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Cocina 214 – A Contemporary Mexican Kitchen and Bar

4.1
342 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for Groups
  • Good for Birthdays

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About

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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Monday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 10:00PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 9:00PM
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Phone number
(407) 790-7997
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We now cater! Contact catering@cocina214.com for more info.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Knowles
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Parking details
There is street parking on Welbourne and on Knowles. We do have complimentary valet in the evenings Friday and Saturday.
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vsmiles88 (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2017

We were quickly seated after we made a reservation. We received prompt service and the food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

Good vibes, nice decorations, chips and salsa were good. Menu is pricey for the quantity and value of what they give you. I feel like I ordered the wrong thing. The waitress suggested the carnitias tacos saying they were the best on the menu and were super flavorful so I chose that. When they came to the table they were extremely small and tasteless. I was very disappointed

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on December 15, 2017

I may be disappointed Because I had my sights set on something different. Nice location off Park Avenue but the food is just your average Mexican food. The brisket quesadilla was blah. Not much brisket. Nothing to remember. The drinks were good and the servers were friendly and fairly attentive given it was a Friday evening.

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vipTaftF (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Great Food, Great service - right off Park Ave! We enjoyed our evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

There was no reason for a reservation bc they seated by a list of first arrivals. Restaurant was extremely loud! Drinks were not refilled.

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JulianaP24 (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on December 5, 2017

The food was really good, but the place very noisy.

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vipFoodie123 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 2, 2017

I asked one of the bartenders for some ideas on some healthy dishes, since Tex-Mex is not notoriously low cal and he went through several dishes with me.. with patience!
So great! The salsa is too spicy for me.. but everyone at my table gobbled it up.. I had red snapper vera cruz and our party of five had quesadillas and fajitas.. The only complaint I heard about the fajitas is there is no cheese to sprinkle on the fajitas... They did have guacamole, sour cream and salsa to go with them.. Margaritas are fabulous..

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
1.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

It was to celebrate my Nieces birthday, drinks took over 15 mins and never arrived so we cancelled it, service was extremely poor!!

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

The restaurant was not busy and service took forever. The food was overcooked as well. Definitely better Mexican restaurant for better prices and quality of food.

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Went here for my husbands 40th bday, I wont go back. First, I wrote in my Open Table reservation, told both hostesses and told our waiter it was a 40th birthday dinner and they did absolutely nothing for us for the special occasion. Second, the service was rude at every level. The hostesses were both unwelcoming and snotty, our waiter messed up our drink orders and the was slow to fix the mistake. After our dinner, we wanted to have a night cap in the bar area, so we closed out our check and due to the layout you have to walk through the restaurant, past the hostess area into the bar...and again one of the hostesses was outright rude to us like no guest had ever done that before. Once we were in the bar, no one came to take a drink order for 10 minutes, once a waitress came out, she was rude! It was the strangest thing. After all that, we were so ready to get out of there. Unfortunately we had already spent over $400 dollars on chips and guac, average small portion tacos and a couple margaritas, such a rip-off!!

Later in the evening I mentioned to a few other local people where we had had dinner, and funny enough they BOTH summed up their dinning experiences there exactly as ours had been - rude, mediocre service and way overpriced simple food, they never eat there!

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Rafael (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2017

Very good Mexican menu, fresh ingredients, quick and responsive service.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Nice restaurant

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DJKelley427 (Nashville)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

Great time. Only criticism is that the lighting required many of us throughout the restaurant to have to use cell phone flashlight to read the menu.

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JackDaddy (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

I was really hopeful that this would be a good find. With the proliferation of Mexican restaurants at our disposal, I assumed that this location and price point would be superior. Unfortunately, we found the salsa to be completely uninteresting and when we asked for something else, we were offered one that we had to pay extra for. No big deal except that is was also lacking. Plain Habanero sauce, not interesting. We ordered tacos for both of us that didn't match up to the variety or quality offered at many of the other food truck turned brick and mortar places within a 10 minute drive. Nice room with comfortable seating was really the only benefit to going here, but not worth the higher prices without better food.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Unfortunately, most of the city lost power and we had to scramble to find cash to pay as there was no way to pay by credit card that was secure.

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vipJimMc (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

This was the first visit for my wife and I to Cocina 214 for dinner. The decor is "upscale" for an Mexican restaurant. We had an attentive server who was helpful describing the food and assisted my wife in selecting an margarita . I was disappointed in the chips and salsa- they should go get some from Chili's! However, the tortilla soup was outstanding. For the main course my wife selected the marinated steak and I had the chicken burrito. Both dishes were good, but not very good. For a lot less money better Mexican food can be had from Tequila Flats. I don't understand how Cocina 214 can consistently win Central Florida restaurant awards unless a Winter Park location and upscale decor count more than food taste.

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Will (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on August 26, 2017

Good food... Nice environment. Excellent service...

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ISismynickname (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2017

Margaritas were very good as were the appetizers. All of the taco entrees were disappointing and over priced. Service was great and seating was comfortable. Evening began well (6:45) but by 7:15 it was quite noisy and continued to escalate making it impossible to have conversation.

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vipNO1FOODIE (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Inside seating was so loud we asked to be moved outside. The food and service was ok.

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on August 18, 2017

Great atmosphere and very friendly service. Our waitor had great recommendations. We liked the margaritas and Mexican corn the most.

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