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Cochineal

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107 West San Antonio (hwy 90), Marfa, TX
432-729-3300
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Fri - Tue 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located 4 doors west of the only red light intersection in Marfa . Look...
Located 4 doors west of the only red light intersection in Marfa . Look for the courtyard with trees lit up in the patio. Across from Roy's automotive.
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  • 110
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Upscale dining in Marfa when you grow tired of the Roadhouse fare

A wonderful dining experience off the beaten path in far West Texas! The food was well-prepared and presented creatively. The service (cheerful young man) was professional and friendly, and our dining neighbors the next table over from Austin were delightful. Probably the foodie highlight of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Mark P
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Houston, Texas
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  • Romantic
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  • French first
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English first
Venice, CA
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Expectations were high for Cochineal and some of the offerings the evening we visited were great, others not so much. The wedge salad, cheddar cheese souffle and chocolate souffle that I had were all delicious but my companions were underwhelmed by their entrees and the service was pretty spotty that evening. Every place has an off night and I think... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

A wonderful dining experience off the beaten path in far West Texas! The food was well-prepared and presented creatively. The service (cheerful young man) was professional and friendly, and our dining neighbors the next table over from Austin were delightful. Probably the foodie highlight of the trip! This is as good as any 5-star in Houston, but a little more... More 

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Tucson
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230 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I dislike eating in groups ... too much time to take an order, delivery is rarely co-ordinated and somebody is always waiting for something. However, 20 of us wanted to eat together in Marfa, and with a pre-set menu it turned out to be an excellent affair. Started with edamame lightly salted in their pods,AND wonderful fried artichokes with a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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210 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was supposed to be the best restaurant in town. It is not. The food was OK, and the service was superior. We went to the Jetts restaurant in the hotel paisano and it was much better.

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texas
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful food. Expensive and minimal . Like Marfa !! The chicken dish is great ! Desserts are fab. Extensive wine list.

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Fort Davis, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Hands down the best restaurant between San Antonio and Los Angeles. My wife and I live in a neighboring town and make a 50-mile round trip at least once a week to enjoy dinner there. Small plates, large plates, and a superb wine list, plus highly professional service and a friendly, club-like atmosphere, much like the nicest small restaurant in... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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200 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Cochineal is a hidden jewel in Big Bend Country. Small, with a wonderful staff, and well appointed with good wines and an amazing chef - it's a winner. The cuisine is a sophisticated combination of Asian (Edamame), American (classic wedge salad), Mexican (chicken casserole), Hawaiian (Monchong) and anything else the chef chooses to cook. We were fortunate enough to try... More 

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Dallas, TX
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

The food at Cochineal is good enough to make Marfa a destination all by itself. Our party of four made appreciative noises during the entire meal. I ordered the ribeye as my entrée, which arrived perfectly cooked and just melted in my mouth. If you're anywhere near Marfa and want a spectacular and memorable meal, look no further.

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Richmond, Virginia
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The food was great, the service was great, and the staff was friendly and helpful. It's a great restaurant in a great little town, and was not disappointed.

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Sugar Land, TX
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Amazing Food. Very good service. Very fine dining in a sweet little tucked away corner. Marfa is wonderful and so is this restaurant. I remember everything being excellent with our visit. We will certainly return when we come through Marfa again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 107 West San Antonio (hwy 90), Marfa, TX
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Marfa
  • Phone Number: 432-729-3300

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 36
  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Located 4 doors west of the only red light intersection in Marfa . Look for the courtyard with trees lit up in the patio. Across from Roy's automotive.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?