Cocina De Barrio To Bring Oaxacan Mexican Fare To San Diego's North County

March 8, 2022

The owners of Oaxaca-inspired Mexican restaurant Cocina De Barrio, which opened its flagship location in San Diego's Hillcrest in late 2019, have targeted North County for the company's third outpost.

In November 2019, Executive Chef and co-owner of Cocina de Barrio Jose J. Flores teamed up with Swami's Cafe founder Jaime Osuna to open the first Cocina de Barrio restaurant in San Diego's Hillcrest community. In its nearly two year tenure, the all-day eatery has received rave reviews for its menu of Oaxacan-style Mexican cuisine. A second Cocina de Barrio opened last year in the space that previously housed a Swami's Cafe on West Point Loma Boulevard in the Midway area of Point Loma. 

The third San Diego branch of Cocina de Barrio is planning to open by year's end in the 3,600 square-foot space previously occupied by Lumberyard Tavern & Grill within the Lumberyard Shopping Center in Encinitas. Expect the same expansive menu as the Hillcrest location, featuring daily brunch offerings, tlayudas "Oaxacan pizza", enfrijoladas fried tortillas, tacos on hand-pressed tortillas, tamales, and a multitude of moles, as well as a full mezcal bar with cocktails, beer, Micheladas and wine. Being Lumberyard transferred their liquor license to another party already, this project is contingent on Cocina de Barrio obtaining a new license.

Cocina De Barrio is expected to open as early as this fall at 967 South Coast Highway 101, Suite B101, in San Diego's North County community of Encinitas. For more information, visit