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Welcome to Casa Gabriela! - Casa Gabriela, La Mesa, CA

Casa Gabriela

4.7
4.7
604 reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chef Gabriela Lopez brings her elevated Mexican cuisine to Downtown La Mesa. Using her grandmother's recipes from Guadalajara crossed with her cosmopolitan upbringing in Tijuana, Chef Gabriela's menu features authentic hand-crafted dishes and imaginative takes on classic dishes. All of Baja California is represented along with influences from other regions in Mexico.

The spacious outdoor garden, cozy loft, and private dining areas are the perfect places to enjoy tequila and mezcal based cocktails, family celebrations, or brunch with friends.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Breakfast, Latin American
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 337-3445
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Gabriela Lopez
  • Catering
    Chef Gaby's cuisine is perfect for your next party!
  • Private party facilities
    The outdoor garden features two gorgeous private dining areas in addition to our cozy, indoor loft.
  • Area
    La Mesa
  • Cross Street
    La Mesa Blvd at Allison Ave
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    2 blocks away from the La Mesa Blvd Trolley stop.
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Outdoor Firepit

Experiences

  • Mezcal Class Featuring Vago

    US$50.00 per person

    Prepaid

    15 Jun 2024 only
    Bring your dad on June 15th to Casa Gabriela and experience the world of mezcal with Vago Mezcal. Chirs Simmons and Maurice DiMarino, Beverage Director for CRG will lead you through an exploration of what makes mezcal such a unique agave spirit. Taste flights of Vago and some of CRG’s favorite mezcals.
    Mezcal Class Featuring Vago photo

What 604 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambience

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Good for business meals

  • East County

    Child-friendly

  • East County

    Good for groups

  • East County

    Healthy

  • East County

    Hot spot

  • East County

    Neighbourhood gem

  • East County

    Great for outdoor dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Good for special occasions

  • East County

    Lively

  • East County

    Most Booked

603 Reviews
  1. FabienneH

    Palm Springs

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think this is my favorite place for Brunch! It is just a beautiful setting, great service, delicious food . . . Truly 10+

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  2. DanielleS

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time at Casa Gabriela. We were there for Sunday brunch and it was wonderful! We went for my boyfriend’s birthday and had a fabulous time! The wait staff was amazing and the manager was delightfully attentive! We will definitely return 🥰

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Crispy carnitas was the best we have ever had and the ambience and authentic music was great!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you to our server David who was exceptional and such a lovely guy to chat with, great job!

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  5. KellyM

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for the first time during happy hour. Shared delicious margs (Blanco level good) with a friend, and per our waiters' recommendation, we had the HH nachos and cauliflower. The chips and salsa were very fresh and we enjoyed t everything we tried. We ended the night with Flan, and even though I don't live coconut, it was still tasty. Chris, our waiter was phenomenal and such a delight. Definitely going back.

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  6. Craig

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The Cohn group has created another wonderful restaurant this one with Mexican cuisine. We were a party of six and everybody enjoyed their food, The ambience and the service. We recommend that you reserve a table on the patio.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I wanna start by saying that our service was impeccable the manager on duty and our waiter where outstanding. Although if it wasn’t for the fact that I was very hungry the food was hard to eat, of poor quality, the margarita that my wife ordered had to be sent back it was made Improperly. I know it was Mother’s Day but the restaurant was not particularly busy it seems as if they must have managerial/staffing issues behind the scenes with that being said I will not be returning to dine at this restaurant. 

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  8. DaughnS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first trip to Casa Gabriella, it did not disappoint. I had been to this location before during other concepts, and I'd have to say this was the most cozy. My wife and I took our mothers for Mother's Day. It was fantastic, I wanted everything on the menu. This was the first time I tried guacamole on a chicharron, it was awesome! I like what I got, but my mom got the corn lasagna, and I was glad I go to help, it was the best dish at our table. We'll definitely be back.

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  9. CortneyB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Being that our reservation was on a Saturday it still took a very long time for us to get our food. Our reservation was at 815p, showed up at 820p, got seated and then our server came to us 10-15 mins later to get our drink order. Then we ordered a few appetizers which took 15 mins to come out. Then we ordered our food and we didn’t get our main meal until 920/925p! Keep in mind we had two toddlers that can only last sitting for so long. Good food but took way too long to get our meals. They did offer a free desert but that took another 15 mins to come out. So we didn’t leave the restaurant until 10pm! But their kitchen closed at 9!?? I would recommend if you’re ok with being there for two hours and waiting! If not don’t go!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Love downtown la Mesa! Was able to call and adjust my dinner reservation! Food was great, service was great and the environment

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FAQs

Casa Gabriela offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 337-3445.

Casa Gabriela is rated 4.7 stars by 604 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Casa Gabriela

8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-9218

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    La Mesa Blvd at Allison Ave
  • Area
    La Mesa
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Breakfast, Latin American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Public Transit
    2 blocks away from the La Mesa Blvd Trolley stop.
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive Chef
    Gabriela Lopez
  • Additional
    Dog Friendly, Outdoor Firepit
  • Phone number
    (619) 337-3445
  • Catering
    Chef Gaby's cuisine is perfect for your next party!
  • Private party facilities
    The outdoor garden features two gorgeous private dining areas in addition to our cozy, indoor loft.
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