, which is ok, but the final dish (octopus) was huge and not great (pretty bland). I told them at the beginning of the meal that I had reservations at the attached speakeasy and asked what type of menu it had so I could decide if/what drinks I wanted with my meal. The answers did not come easily (not a huge deal, they wanted to keep a bit of mystery) so I ordered a mezcal flight. They failed to mention that the chef’s tasting menu also came with at least 3 drinks. That meant I had just ordered 8 drinks without knowing it. I would have preferred a warning. The included drinks were quite tasty but each one came late, after I had finished the course they were meant to pair with. And again, the uniformed server mis-ID’d one of them. The speakeasy “Oculto ###” was… meh. The cocktails were ok and the smoke they use was acrid (perhaps they were misusing their smoker)
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot. Great mezcal!

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

FAQs

Tahona Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 435 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 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Tahona Bar

2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Conde Street

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:45 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of street parking in Old Town and some paid parking lots available within a couple blocks of the restaurant. In addition we have valet available for our dinner service Friday-Sunday.

  • Public transit

    MTS (Trolly) has an Old Town station and then it is about a 10 minute walk south to our restaurant.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Adrian Villarreal Mora

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-2090

  • Catering

    Choose from several venues at Tahona Bar for your next event!

  • Private party facilities

    Book Your Next Event at Tahona Bar. Choose between our several venues at our restaurant for your next social or corporate event. We can accommodate groups from 8- 100 People in our Main Dining Room, Mezcal Tasting Room, Bar Area, Oculto 477 Speakeasy, and Patio. Please contact Sales@tahonabar.com.

  • Private party contact

    Tahona Bar Sales Manager : (844) 977-1935

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