Alma Cocina
Alma Cocina

Alma Cocina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alma-atlanta.com/
  • Phone: 4049689662
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Chad Clevenger
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Off-site catering is handled through our catering company, Bold American Events. For more info, visit http://boldamerican.com today.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: MARTA Peachtree Center
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is ample parking in the 191 Peachtree Tower parking deck which is accessible via Peachtree Center Avenue. Your parking will be validated at the restaurant.
A word from Alma Cocina
Alma Cocina introduces Atlanta to a refreshing new approach to modern Mexican cuisine. Bright, fresh ingredients and traditional regional influences come together with other Latin American flavors in a variety of vibrant fresh dishes. We also feature the most unique tequila selections and a host of innovative Latin-influenced cocktails beyond a superior margarita.

We are open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week and are positioned perfectly for downtown corporate and social group and private dining.

Alma is operated by Fifth Group Restaurants, owners of Atlanta favorites South City Kitchen Midtown, South City Kitchen Vinings, La Tavola, Ecco, El Taco, Lure and Bold American Events.
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Alma Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since April 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (78)good for groups (62)special occasion (41)great for lunch (38)hot spot (38)neighborhood gem (33)vibrant bar scene (30)romantic (28)late-night find (14)notable wine list (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Anniversary in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I am delighted to leave this review. We had a fabulous anniversary dinner including some of the best cocktails I've had anywhere in Atlanta. The food was over the top delicious. We had the lamb ribs and a shrimp dish, both of which are making my mouth water again just thinking about them. The server was attentive and very knowledgable of the menu making great recommendations. I can't wait to go back, Alma Cocina is a reason to go in town for dinner or cocktails.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome alma Cocina
    southerngirl44
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fantastic service! Great spot for corporate dinner, date night or simply drinks at a beautifulbar!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The staff was incredibly attentive and friendly which made the whole experience that much better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Service is wonderful, ambience is great, but the food options are only okay. For picky eaters there are not a lot of plain or traditional options on the menu. This place is for those with an acquired taste. Plus there's no queso dip which is a must for mexican restaurants.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Nueva Comida Mexicana in Atlanta
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Dined on August 13 during Downtown Atlanta Restaurant week. Tried the set menu to get a sampling of different flavors. Starter of Tinga Tostadas were superb. 3 small crisp tortillas with mixture of beautifully presented beans, pico, chicken, cheese, and herbs. Wonderful distinct flavors on the palate and the first time that I have savored this dish. Ordered the vegetable plate as main course and received 3 expertly prepared selections: goat cheese and corn tamale, grilled pepper served open with delicious filling, and huitlacoche burrito with veggies that was the best of the 3. Dessert of coconut tres leches cake with passion fruit sauce was the best I have ever eaten! Service was attentive and professional. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot....
    Wonderful
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Had my wife and my 8th anniversery there last week and we had a blast. Great drinks and the staff was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Downtown Gem
    RWATL
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is great, great flavors. We took advantage of the Downtown Restaurant week and thoroughly enjoyed it. All the options were great including the sea bass cervece. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner but greater service
    PickyATL
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The restaurant has yummy food and a really great wait staff. We actually commented that our server was one of the best that we've had in some time. Knowledgeable about the food and drinks, great energy, flexible with requests, and kept the food on a great schedule. Great evening. And we can be bit particular. We would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Went for restaurant week
    AmyD
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Overall service was great, called to confirm reservation and explained where to park (they validate to 2.5 hrs). We were seated quickly on a Saturday night, though I didn't like that we were in the buildings lobby and not inside the actual restaurant. Our waiter was great, and so was the food. We were there for restaurant week so we chose from a limited menu but we were happy with the options. I would go back and would recommend it to others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome new find!
    SharVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    LOVE this new place. The chicken mole and the braised goat are a MUST! Drinks were impressive as well :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waitress rude
    Mexicanfood122
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Waitress was 10x more attentive to table next to us. Unfriendly and useless when questions asked about menu. Continuously corrected us when ordering if we mispronounced a word. I have several other friends who have tried alma and had very similar experiences to mine.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Try a new place...
    Samantha
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My family and me dined at Alma Cocina recently for my birthday. I wanted to go somewhere different and was pleasantly surprised. In the heart of downtown Atlanta is cool, swanky hidden oasis packed with a lively crowd, great lighting and interior décor fit for the who's who of Atlanta to the tourist in town from Cleveland. The food was great and the service was too. I enjoyed my experience here and would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great mezcal & appys !!!
    BahamianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the hautelaochie empanadas and crab app. They were both amazing, additionally the margarita and Mezcal shot was wonderful . Additionally service was great , server was very knowledgeable and recommend food and libations .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid!
    David
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Thank heavens someone is bringing the fabulous flavors of the Andes to Atlanta. This is so much better than your corner Tex-Mex.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved, loved, loved it
    OCGAGirl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The signature drink Fuego Sur far exceeded expectations. The waiter made great recommendations for drinks and dinner. He was friendly and on task. The food was exceptional. We loved the ambiance and location. I can't say enough good things about our experience. The food was so good that I ordered dessert, which is something I rarely do, and it too exceeded expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Gem Salad
    sweetk
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    I chose the Little Gem Salad with added grilled chicken and it was by far one of the best salads I've ever put in my mouth. So flavorful and unlike any other salad I've had. I paired it with The Squeeze Margarita and boy was that heavenly. It wasn't too sweet and had the perfect hint of ginger with the infused cucumber taste...one of my favorites! Everyone else in my group had wonderful things to say about their meals, and the service was fantastic. I will be back soon :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Ambience Much Better For Date Than Previous Reviews Indicated. A Winner!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came for margaritas and small plates that didn't disappoint--the pork tamale and sea bass cerviche were standouts. Not a fan of the downtown location, but I guess it would be a great find for tourists. You apparently have to know to pull up to closed 191 garage, press the button, and tell them you are dining at Alma Cucina to get validated parking, which contributed to the downtown sleazy feel.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Birthday!
    AtlantaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We made 2 reservations for 8 people each and asked for the parties to be seated nearby. Our servers were friendly, knowledgable, and sincere. Everyone had a great meal, w/ solid recommendations from our waitress. It was a great birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Waiter Ladre was very attentive
    worldtraveller
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We had a great experience at Alma Cocina. We were looking for something close by our hotel and found the Alma Cocina located just accross from the Westin. Good food, the dip and salsa Tasting platter (6 in total) is a great way to start, we continued with mains and the portion size is more than sufficient. Our waiter Ladre took gave us good recommendations, in case you are unsure of what you want to eat.
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  • Great Meal and Service
    ByrdVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The staff is well educated on all facets of the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait time even with reservation
    Deedee35
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    I was upset that although I made a reservation, I had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated. Then to be seated on a stool without back support while trying to eat dinner, was very uncomfortable and I wasn't able to really enjoy my first time experience at a resturant that was highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth repeating
    ChasChick
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Every time I am in Atlanta, I dine at Alma Cocina. I find the food wonderful, the staff attentive, and the ambiance comfortable. It can get packed and noisy but I always ask to be seated out in the atrium where the noise is manageable. There are great menu choices but my favorite is the sauces, salsa and guacamole sample with tortilla and plantain chips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Innovative, delicious
    Martaay
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We tried it last night for the first time, and had a fabulous evening. Rather than having a couple of entrees, we opted for a more tapas style of grazing, which allowed for a broader range of flavors. The snapper ceviche was delightful, with a fiery corn salsa as a perfect counterpoint. Loved the Guacamole with watermelon; a seemingly odd combination that turned out a pleasant surprise. The salads were also wonderful; light and refreshing. Not your typical Mexican joint; the chef puts together some unusual combinations that work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The service was mediocre although there was hardly anyone there for a late lunch. Some of the food received by my party was not even seasoned! The drink was decent but 95% ice. Definitely not worth the inflated price.
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  • Best mexican in Atlanta
    FrequentdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Superb food and service outstanding. Can not wait for my next visit there. Not your typical mexican menu. Food excites your taste buds
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    The blood red orange cocktail drink was fantastic, service was great, and food was different from the ordinary. Loved this place and would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday Location
    MGrayFoodie2014
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We heard great reviews about this place from the hotel we were staying at and took our boss out for his birthday! The place is slightly small but overall great place to eat and drink!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty tasty tasy
    pseudandry
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I could be culinarily adventurous here! Ceviche scallops, many different kinds of guacamole, goat dishes... I was seriously happy here. They even had cocktails with jalapeno in them; one of my favorite tastes. My dining companion has simpler tastes, and she was just as happy here as I was. She had huarche and was quite pleased - and full!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    SHOJRVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    This place is fantastic! I had the drink Fuego Sur, and it was the most interesting cocktail I have ever had. Spicy, sweet, salty & boozy all at the same time. Our bartender, Cassandra, was awesome, and very knowledgeable. The food was great too. We had the octopus ceviche, lamb ribs, shrimp huarache, and lobster tacos. My only complaint is that I wish there was more octopus in the ceviche. Each dish was unique and flavorful. This place is a must if you are in the downtown Atlanta area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sit-down lunch
    KateB
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This is a great place if you are looking for a nicer, table service restaurant downtown. It's an easy location to get to if walking or driving being located in the 191 Building. We weren't in a rush, but if you only have an hour for lunch this is still a great place. In fact they have a rapid menu with $10 entrees, which includes a non-alcoholic beverage. Our waitress was great. Very sweet and cheery and made good recommendations. We shared one of their fancier guacamoles and it was delicious with chipotle sauce and sweet corn. My co-worker and I both ordered the fried avocado tacos and they were amazing!! The avocado is barely covered in batter so it isn't heavy or greasy. I would highly recommend the dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Clever menu, great service
    PurpleReaper
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Our server went out of his way to ensure our experience was good - always close enough around to fill a glass, but not hovering. The food was clever, and by that I mean slight (and sometimes major -e.g., Watermelon guacamole) twists on traditional Mexican dishes. Good portion sizes and value for the money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced tacos!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Very dark inside restaurant. Rice and beans have no taste. Tacos don't have to be plain but they don't have to be overdressed either. Way to much going on inside of tacos.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Atlantagirl
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The restaurant has a gluten free menu which was full of good selections. I had the sea bass - delicious! We went for lunch and sat out in a section of the atrium (of the 191 building) which is beautiful. The restaurant had a good vibe to it. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Mexican cusine
    winerunnerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This is not your typical Mexican fare. Very creative menu items. We went twice within three days. Notables include the Tinga Tostadas appetizer, the guacamole & sauces appetizer w/regular chips and plantain chips, and the Elotes which is THE best grilled corn you'll ever taste.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dry and Bland Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Chicken Mole was really dry.. It felt like it was sitting out for a while and they decided to use it for my meal and just pour Mole sauce all over it.. The chicken was hard to eat and the Mole sauce did not have enough flavor. How do you mess up chicken, I mean come on.. Its chicken.. There are plenty of other places that easily I would suggest.. The Service however was ON POINT.. Our server was always paying attention to what we needed.. I am surprized at how good the food, ambience, and location where while the food was horrible..
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  • Good vegetarian selection. LOUD!
    Markipoo
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food was seriously good, and it had an uncommon selection for a vegetarian. So many options! Our server (Alexander) was five star. Couldn't have been nicer, more knowledgeable, or more attentive. It's seriously loud in there, though. Kind of hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great downtown Atlanta lunch spot!
    Veggiegrrrl
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Loved this place for lunch and look forward to trying for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Finally Found My Churro Fix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good food! Menu was a little “intricate” but overall good experience. Churro was awesome for anyone with a sweet tooth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    HappyOne
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We have been here before and dozens of times to other 5th Restaurant Group restaurants. The waiter was barely adequate - he did not try to explain anything on the menu, he did not know Alma Cocina has a house tequila, he brought out our entrees while we were still eating appetizers and asked if he could clear the appetizers to make room for the entrees. There are too many other good (non national chain) restaurants in downtown Atlanta to want to go back to Alma Cocina.
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