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Tacaliente Mexican Grill

Bringing Hillcrest a fresh take on Mexican food, Tacaliente is the creation of a local native who knows what it takes to make great Mexican food. Giving San Diego what they deserve in a great neighborhood Mexican grill, now you can get fresh salsa, Tacos, and all the Mexican food you love made with quality ingredients. Come by and see why Tacaliente is rapidly becoming Hillcrest’s favorite new Mexican grill.

Fresh ingredients to bring you the best

Tacaliente uses local Southern California produce to give you the best-tasting Mexican food in Hillcrest. Locally sourcing our ingredients not only helps our community but gives us a chance to give you the most authentic food possible.

Enjoy our food, your way

We know that life in San Diego can be busy and sometimes on the go. And although we are conveniently located in Hillcrest, we know that taking great food to catch a sunset is sometimes preferred. We can prepare your order to go or host you as you enjoy the best Mexican food Hillcrest has to offer!

05:45 11 Oct 22
My new favorite local spot for some fast and delicious Mexican food. I got the surf and turf fries which was freshly made and perfectly seasoned. The fried fish taco was also a highlight with the array of toppings added on. The best part is that the price point for what you get is perfect. Will be dropping by again!
Tania BalloTania Ballo
19:21 24 Sep 22
Tacaliente has been the absolute best Mexican restaurant to open in Hilcrest in YEARS. The ambience is amazing! So different from what it used to be. You can tell the new owners have put in a lot of work to make it a better environment!Since they have opened my family and I come here at least 3 times a week for so many reasons. The taste and quality of the food is unmatched and the pricing is great!!My brother and I shared the Al pastor fries and the Caliente Super Bowl and they were deliciousThe front of house staff and chefs are incredibly accommodating and friendly. The owner of the business himself has personally come up to us to greet us while having our meal to make sure we're doing well every time we're there.And can we just talk about those happy hour Micheladas!!!! DELICIOUS. One of the best I've ever had and I don't even really like beer to begin with lol
David CastroDavid Castro
02:22 13 Sep 22
Accidentally took the photo after taking some bites. But that’s because it was THAT good! Found my new favorite taco shop in the area and I’ll be a regular. Got the carne asada fries and my girlfriend got a Cali burrito. Both were 10/10! Meat was tender and flavorful. They didn’t skimp in the ingredients; the burrito was LOADED! Do yourself a favor try it out!
Shane ColesShane Coles
23:12 31 Jul 22
A new Mexican spot in Hillcrest featuring premium marinated delicious Carne asada as well as vegan options such as bowls and tacos. Even vegan salsa options. The surf and turf burrito was actually the size of my forearm and tasted great for both lunch and dinner. Can really taste the flavor and tenderness of their steak. Staff was super friendly and happy to help out and toss in extra salsa.
Andrew McCauleyAndrew McCauley
05:16 05 Jul 22
We discovered this place after a long day at the zoo… and we were very happy… prices were very reasonable and the food was great. Apparently this place has just opened and it was very clean snd the staff were also friendly too. Great choice