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La Cocina Restaurant

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Mexican, Southwestern
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415 S Santa Clara Bridge Road, Espanola, NM 87532
+1 505-753-3016
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7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 39
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The best meal you will find in town

Enjoyed a nice meal with my grandmother here. This was my second visit. The food is good and the service was great. The menu offers a combination of New Mexican and American flavors at reasonable prices. I ordered fajitas that were loaded with meat. Grandma had the fried shrimp which came with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
sunASUdevil
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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  • Local cuisine
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Enjoyed a nice meal with my grandmother here. This was my second visit. The food is good and the service was great. The menu offers a combination of New Mexican and American flavors at reasonable prices. I ordered fajitas that were loaded with meat. Grandma had the fried shrimp which came with a fresh salad and mashed potatoes. I noticed... More 

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The food is very good, prices are reasonable, people are very friendly, and save room for dessert - very good! The place itself isn't much to look at but they do have good food (New Mexican or American).

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We decided to have a late breakfast/early lunch while in Española. We stopped at La Cocina not knowing anything about it but the parking lot showed they were pretty busy so we decided upon it. Excellent chicken enchiladas with green chile, red chile in the Frito chile pie just as good and very good service on a busy morning. Many... More 

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Pagosa Springs
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103 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This tastefully decorated cafe always is busy during mealtime - and is a must stop for us when traveling through Espanola. The northern New Mexico Red and Green Chili is the best. There are senior menu selections - a bit smaller portions at a slightly reduced price. Salsa and chips start the meal. Lite and fluffy sopas are served with... More 

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MINNEAPOLIS
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This was a charming lunch time find in our AAA book, while we were on a 8 day NM road trip. The restaurant is well appointed with delightful Mexican decor including beautiful stenciling on the walls. The service was very attentive and the waitress explained the Mexican dishes that we were not familiar with. The food was tasty, served hot... More 

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Abiquiu
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Hands down the best Northern New Mexican food north of Santa Fe's Maria's Restaurant -- in fact, I reckon it's even better than Maria's. We have been eating here for about 5 years, about twice a month. Yes, the food, the service, the price, and the atmosphere are that good. In fact, La Cocina is a home-away-from-home place for us,... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
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63 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Warning: this review is fawning praise, but I honestly think that it is well-deserved. I once live in NM and come back every change I can, I have been lucky to eat a lot of good New Mexican food. This place is probably my all-time favorite, though, for the consistency of the good food, the excellent chile, and great service.... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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70 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

One of the best mexican food restaurants I have ever visited. Will not hesitate to go there again and again. Great food, prices and service.

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Conroe
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Must try blue corn pinion pancakes, they are served all day long. Also all lamb dishes are very tasty. Service is very friendly.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Finally, I've found a restaurant that has excellent New Mexican food with great red chile sauce! Great prices, lovely atmosphere, and friendly service! Now, why can't I find the same in Albuquerque besides Padilla's?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 415 S Santa Clara Bridge Road, Espanola, NM 87532
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
  • Phone Number: +1 505-753-3016

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 18
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?