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“Fish balls?”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of La Cocina del Sol - CLOSED

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La Cocina del Sol
Price range: US$10 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish, Latin
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Waitstaff
Charlottesville, Virginia
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Fish balls?”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2011

Went with a party of six. The place was empty on a Friday night at 7;30, which should have warned us. After a promising amuse-bouche of queso fresco-filled warm tortilla, things went severely downhill. The much touted red snapper tacos were odd small balls of battered something ((we presume it was fish--but any resemblance to the advertised red snapper was
purely coincidental). It resembled boarding school mystery meat--toatally unidentifiable by taste. OK but overpriced fried chicken and a passable burger rounded out the group meal. We skipped dessert. And we won't go back.

  • Visited August 2011
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2 Thank malagamom
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English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“We didn't heed the signs.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2011

We did not exhibit good judgement this evening in choosing a dinner spot. We went based on stale reviews which is why I feel a sense of duty in posting this. First sign, no one in the parking lot. We thought maybe we missed the dinner rush. Second, greeted by someone who obviously wasn't Mexican. Third, art-deco decor. Fourth, spotty menu. Fifth, no comp chips & salsa. Dinner ended up being mediocre at best. I had the chicken taco, which was marinated in Italian dressing. Friends burrito was dry. Served the crunchy part of the rice from the edge of the pot/pan. Cannot recommend.

  • Visited August 2011
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Thank aoi77
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Washington, DC
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Very yummy!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2010

Just on a one night solo stay from DC and picked this from Trip Advisor. My steak ranchero was excellent! Service was friendly and attentive. It's a shame that they are tucked away behind a small shopping center...

Prices seemed very reasonable as well.

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1 Thank AlwaysSunnyInDC
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Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Mexican food, not too spicy, lots of flavor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2010

Pleasant atmosphere, good food, decent service. Food has never been too spicy, they have a great "build your own quesadilla" menu which had better flavor then a lot of other mexican restaurants I've been to. Restaurant is clean, which can't always be said about mexican restaurants.

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Thank James Y
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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good food - well worth a try!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2009

We went to La Cocina del Sol for dinner based on other reviews here. It's kind of hidden away in the back of a small shopping center, and doesn't look like much - but we really enjoyed the food and the service was friendly and attentive. I had the mahi-mahi with pineapple salsa, which was excellent and accompanied by a nice risotto-ish rice. Our son had a salad, and my wife had a design-it-yourself quesadilla. We were very satisfied with the restaurant. For those not into Mexican food, they also have sandwiches and burgers.

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Thank sjdunham
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