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“Nice surroundings, friendly service”
Review of La Cocina

La Cocina
Ranked #6 of 342 Restaurants in Javea
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $29
Cuisines: European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, 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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Nice surroundings, friendly service”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

Good food, not exceptional, but nice, pleasant service, good presentation, reasonable price, we would go back.

Visited October 2012
Helpful?
Thank Laurence J
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a comment on Tripadvisor and we are delighted to read that you enjoyed your dining experience here. Best wishes.....
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Very Pleasent”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I recently ate here again for the fouth time and again the food was fantastic. I wasn't that impressed with the service last time and I mentioned it in my last reveiw, but this time is was faultless and they made our little 18 month old boy feel very welcome.

Was the famous person a former England Football manager by any chance?

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Verona7621
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
We are very relieved that you returned to our restaurant after your last visit where you felt the service let you down and pleased to read that on this visit you all enjoyed your meal and the service. We hope to see you all again in the future. Best wishes....
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Writtle, Essex
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Superb!!”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

Excellent food and service and we enjoyed the atmostphere. Even met a rather famous person eating there with their family. .

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Marnoch
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LaCocinaChef, Owner at La Cocina, responded to this review, October 21, 2012
Thank you for submitting your review of our restaurant to trip advisor and we are all extremely happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience here. We look forward to welcoming you in the future. Best wishes....
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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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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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