La Cocina International Restaurant
La Cocina International Restaurant

La Cocina International Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lacocinarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 9044618288x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Daily: 8:00am -10:30am; Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Executive Chef: Julio Banda and Marcel Vizcarra
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Late Night, Wine
  • Catering: We, Thank you for choosing la Cocina Restaurant to hold an important day of your live, With our quality in service and excellent cuisine we assure you that this day will be unforgettable our dining can hold up to 60 guest For all your specials occasions such as Weddings, Rehearsal, Anniversaries, Graduations, Holiday Parties, and more.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beach Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from La Cocina International Restaurant
La Cocina International Restaurant offers Intimate Fine Dining with a Latin Flair with a Casual Atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
La Cocina International Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (45)fit for foodies (38)romantic (34)neighborhood gem (21)great for lunch (15)notable wine list (10)good for groups (7)great for brunch (4)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This restaurant is inside a hotel and you might think it wouldn't be that good. You will be pleasantly surprised. The wait staff was attentive, the food delicious and the presentation of the food was outstanding. The ambience was romantic and not too loud. The price moderate to high, but the portions were generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience and food
    jamorndorff
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We had a wonderful second anniversary at La Cocina. When we arrived they had a table ready with a plate that spelled out Happy Anniversary and free champagne. It was very special and although pricey, it was worth it for a special occasion
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • megafoodie7
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The seafood crepes were outstanding! Best crepes in northern Florida. Whoever is cooking them knows what they are doing. The seafood was not over cooked and seemed fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Excellent Service, outstanding presentation, superb preparation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in the world.
    Yumminess
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I've traveled all over the world and this local restaraunt is the best food anywhere in the WORLD!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome menu!
    luvtrvl
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    At the recommendation of several we sites, my wife and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary at La Cocina. My wife ordered the Spinach Ravioli/Lobster tail special. I ordered my favorite restaurant item when available---Osso Buca. Both meals were both cooked to perfection! I especially enjoyed the my meal arrived---with steam coming out of two bones that the meat was attached to. Awesome! My wife did her first "clean plate". She actually used the side bread to clean up the sauce which accompanied her meal. Needless to say an unforgettable 19th anniversary dinner . I thought the wait staff was very courteous and professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    daveagaain
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    They have excellent food and the service was outstanding. However, there was a group of 4 across the room which was talking so loud that we could hear their entire conversation throughout our meal. Annoying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect birthday dinner
    Jiro
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    La Cocina is the small restaurant inside the Hotel near the Saint Augustine Beach. We took a walk on the beach and felt the sea breeze and then went to the restaurant. My Lobster Bisque was one of the best I've ever eaten. My friend enjoyed his birthday dinner so much. Who would've known there is the five star restaurant in such a small Hotel?
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    Judy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was excellent, as well as the service. The warm pineapple dessert was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome!
    Meem
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food, the service...it's always good! We have been coming to La Cocina since it was located on US 1 and it has always been superb!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed!
    crumugoen
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We live close by. We dine at La Cocina a number of times each year. Recently, we invited our guests to join us. We ordered a couple of Appetizers, everyone enjoyed a different entree and we split a couple of desserts. The meal was excellent and our friends will be requesting a re-treat the next visit. JB
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beyond words
    Atthebeachmls
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of the nicest places on the beach to eat. For the quality of the food and beautiful presentation it was very reasonable. Everything was delicious. I cannot wait to go back and take my family and share this gem with my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JandJ
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Excellent food and service. Visited twice on our recent trip to St Augustine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Experience
    Kasparitis
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Was our first visit to La Cocina (party of two). The overall experience was very good. The lighting and decor lends itself toward a romantic setting, with tables being spaced out nicely. The seating and first approach was a bit awkward. The lady assisting our main server, and had a couple tables of her own, was cold and distant. I noticed this with all tables she worked with. Humberto was very good. Knowledgeable, personable, and not intrusive. Excellent presentation of all plates. Saw this on the way in, at other tables, and with our own meals. They obviously put much stock in the presentation. Food was good to very good. This place is proud of their prices so the service and food quality needs to stay high. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top notch in every way
    Dzignrlady
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    It is superb and I highly recommend it. Most enjoyable in every way. Good is wonderful! The appetizers are a delight!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Cucina
    Berni
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This restaurant is one of my favorites. Have been coming here for years and have never been disappointed ,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    FLVacationer
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our party of four had fish, pasta and beef entrees, as well as a baked brie appetizer, salads and dessert. Every dish was delicious, fresh and beautifully presented. The service was equally outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty and beautiful presentation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I love to eat delicious food that is beautifully created, described and presented. Such was the case here. It made for a lovely and special celebration of two birthdays in our group of 7. Several of us shared appetizers, salads and entrees and there was no problem with that. The waiter was perfect--helpful but not obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was my favorite
    B1P2
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I asked for a quite table for a birthday celebration, unfortunately the people next to us were unbelievably rude and loud. Food is always outstanding !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Service
    FloridaNative
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I visited for a birthday dinner at the recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. Although my wife's lobster was a bit bland, the presentation, sauces, and other items were excellent. My snapper meal was exquisite. We found the atmosphere very pleasant and the service outstanding. Prices are a bit high for this area, but for a special occasion La Cocina will certainly be on our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed after reading reviews
    Pbifamilyguy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    My wife and I ate here on a Sunday evening. Food. I ordered a steak, my wife ordered the Chilean Seabass. Steak was tough, but acceptable. The Chilean Seabass was acceptable. We also had the olives appetizer, that was the highlight of the meal. Service. I am not sure if they were short staffed this evening. We waited for 15 minutes for someone to take in order, 40 minutes for salads to be delivered, prior to the salads being delivered our olives got delivered. Getting a drink was complicated. I was very disappointed in the entire experience, I have read so many great things about this place. If I am in town again I would try this place again but if the service is just as bad I would never return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Treasure in St. Aug. Beach
    BJ57
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We had tried some of the appetizers that La Cocina served at the Taste of St. Augustine a while back and when a double take coupon came up it reminded us how much we liked the their apps. We made reservations online which was very convenient. We had a 5:30 reservation and were seated promptly and the service was fantastic. I am a big fan of lobster bisque soup and try it whenever it is on the menu. The lobster bisque at La Cocina was the best I have ever had. I will definitely be back for dinner and will bring friends. Bj
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to dine
    ladyloo01
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Fabulous, as usual! We always look forward to dining at La Cocina
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently wonderful
    Seawoods
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have experienced lunches, dinners with 1 or 2 friends and Christmas group parties, etc. Food, service , and ambiance has always been consistently wonderful
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • beautiful and delicious
    luvagoodmeal
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Excellent as usual. Hidden gem. In a hotel don't put that off. Some of the best food in the city!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    GreatTime
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Wife and I were looking for a nice restaurant to celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary and La Cocina International was recommended. we are so glad we went. Every aspect of the evening was top notch. You can tell the chef takes pride in his/her work. Each course was beautiful to look at and tasted out of this world. The wait staff was top notch, just a great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will keep us coming back!
    LadyofLeisure
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is consistently delicious with a presentation to match. It is one of our favorite dining spots in St Augustine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    luv2dineout
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Recommended by several of your regular customers. Have had a home here for 18 years, seen your adds, but never gave you a try. Glad we finally did.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of my favorites
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I always loving going there and will go many more times in the future. the waiter is wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    Chippies47
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner in a romantic restaurant with fabulous service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A remarkable dinner!
    Cruisingsince81
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I made a reservation for 7:30 pm on a Thursday evening. They seated us at a nice table by the window. We had a bottle of Pinot Gris, and a delicious dinner. First, we were given some sliced, warm galic bread/cheese bread. Then we were given a salad made with spring mix. My husband had the grouper special of the day. It was topped with a holladaise sauce and on a bed of polenta. I had the penne pasta with mussels, chorizo, escargot, and shrimp in a poblano sauce. I requested not to have the crawfish, and they gave me more shrimp instead. We ended the evening with cream brûlée toppled with a small scoop of strawberry sorbet. The presentation and taste was superb! We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best!
    beachguy
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    One of our favorite restaurants. Food and service are always great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful dishes! Delicious food!
    Lizandra
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We arrived a bit earlier of our reservation , but we're very well attended. The restaurant is inside a hotel, but it's very cozy. We had a Brie pie as appetizer and was the must have! Salads and entrees were excellent too as were beautiful!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience For Two
    Luv2date
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The La Cocina International Restaurant located in the Castillo Real Hotel lobby in St. Augustine Beach, Fl is a hidden dining gem that should be experienced. The restaurant atmosphere is cozy and intimate for a romantic dinner for two. The menu was varied with a Spanish flare for taste. Excellent wine list. Good dessert list selection. The food presentation was gourmand and the wait staff and service impeccable. The La Cocina is a great place for a romantic date if you wish to make a lasting impression for your special someone or celebrate a Special Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty fresh food
    Karis
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Sea bass was delicious. Entree is very filling so not too much room for dessert. Good wine and very well priced for the quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    La Cocina is extremely dependable. The food is always beautifully cooked and beautifully presented. What makes it special, though, is the atmosphere. The restaurant can be full but you can have a conversation at the table. In so many places these days the noise level is so high you can't converse with your table mates. La Cocina is a little more expensive that some other fine dining restaurants in the area but the atmosphere is superior. Perfect for a special celebration night out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Made our list.
    travelinrick
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A real Find On The beach. We Enjoyed Everything From Appetizer To Dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find!
    travelinrick
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food and service were first rate. We saw reviews on a travel site and were not disappointed. Be sure to try the seafood crepes appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    This place is always consistant in wonderful food, we had sea bass and lobster bisque yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    ObnpatVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Fantastic! This is by far the best restaurant in st Augustine beach. We plan to return often.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet