Cinco de Mayo Dining Destinations

Curadero (courtesy photo)

Curadero: Escape the Cinco de Mayo madness, and chill at Curadero and Arriba Room at Hotel Palomar. Downstairs at Curadero, order one of the team’s new agave focused cocktails, like Let’s Hear It For Chamoy, with el jimador reposado, mango, lemon, serrano and chamoy, or order something from Chef Brad Kraten’s lunch or dinner menu, like ceviches, tacos and house guac. The upstairs Arriba Room will open at 3pm, serving street tacos from the taco window, tequila and Mexican beers. Grab a bite and head to the game lounge to play classic arcade games or shuffleboard.

Pacifica Del Mar Cinco de Mayo Party: The Ocean Bar at Pacifica wants you to join in on the Cinco de Mayo festivities. All night, the bar will be slinging margarita specials, like their PDM Fresh Margarita, Pineapple-Chipotle Margarita and Miracle Margarita. They will also be serving their happy hour menu with half off small plates from 4-6:30pm.

Cusp Dining & Drinks: The ocean view bar atop Hotel LA Jolla will be celebrating by releasing the first of their barrel aged cocktails, the Oscar de La Jolla. The smooth sipper has been aging for over 60 days, and blends mezcal and tequila. The drink will be available at the bar on Cinco de Mayo.

Casa Guadalajara:  May 5–6: Head to the “Two for Cinco” street taco bar in the Garden Room and enjoy drink specials in the lively Cantina, including cans of Tecate and Dos Equis for $5.50. Mariachis and ballet folklorico dancers will perform throughout the restaurant.

Casa de Pico: May 5–6: Celebrate with the “Fiesta Nachos,” a hearty plate piled high with your choice of meat, beans, pico de gallo and guacamole. Beer and margarita specials will be offered both days, plus live entertainment from mariachis, troubadours and ballet folklorico dancers.

Casa de BandiniMay 4­­­–5: Spice up your fiesta with the Carnitas Taco Sampler and wash them down with Casa de Bandini’s new Cazadores Palomas. Sip on specialty cocktails with drink specials by the hour, offered Friday and Saturday. The fiesta wouldn’t be complete without live mariachi music and dancers.

Casa Sol y Mar: May 4–5: Festive Cantina specials include “Tour of Mexico” beer buckets or Hornitos tequila flights for $20. Enjoy with the choice of a taco sampler, cantina tostada or jalisco wings. Music and folkloric performances will take place throughout the weekend.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in San Diego’s energetic Gaslamp District with a trip to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp. This downtown location will feature $5 Pacificos all day in addition to their brunch specialty, Mole Chicken Enchilada Plate, served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner specials will be served from 2 p.m. to close and will include a Carnitas Taco Plate and TJ Dogs served with fries. Follow this with a live DJ from 10 p.m. to close!

If ocean-front dining is on the docket this Cinco de Mayo, Waterbar in Pacific Beach will be offering $7 Don Julio Margaritas, Homemade Churros, featured taco specials such as one for $2, three for $5, and six for $9, a blended margarita bar, and their Street Taco Special made with your choice of grilled rockfish, chipotle-braised beef, shredded chicken, veggie or shrimp, salsa roja, ancho crema, shredded cabbage and salsa vinaigrette.

Get hoppy this Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Beach AleHouse and enjoy $5 14-ounce Pacificos all day, $13.95 Fish Tacos, and $11.95 Gringo Tacos. Pair this with the restaurant’s stunning ocean views from their second-story patio, and you wont regret spending the day at this local gem!

If Encinitas is closer to your usual stomping grounds, Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas is geared up to celebrate the occasion with a slew of specials including their Mezcal el Chappo specialty margarita, $5 Pacifico/Tequila Flightsand live music from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Quell your cravings with a specialty brunch until 2 p.m., featuring Mexican Chorizo Huevos Ranchero, in addition to all-day food specials such as Crawfish Popcorn Tacos with Habanero Crema, Guajillo-Rubbed Carne Asada with Fire-Roasted Tomato and Serrano Salsa, and Achiote Marinated Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde. Shared plates include Carne Asada Fries, as well as Opah Belly & Ono Ceviche.

Fishmonger’s Market: Curb your south-of-the-border cravings with a seafood escape at Fishmonger’s Market, San Diego’s European-style seafood market and dining destination. Home to a multicultural flavor experience through delicate crudo plates and fresh-from-the-case fish, Fishmonger’s Market is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a special of 12 Local Baja Oysterscoupled with an ice-cold Corona or Pacifico beer for only $20 at their crudo bar, transporting you to a Mexican beachside cabana without ever leaving San Diego! (1735 Hancock St., San Diego, CA 92101)

Jalisco Cantina: Raise a glass to the vibrant Mexican culture at Jalisco Cantina, Oceanside’s first popularly-acclaimed tequila bar! Named for the home region of the magnificence blue agave plant, Jalisco carries an exclusive selection of some of the finest tequilas and mezcals in the world – and what Cinco de Mayo is complete without tequila? Sip on tasting flights of tequila and mezcal or toast with house specialty margaritas including the Cilantro Smash, the Mango Serrano, and the Pineapple Jalapeno, served with unmatched flavor and flair all day and night to take your Cinco de Mayo to the new heights! (213 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054)

Wokou Ramen & Yakitori: Think outside the box with your Cinco de Mayo celebrations at Wokou Ramen & Yakitori! Urban and unexpected, this ramen spot is making waves in San Diego for their distinctive SoCal flair, bringing together a culture shock of two diverse dining favorites with the Spicy Carnitas Ramen. Combining a tasty Asian-inspired dish with slow-braised carnitas, shredded chili, green onion, soft egg, and a wedge of lime, this unique dish will be offered for only $10 for your one-of-a-kind Cinco de Mayo feast! (5965 Village Way, San Diego, CA 92130)

Lazy Hippo: Let’s taco ‘bout the signature staple of a Cinco de Mayo celebration – the tacos! The Gaslamp’s newest brunch spot boasts an organic menu bursting with cultural flavors, featuring an extensive selection of taco plates for every discerning palate. Take your choice of the Fish Tacos, the light Jicama Tacos, the vegetarian-friendly Veggie Tacos, and even the vegan-friendly Jicama Soyrizo Tacos, all offered at 20% off all day on Cinco de Mayo! (416 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101)

The Rail: After a full day of Cinco de Mayo festivities, skip the siesta and cap off your evening with a visit to The Rail, Hillcrest’s iconic nightlife destination. Dishing up modern versions of artisanal cocktails to pair with their post-Prohibition era décor, The Rail will be celebrating the holiday with a Cinco de Mayo themed City Royals Drag Showcase. Starting at 8:00 P.M., a $5 cover will earn you access to the best show in town, complete with drink specials all night long for a fiesta that’s loud and proud! (3796 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103)

barleymash: The downtown iconic restaurant and bar is hosting a one-of-a-kind Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Party, as the two both fall on Saturday, May 5th this year. Come in early and grab a table to catch all the action of the horse race and sip on Mint Juleps and Mumms Champagne. Afterwards, barleymash will be serving specialty Espolòn Tequila Margaritas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! There will be live music throughout the day and prizes for the best dressed and the best hat. (600 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)

The Duck Dive: Steps from the sand in Pacific Beach, The Duck Dive is celebrating Cinco de Mayo a few days early with their Battle of the Beach Bartenders on May 2nd. Come watch local bartenders concoct any cocktail they chose using Los Sundays Tequila, a delicious coconut-flavored tequila. Enjoy $5 Los Sunday Tequila specials, along with beer and taco specials starting at 6:00 p.m. There will also be guest judges and live music throughout the evening, so come watch some of San Diego’s finest bartenders work their magic behind the bar! (4650 Mission Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92109)

Mavericks Beach Club: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Pacific Beach’s newest hotspot, Mavericks Beach Club. The 15,000 sq.-foot indoor outdoor venue will be turning up the heat but keeping your drinks cool with their Mavericks Six Packs of Pacifico and Modelo. Carry your cooler around while you check out the dance floor, upstairs DJ or play games like cornhole or Giant Jenga. Nosh on puffy tacos, quesadilla crisps piled high with guac, pico, lime crema, and queso, or their famous Wahoo tostadas! Cinco de Drinko should not be missed at Mavericks! (860 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109)

Del Sur Mexican Cantina: Fiesta over to South Park for a special Cinco de Mayo celebration at Del Sur Mexican Cantina. The lively and vibrant bar and eatery will be offering drink specials on their one-of-a-kind margaritas, which will pair nicely with any of Del Sur’s authentic Mexican dishes including taco plates, enchiladas and burritos, among others. After a few margaritas, let loose and dance the afternoon and evening away to beats spun by a live DJ. Specials include: $6 house margaritas, $6 red or white sangrias, $7 mules and palomas, $4 select Mexican draft beers. If you’re celebrating early, come between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. for a delicious brunch menu along with $20 bottles of champagne with choice of juice: watermelon, pineapple, OJ or grapefruit. (2310 30th Street, South Park, San Diego, CA 92104)

The Smoking Gun: This retro cocktail bar and eatery will transform into The Smoking Pistola on Cinco de Mayo! Come for all-day tasty taco specials and Patron drink specials, starting at 11:00 a.m. Party-goers can don their free sombreros and fiesta the day away! Ay-ay-ay! (555 Market Street, San Diego CA 92101)