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La Cocina Restaurant

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££ - £££
Southwestern
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415 S Santa Clara Bridge Rd, Espanola, NM 87532-9477
+1 505-753-3016
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07:00 - 20:00
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Sun 08:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 20:30
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Eugene, Oregon
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41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

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

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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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269 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

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

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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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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

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

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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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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 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 

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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 

New Mexico
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We must have driven by here 100 times, but yesterday we stopped for a late lunch. Tasty chips and salsa. The beans were tender and well seasoned. The posolewas different but flavorful. The shredded beef tacos were tasty but the tortillas didn't quite hold up. Husband was content with the tamale. Loved the margarita. The sopapillas were fresh and satisying... More 

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Thank aliciawake
Management response:

Thanks so much for stopping in and for taking the time to leave this great review. I'm happy to hear that the service you received was exceptional and that the food was great. I hope that you and your husband will be back again very soon! Until then, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Kearney
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Their Christmas (red AND green chii) stuffed sopaipillas with carne adovada are my favorite! The restaurant has a nice homey atmosphere and the service is very good. My family and I go there often.

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Thank Peggy G
Management response:

Peggy, thanks for taking the time to leave this great review. I'm so happy you love the Christmas sopaipillas with carne adovada - it's one of my favorites, too! Thanks for your loyalty -- I look forward to seeing you and your family again very soon. Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Bonham, United States
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32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Stopped here when traveling from Texas to Colorado. Enjoyed the New Mexican style - much different than the Tex-Mex we normally eat. Will definitely remember this spot for future trips!

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Thank Cynthia G
Management response:

Thanks for stopping in, Cynthia. I'm glad you enjoyed our traditional New Mexican cuisine and recognized how unique our recipes are. You must be quite the foodie. :) We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're passing through Española! Until then, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Been by many times. Finally stopped today on my way home from Ojo Caliente with my three lady friends. The service was outstanding and the food was some the best New Mexican we had ever had. Will definately stop again.

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Thank Raymond M
Management response:

We love loyal customers like you, Raymond! Thanks for stopping by again on your way home from Ojo Caliente. I'm glad you received outstanding service and fully enjoyed the food you ordered. I look forward to seeing you again soon! Best, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We've eaten here twice when driving through Espanola. Both times have been excellent! The service is fast and efficient and food fresh and delicious! The lamb was really good!

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Thank tlcinvest1
Management response:

Thanks for not only stopping to eat with us once but twice! We love loyal customers like you. I'm really glad to hear you've had fast service and great food. I hope that you'll be back again the next time you're driving through Espanola. Until then, Javier Sanchez, Manager More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$18
Cuisine
Southwestern
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 15:00
Monday
07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 20:00
Thursday
07:00 - 20:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:30
Saturday
07:00 - 20:30
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
Description
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?