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La Cocina Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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415 S Santa Clara Bridge Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-9477
+1 505-753-3016
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Their Christmas (red AND green chii) stuffed sopaipillas with carne adovada are my favorite! The restaurant has a nice homey atmosphere and the service is very good. My family and I go there often.

Thank Peggy G
Bonham, United States
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped here when traveling from Texas to Colorado. Enjoyed the New Mexican style - much different than the Tex-Mex we normally eat. Will definitely remember this spot for future trips!

Thank Cynthia G
Management response:

Thanks for stopping in, Cynthia. I'm glad you enjoyed our traditional New Mexican cuisine and recognized how unique our recipes are. You must be quite the foodie. :) We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're passing through Española! Until then, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been by many times. Finally stopped today on my way home from Ojo Caliente with my three lady friends. The service was outstanding and the food was some the best New Mexican we had ever had. Will definately stop again.

Thank Raymond M
Management response:

We love loyal customers like you, Raymond! Thanks for stopping by again on your way home from Ojo Caliente. I'm glad you received outstanding service and fully enjoyed the food you ordered. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We've eaten here twice when driving through Espanola. Both times have been excellent! The service is fast and efficient and food fresh and delicious! The lamb was really good!

Thank tlcinvest1
Management response:

Thanks for not only stopping to eat with us once but twice! We love loyal customers like you. I'm really glad to hear you've had fast service and great food. I hope that you'll be back again the next time you're driving through Espanola. Until then, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our way to Colorado. The service was spectacular, our waiter was professional, and prompt. The food was great too. We stopped here again while leaving Colorado. This place will be our regular stop on our trips.

Thank Jeff E
Management response:

It's so great to hear that you had spectacular service during your visit with us, Jeff -- and even better to know that you enjoyed your meal enough to come back for another round on your way back from Colorado! Thanks for this awesome review, and I look forward to seeing you sometime in the near future. Best, Javier Sanchez,... More 

Sellersburg, Indiana
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

We ate here twice, and both times were happy we did. First we ate dinner. The chiles rellenos were excellent and there were several choices as to how it would be prepared. Having grown up in El Paso, where at the iconic Leo's, sopapillas aplenty came with every meal, I have soooo missed them now that we live in the... More 

Thank RoyceRobin
Management response:

Wow, what an awesome review. Thanks for joining us for a meal -- not only once, but twice! It sounds like you're a sopaipilla expert, so I'm happy to hear you've given ours a big thumbs up! Although I may not have much of a say in it, I know we'd all love for you to move out west and... More 

Aalst, Belgium
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181 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

You get value for the money in La Cocina. The service is super and the food is very tasty and on top of this the prices are very reasonable. I would surely recommend this restaurant.

Thank BossErpe
Management response:

I'm thrilled you'd recommend us to your friends based on our quality, service and value. Can't ask for anything more! Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

On a short road trip from Santa Fe, we stopped here mid-morning for breakfast. Very good food and excellent service. Lots of friendly faces. I had the relleno with eggs, beans, pepitas, tortilla and coffee. Top notch.

Thank SoAzTraveler
Management response:

Thanks for stopping by! I'm so happy to hear you had a great experience with our service and saw so many friendly faces. Next time you're in town, we'd love to see you again. Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Delavan, Illinois
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

The sign said "New Mexican" cuisine, the menu didn't look significantly different from a Mexican restaurant in Chicago. We asked about local specials and our waitress recommended things like burritos and tacos. From that perspective it was a disappointment as I was looking for something that might be truly uniquely local food. Actually a little more looking at the menu... More 

Thank turkce_bilmiyorum
Management response:

I'm very glad you enjoyed your meal with us and that you got a chance to taste the sopaipillas with your entree -- a must-have! Thanks for all your wonderful compliments. You're right! Many of our dishes are similar to typical Mexican foods you'd find elsewhere. I'm thrilled that you could appreciate the difference after trying our unique approach. We're... More 

Moorestown, New Jersey
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

A very aggressive panhandler came to our table and three other tables that we saw pushing for money. The entire staff saw. After we finally paid the woman to leave us alone, we called our waitress over and asked her if that was allowed at the restaurant and that it had upset us. The waitress said it wasn't allowed, but... More 

Thank Harnamji
Management response:

I want to extend an apology, Harnamji, that you didn't have a more positive experience with us. I completely understand why you were upset by the panhandler -- nobody wants to be bothered while enjoying a meal. I'm surprised to hear that my staff did nothing about the problem and want to assure you that I find this unacceptable. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $18
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
7:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 S Santa Clara Bridge Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-9477
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
  • Phone Number: +1 505-753-3016
At La Cocina, our dishes use Native New Mexican ingredients and spices. Proudly serving Northern New Mexico for 46 years!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?