OPEN TUES-SUN 11:30 AM-8:00 PM. TACO TUESDAY & HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS. CATERING & ONLINE ORDERING AVAILABLE AS WELL!

OUR STORY

WHO WE ARE

La Cocina Mesa was a concept born from the recipes and ideas of our Heart of the House staff, and we officially opened the doors in May 2022. Our goal is for you to taste the family traditions, culture, and cuisine from Mexico in a family friendly, contemporary neighborhood restaurant. 

OUR EXTENDED FAMILY

We opened Tinleaf Fresh Kitchen in September of 2010 as an inexpensive, every day, neighborhood place that serves quality food in a comfortable setting. Beach Plum Kitchen joined the family in 2014 offering breakfast and lunch to the community of Carlsbad. Black Rail Kitchen + Bar, opened summer of 2019 complimenting our other two restaurants with a higher end dining experience, full service bar, and event space. 

LA CORAZON DE CASA
(THE HEART OF THE HOUSE)

The Heart of the House in any restaurant is the kitchen. The reason we exist as a company is through the hard work and talent of our Heart of the House staff.  Often unseen by the public, our Heart of the House chefs, cooks, and bakers each bring unique cooking experiences from their hometowns and from the kitchen tables (“La Cocina Mesa”) of their families. Our goal is to introduce you to their favorite dishes adapted from family recipes that they call comfort food. 

Our Heart of the House:

Photos (coming soon) with brief bio of each member of our Heart of the House 

HOUSEMADE TORTILLAS

The best tortillas are made by hand. We make each one in house, carefully measuring and mixing the masa, pressing the tortillas, and cooking them to perfection right before your eyes. View the process through our glass windows next to the counter while you wait.

OUR MISSION

We deliver authentic Mexican comfort food, made from scratch, using fresh, minimally processed ingredients in a relaxed, modern setting. 

OUR VALUES

We are active members of the community supporting first and foremost our employees and their families. 

We strive to use high quality, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, support other small businesses, and to minimize our carbon footprint. 

OUR FAMILY

Our family of restaurants was started in 2010 by Grant and Jenny Gottesman with Tinleaf Fresh Kitchen. We have grown to include Beach Plum Kitchen, Black Rail Kitchen + Bar, and our latest addition: La Cocina Mesa.

All of our restaurants are located in Plaza Paseo Real Shopping Plaza and share the same patio, with the exception of Beach Plum Kitchen which is on the upper level of the plaza. 

GIVING BACK

We wholeheartedly support local schools, non-profits, local musicians, and other small businesses. However, the largest portion of our contributions go to our employees and their families. We employ over 150 people across our family of restaurants and we don’t take for granted that each and every team member has a choice where to work and they have chosen us. By helping them with their goals and dreams, we help the community. 

Click here to learn how you can contribute to our employee scholarship fund.