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Cueva Bar

) #747 of 3,982 Restaurants in San Diego ££ - £££ Spanish, , American
2123 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1214
+1 619-269-6612
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good43%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“empanadas” (8 reviews)
“skewers” (3 reviews)
Closes in 10 min
All hours
Spanish, Wine Bar, American, Latin, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
2123 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1214
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Reviews (23)
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Reviewed 17 May 2017

We have now been to Cueva about 10 different times and EVERY TIME it has been fantastic food and service. I cannot say that about many places. Their tapas are fresh and inventive. Their menu changes but they have certain items that seem to be...More

Thank Keriaworth
Reviewed 29 March 2017

On our hunt for new sharing places to try we came across reviews for Cueva Bar that attracted us to this place on Adams Ave which has so many great foodie places. We arrived during happy hour but ordered both from that menu and from...More

Thank howcrab
Osvaldo B, Owner at Cueva Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Thank you for your review! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to host you and your company next time you make it past Trust :). Cheers! Oz Blackaller.

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

What a great find, tapas and wine or beer by Trolley Barn Park. With 3 friends we tried out this place, ordered the full menu of 9 tapas, wine, and had delightful happy hour. The flavors were distinctive and delicious. The Chilean white wine was...More

Thank William A
Osvaldo B, Owner at Cueva Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 31 March 2017

Thank you for your kind review, William. Best, Oz Blackaller

Reviewed 20 September 2016

Went here on a Wednesday for happy hour at 5pm. Great options for happy hour! Had chorizo empamada, mushroom gf flatbread, bacon brussel sprouts, andouille sausage, and bread pudding. All were fantastic. Also had a hibiscus sparkler that was marvelous as well. Didn't realize the...More

Thank Jessica Z
Reviewed 12 September 2016

This quaint small bar is located in a hip area. The chef is personable and provides great suggestions for drink and food choices.

Thank Bridget C
Reviewed 26 June 2016

We like Cueva a lot. My wife, a sangria snob, said they had the best Sangria she had had in the States (high praise). Staff was friendly and helpful. It's a small place, so be aware of that. Thought the food was very good...not quite...More

Thank rivenmyst137
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

A tasty place! Love the sangria wine fusion - a must have! Good for large party but need to make reservation. Arrived for happy hour and the service was excellent!

Thank Lalo R
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Reservations recommended, seating is limited; portions are tasty; good assortment of local wines/beers.

Thank ithaca249
Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Popped in for a Friday night dinner and greeted by the world's friendliest waiter (owner?). The food (Mexican tapas) was super tasty and the wine went down a treat. The delivery of the food to the table, however, was a little slow.

Thank Bugs1012
Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

Small local bar with few tables. Offers tapas style small plates. Food was tasty, especially if you like spicy. Four local beers on tap. Generous wine list. They were having a rush so service was extremely slow. Recommend the empanadas.

Thank Marzullo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2123 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1214
    (Between Mississippi and Alabama)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-269-6612
  • E-mail
Cueva Bar is a gem in the neighborhood that is University Heights. When searching for a neighborhood small bar with an intimate setting look further no more. Where else in the San Diego Restaurants can you find the chef serving your food and giving you the insight about the beer, the wine and how the food is prepared? Only at Cueva Bar, named for Best Empanadas in the San Diego Magazine. A beer and wine aficionado, Chef Oz has built a solid list of local craft beers on tap and wines that will satisfy your palate. Listed amongst the top 10 San Diego restaurants, Cueva Bar offers happy hour specials to die for! The wine list contains vino that other bars in San Diego will never see. Next time you are looking for the best food in San Diego join us for a unique dining experience without hurting your pocket.
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