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La Cocina Restaurant

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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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Geneva, Switzerland
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, good prices and great service. For our party of three, we ordered fajitas for two and it was more than enough food for the three of us. They were delicious, as were the sopapillas that came with the meal. Honey is provided on each table and the sopapillas are delicious with a little honey. Topping it off is... More 

Thank Marta D
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The atmosphere is a big family gathering and the food is grandma cooking. Both red and green chile's are very-very delicious. The Club sandwich is so big, you have to take small bites because your mouth cannot wrap around it.

Thank RioGrande57
East Lansing, Michigan
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted one more opportunity for some green chile, and La Cocina did not disappoint! Highlights: -Choice of posole for a side with many meals is a nice touch you don't see everywhere - my son's (as a side for his kids meal) had large pieces of fragrant meat he immediately ate first-thing -Sopapilla tacos are delicious - a big... More 

Thank MichTraveler8
Espanola, New Mexico
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We've eaten at a lot of restaurants all over New Mexico and this, by far, is the best restaurant in NM. The food is first rate, the service is friendly, the atmosphere is festive and cheering, everything is spotlessly clean, and the prices are very reasonable. I always highly recommend La Cocina! My family has traveled the world and La... More 

Thank Mary S
Management response:

This is a huge compliment, Mary! Your continued support truly means a lot. I'm glad the food always hits the spot and that the entire family keeps coming back. Here's to many more years of good food and fun times! Until next time, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I've only been to La Cocina twice. The first time my experience was excellent, the second time was only average. The food is always delicious - I love New Mexican fare - but the service has been spotty. Don't be in a rush if you eat here. Sometimes the restaurant is very busy, so service can be slow. In any... More 

Thank Miriam R
Management response:

I'm happy to hear the food has consistently hit the spot for you, Miriam! We're always looking for ways to improve our efficiency, so I appreciate your feedback. After all, every visit should come with the most attentive customer service out there. That being said, I hope you'll come back soon for more sopapillas as we continue to learn, grow,... More 

Eugene, Oregon
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

We were told that La Cocina was excellent and reasonably priced, and it was. We ate there twice and had our two favorite meals during our northern New Mexico trip. Service was excellent, even when we arrived only 15 minutes before closing and were the only people left in the restaurant. The staff never rushed us and took great care... More 

Thank fictionfire
Salida, Colorado
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016 via mobile

Camped out in Pilar and were in great need of food and coffee. Found La Cocina listed here on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try. So glad we did! The coffee was great, but the green chili on our eggs was heavenly! Just enough kick to get you going with loads of flavor! And the home made... More 

Thank tambrashep
Management response:

I'm so glad you gave us a try, too! It's great to hear we were able to give you some much-needed coffee and a delicious meal, and I hope that you'll be back again soon. Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Clovis, New Mexico, United States
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280 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

Easy to over do it here. Everything was delicious from the guacamole appetizer to the sopapillas for dessert. Sitting outside elevated the atmosphere.

Thank Teresa R
Management response:

I'm so glad you enjoyed your meal, Teresa! Thanks for your compliments on our food and the atmosphere. All my best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Köln, Germany
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Just sad and somewhat strange that they close at 8pm. We were left out the ought he locked door. :-)

Thank christianinrome
Management response:

I'm sooo sorry we closed before you got here. I understand your frustration. As a family-run business, we have found that closing at this time makes the most sense for everyone. That said, I want to thank you for all five stars and I hope you'll be back again soon!! Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Los Angeles, California
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

Española New Mexico has its challenges (as a community) ... but they also have a great New Mexican food restaurant. Whether you are having a meeting or grabbing a bite with your family, La Cocina will blow your mind. The chile is fantastic, the lamb fajitas out of this world and the service and ambiance the real deal. Don't look... More 

Thank TravelingStevie
Management response:

Thanks for this thoughtful review -- I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you love our food and coffee, and I look forward to seeing you again very soon. Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $18
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?