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Mexican
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Lunch
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Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

Recent work obligations brought me again to Lancaster and thus ate at La Cocina, as had good memories on the place from several years ago. A low key operation however don’t let that dissuade you from the comfort food this place cooks up. Prior reviews...have grumbled about the lack with posted prices and perhaps communication difficulties with the ladies that serve behind the buffet counter. However, at the price point, these complaints border on the ridiculous. While I am conversant in Spanish, I did not speak the language in this place, and communicated in English. Let’s get this first outta the way: the food is excellent at ANY price point. As someone who has owned three restaurants in the distant past, the food here is what you’d expect from an excellent Hispanic home chef. On a price point, this place is unbeatable. On a Saturday night dinner, I ordered two salmon steaks, two chicken thighs/legs, rice, eggplant side, and a blood sausage. Yup, was hungry…LoL. All homemade style food. Cost was $13. Not a misprint...thirteen dollars. Food was enough for two adults, however was hungry as it was my only real meal on that particular day. Next day Sunday dinner, had a big baked salmon with stewed pork dish and rice, total price $14. Unbelievably reasonably priced good food. Does it help to speak Spanish to make your order? Sure it does. However, English is totally Okay. If there is a line, like peak lunch or dinner hours, yes there might be several minutes wait. Is the place fancy and does it have a cool website? Heck no, however it has decent interiors. I do wish they’d give real utensils and not plastic when dine in, however, that’s a minor quibble. I will say that those stuck on appearances rather than taste or substance better dine elsewhere. I’m an Ivy college graduate, and will dine at this place when in the area. 5 / 5 stars. Easy one to rate…More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed April 14, 2019 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch there and were very happy that it wasn't a typical "Mexican" restaurant. Expect real simple dishes and not the Americanized food of a typical Mexican restaurant. Plaintaines, yucca, tripe soup and the skin on the grilled pork was super crunchy.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

Well, if you are not Spanish your food might not be the freshest! Plenty of seating with a walk up counter. Usually takes a while to get food especially if there are people in line! I ordered an empanada, probably the worst that I have...ever tasted...hard like a brick!More

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed September 6, 2017

Best authentic mexican flavors you can get in downtown Lancaster. Tacos, tamles, all is good flavored. Would definitetly return.

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed April 10, 2017

The food was good. Fast food. It was a nice place to sit and enjoy time with friends. We enjoyed everything pretty well.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

Not many latin restaurants in the city have no seating available but Cocina does. Their food is always delicious! From rice, to oven baked pork to chicken any way you can think of it is a very good variety and always good tasting. Don't forget...the Turkey Hill coconut ice cream its delicious!More

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed September 4, 2015

I was summoned to report for jury duty at the Lancaster County Courthouse in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania this past week. After waiting for four hours the court officials allowed us to go out for lunch before returning for more waiting. I walked around the corner...to the La Cocina Restaurant on King Street. What a mistake. There appeared to be a line in front of a glass protected food area like one would see in a cafeteria. I got in line behind the last person. I was looking for a menu or the prices posted somewhere so I could get an idea what was being served and how much it cost. There was nothing to go by.....no prices and no menu. I turned around to the nice lady behind me. I asked her how does she know the prices and what was being served. She said, "You look at the food and guess what it is and you don't know the price until they ask you for your money". I said, "You're kidding. Right?". She said, "No, I'm not." "That's how it works, but the food is very good.". I said, "Then they can charge you anything they want to." She said, "That's right, they can". I said, "This is ridiculous. What kind of restaurant is this??" Finally someone behind the glass serving the food told me that 4 pieces of plantains would be $1.00. That's the only thing I ordered because I had no idea what the other delicious looking food cost. It was a big mystery. In fact the restaurant should be called the "Mystery Restaurant" where no one knows what they are eating and they never know the price until they pay the cashier. I swear this really happened and it happens every day on King Street. Consumer Beware !! M. Greg Miller Millersville, PAMore

Date of visit: September 2015
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Reviewed September 4, 2015

Authentic Hispanic food, great variety, great prices! I am partial to the yellow rice and the beef and cheese empanadas. Their chicken is great too! You can tell that everything is made from scratch. The ladies serving the food are very pleasant.

Date of visit: August 2015
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Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

I was in Lancaster for my anniversary on July 23 as soon we checked out from hotel the day we were going back home we wanted to have lunch in a clean and tasty restaurant but nothing expensive . we took a walk in downtown...Lancaster and we found the restaurant . we have a yummy lunch and very inexpensive . we are definitely going back when we visit the area again .More

Date of visit: July 2015
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Reviewed May 27, 2015

I have been to this restaurant many times since visiting the Dominican Republic and it is simply the best place to eat fresh home made food. Every time I eat here it reminds me I should book a trip to the DR because the food...is that amazing. Nothing more enjoyable eating fresh home made dishes than what they have here...More

Date of visit: May 2015
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5