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“Great food and service”
Review of La Cocina

La Cocina
Ranked #4 of 342 Restaurants in Javea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $29
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Relaxed dining in a friendly, family run restaurant, providing a varied menu with meat, fish & vegetarian options all menu is GLUTEN FREE. Childrens menu available. Outside dining on our terrace in the summer months.
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food and service”
Reviewed September 19, 2012 via mobile

We ate here a few times on our recent visit to javea, food excellent and a great choice, service was great and would definetly return again next year, the owners made us feel really welcome and would recommend this restaurant to family and friends,

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Thank Sf1964
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to write a comment on Tripadvisor and we are pleased to read that you enjoyed your dining experience at our restaurant during your stay in Javea. I hope you all had a lovely holiday, the weather certainly was very hot for his August!
Best wishes
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English first
Javea, Spain
Level 6 Contributor
389 reviews
231 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Not for me but I can see why it is popular.”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

There is nothing particularly wrong with La Cocina it just seemed to be lacking any soul and everything was of an age gone by. The food was of a good standard but was entrenched in the 70s and 80s: the menu consisting mainly of two or three principle ingredients served in a selection of different sauces that on reflection did not offer a wide variety. The service was charming and efficient although the lone waitress seemed a bit tired and distracted. The wine list was varied and reasonably priced. Unfortunately none of our group (of six) actually found the overall experience to be anything more than adequate although it is easy to see why La Cocina is popular with those of a certain age. The food when it arrived was well prepared and tasty but it just lacked that little something extra. The communal bowl of vegetables was not impressive and insufficient for six people whilst the potato mountain was overly generous.
Maybe it was just not "our sort of place" and as I said there is nothing wrong with this restaurant, it is just that in all departments it lacks soul, atmosphere and "that certain spark".

This is not the best, or even the most popular restaurant in Javea and initially it is difficult to see how it is ranked #1 on this site: that is until you notice that the #3 ranked restaurant in Javea on this site is an Indian restaurant and note the percentage of contributors that are English tourists whereas La Cantina that during the summer has over 300 covers daily, serves predominantly fish and is reservation only does not even appear on the Trip Advisor listing for Javea. Probably because they only speak Spanish there?

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank felipehavana
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, September 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to contribute a rather lengthy comment on our restaurant to Tripadvisor. We are disappointed to read that you did not totally enjoy your dining experience with us and we accept that we are of course not for everyone.

We do keep the menu limited as we are a small restaurant and normally just 3 of us oversee the general running of the business, prep and out front. Also all of our dishes are served fresh and as we have to cope with the peaks and troughs of this business, we need to use a selection of ingredients and use them to their maximum, having said that however, I am happy that our menu offers a good selection of various meat and fish dishes.

We agree that we are not the best or most popular restaurant in Javea, but how do you categorise the best restaurant anywhere, don’t you think that it is a personal thing as different diners want different things, sometimes you may just want a pizza - a well cooked pizza, or a restaurant with a romantic location or a restaurant with the hustle and bustle of La Cantina as you mention?

I believe the star rating with Tripadvisor is not an equivalent to the Michelin Guide, but a guide for users to find a restaurant where they can have a good meal in the town they are visiting be it top end dining to informal dining. Reading our other comments it is clear that we offer a bistro style dining whilst maintaining a consistent standard of cuisine and service for the price point we are at. We are trying to be no more or less than this.
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Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We visited the restaurant on several occasions and always had excellent food and very good service. Highly Recommend.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank Magellan62
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you so much for your comments on Tripadvisor. We are all pleased to read that you enjoyed your experience at our restaurant and appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with other Tripadvisor users.
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Consistently excellent for the past 3 years”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

Returning customer 3 years running, the menu keeps adjusting, and the food is consistently excellent. Myself and the rest of the family (all 7 of us) are yet to eat anything disappointing.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank 3EG3
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, September 19, 2012
Thank you once again for contributing to Tripadvisor on your dining experience at our restaurant. As always it is a pleasure to see you and your family return and we are delighted to read that you continue to enjoy your dining here. We all send you our very best wishes and wish you well for the forthcoming year.
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“A real find for foodies....”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

We visited this restaurant twice during a recent week long stay in Javea, once on a Wednesday and then again on the Saturday. On both occasions the food was superb and the service faultess. The menu was mouth watering and varied and the wine list was excellent and very good value. The restaurant probably suffers from lack of the sort of passing trade that the beach and quayfront restaurants get, but the backdrop of Montgo mountain and the windmills on top of the ridge more than make up for that. In any event, here the food is the main attraction along with the great wine list, friendly and efficient service and relaxed ambience.

The meal was also excellent value at around 65 euros for three courses including wine.

For foodies like us, this was a great find. Not a great place for people watching, but there is plenty of time to do that down on the seafront beforehand and afterwards!

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Iain T
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, August 29, 2012
We very much appreciate you taking the time to write a review of your dining experience at our restaurant during your stay in Javea. As you mention we are just off the beaten track and set in a quieter location than along the sea front, and rightly so, there is plenty of time after you have eaten to wander down and enjoy a drink and one of the many beach bars, a perfect way to end the evening.
Best wishes to you both.......
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