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La Cocina Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern
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415 S Santa Clara Bridge Road, Espanola, NM 87532
+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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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
Sellersburg, Indiana
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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179 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

Midland, Texas
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with a group and tried many different dishes, everything was AMAZING! I had a blue corn pancake with roasted pine nuts that was the most incredible thing ever! Husband had regular pancakes, they were so fluffy and flavorful, seriously the best we have had. Smothered burritos were fantastic. I wished we lived closer, we would be here all the... More 

Thank Jaadams2013
Management response:

You're putting a smile on my face! Thanks for the AMAZING review! It's awesome that you enjoyed a wide variety of breakfast items -- great choices. Hope you come to visit more often. There is an alternative--move here!! You'll love it. See you soon, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Groesbeck, United States
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85 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

There wasn't anything bad on the plates!! Enchiladas were different from Tex Mex but good. My taco salad was fresh and crunchy. Drinks were fabulous

Thank Charles B
Management response:

Thanks for this awesome review and for noticing the unique quality of our New Mexican food -- we really appreciate it! I'm so glad you all enjoyed your meals and that the drinks were fabulous, as well. Stop in again soon! Until next time, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Espanola, New Mexico
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

I ordered the stuffed sopapilla with lamb. It was amazing and so filling! It is enough for two people.

Thank pamperedcampers
Atlanta, Georgia
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115 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

We stopped at La Cocina on our way to Santa Fe. The food was a very pleasant surprise. It was obvious that the ingredients were fresh. Everything was excellent. We tried a couple a New Mexico style restaurants during our trip and this was by far the best. Give it a try. We'll be back.

Thank Sharron F

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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, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
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 Road, Espanola, NM 87532
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Espanola
  • Phone Number: +1 505-753-3016
La Cosina uses a combination of Mexican and Native American ingredients and spices. We love our food and traditions, and we know you will, too.

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