I'm going to start with the positive parts of La Cocina first:
This is one of my favorite bars in Tucson. PERIOD. As far as late night boozing goes, I love it here. Beautiful courtyard area, cheap drinks, DJs, bands, good people - what else could you want in a watering hole? They even cook up some reasonably priced tacos on the grill til closing - it's perfect!
Now the bad:
If you're looking for a nice spot to grab a meal, the "restaurant" part of this place is misleading. Go eat somewhere else before coming to La Cocina and avoid the disappointment. After being a regular here at the bar for quite a while, I decided to go to dinner the other night with my girlfriend. Worst experience ever.
It took about 30 minutes to get a drink (I should have just got up, walked to the bar myself and gotten them, but he waitress insisted she'd have them for us). When the drinks came, she brought the wrong drinks. We were already hungry and annoyed, so we drank them anyway, since we didn't want to wait for her to come back.
After an hour had passed, our food finally arrived. It looked pretty, but was very lackluster - especially for the prices they charged. The "fish tacos" were pretty much the same tacos I can order from the grill after 10pm at the bar, but instead of chicken or beef, they're fish. Somewhere in there, there was allegedly fish. There was barely any fish in them, the fish smelled a little funky and was not tasty at all, AND they were 2x the cost of the $3 tacos from the outdoor grill. I could have gone to Rubio's and had way better food.
The girlfriend's burrito was filled with some bland chicken all mashed up and soggy, with virtually no flavor, and the rice and beans were stuffed in there with it. It was covered with a "southwest" style raisin sauce of some sort - that also lacked in flavor. Too bad we didn't have a waitress around to bring some salsa. I thought this was supposed to be Mexican food?
We were offered a round of drinks on the house for the wait, and after another 20 minutes passed, we received new drinks - At least we got the correct drinks this time, so that's a plus.
Being that there was plenty of time to watch the tables around us, it was easy to see that this wasn't an isolated incident. I'm pretty sure every single table in our vicinity had wrong food delivered and had complained about it taking an hour to have their food delivered.
I'll never bother with the restaurant ever again, but as I said at the beginning, I LOVE the bar here!! Just save yourself the headache and go eat beforehand, show up later to get your drink on and have a taco or too from the grill.