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Caliente - Kings Beach, Kings Beach, CA

Caliente - Kings Beach

4.2
4.2
449 Reviews
$30 and under
Southwest
Located in historic Kings Beach and just minutes from the waterfront, Caliente takes its name from its diverse family neighborhood surroundings. Caliente specializes in the flavor of the American Southwest and beyond. Think Santa Fe, or as we like to say, “Southwest, South”. Caliente, opened on August 3rd, 2007 after an extensive remodel, is one very important step in the revitalization of the Kings Beach neighborhood. Today, Caliente stands on North Lake Boulevard as the stunning example of the Kings Beach remodel in progress. We take great pride in our creation and our clean, casual and friendly atmosphere awaits your visit. Caliente offers an unequaled and unique variety of quality fun, food and beverage at affordable prices. Dining out is more than just a meal, it is an event based on value and a wonderful experience. Combine our meals with generous premium Margaritas and our famous signature drink, The ChupaCabra, and we have created a dining experience to remember.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American

  • Hours of operation

    Bar (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 11:30pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 1:00 am Dinner (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Lunch (May - September) (Sat & Sun) 11:30am - 5:00pm

  • Phone number

    (530) 546-1000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Golden

  • Private party contact

    Amy Grigsby: (530) 546-3366

  • Neighborhood

    Kings Beach

  • Cross street

    Chipmunk

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of on-site private parking, public parking, and street parking.

  • Public transit

    All local public transit drops off and picks up in front of Caliente Southwest South.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 449 people are saying

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Great for Lunch

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Outdoor Dining

  • Tahoe / Reno Area

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Outdoor Dining

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Scenic View

  • North Lake Tahoe

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Our server, Lane, was fantastic! He even made us a list of his favorite things to do in the area! We were so grateful!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    4th of July fireworks
  3. KJ

    KimberlyJ

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time celebrating my kids birthdays. Caliente did not disappoint!
  4. M

    Mcmary40

    Tahoe

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best food we have had in a long time at Caliente. We sat up on the deck and had a wonderful server who was so kind and patient with our 17 month old granddaughter. We had our Chupacabras and thoroughly enjoyed those with all varieties of fajitas! One of our very favorite spots.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The food had no flavor at all. I wouldn’t go back.
  6. MB

    MarkB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been goint to Callients since it opened roughly ten years ago. The location, setting, ambiance have always been fantastic. The food and the service last night was the best it has ever been. Lane (our waiter) took good care of us!
  7. KS

    KayceeS

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good experience. Nothing outstanding for the price but we enjoyed the ambiance and our meal was good.
  8. SZ

    ShelleyZ

    Pittsburgh

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had our reservation and 20 minutes after being sent a server, Lane, noted while managing a large group that no one had addressed us said he would take care of us. He talked with the hostess and the server who should of had our table that we noted just standing around. Lane was very attentive even though he had several other busy tables and even offered us a free drink or dessert for our patience. Thanks to Lane for making our last night in Tahoe end on a positive note.
  9. B

    Barbandjim

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Lovely outdoor setting, best Mexican food in Kings Beach! Great drinks, food, and service.
  10. DC

    DorothyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Lexie was our server and she couldn’t have been sweeter or more competent. She took care of our every need. We came in early so we could get home to watch the Warrior’s game so it wasn’t crowded at all. My husband came home with a birthday dessert. We have a home in Brockway and come in whenever we’re up here! We love Caliente and Lexie!❤️
  11. T

    Tweety

    San Francisco

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bartender was our waiter and he was fabulous. Lane was great! We’re actually all going back again tonight! The food was delicious and the service was great.
  12. C

    Cerrsc

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was not worth it. High prices for poor quality meals. $23 burrito not even close to a fast food burrito from chipotle. The Tacos were worse. Service was poor, didn’t even give us napkins or silverware until we asked for it. Server appeared to be new. Luckily another waitress Lexi made up for some of the short comings. Find another restaurant because this will disappoint.
  13. B

    Beth

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was overpriced. I get we are in King’s Beach but that was the most expensive Mexican food I have ever ordered. Food was decent but nothing worthy of $29 for 3 tacos that doesn’t even come with rice and beans and if you want chips and salsa that is an extra $5.
  14. LL

    LilLola

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Some views of the lake, nice restaurant. Food was good, server nice but inexperienced. Looking forward to returning in summer when the rooftop deck is open.
  15. L

    Lynn

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite spot when we come to Incline Village to ski. Food is very good and the drinks are too!
  16. h

    hunter

    San Francisco

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Host was wonderful and gave us a large booth. Server was attentive and friendly but not overwhelming.
  17. s

    steveb

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    $150 for 2 adults and 2 small kids for mediocre mexican food...lmao...never again....
  18. P

    Prosnow13

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    HH information was a bit hard to understand what was or wasn't included as it's the same menu but the hours and what was included (as well as discounts) wasn't told to us only " HH In the bar"
  19. LT

    LT22

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Over the years the quality of the food has declined to a level that we no longer find acceptable. The fish was under cooked, the carne asada was far from tender and the pork tacos were non descript. On a bright side the chips and guacamole were excellent, but the price is extremely steep and what's with paying over $10.00 for a beer? Hopefully, they will seek to make improvements.
  20. DS

    DavidS

    Tahoe

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service… miss the summer ceviche though!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5
    Prices were VERY high and portions were small. $16 for a kids meal of Kraft Mac n cheese. We’ve visited Calientes many times, and were so disappointed the last couple times we’ve gone (hoping it was just a fluke), not sure we will go again. The poppers used to be delicious and kept us coming back, but now they have zero spice. $160 for a family of 4. Just too pricey for mediocre. Ambiance and service were great!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Valentine’s Day dinner. Excellent margaritas and food!
  23. D

    Delightful

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    The food was just ok and my partner got sick on the shrimp fajitas. We were a bit suspect when they came in a sauce rather than nice large shrimp grilled like they should be.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    understaffed, but servers were incredibly polite and trying their best. ended up waiting for a check that never came and had to hand over a credit card for someone to pay up. and then had the manager tell us we needed to leave asap to accommodate the next table. manager wouldn’t have a conversation about it either, unfortunately we won’t be back again
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great, food was great, ambiance was great. Great place to eat!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Lexi was great!! She made the overall experience worth going in and dining at Caliente! I love the naughty theme of the restaurant, but I do notice that the quality of ingredients for the price of some items on the menu just don’t add up! Drinks are good and straws definitely add some character! I will defiantly consider bringing Family and Friend’s in for dinner the next time I am in Town.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    the service was so bad bc there was no people working;didn’t bring out half of our order
  28. IA

    IANofEDH

    Sacramento

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All-in-all, great experience. The food was a little pricey for everyday Mexican food… but the service and quality was good. I recommend ordering light and adding as necessary… portions are healthy… in size. Drinks are good.. and big too. We will be back for sure
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food did not match expectations (even in Tahoe). Drinks (margaritas) we’re made with a super-sweet mix and distracted from being a distraction from the food. Unfortunately the truth
  30. KK

    KariK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    The restaurant was so unbelievably packed. Servers walking around masks on their chin, every customer walking around no masks at all. Every single entree came out wrong. Carne asada in the tacos was tough and grisly. All and all it was a terrible experience. We have been to Caliente more than a dozen times and we’re shocked at this experience. Our server took two items off the bill which was great but we will not be back.
  31. JK

    JenniferK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It’s a lovely restaurant, food and cocktails were just ok for the cost. Service was pretty good.
  32. SE

    SteveE

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Clean and enjoyable we had a good dining experience the staff was young but super nice And the food was spicy #Caliente Yeah what was especially enjoyable was all the bathroom art quite suggestive let me share.
  33. R

    Robbie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good, well-prepared Mexican food in a somewhat upscale ambience including noise. Good service. Slightly pricey.
  34. FL

    FoodLover

    San Francisco

    102 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We were happy to find a place open after 8pm! Our server Bella was great and attentive. The poke nachos were very tasty. The the wet chicken burrito was described as Chicken and black beans and loaded with cilantro. No mention of rice in it. For $22 plus tax and tip, we got a medium small rice burrito with one tablespoon of chicken and one tablespoon of black beans and all the rest was white rice and it it was cold! Clearly just assembled off some bins in the counter! 😣We also ordered the chops and salsa and we were brought the spiciest salsa ever and when we mentioned it, then we were brought the verde salsa and the pico de Gallo salsa which were much better. Draft beers were $9.50 and which is steep considering the areas. All in all it was fun, but way overpriced.
  35. d

    dwayne

    San Francisco

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Despite the restaurant packed we were seated quickly. Had nice spot. Love the whole umbrella and palapa “thing.” Our wait person Bella quick to table and a lovely person. Our dishes were delicious. Too bad a great venue with terrible views but all the activity going on plenty to see.
  36. c

    chefrickylee

    Central Coast

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extremely fresh and tasty!!! A great experience for anyone visiting the lake Tahoe area.
  37. D

    Dianne

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The ambience and friendly, timely service are excellent and the mexican flavors were tasty. Nothing at our table for four was "bland" -- quite the opposite. Sitting on the rooftop is great on a warm summer evening.
  38. BL

    BruceL

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and good service as always. As a Tahoe local, this has become a place I know I can get consistently good food and friendly service.
  39. k

    kimk

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great place for a cocktail or beer and chips, salsa and guacamole. The food is expensive and a little disappointing—the ambiance is perfect and great service. Tacos were okay. Chicken salad was best order at the table and sticker shock of a bill at the end. We paid for chicken salad and 4 tacos with chips and guacamole and two drinks $120! Whew. Still fun locations. Go for drinks and chips.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grant was the best waiter!

FAQs

Caliente - Kings Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (530) 546-1000.

Caliente - Kings Beach is rated 4.2 stars by 449 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Caliente - Kings Beach

8791 N. Lake Boulevard Kings Beach, CA 96143

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Chipmunk

  • Neighborhood

    Kings Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Bar (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 11:30pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 1:00 am Dinner (Year Round) (Sun - Thurs) 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm (Fri & Sat) 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Lunch (May - September) (Sat & Sun) 11:30am - 5:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern, Latin American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is plenty of on-site private parking, public parking, and street parking.

  • Public transit

    All local public transit drops off and picks up in front of Caliente Southwest South.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gabriel Golden

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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