Sabor Cocina Mexicana - Valencia

4.7
173 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Mexican
Experience Sabor Cocina Mexicana, A Modern Mexican Restaurant. Using high quality all natural ingredients, organic and seasonal when possible: Fresh wild caught seafood, corn fed Midwestern beef, Jidori free ranged all natural fed locally raised chicken, Salmon Creek Farms wheat and barley fed pork as well as homemade tortillas. We take traditional Mexican flavors and give them a modern twist. Using 100% Agave Tequila and seasonal flavors for our Margaritas and hand crafted signature drinks, combined with a Colonial Mexican Decor for a romantic ambiance.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily; 11:00 am - 4:00 pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday; 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(661) 259-9002
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Leticia Hansen
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Cross street
McBean Pkwy
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 173 People Are Saying
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DJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastico!!

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently Fantastic!

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Today was the busiest the restaurant has been of any of our lunch visits (and we were happy about that!) but the experience did not suffer because of it. We tried the panuchos yacatecos and it was love at first bite! Great service as always.

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DE
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

If you are on a diet you can come here .. portions vs price not worth it !
Not authentic Mexican at all made for fitness gurus lol

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

My food was cold, also my husband told the waitress no guac, food came out with guac sent it back and they just took it off the tacos. My husband is highly allergic to avocados.

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CB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was some of the best Mexican I have had in California. The food is fresh, flavourful and authentic. The service-outstanding.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were top rate. The “summertime quesadilla” was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had at a Mexican restaurant. Can’t wait to go back!

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4
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! Great food, amazing margaritas awesome service. Try the churros for desert

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HB
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Favorite Restaurant in SCV, always great food, drinks and service

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere, good food, reasonable prices, great service.

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T
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Really enjoyed the seasonal margarita's-watermelon berries! The panochos yucateco were amazing and delicious. We enjoyed the street tacos de puerco and the enchiladas de sabor, both excellent dishes! Best way to end our hectic work week! Our server Francisco was extremely helpful assisting us with our selections. He did a super job keeping us happy and we really enjoyed our conversations with him!
Thank you!

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BH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The friendly, professional and attentive staff is what keeps bringing us back. That, and all the original items on the menu. It never disappoints.

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JC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, not the typical Mexican food. The service was very good.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family meal

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place and amazing service well recommend

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I ordered a specialty salad and a few drinks with my date. I had planned to order more, but I found that the salad I got was so heavily laden with dressing on wilted soggy vegetables that I lost my appetite and ordered more drinks. :) It had a great atmosphere for my date, so it was still a win. But I was not impressed.

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MP
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, food and drinks is always great. It’s a “go to” for all of our occasions. This one just happened to be our anniversary.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Came on the recommendation of co-workers. I am a bit of a foodie and enjoy trying new places. I was warned of the prices, but was told I would be happy. We were seated promptly, and then nothing. No chips, no salsa, no "welcome". And so we sat with our menus and planned our food. Finally, a server from another table notified our server we were there. We had waited long enough we had our drink and food order ready. We did not see our server again until we after we asked the busboy for our check.
The food was amazing. The margaritas were large and tasty. Portions were a good size, though for half a chicken in mole, two tortillas is insufficient ( I would have asked for more, but the server was nowhere to be found).
Back at work, I was told the service I endured was not typical, so I guess that was my luck.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Their register wasn’t working and declined my card several times. A bit of an embarrassing moment at first. After they rebooted the system my card went through. Other than that I enjoyed the dinner and the restaurant. A little pricey for what you get.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the ambiance and the cuisine. They will make what you want if it is not on the menu. Food is delicious. Drinks are great . Service is excellent. I would recommend.

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j
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Even though the restaurant was very busy on Mother's Day the food and service was still very good. There was four of us and we had a variety of food; steak and enchiladas.

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JE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

My enchiladas had at least 3 chunks of chicken fat that I had to spit out. It was special occasion so I did not make a big deal over it... but I was disillusioned since they were $18.00. Margaritas were good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food wasn’t so good, but the service was great.

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E
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great plaice

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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding meal with incredible service to match. We are looking forward to many special occasions dinners here in the near future.

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S
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We wanted to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Sabor was one of the Mexican Restaurants that took Reservation’s. The food was wonderful and the liquor menu gave many choices. The desserts were delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and delicious food; we will definitely visit again soon

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EC
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great meal with friends. Margarita was HUGE but very delicious.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a reflection of human beings. A lot of attention is spent on aesthetics, and very little on substance. It's a stunning Mexican restaurant and the servers are professional to a point you can't fault. The meals are plated beautifully, but unfortunately are terribly bland. All four of us felt the same way and were incredibly disappointed after the promise of something more special than your average Mexican restaurant. In fact, your local inexpensive restaurant has far more flavor at half the cost. My meal was dry and had no sauce. Another friend commented that fish and cream just don't go together. Fish and lime go do! Sadly the enormous margarita's did not take the pain out of paying the same size bill. The plantains were delicious, but how hard is it to fry a banana? I would like to go back to give it a second chance, but I know that I would just be going back in the same way that you go back to a beautiful/handsome person hoping that they've worked on their personality and this time they might be nice and not so cold. We both know the answer is a waste of time and money.

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4
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service great margaritas

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P
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very lovely lunch. The our server was very friendly and the guy in the front when we walked in was very nice sorry I didn’t get any names but we will definitely be coming back.

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SB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always food and service were outstanding.

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BH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's the Staff at Sabor that makes the difference. It's hard to find a restaurant in the SCV where the Staff is as dedicated to great service every single time you visit. By the way, the food is amazing too.

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EF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great ambience, fantastic food! What more can anyone asks for?!!!

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BB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as usual!

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d
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and the help is tremendous!!!! Also the décor is amazing and the drinks are huge and in beautiful glasses.

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Went there on recommendation and found ambiance really exciting! Very upbeat - even classy. Waiter was very attentive, courteous and inviting. Sad to say that's where the good comments end. After tasting a watery margarita - and then having it replaced with one that was identical, the explanation we received was that it "came frozen that way and that all that ice ruins it." (i.e. had neither flavor or punch!) Our two separate courses followed - one being the House Special chicken concoction. Mine was a (we thought) predictable cheese enchilada - yet each was disappointing to the point of our option to not clean our expensive plates! Oh, yes, we also tried the chicken tortilla soup which like its companion dishes seemed to have an unusual flavor and all seemed to carry a "not bad - but not good" after-taste. Fortunately, the watery margarita was removed from our bill - yet even so, the tab exceeded $50 for two entrés and a cup of soup - no other drinks, salad or dessert, etc.

Summary: Really enjoyed the interior architecture and ambiance - nice service - but over-priced food we actually didn't enjoy. So, sorry, but how could we recommend a restaurant that had food we wouldn't repeat?

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j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been frequenting Sabor for 3 years. Hands down the best authentic Mexican food in L.A. County. Service is impeccable and food is even better. Highly recommend

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SP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My husband and I love dining at Sabor. The chef has created a great menu with unique flavors. The sfaff is amazing. We always feel welcome!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Loved the food and atmosphere

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