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King & Queen Cantina - San Diego, San Diego, CA

King & Queen Cantina - San Diego

4.4
4.4
1124 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
*WALK-INS ALWAYS WELCOME*

King and Queen Cantina brings Latin flavor to San Diego from creative founder and owner MR.TEMPO.
Come for the atmosphere, but stay for the food. You will find all of your favorite Latin dishes infused with Asian flavors. Join us Happy Hour everyday, Weekend Brunch or Taco Tuesday for a dining experience like you’ve never experienced before!
#MASCHINGON

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2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Sushi, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00 am–12:00 am Fri 10:00 am–1:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 756-7864
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross street
    Kettner Blvd & Beech St.
  • Parking details
    Street parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,124 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Lively

1,124 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Crispy avocado taco is absolutely delicious. Followed by the surf and turf taco and the fish taco. The drink…. Those are a wow!! Bartenders were awesome. Definitely going back when I’m in the area.

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  2. VeronicaB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my second time here, I brought some girlfriends for brunch. Had a great time. Loved our fabulous waiter, the food and drinks were all very delicious. Birria omelet and Bloody Marias (with tequila) were tasty!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was our first time at this restaurant and the service was not good. First of all, we were seated outside and when I asked for the heater to be turned on, the waitress told us no that they can not turn it on. I would be okay with that answer if there were other heaters already turned on. As for the food, the quality was okay. The main dishes did not come out all together, leaving me to wait 45 minutes for my meal while my wife and daughter had their meal already. This restaurant is more for drinking on a night out rather than a restaurant that actually take care of their customers.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, food was good, lighting a bit dark at our table, margaritas big

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  5. JuneA

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Best Birria tacos I've had outside of Mexico Great service

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service, food and drinks were great. Not a fan of the new decor. Tables feel small. And ambience a bit dark for my taste. To much crazy paint on the walls.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice place. Was stuck in a corner with a group of people and the service was really slow. Had to get a random person’s attention 4 times. Never the less, the atmosphere was great, music and decor were festive. Even as late as they were, the waiters were polite and nice. Would recommend again. Food was good too.

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  8. KelciS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Appetizers and drinks were disappointing but everyone’s meal was amazing!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall it was good but it used to be better . Food used to taste soooo much better.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Been to this spot for a long time - used to be a weekly regular to be honest - came back after about a year and this place was completely different - was over last night for a dinner with a couple of friends. We basically got kicked out of our table, my wife and her friend weren’t even half way done with their drink, food was cold and nothing compared to what it used to be. We were literally pushed out of this restaurant by the server and by the so called GM - I forget her name from last night. Unprofessional and a complete disappointment from what this spot used to be. Jorge Cuevas - this spot is falling apart and I know for a fact that from having various discussions with you you would disapprove of this service and ethics. Ya need to go back to the drawing board my friend or this place is going to end up like West Hollywood location. Loved this spot for a long time and unfortunately the decision of not coming back again was made last night. It’s very unfortunate cause I used to love this spot, the service, the people and the ambiance -

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  11. Sosofiar

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good time here! Rolando was amazing!! 🤝🏼✨✨✨

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great food! Great service! Great drinks! Top patio seemed exceptional to sit at but they wouldn’t allow our party of 5 to sit there (even with none of the tables occupied)

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  13. StevenC

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The is good considering it is a bar. This place is for the under 30 crowd. That is not a bad thing just not the right place for me since 30 was awhile ago.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were so nice and attentive. The quesabirrias were sweet :( but everything else was great !

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  15. JesseE

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This place is insane ridiculous spend your time and money on something worth it.food was gross who the hell mixes Japanese and Mexican flavors. Service is awful.seafood was not fresh.noisy environment.

    1 person found this helpful

  16. JaimeM

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The service was horrible and they’re rude here don’t come here

    2 people found this helpful

  17. DavidG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambiance. Would recommend. Can’t wait to go back

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Feels unexpected to say it, but King & Queen Cantina has the best California burritos and mango Micheladas in San Diego. The vibes are definitely more geared toward partying, so keep that in mind if you’re looking for a lively spot that has fantastic food and service.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was overall was good. A bit greasy. Server was really good and welcoming. Menu was complex since the last time we went seems like it was revamped and over complicated. Really hard to find a menu item we wanted with lighting and the menu layout and design. Drink menu and food menu were seprate BOOKS which made it additionally difficult. Good Food. Good Service. Over Priced for the overall experience. If made more simple and efficient would be worth the price.

    1 person found this helpful

  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food great. Service great. Atmosphere great. Favorite place

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  21. rcthat

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Decent food. Ambience depends on where they sit you. This time, my large group of 12 was sat in a dark corner with barely any lighting. We barely saw our food, seriously. Service is a hit or miss. Either good service or you get servers like the people who served us this time, calling us “buddy” like we were 10 and yelling “7 dollar margarita!” instead of simply saying a single or double margarita. I had to tell our server we’re not asking how much they are, we can read the menu. I dont know, it was a bit degrading. Considering they weren’t busy at all, they should be lucky we didn’t cancel our reservation. But if all you care about is food, I recommend this spot. Just don’t ask your server questions, they might start acting irritated.

    2 people found this helpful

  22. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    you will get moved through VERY fast, over in half an hour max. fyi

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  23. JhonatanM

    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
    Triple Gs! Great food , Great customer service, Great prices

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  24. Howard76

    Montreal

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The table was ready as soon as we arrived. Sat outside under the heat lamp and it was perfect. The waitress was super friendly and made some excellent recommendations. The food and drinks came really fast, the attentiveness of the staff was incredible. The food was fresh and did not disappoint. We couldn’t have asked for a better evening! I highly recommend King & Queen for a delicious authentic Mexican dinner!!! I shall be back

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  25. SofiaT

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fish Tacos, Birria Tacos & Asada Nachos are delish! But literally the food is delicious

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  26. HectorG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I highly recommend Kings and Queens! Yesterday we went to celebrate a sibling birthday and it did not disappoint. The food was amazing! Drinks were great and the service was awesome!

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  27. SarahiM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter made our experience and my birthday amazing and the service was fast and on point.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiter was super funny, outgoing, and charismatic!! He knew the entire menu and recommended us our entire late night dinner !!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food & drinks are always good. Service is good too

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Ottawa

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice discovery for us during a first trip to Dan Diego. Excellent food, passionate staff. Really complete menu and what can I say about the 16 pages cocktail menu. Really worth the detour if you are in the area.

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  31. AbigailR

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellent drinks, and exceptionally helpful staff.

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  32. AGirlwholovesSteak

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We got there for happy hour and ordered the guacamole and chips on happy hour  and it was literally a tablespoon of guacamole on top of pico de gallo and jalapeños and about 10 chips for 13 bucks. Terrible value. The drinks were good value but the red sangria was insanely sweet did not taste like it had any alcohol in it so I had to add a whole glass of red wine to it. The quesadilla was a good value, but the meat wasn’t that great. The pork belly bites were a decent value. The tacos are an ok value, but the meat was not that great either. My son said his cafeteria Street tacos were actually better. Service was awesome but the place just did not meet my expectations overall. Any Mexican food that doesn’t offer chips and salsa for free is just not authentic Mexican food. 

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  33. BellaR

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was extremely slow. Took 20min to get our drinks, when there was only us and 2 other tables. The waiter forgot to give us straws with our margaritas. We had to remind the waiter 3x to bring out our drinks. The fries were cold and soggy, the porkbelly was soggy and undercooked. Tuna tostada tasted funky. No one in our party finished the food. The drinks tasted very watered down, second round of drinks very sweet. We've been to King & Queen in Valle which is really good. Been to Mr. Tempo in OC and downtown, go there instead.

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  34. ANDREAA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definetly im coming back, everything was delicious and great service

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite places to eat in San Diego Always great service and food. Tonight we had Carlos who was the best server I’ve had so far. Amazing Quesabirria never disappointed. Best habanero martini ever! Overall a 10!!!

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  36. KrystalB

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious Food and Drinks ! Great Customer Service too . Pork Belly , Camarones Zarandeados and Margarita Flight are a must !

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  37. BiancaP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a good experience. The food, drinks and music are always the best!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good! Good food, good service, chill ambiance.

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  39. HarrisB

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were top notch. The surf and birria burrito was en fuego. Service with Leonel was superb.

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  40. AnitaF

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious! Once we sat down the waiter wanted to take down our orders before we had a chance to look at the menu. Once we made our choice for drinks he wanted to place our order for food. Again we were being pressured to make a choice which we had yet to decide. All of this pressure from the waiter was within 5 minutes from the time we sat down at our table. We made a decision on the food and what do you know both our drinks and food were in front of us within minutes. We felt we were being pressured into finishing our drinks and food quickly. Even the buss boy would hover near us so once he thought we were finished he’d ask if he could remove the plates and glasses. Believe me we weren’t quite finished with our food. There were plenty of empty tables so we were confused as to why we were being pushed to finish. When you spend over a hundred dollars on meals you’d think the restaurant would allow its customers to enjoy the ambiance and meals served. The waiter kept coming to our table asking if there was anything more we wanted even before we finished our meals. One time he asked and neither my husband or I could answer as our mouths were full of food. I have never felt so harassed by a waiter and buss boy to finish and move on. My husband and I were at this restaurant before and never encountered this type of treatment. The time spent at this restaurant from sitting down at the table and finishing our meals was 30 minutes due to the constant pressure from both the waiter and buss boy. Remember this is not a fast food restaurant, prices are commensurate with a little lower than fine dining but still expensive.

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FAQs

King & Queen Cantina - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 756-7864.

King & Queen Cantina - San Diego is rated 4.4 stars by 1124 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 PM


Booked 23 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for King & Queen Cantina - San Diego

1490 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kettner Blvd & Beech St.
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 10:00 am–12:00 am Fri 10:00 am–1:00 am Sat 2:00 pm–1:00 am Sun 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Sushi, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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