Lula Cocina
Lula Cocina

Lula Cocina

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lulacocinamexicana.com/
  • Phone: 3103925711x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner:
    Sunday - Tuesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
    Wednesday-Thursday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
    Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:30am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Geraldine Gilliland
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full service catering, either out house or yours. Every aspect of your event will be handled by our professional and experienced Event planner & service staff.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer an out door patio that can seat 70 comfortably. We are also proud to offer Geraldine Gilliland's personal estate in Malibu for Catered events. www.ranchochiquita.com
  • Private Party Contact: Hunter 314-323-4663x
  • Special Events: We do all kinds of special events, from office catering and large dinner parties to off site catering and weddings. Give us a call today to chat!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: hill & ashland
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking offered by the City of Santa Monica directly behind the Restaurant for your convience
A word from Lula Cocina
From the moment you walk into Lula, you are greeted with festive artwork from such respected chicano artists as Eloy Torrez, George Yepes, Carlos Almaras & Frank Romero. The cuisine is truly traditional Mexican with recipes from every corner of Mexico. Tamales & tortillas are made everyday in our kitchen. With over 500 Tequilas, Lula Cocina Mexicana is the largest Tequila bar in Los Angeles.
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Lula Cocina reviews from OpenTable diners
16 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.4
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (8)kid-friendly (6)great for lunch (5)neighborhood gem (5)special occasion (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (4)great for outdoor dining (3)fit for foodies (2)hot spot (2)romantic (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • PopsVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A favorite in Main st, Santa Monica Their margaritas and Tequilas are outstanding...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average
    MisterFoodVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our second time here, nothing stands out. Perhaps the regulars know something we don't.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love Lula!!!
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I come here every week with my fiancee!!! It's a gem!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bummer...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    unfortunately, every course was consistently bad and we went there for my daughter's b-day. I regret my choice. I got tired of sending things back so we ate around the bad stuff and wound up paying for a lot of food we didn't like and didn't eat. I am really bummed that that was such a bad dining experience on such a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican Street Food
    FromagerVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Tlacoyos are incredible!!! Love the food. Very prompt excellent service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salsa
    DAEF
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Salsa needs help. It is tired and bland. Time for an upgrade?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diva45
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Very good atmosphere, love the deco. Food was good, service a little slow - took a while to get our food but will go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 6, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 50 reviews are from the Lula Cocina reviews archive.
  • Disappointed on May 4
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We went to the restaurant for dinner on May 4th. We were surprised that instead of the regular menu, they were serving only a much smaller menu which they attributed to it being Cinco de Mayo weekend. So the dishes we wanted were not available. This was not advertised on their website. We were disappointed.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Used to be better
    RHKenjoysfood
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was average, service disappointing. Had to ask waiter three times for some additional condiments. Good location but unlikely to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reasonable but unremarkable
    InternationalfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Reasonable but unremarkable California/Mexican cuisine. Very pleasant, friendly staff
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fun. good food
    JonnyLA
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    went to Lula for my birthday and they seated 17 of us comfortably. they have a fun atmosphere, good food, good service, and delicious cocktails. i'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is a cut above the
    Notafoody
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food is a cut above the ubiquitous Mexican restaurant in LA and you can take that from my wife who is from Guadalajara and is very picky about Mexican food in America. They have an excellent selection of tequilas and strong well mixed drinks.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good vegetarian options,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Very good vegetarian options, our family was provided with a lot of choice!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved it
    Bill
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Just the place for children wonderful ambience and v good food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for group work dinners
    Chuck
    Dined on 12/9/2013
    Great place to go with people from work to unwind and do team building.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Went for Dia de los Muertos - Tequila tasting at the door and hundreds of Tequilas on the menu. Excellent authentic Mexican food - large portions and satisfying!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe hire another bartender!
    LyndonVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Multiple return customer however this last visit I almost left because the one bartender for the entire restaurant could not handle the business. The table service in the restaurant was much better and the food was goodx as usual.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Mexican Restaurant on
    SofiaVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Nice Mexican Restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica. The food, atmosphere, and service were good as always. It also had an extensive vegetarian menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    torch
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    What a great spot to celebrate, big or small. Dinner was delicious, drinks were delicious, and dessert, well, delicious. All in all a great place to have a bite to eat, chat and enjoy the scenes of the wonderful west side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    jrobinsonVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    This place has been on Main Street for many years and has been excellent. We are there Friday night and the food was excellent, drinks great and service excellent. It was a pleasant evening on a warm summer night. This is not a gourmet place but the food is tasty, cooked well and interesting. I had the Yucatan pulled pork and it was great. Terrific casual place with a great Tequila bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Favourite Mexican spot in LA
    JuilavhaVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    Love Lula. Definitely worth the drive from our Beverly Hills home to Santa Monica --delish. Clean non greasy food - even the duck taco. Lean & no fat !!! Lovely service. Though we dine only occasionally. Jorge always remembers us down to my glass of ice !!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So many choices, so little time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    I have NEVER seen a menu this extensive in a Mexican restaurant! Page after page of choices, including both traditional and creative approaches. It could have been a bit overwhelming, but the staff guided us through to a great dinner. Even my niece, who subsists almost entirely on four foodstuffs, found something that made her happy. The decor is fun and the restaurant radiates energy. Oh, and of course there are the margueritas :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lula disappointed
    Arias
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Lula's was a disappointment. We used to eat there often but the food quality has really gone down. The Baja fish tacos were so heavily battered and fried they were like cement and the rice was almost like instant rice. The salsa was very good but the lunch tasted as though it had been prepared a week earlier. Our friends were unable to join us and after we had lunch I was glad they weren't there! So sorry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place has really gone downhill
    RebeccaBBinLAVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    We stopped in for a mid-week dinner and drinks. Almost every aspect of the experience was bad. The zucchini flowers were clearly frozen and maybe even made somewhere else. They just re-fried them and the middle was still cold. The sauce with them was thick and tasted canned. The chips and salsa blah. The meat in the tacos tasted frozen-defrosted with no taste and a weird texture. What a disappointment.
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  • Always great fun to be here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Always great fun to be here. The restaurant has great spirit, as do the servers! Creative and interesting every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    I use my calories judiciously. Therefore, when I have a margarita I expect it to have a kick. In other restaurants I'm always disappointed that I end up drinking just a big glass of lime juice and sugar. Lula's margaritas always delivers! They have great authentic Mexican food with menu items you won't find elsewhere. Oh, and don't expect the fajitas. I think they feel the same way about those as I feel about carrots... Not to be bothered with! The staff is always great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Second Visit
    SurfBum
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    This was the second time I’ve been to Lula Cocina. The first time I went along with a group of friends, and the food and service was good. However this time was different. Went with a close friend to catch-up on things. We had chips and salsa, shared a combo plate and had a total of two beers and two house margaritas. The service was just OK, and we never did get the tortillas we asked for. The food there is not your average Mexican fare (which is good) and is supposed to be a cut above the rest, however on this visit it was decidedly poor. Half the items on the combo platter were overcooked. One was completely inedible. Total came to over $60 before tip. Beers are really overpriced. Overall, it's just not worth it.
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  • First Time For Brunch
    Katie
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    I usually go for dinner but this time I went in the afternoon. The soft chicken taco was really good. The shrimp and goat cheese quesadilla was ok not fabulous. Service was excellent. This is a fun place and I have come here several times.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very good - house
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Food was very good - house margaritas are outstanding! Service was excellent. Patio was calm and quite.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Do you like Tequila?
    mcstevebVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Great food. Wonderful Tequila selection. Be sure to get a recommendation from Raphael
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place. Great margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    Love this place. Great margaritas and food! Kids love it too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I brought my whole family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/17/2013
    I brought my whole family and the chicken was dried out. We were never checked apon. Noise level out of control.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were seated on plastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    We were seated on plastic chairs and table, the table was small, we were seated against a brick wall.... the food wasn't very tasty.... we got only one napking each and had to beg for additional napkins.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh ...
    JamesJude
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    I hadn't eaten at Lula's in probably 10 years or so, and now I remember why ... very mediocre, certainly nothing special for the money. It wasn't awful, but that's not really a recommendation ...
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  • Great to find a Mexican place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Great to find a Mexican place with a broad and unusual menu. Different sauces, lots of specialties for us vegetarians. all the food had a unique flavor, not thrown together with a dose of red salsa. the green tomatillo sauce over crab escaabeche enchilada was delicate and so flavorful. So many things I want to order. It was a busy Saturday night. We had 7 picky eaters, a great waiter and everyone was happy when we left. fast service and reasonable (not cheap but reasonable for quality food) We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent quality. Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Excellent quality. Amazing margaritas though strong. Great for large groups. We had a party of 22.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just all around great experience,
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    Just all around great experience, delicious food, curtious and attentive waiters. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything but the Margs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    The margs are just so-so. Everything else is great though. Large selection on the menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Make sure you dine at Lula!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/30/2012
    We always stop at Lula for lunch when we visit California. We have been coming for over 10 years. The service is great, very accomodating. Food is good- something for everyone. We love sitting outside in the back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Booths were not as comfie
    DrShorter
    Dined on 5/23/2012
    Booths were not as comfie as they look from the outside, but food was fairly good. The salsa was definitely salty and roasted which goes great with their fantastic margs. Skip the squash blossoms (usually a great option, these are over battered, over fried). The chile rellenos are excellent as are the enchiladas.
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