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Lula Cocina
Lula Cocina

Lula Cocina Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lulacocinamexicana.com
  • Phone: (310) 392-5711
  • 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) 323-4663
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Tlacoyos are incredible!!! Love the food. Very prompt excellent service."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Salsa needs help. It is tired and bland. Time for an upgrade?"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Very good atmosphere, love the deco. Food was good, service a little slow - took a while to get our food but will go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Food was average, service disappointing. Had to ask waiter three times for some additional condiments. Good location but unlikely to go back."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Reasonable but unremarkable California/Mexican cuisine. Very pleasant, friendly staff"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Very good vegetarian options, our family was provided with a lot of choice!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Just the place for children wonderful ambience and v good food"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great place to go with people from work to unwind and do team building."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "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 !!!"
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "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 :)"
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "Always great fun to be here. The restaurant has great spirit, as do the servers! Creative and interesting every time."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Food was very good - house margaritas are outstanding! Service was excellent. Patio was calm and quite."
    Dined on 4/8/2013
  • "Great food. Wonderful Tequila selection. Be sure to get a recommendation from Raphael"
    Dined on 3/27/2013
  • "Love this place. Great margaritas and food! Kids love it too."
    Dined on 3/15/2013
  • "I brought my whole family and the chicken was dried out. We were never checked apon. Noise level out of control."
    Dined on 2/17/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2013
  • "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 ..."
    Dined on 2/11/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "Excellent quality. Amazing margaritas though strong. Great for large groups. We had a party of 22."
    Dined on 9/7/2012
  • "Just all around great experience, delicious food, curtious and attentive waiters. I love this place!"
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "The margs are just so-so. Everything else is great though. Large selection on the menu."
    Dined on 7/28/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/30/2012
  • "The food was average, at best. Two other people at my table did not like their dishes at all; they were bland and still managed to be covered in cheese. But the margs were good and they kept the free chips coming!"
    Dined on 12/12/2011
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/23/2012
  • "Such a huge menu! I had a hard time choosing, but ended up getting the Cochinita Pibil Tacos, which were quite yummy. Friends had the lobster enchiladas and chicken tacos, gordita style--both were okay, I guess the tacos needed more sauce (according to my friends). Good size portions for the money. Margaritas were very potent!"
    Dined on 5/19/2012
  • "The restaurant's manager, called us to double check our reservation as they did not have many people that day, sunday night. We were on time for our reservation at 9:15 pm, the food was good, but you could feel that they were rushing to go home, so by the time we wanted to order the dessert, the kichen was closed."
    Dined on 5/20/2012
  • "Food & ambiance were GREAT! While the service was fair, it's important to know the context: a packed house on a Friday night, 6:30 p.m. for a party of 10. I'm sure service would have been better on ANY other day. No worries... we still had fun and your horchata was AWESOME, so it was a night of VERY heavy horchata drinking! :)"
    Dined on 4/26/2012