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Xacalli Kitchen, Silverado, CA

Xacalli Kitchen

4.6
4.6
208 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Xacalli is a farm-to-table Mexican Restaurant that highlights regional Mexican cuisine located in historical mining town of Silverado Canyon. In the heart of OC is the community of Silverado with her majestic mountains, state designated scenic highway, and Cleveland National Forest. Silverado lies in the Santa Ana Mountains in eastern Orange County next to the cities of Orange, Irvine and Tustin. We are 30 mins from John Wayne Airport, 20 mins from Rancho Santa Margarita.

Xacalli's is to bring people and food together with authentic dishes that are modern and visually beautiful as well as entice your taste buds. We serve plates with the intention of sharing family style. Whether at the bar or in our dining room, we aim to showcase our passion for service excellence. Executive Chef Vincent Espinoza sources quality ingredients to create a seasonal menu alongside a craft bar. We are thrilled to welcome you to Xacalli for dinner + craft cocktails in our rustic and friendly restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (657) 314-9042
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Vincent Espinoza
  • Neighbourhood
    Silverado
  • Cross Street
    Downtown Silverado, just pass St Michael's Abbey
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 208 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Orange County

    Innovative

  • Orange County

    Mexican

  • South Orange County

    Innovative

  • South Orange County

    Mexican

208 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We came here with friends last night. Sadly, we won’t be returning. I ordered the duck which is recommended to be served medium rare. This is my preferred temperature of most meats. I eat sushi, carpaccio, etc. My duck was delivered first and I wanted to wait for the others to get their meals before starting. About ten minutes later we finally all had our meals. My duck was in two sections. The first was about medium rare, delicious but a bit rubbery. The second piece looked more rare. I politely asked my server if the chef could cook it a little more for me. She said she would ask and came back and told me the chef was “uncomfortable cooking it past medium rare”. It was cold and rubbery and I could not eat it. Everything else was excellent. But to be told “no” to my request was insulting in the extreme. At the least, I feel like the chef should have come talk to me. It was not the server’s fault but she seemed to avoid our table after that and we had to flag her down just to order dessert. We will choose to patronize establishments who appreciate our business.

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  2. DianeS

    Palm Springs

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend this hidden gem. Food was amazing and the service impeccable. Also the hibiscus lemonade is perfect. Do yourself a favor and visit this place.

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  3. DinaB

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great hidden gem! The food was fantastic, the drinks were creative and delish. Definitely going back! Going to try dinner next time

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  4. RoseM

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and yummy drinks! Had an awesome time with friends:)

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here and will definitely be back, hidden gem!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fourth time visiting Xacalli because the experience has been absolutely worth the trip each and every time. Will return for a fifth visit.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 2nd time to this restaurant. We booked a table for 4 people. Wife and I had a great time with our friends. Food was delicious, margaritas were freshly made and perfect. Thank you everyone at Xacalli Kitchen!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a hidden gem and a true dining experience! Creative cocktails and food from a truly gifted chef. Amazing service by the entire team and Edgar always welcomes us so warmly. The cocktails we tried were the Piña Negra and the Agridulce. Then the most amazing eggplant (we almost ordered a second!), corn with beef bone marrow, duck and ribs. Then the super light and crispy donuts for dessert.

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  9. MichaelG

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Returning customer and each time we are very pleased with the food taste and quality.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ceviche is the best I’ve ever had. Overall, the food is delicious and the drinks are Yum!  Beautiful drive into Silverado Canyon. Not too far. Feels like you’ve been somewhere special. Pricey, but worth it

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  11. ElleC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding flavor and beautiful presentation. Quality in the farm to table ingredients. Our server was knowledgeable about those ingredients and how they were prepared. Love the ambiance of the bar area. Service was excellent.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mimi was a wonderful host. We enjoyed our delicious meal and visit with friends and family Thank you Xacalli crew!

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  13. MichaelF

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our 3rd visit. We took a friend, she was very impressed! Definitely in our top 10 spots. The plates and presentations are unique. A real find for our area! Always memorable, staff is kind and well versed in presentations and ingredients.
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thanks for the feedback, Michael! We are thrilled to hear that you and your friend had a great experience with us at Xacalli Kitchen. It's wonderful to know that our unique presentations and plates have made a positive impression on you. We are also glad that our team's knowledge added to your experience. We look forward to welcoming you and your friend back soon for more memorable experiences! Best, The Management Team

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  14. TracyE

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We all loved the food, very complex and unique flavors. Nice setting and decor. Innovative menu, great presentation. A creative and fun place to return to. No one understood the exotic menu descriptions, which turned out to be mostly sauces and garnish. Proteins are a home-run, but need salads and sides. Vegetables, please! Rice or street corn. We understand this is a highly personal, regionally selected menu by the chef, but they must have side dishes in the region, too. And, certainly, vegetables. Lastly, the website mentions sharing family style, but we didn't know where to begin. How about a break-out menu with family style suggestions for groups of six, eight, etc? Thank you P.S. Live music would be perfect in the dining room or bar
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on March 8, 2024
    Hey TracyE, Thanks for your feedback on Xacalli Kitchen. We are so glad you enjoyed our unique and flavorful dishes. We appreciate your suggestion on a shared family style menu. We're always looking for ways to improve our guests' experiences and your comments are valuable. We look forward to welcoming you back soon! Best, The Management Team

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  15. OCFoodie

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our 4th time at this restaurant. Love the food and the service. We've tried many items from the menu and there no bad choices, Birria is a must try.
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on March 8, 2024
    We're over the moon to hear that you had another fantastic experience at Xacalli Kitchen! It's always a pleasure to serve you and we're thrilled that our Birria and other menu items hit the mark for you. Your kind words about our food and service mean the world to us. Thank you for your kind words, support and celebrating your friend's birthday with us Thank you for your continued support! The Management Team

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite in every way. We will return a third time.

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  17. LaurieJ

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Xacalli is a hidden gem in the canyon. Located in the beautiful Silverado Canyon, the chef brings a very unique twist to Latin food. We have been a few times and have not found one bad thing. Their mole is excellent. The food is served "family style" so you can share. I highly recommend going with friends and sharing each item. It's a lot of fun. It would also serve well for a nice romantic night out. The inside of the restaurant is well thought out using an open floor plan giving it an energetic vibe. The bar area is also very nice offering street view and is well stocked. In my opinion, it is one of the best restaurants accessible from South Orange County.
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thanks for the review, LaurieJ! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visits to Xacalli Kitchen. We always strive to create a memorable experience for our guests, and it's wonderful to hear that you found our restaurant to be a great place to share a meal with friends. Your high recommendation means a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back for more enjoyable nights out in the canyon!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very unique experience. Delicious!!We will come again.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best professional Mexican Cuisine around!! Nestled in the mountains, away from the concrete jungle. In a beautiful forest! Great food, great drinks, great service!
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on March 8, 2024
    Thanks for visiting us! We're glad you appreciated our beautiful location and our service but best of all you enjoyed our food. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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  20. EstevanT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best Mexican food restaurants we have ever been too. The Valentine’s Day experience was amazing. Thank you Chef!! Service needs some improvement, which hurts the experience some. But i don’t want to take away from the amazing flavors!

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  21. MiaG

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Because of the attitude of the management or owner due to whatever was the disaster that happened last might that they didn't bother to explain, I can't recommend this place. It was a nightmare.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Valentine's day dinner. Very unique food.

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  23. Tony

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service, ambiance & food. Definitely worth the drive.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our second Valentine’s Day, spent here and probably our 7th or 8th visit. It’s sooo good! We love the Duck Confit Enchiladas.

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  25. Gary

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    After reading other diners’ online reviews, i was expecting a more unique dining experience. We were the only diners in the entire restaurant’s dining room. Despite completing the online diner profile in advance of our reservation, complete with my photo, no one called me by my name and no one ever acknowledged that it was my birthday. The drinks took longer to receive than one would expect given the fact that were only a few patrons to be served. Our server was very nice and knowledgeable of the food and beverages. The smoked Old Fashioned cocktail was exceptional as was the Duck Confit and the Smoked Pork Chop was flavorful but not very plentiful for being 16 ounces. The prawns were meh. The artistic presentation of all the dishes was stellar. We passed on the dessert as the 3 choices were a bit pricey and there was not much excitement regarding my birthday. The shaved ice was a nice touch but much ado about nothing. We opted to go to La Michoacán for flavorful ice cream at a fraction on the cost. Given that the chef worked at Gabbi’s in the past, it felt like he was going for a Gabbi’s-like experience but it fell short of that unfortunately.

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  26. Stephanie

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was okay and slightly expensive! Our waitress was very nice at first but when we asked to add sides to our order, she got very hostile and annoyed with us. It was for my birthday! She nickled and dimed us for an extra side of sauce and tortillas. She did not comp the dessert or offer anything which is normal for birthdays at other restaurants. Worst experience due to her!!!!

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  27. gabriel7759

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the service is amazing, I love this place!

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  28. Kim1

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat, 2nd time, haven’t had anything we haven’t liked.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent drinks appetizers and entrees Food was well designed and every bite was absolutely delicious I think this restaurant has the best menu in SoCal

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  30. TracyS

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent and fresh tasting. We ordered the ceviche with aged bass and octopus which one of our guests said they don’t like octopus because it can sometimes be rubbery or chewy but that wasn’t the case at all with this ceviche. It was tender served with crispy corn tortillas. Additionally we ordered the cold smoked salmon appetizer, the duck enchilada in the most delicious mole sauce, the porter house steak, and branzino to share. The dessert we decided on was the chocolate mousse with a crunchy delicate waffle cone like cookie on top. We were given a cold passion fruit shaved ice shooter as a refreshing palate cleanser which was a nice touch. Service was top notch! My only suggestion would be to add some greens to the menu for those who want a salad or vegetables and maybe even a soup option.

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  31. Hart

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great first time time at Xacali Kitchen on Sunday (Brunch). My wife had the Birria Lamb Torta and I had the Huevos Rancheros. Both were delicious!!! Also, we had a couple cocktails that complimented the meals perfectly. The staff was very helpful and very attentive requests. We will definitely return the XK very soon!

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  32. Alex

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants we’ve been to. The service was top notch and the food was incredible. You have to try the Queso Fundido, Pulpo, Poc Chuc, Birria (Jaliso), Carne Asada, and Mousse de Chocolate. Drinks, you have to try Ahumado Old Fashioned. Outstanding!

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  33. EBEats

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a fantastic restaurant for a special occasion. Staff had a “happy birthday” card waiting at our table when we arrived. Our server gave phenomenal descriptions and recommendations on cocktails. Every plate was delicious, especially the hongos, queso fundido, and birria.

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  34. Teri

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    We went for dinner last night. We were so disappointed after hearing how good this restaurant is. We liked our waitress and our cocktails were great but the wine list is really lacking. There were four of us and our dinners came out one at a time so by the time all four dinners were out the first two were completely cold. The food was OK but not great and my friend’s chicken was completely burnt on the outside and pretty raw inside. When we sent it back someone from the kitchen came out and told us that it was smoked chicken and therefore we were wrong. Believe me when I say we can tell when something is burnt and we can tell when somethings uncooked. My friend asked them to take it away. They charged for it anyway even though he never ate any of it. Not cool. The acoustics were horrible and there was a very loud group near us. It was really a disappointing experience and at $260. to drive out into the canyon and receive that treatment was just bad customer service. It was not the waitresses fault but managements! Shame on them!!! We won’t be back!
    Xacalli KitchenResponded on January 23, 2024
    Hello Teri, thank you for taking the time to try us and share your experience. We strive for excellence and understand that our chef curated menu is a culinary adventure as is our unique location. We are family style and course our meals so dishes do come out at different times as it is meant to be shared, the chicken was cooked to temp based on USDA guidelines. However, if you send us a private message, we will confirm that your party was not charged for the chicken. We're also sorry to hear about the noise level and the discomfort due to the acoustics. We'll certainly look into these issues. Your feedback is invaluable to us. Best, The Management Team

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  35. Drew

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent farm to table Mexican cuisine. Not your typical Mexican food. The chicken, pork and carne asada were delicious and had a wonderful char. The portions are small and feel like it is mostly just meat, it needs a side or something else served with it. Dessert was just ok and very small. Excellent free palate cleanser.

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  36. LoMac

    Orange County

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Creative dishes. Not your normal Mexican restaurant. This is new and inventive.

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  37. ThomasW

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Think farm-to-table meets Mexican food. Good concept, but a bit of a stretch as some of the dishes were simply not that great. The service was excellent and very much a family type operation. However we were about 15 minutes late arriving and they cancelled our reservation. Was weird as the place was half empty, so it really did not matter.

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  38. WilliamG

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great cocktails. Excellent food. Acoustics could use some work. Otherwise, thoroughly enjoyable meal and evening.

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  39. DianeS

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very unique and tasty Mexican dishes. Will try brunch next time.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect experience. A true culinary destination but casual and in a setting that makes you feel like you’ve truly escaped the suburban blight. The chef is a genius.

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FAQs

Xacalli Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 208 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 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Xacalli Kitchen

28222 Silverado Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Downtown Silverado, just pass St Michael's Abbey
  • Neighbourhood
    Silverado
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Regional Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Vincent Espinoza
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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