Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar

Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cocina214.com/
  • Phone: 4077907997
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We now cater! Contact Madeleine Glascock at catering@cocina214.com for more info.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a private Dining Room that seats 68 people with 2 flat screen TVs, its own sound system and AV capabilities.
  • Private Party Contact: Lambrine Macejewski 4079494993

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Knowles
  • Public Transit: Amtrak and Bus stops are 2 blocks away on Morse Blvd and Park Ave. Cocina 214 is on Welbourne, which is in between Morse Blvd and New England Ave. Welbourne is parallel to Park Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: There is street parking on Welbourne and on Knowles. We do have complimentary valet in the evenings Wednesday - Sunday.
A word from Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar
Cocina 214 is a contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar. In Mexico, cocina means kitchen. 214 stands for the Dallas area code, a Tex-Mex mecca. Cocina 214 offers contemporary interpretations of traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex favorites. We combine bold flavors with the freshest local ingredients to create exceptional Tex-Mex - all served in a vibrant, refined setting.

Cocina 214 has won numerous awards:
Orlando Magazine
*Best Tex/Mex and Mexican

Orlando Home and Leisure's Silver Spoon Awards.
*Best Tex/Mex and Mexican
*Best Appetizer (Guacamole)
*Best Cocktail (Pop Rocks Margarita)
*Best Happy Hour
*Best Take-out
*Best Date Place
*Best Family Place
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Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (20)great for outdoor dining (17)neighborhood gem (14)special occasion (12)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (8)romantic (7)hot spot (6)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Girls night out
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We always have a great time here. The food is great, the sangria is awesome! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back Room
    Priscillas
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    this is the 2nd time we have used the back room, and I have to say that BOTH experiences have been wonderful. You have turned meetings into a joy. Service, food and prices are all great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maybe the ownership changed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Ive been to Cocina214 3 times before and never had a bad experience until now.The typically delicious margaritas were completely lacking of tequila and tasted way too sweet.When paying $13.00 for a margarita I expect to taste Patron somewhere.As for the food,we started with Queso fundido and it was nothing like the dish we had previously.Before it was a cheese dip with chorizo you could eat with chips.This time it was a shallow plate that with plain melted cheese and tortillas as a side.I know this is a traditional version,but the mixture was wrong.The cheese was hard and impossible to serve in a few min.I got the barbacoa tacos and they were beyond dry.The service was also terrible.Waiter completely inattentive and it wasnt busy.
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  • Not impressed
    SJVD
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Unfortunately my fiancé and I were not impressed with the food. Actually the best thing we had was the chips and salsa. Tacos were very dry and tasteless. Service was great though. Don't think we will be returning in the future.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good, dependable go to place
    jpljrVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The food and service are consistently very good, which is a rare find today. Food variety and quality are very good. Wine by the glass and beer list is also nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excepcionalmente buena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food & beverages: absolutamente fabuloso. We will return next time we're in Winter Park because the food is that good and the drinks were top notch. What a pleasant surprise this was for a large group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spice up you lunch!
    Foodie4LifeVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The brisket tacos were amazing! It's a cool, casual & chic dining experience! It's a little slice of Texas in the heart of Winter Park.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WingoVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Had a great dinner with friends. Celebrated a birthday, food and service were fantastic. Swirl Sangria Margaritas are a must have. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but. . .
    Brightshadow
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Service was lacking. The atmosphere was great, the food great. . . there were seven of us and we ordered a number of appetizers and then lunch. Everything was presented well and looked great. Everything I tried was great. Had the ceviche for lunch and it was excellent. The service was poor however. I ordered a glass of wine and after 15 minutes it still had not come. I was going to cancel it since the bill already came, but my host insisted I should receive it and ordered it again! The restaurant was not packed so the poor service could not be blamed on too many people. My water glass was filled only once - the rest of the lunch it sat empty. Its too bad since the food is great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Twofortea05
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The brisket tacos were great. The only bad thing was we had a reservation at 6:15 and we still had to wait a least 45 minutes unless we wanted to sit outside.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Atmosphere in great area
    Orlando
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Looking for great food, in a great friendly area this is it
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediocre dinner
    Feedme
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The food was good, nothing spectacular. The drinks were over priced but they do have happy hour specials if you get there early enough. Service was great. We probably won't go back, nothing there to attract us for a second visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice upscale Mexican
    CJ2345VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nice upscale Mexican but the service could have been slightly better. The pitcher of house margaritas was extremely good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food long wait
    JessVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I love this restaurant; however, the last two times I've dined here for dinner there has t been much of a crowd but I've waited over 45 minutes for my entree. The food shouldn't take that long and what's worse is how long it takes to get your drinks. If I have to wait for my food I at least want to sip my margarita!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Sevice very good, food Ok but noise level was very high
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Disappointed
    mexicanfoodie
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We selected Cocina 214 over the internet and we weren't disappointed. The margaritas were good with unusual combinations and the food was quite good - including the dessert we shared (1 piece of cake and 4 forks was plenty for everyone). Our server was friendly and knowledgable about questions we had about menu items. We dined inside but the outside seating looked inviting.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 145 reviews are from the Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar reviews archive.
  • Great find
    EatMeatVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were walking through Winter Park on Sunday and found Cocina 214 off the main street. We thought Mexican would be a good lunch and we were very pleased. We sat at the bar and started with the warm chips and salsa - very good. On Sunday they have $3 mimosas ..... did that for sure. We had fundido for the appetizer and a skirt steak burrito for lunch. Everything was very good, hot and well prepared. Will return when we get back to Florida.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd time was not any better
    2hicks
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I tried giving this place a chance for the second time and unfortunately I have to say it wasn't any better. I even ordered something different, the Carne Asada medium well and it came out rare and so chewy. For a $24 plate, it needs to be served correctly. I'm glad other people have had better experiences than me at Cocina 214.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Romantictraveler
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Great food, great service, great drinks, enjoyed the outdoor dining
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could have been a 4-star...
    Anonymous
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The food was very well made, the ambience was inviting and the menu had plenty of selection. The service fell short. The server didn't write down or forgot our appetizer, was inconsistent in checking on us and generally seemed disinterested. It's a shame because the shrimp and blackened fish taco's were delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best place for Sunday Brunch!
    Anavicsa0703
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Food is great and the mimosas... The best! Music was a little loud but we were the first ones at the restaurant !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great and authentic.
    Bmckee
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dinner was great. The price was fair and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique spin on Mexican
    HomeGrownLocal
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We had a great table on the patio but it was more fit for 2-3 rather than the 5 people we had. When my husband went to ask the server about the lime orange Mojito she told him, "It's a Mojito." She only had our one table to serve and was still very slow to get ordered drinks and apps to the table. She had zero menu knowledge so we all had to figure out the menu on our own. My brother made the mistake of asking her questions and she just repeated what the menu said. When our main course arrived we had to inform her twice that we needed silverware and napkins. The food tasted great and even a bit on the spicy side when the menu said it was mild. Not sure I will go back at pay $17 for just 3 shrimp tacos. The brownie dessert was awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quiet for Sunday Brunch
    trvlngdoc
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The restaurant was extremely quiet for a Sunday brunch. The food was good, although the waitress didn't quite understand I wanted chicken in the mushroom/cheese quesadilla since the chicken came on the side. There was definitely enough food to take home as leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine
    JJORLANDO
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food was excellent, staff very friendly and nicely priced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    2ndtimearound
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Had a great anniversary dinner, food, drink and service exceptional.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fornaio
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    The food presentation was marginal. Hoped for a more upscale Mexican place in Winter Park. Service was very limited. For a lunch service, our table was constantly asking for items missing.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot Mexican!
    UpdateVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Cocina was a hidden gem we found thanks to Open Table. Food was incredible and service the same. When back on Orlando area will definitely ( back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a bit noisy
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The food, service, and look was excellent but the restaurant is noisy. High ceilings and open floor do nothing to mask the noise so this is a better place for a friendly crowd than a quiet couple.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mexican Ambiance
    Suauma
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Food was good, service was fast although restaurant was pretty full.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ole!
    MsLindzy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Orlando. Drinks are great although a little pricey. The food is fresh and amazing! Always a favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed again!
    CandS
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Returned a week after first visit -- seated immediately. Service was very good by waiter Jackson who recognized me from the first time. Food was as good and also tried the bean and cheese nacho which was yummy. Fish tacos and rock shrimp tacos both are good options. Only comment is I asked for a side of guacamole, which we did not get, but that was OK as we had enough food!! We did have to get an adjustment on the bill and it said it was $9!!! The side is $2 but the waiter was going to just charge us for the appetizer size without questioning it. I spoke with the reception girl about it and the waiter also. I will know to be very careful next time!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice to place to grab some MexTex
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Food was good, but not outstanding. We went on Friday night and kids running around and service just ok. Brought food and no plates or silverwear. Had to keep reminding, so much for romantic...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Option for Winter Park
    CandS
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Enjoyed the open layout. Unfortunately we could not eat outside but it did not deter us. Food was really good - fish tacos, chicken tacos, bean and cheese nachos (eaten as an entrée - full portion). Guacamole and salsa were also good. My only criticism would be that, since it was my first time, I wanted to mix the chicken and veggie tacos and they would not - that is they said they "could" not. Ridiculous. Both were the same price and the kitchen could have easily made two of one and one of the other.......
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!!!
    JuanD
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Superb service, great ambience and outstanding food. Great job for our servers Ruben and Marisela, thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • two putts review
    2putt
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    great staff, rock shrimp on the menu but usually not available is disappointing
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Mexican flare
    Swm4162VIP
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    This restaurant blows everything else in town away. The food, the atmosphere everything. The Carne Asada is the best I've ever eaten in a restaurant. Their Margaritas are all delicious (potent) and expertly made. The Queso fundido is amazing and served with hot tortillas. Costco has $100 value gift cards for $79.99 which makes this an even better bargain. I've stocked up on them. A must eat in place if you like Mexican food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    Jenn
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Always a great experience a Cocina 214. Great food (love the brisket enchiladas), strong margaritas, and efficient service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for large parties
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I didn't even realize that they have a back room, they open it when it's not reserved and can put a couple large parties back there for birthdays and such. Everyone was very nice and accommodating to the come and go group that I had. They had the table ready in advance and were prepared to tackle the 20 or so people in the group. I have celebrated 2 birthday parties there now and always have a great time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service!
    Familygirl
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I took my family here for a birthday luncheon and the weather was aweful- but the food and service were terrific. Loved the margarita 214 too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.