Talavera Cocina Mexicana
Talavera Cocina Mexicana

Talavera Cocina Mexicana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.talaveraspot.com/
  • Phone: 3054442955
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:30AM - 5:00PM
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Oscar del Rivero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Giralda Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Talavera Cocina Mexicana
Mexico.... home of Talavera, the unique fine art pottery from the 16th Century, native of the city of Puebla.
This genuine and refined Mexican spirit of the Talavera art sets the ground for the spirit of our menu. From the "Huarache" grill, a series of delicate dishes served on a corn tortilla base, to a variety of regional specialties from Sonora to Oaxaca, from Michoacan to Puebla, from Jalisco to Yucatan. Talavera, the art of a genuine and refined taste of Mexico.
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Talavera Cocina Mexicana reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (18)great for lunch (14)special occasion (13)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)great for brunch (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Mexican cuisine
    GiovanniCadorna
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    A great Mexican restaurant that has real Mexican food (as highlighted by some Mexican friends that were with me), and awesome service. The team there will do their best to give you the best service possible.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Mexican
    Bk305
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is good Mexican - not tex me and great margehittas. Food was real good. Chips and salsa excellent. Not too crowded which wAs nice
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally a good Mexican Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Loved it! Great guacomale, great Lychee Margarita!!!! Excellent service and the food was delicious. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas
    CoralGablesGem
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We went with Miami Spice. Food was very good and food portions were larger than expected. Overall very good service; The best chips and salsas and of course the traditional margaritas were perfect.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again
    Gables007VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Went there for brunch and apparently they were not ready, it took 45 minutes to get our food, then it was tasteless and cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ananole
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food at Talavera is definitely good and they make the best margaritas in town. However, the service tends to be slow and, more annoyingly, apathetic. The servers don't seem to really care whether they offer good service or not.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Authentic Mexican
    Jrivasmdobg
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Lived in Guadalajara for 4 years. Mexican food in south Florida is not good. But this place is the most authentic I have found.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not memorable
    MegsVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Food was well prepared, service was good, menu options were fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    polo66
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Loved the place, great food, real mexican dishes and taste - Appetizers, dishes, deserts, tequilas, etc. all good
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • family night out
    Ramss
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Pros: The food was well presented and seasoned. The servings were just right for a good appetite. Cons: The service was slow, the Margaritas were WAY below average, and everything is overpriced!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was great, but....
    Lja310
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We were a large party (8) and our entrees came out over a massive span of about 15 - 20 minutes. Essentially, the people served first were done eating by the time the last person was served. Other than an almost unforgivable flow from the kitchen, everything was perfect. Drinks, appraisers, entries; all delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real authentic fine Mexican
    lbpint
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I was born and raised in Mexico City and so far had not found a decent fine Mexican cuisine in the Miami area... until now. Menu is extensive and covers a wide array of Mexican dishes from different regions. It was my first visit and it was for business so I frankly didn't pay much attention to prices, but will bring the family next time to see if this will be a weekly joint of a special event kind of place. I tried the Enmoladas and they were amazing; my guest had Chile Relleno and he said it was also really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Talavera
    Mags
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food and service are amazing and very consistent. The hibiscus Margarita is Yummy. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Friendly service
    Good2gofood
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food has always been good, but we were disappointed with the selections from the fixed price menu, during restaurant week.The Moles coloradito was tasteless and so was the fish .
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Buenisimo!!!
    Loc10
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Very friendly staff. Great service. Good food. Beautiful decor. Great value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • its good but not consistent
    mp2mp2
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Decor and location were great. Margaritas and guacamole were excellent. Its definitely a hot spot. But service was very very slow. From the time we sat down until we paid the check was two hours. The main courses were ok. The huarache was way overcooked to the point of being hard like microwaved rock. This is their speciality. My pork chop was not cooked all the way through.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SebpVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    By far the BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN MIAMI. We've been used to having Steak Arracherra - but since it was Mexican Football day all their steaks were gone - they recommended a Lean Pork dish with cactus salad and by jolly - it was unreal. It has now become our favorite dish. Pair that with Conchinita Pibil and get the one with soft tacos - you will never regret. We've been eating here for over a year and absolutely love it. We're big foodies and travel all over the world only to eat and this place stands out as our top 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fathers Day lunch
    Carlitos
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We celebrated Fathers Day lunch at your restaurant. The food was, as always, excellent. The service was also super. We had Chile Relleno, Tomato based Tortilla soup, Nopal Salad, Enchiladas Suizas, and of course, Negra Modelo. Everything was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Memorable event
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I had a group of 10. We made a reservation ahead of time on their online system. We arrived a half hour early and the table was already set for us, nested along the back wall of the restaurant. The restaurant was relatively empty aside from us. We received excellent service, the waiter was very attentive. Every single meal out of the ten of us was delicious. I would definitely go back here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Mexican food!
    44mary
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Excellent authentic Mexican food, guacamole is spectacular also cochinita pibil, tacos al pastor,. Service is attentive and eager to please. Only flaw: they are constantly sweeping under tables, maybe they should change the dark rug for a more practical floor covering......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • details... details
    Benitez
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We like the place and have been here before. This time we were disappointed. .. The service was awful.... it felt like the waiter was in a rush to get us out of the restaurant... On top of that... my silverware was dirty.... not cool at all.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 205 reviews are from the Talavera Cocina Mexicana reviews archive.
  • authentic mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Authentic Mexican food. Spicy guacamole. Servers and bus-staff very attentive. Great margaritas. Had the Huaracha and emoladas, both pretty good, emoladas had a different taste, not bad but glad I tried. Would go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arielle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The service was not what I was accustomed to from a Gables restaurant. It was Mother's Day and the wait staff was probably tired...and it showed. The chicken quesadillas were not edible. The tortillas were hard as a rock and although in the menu it stated that guacamole was included, they had run out and didn't even offer another side. The only enjoyable item was the Skinny Margarita' Lastly, food was very overpriced for the quality. Would not recommend :(
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  • Fabulous Food
    Lily0908
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I had gone to Talavera one time before and had been impressed with the quality of the food. So, I decided to try it a second time. I was not disappointed. The food and the service were outstanding. Found the price of the drinks to be a bit on the high side compared to the actual price of the entrée but everything was delicious and the personal service was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great quality
    Fogo
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and i went to Talavera and we loved it. Quality is very good, service is somewhat slower but good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    Rick
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Having been here several times before, we were disappointed this time. The service was bad. Although it was friendly, it was lacking in service. The bus boy we had previously was superior. The one we had this time was just doing a job. We had to ask for tea, for tortillas, and the food came slowly.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian options
    EliJa
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    The Cactus Salad was delicious (marinated cactus, portobello). The Chile Relleno (stuffed poblano pepper) was also very tasty. For my main dish, my daughters and I decided to go with the Vegetarian Grill option, which is supposed to have grilled zucchini and guacamole. It was very disappointing because it only had only two small slivers of zucchini (cross-section, not lengthwise)! For being a vegetarian dish, I would have thought that there should have been more zucchini. The amount of zucchini was the same as the zucchini garnish on the Chile Relleno. I did tell the the waitress and she said she would tell the kitchen, but there was no compensation of any kind. My husband had the fish of the day special... Red Snapper... and it was good.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wednesday night with group of six
    Chowdown
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    It is a beautiful place. They seated us right away. They brought still water without asking, which was great, and filled water glasses all around. The waiter recommended a passion fruit margarita, which was pretty good, the second one was more like Hawaiian Punch - did they forget to put in the tequila? We had a round table and with all the dishes and glasses etc it was very tight. Lots of passing back and forth and no place to set anything down. It was kind of hard to order because there was a mariachi band that was good, but loud. Cochinita pibil was by far the best entree. Quesadillas were bland. Stuffed fried poblano pepper was ok, too much blah tomato sauce surrounding it. Overall the food was underwhelming, but ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Real Mexican Food!
    TarkiVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    One of the few real Mexican food places and a great spot in Coral Gables!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Festive restaurant
    Merci
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Very nice place with a relaxed and deceive atmosphere. Loved the margaritas and the service. Great food and dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican at its best
    Marime
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    I love mexican food. This place serves a great variety of dishes. There is something for everyone. Dishes are very well presented and not as spicy as in Mexico. Quesos fundidos (melted cheeses) are to die for. The margaritas, excellent.Try the moles, they are one of a kind. In all, a gem!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance, food, and people
    GladdyFoodie
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went there with a party of 10 for a bridal shower luncheon and the hostess and waitress were so kind and helpful. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the food is amazing! Be careful, the green salsa is SPICY lol The margaritas are awesome :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican Food in Miami
    Thomas
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Some of the best Mexican food I've had anywhere, best in Miami. I would call it auhentic/upscale Mexican at reasonable prices. Nice atmosphere too. Only complaint is that they were very busy and seemed short of staff, so service was slow. Had to flag down the waiter...never came to see how things were going after taking our order.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, ok service
    Goeat
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I've been to this restaurant a few times. I really like the food and ambiance of the restaurant. However, service could and should be better to make the dinning experience complete.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Sneaky with Open Table
    SebpVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Great Food, but Restaurant does not want to credit you Open Table points. This has happened to us about 4 times. Sneaky Management and Front Staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Margaritas & Guacamole
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Great margaritas (many varieties- try pineapple-jalapeño or cilantro!) and excellent guacamole. The cochinita pibíl was too salty for me, but my husband loved it. Awesome chocolate cake, served alá mode with spiced almonds on the side. With a cortadito, n excellent ending to the meal. Would definitely return again anytime we are in the Miami area, even worth a special drive from 20-25 miles away.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Madgie
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    This was our first time at Talavera and were very impressed with the food, service and ambience. The wait staff was awesome and explained to us some of the dishes on the menu which we were not to sure of. Everything flowed from the time when we arrived until the time we left. We were not rushed or hurried in any way. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will return for another pleasant evening at Talavera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Excellent freshly prepared food. Stellar service. It was our first time eating here, and we will most definitely return. Deliciously authentic regional Mexican cuisine. This is not your average taco/burrito bar. The menu at Taravela reaches into Mexican culture, and history, to conjure up flavors that delight, and speak to it's rich heritage. To find a Mexican restaurant that's doing Mole's is not such a common task. Taravela's Mole is spectacular. The menu has a great range of choices. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Mexican Food
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Heard about this place from my husband's co-workers. So far their recommendations have been on point! The food here is authentic, flavorful and presented beautifully. I had the sabana de res which was good, though a little too much sauce for my taste (also wish the chicharron was on top so it remained crispy as opposed to soggy). Tried everyone a little of everyone's food which were all pretty good-tacos de carnitas, enfrioladas, Cochinita Pibil. Next time I want to try one of the Quesos Fundidos which I have read are delicious. Though my food was not my favorite I will definitely be back to try more as it is hard to find fresh, authentic mexican food in my part of town. Also-the guacamole is not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointment
    JoseadanVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Talavera could be a great restaurant if they professionalized their service and paid more attention to the customer. I've never had a professional server in Talavera, but this time, we had a terrible one. He was rude, kept interrupting rudely, would walk away in the middle of our questions, and would speak at the top of his voice when going around taking our orders. And when we needed something, including the check, we had to chase him by asking others in the staff. Sorry, but there are other Mexican restaurants in Miami that want to keep their customers. If you expect good service, this is not the restaurant to go to.
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