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Dining Room - Curadero, San Diego, CA

Curadero

4.3
4.3
154 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Soulful and sustainable coastal Mexican street food served in a fun and casual yet edgy/rustic atmosphere.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 515-3003

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Trolley and bus lines

  • Entertainment

    Shuffleboard, foosball, classic arcade games, tv programming, and DJ"s.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 154 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    They had good food but I expected a little more flavor.

  2. w

    winefood

    Washington DC

    174 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    174 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    Noisy with poor, slow service (as in order 2 cocktails instead of just one). I considered offering to tend bar to facilitate service. The food is quite good but the service is deplorably slow/ inefficient. This should be a quick fix that needs to be enacted ASAP.

  3. T

    Tava

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Was fabulous I love the food specially The sopes and the drinks spectacular

  4. M

    Marci

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food and excellent service from the entire staff serving our party. We will definitely return soon!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food3service4ambience4

    Was a great night went on valentines day. Took my GF on a Vday date and everything was going great. We got the chips and guac in which the guac was bery good. She ordered two twcos and I ordered enchiladas. Her tacos were a little on the cold side but was taken care of with a fresh new set. My enchiladas were bery good. Overall great experience.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2020

    overall1food1service3ambience4

    Presentation, ambiance, and the staff were good. The food was well below expectations.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing son ambulance with a tasty menu with good variety

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Second time here, so good. The food is simple yet creative and ambitious, with top notch ingredients and lovely presentation. The service is also excellent. We enjoyed every single bite!

  9. L

    Lindalou

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our first time here and on Christmas. We loved the food. Can't wait to go back! The beef and carnitas were outstanding.

  10. CJ

    CharlotteJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and wonderful service. Highly recommend, especially before or after a San Diego Symphony performance due to the special discount.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience5

    Our waitress didn’t seem interested in waiting on us. She had a full fifteen minute conversation with a table outside before she retrieved our drinks. The menu online isn’t reflective of what this restaurant actually has. I picked it originally because the menu said it had oysters and then when I arrived I was disappointed that oysters were no longer on the menu. The atmosphere is very nice, my octopus taco was okay, but I wouldn’t come back.

  12. A

    Alvertos

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The $15 Restaurant Week lunch menu is an amazing value!

  13. AM

    AlexM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    It took the waiter a long time to take our order after the hostess sat us. After the order was taken it took a long time for the food to be served. In the meantime, there was no offer of chips, more water refills or beverages ... overall lacking in the customer service area. It was extremely loud. The lunch options were few, the menu online said Tortas, there were no tortas. Not sure I'll go back.

  14. m

    mford

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our cocktail snacks was divine. I took a friend who was leaving San Diego for her last margarita for a while and Curadero did not let me down. I highly recommend their unique and delicious margaritas (and the food it good too - get the guac.)

  15. JL

    JoeL

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    2nd visit nothing like the first visit Not going back

  16. g

    goldilocks

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    Love the drinks, the atmosphere and the service, but the food was bland.

  17. CJ

    ClarkJ

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    So much fun. Server Dani was great. A hidden gem on Fifth street.

  18. CC

    CarlsbadCarol

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We had tickets to a concert at San Diego Civic Theatre, wanted dinner nearby (so we wouldn’t have to move the car) and Curadero was within easy walking distance. The menu (Mexican) looked better than just tacos and burritos so we made a reservation. We were seated right away and were really happy with the food (although the guacamole needed salt) but both the drinks and the food were slow to come out. We had plenty of time before our show began and we will come back again but only if we have plenty of time!

  19. FF

    FrequentFlyer

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Fish tacos were fishy and the “TJ” Caesar salad looked like it came from some airport grab and go kiosk. But.... the real problem was the one ridiculously drunk party that they just kept liquoring up. Amazing that a near empty restaurant can be that noisy.

  20. MN

    MelanieN

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Parking was difficult as restaurant is located in a hotel downtown. Had to valet park for $12. It was so loud inside we had to shout to hear ourselves. Food was excellent and large enough portion to share a dish. Drink menu is fun. Service was pretty good. I’d go back again but not at prime time on a Saturday evening.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The service was good and the menu was diverse and interesting. The ambience and decor were lovely.

  22. J

    Jemsmom14

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Curadero has quickly become our go-to place for pre-theater meals and drinks. Its location near the Civic Theater (and the House of Blues) is perfect but more than that, the food is great! Service is quick but not rushed and the servers are efficient and pleasant. We usually get there for happy hour before a show and three courses and drinks for two ran about $50. Get guacamole!

  23. c

    chitownroxy

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love the decor and innovative menu. Guacamole was superb and ceviche was wonderfully acidic. My husband ordered the enchiladas and thought they were yummy. Friendly service.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    10/10 authentic, truly outstanding

  25. RM

    RMullins

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great restaurant inside the Kimpton Palomar Hotel. Ambiance, great food and delicious drinks

  26. C

    Commish

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    The person serving our table really left a lot to be desired. Had he not been so arrogant, it would’ve been a better evening.

  27. AS

    AngelaS

    Dallas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great lunch & breakfast menu. Tasty drinks!

  28. MS

    MarkS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Food was ok. Didn’t die from it, but nothing to write home about. Everytime you ask the waitress a question she would say “I don’t know, let me go ask.” And then she’d disappear for a few minutes. Guess it’s better than making things up, but learn the menu ! I would temper all of this by saying that I really don’t like the whole downtown scene, so I didn’t have a great attitude walking in. Dirty, loud, crowded and a lot of homeless wandering around. I honestly don’t see the point.

  29. y

    yetanotherfoodie

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Knew nothing about the restaurant except that it is close to the symphony hall. Turns out it is in the old Salt Box restaurant location. The margaritas were the best I have ever had - no mixes. Try the classic as it is very dry and well balanced - served up. Guacamole was extremely fresh and very large for sharing. The ceviche was also wonderful - lots of perfectly diced veggies in with the seafood - hot but not overly so. Tried the octopus tacos as well - delicious. We will be back to try the entrees next time.

  30. BH

    BHEAKS

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2

    Drinks overly sweet. Food bland and mushy. Service rude Not a win.

  31. T

    Trojan

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2019

    overall2food1service3ambience4

    get some real salsas and season the food please. You need a mexican in the kitchen ASAP!

  32. J

    Jemsmom14

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Curadero was a new find...close to the Civic Theater and with food choices that seemed good. It fulfilled our expectations and more. Every bite of food was excellent, as well as good service. Authentic, spicy...just great! If I have one quibble it is that a large party came in after us and instead of sitting down and ordering they meandered around their tables which meant we had...let’s just say it...people’s rear ends practically in our faces as we ate. I’m pretty sure there’s a nice way for management to handle this in the future. But, all that being said...I’ll be back and I’ll be back with friends and family!

  33. PZ

    PhilZ

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food, service and with Saturday happy hour prices.

  34. S

    Stuartr

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Excellently prepared creative Mexican with very friendly service and great margaritas

  35. DC

    DonnaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    At first I must admit I was apprehensive as the place was empty at 12:15 on a Saturday for lunch, but the food ended up being wonderful and the servers were very nice.

  36. D

    Daniellaf

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience4

    Service was very slow. Sat for 10 mins before we were given menus or a glass of water

  37. KD

    KristenD

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I would recommend to a friend for the drinks alone

  38. PD

    PatrickD

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Appetizers and drinks. Bartender was very good

  39. t

    tbat

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food. Friendly staff. Nice place.

  40. s

    sbfoodie

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall3food2service2ambience4

    The starters of Guacamole and Brisket Tacos were pretty good and had some modern flair. The Pozole was terrible. I never send food back, but I could not eat it. It was unusually bitter and the pork was just greasy threads. The hominy was overcooked. Big disappointment since I love Pozole. Then, I ordered a ceviche, but was brought the wrong one... meanwhile I waited 15 minutes for it. I had to flag down the waiter to get it corrected. Sangria was way too sweet. Strange, uneven meal. I also was wondering why Open Table is promoting this place when you cannot get points for dining. We won't be back.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

FAQs

Curadero offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 515-3003.

Curadero is rated 4.3 stars by 154 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Bar Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Traditional Mexican, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Trolley and bus lines

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Entertainment

    Shuffleboard, foosball, classic arcade games, tv programming, and DJ"s.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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