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Wed, 6/20
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Cocina Lolo

4.5
205 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Cocina Lolo is a Mexcian restaurant located in Downtown Wilmington from Chef Bryan Sikora. The menu features small plates, tacos, quesadillas, tamales, paella and much more.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:00am to 2:00pm
Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour 5-7 Tues-Friday at the bar
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Phone number
(302) 384-6186
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bryan Sikora
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Private party facilities
Cocina Lolo is available for private events.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between E. 4th & E. 5th Streets
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Parking details
There is a parking garage with access directly to Cocina Lolo through the Renaissance Building. There is also ample street parking available on Market Street or 5th Street.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wine
What 205 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.3
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

A wonderful selection of handcrafted margaritas. The bartender was very friendly and she is very accommodating. Our server Matt was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable of the menu and friendly. Very nice menu and the Mexican street corn is delicious. The guacamole and chips are one of the best.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Best Mexican food available in this area. the pear margarita was excellent and unique.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The food and service at Cocina Lolo are excellent. Lorraine and her team serve delicious appetizers and entrees. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I strongly recommend a visit to Cocina Lolo.
Sincerely,
Colonel Thomas Stocks
US Army

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We always enjoy Cocino Lolo but we really had to hand it to the staff, which was for reasons unknown short one staffer, at least. And on a busy Saturday night. We fortunately had made reservations via Open Table and were seated promptly, but it was easy to see there was one bartender, one server and one busser. I remarked on this to the bartender, who ended up waiting on our table and others, and he confirmed they had three on the floor and two cooks. But everyone kept their cool and their sense of humor, and any drop-off in service was negligible. Appetizers were excellent - get the tuna dice! - as was dinner. I had the braised chicken enchilada but our server said it was originally served with chile verde instead of red mole, so I went for the green. Delicious. I'll get the mole next time. So many good dishes here. A go-to restaurant for us.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent meal! We started with the chips, salsa and guac---very delicious. Then the 3 of us shared 3 entrees. All were delicious, but my personal fave was the mushroom tacos...wow!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Quaint restaurant good food and portions just right.

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2018

The white sangria and spicy margarita was delicious. We really enjoyed the chorizo fundido. Our waiter was excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The food and service at Cocina Lolo are outstanding. The team members are accommodating, friendly and customer service oriented. The cocktails including the Jalapeno Basil are worth a visit. We enjoyed the enchiladas and the cinnamon spiced Mahi Mahi tacos which were absolutely delicious. Our dinner was a special date night and the Cocina Lolo staff ensured we had a terrific evening.
Sincerely,
Colonel Thomas Stocks
US Army

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Their guacamole is the best I've had in the city. I could make a meal out of just that. And their cocktails are divine. I had the mushroom tacos (am a vegetarian), and the only fault I could find is that they didn't give me sixty of them. Oh, and our waiter was great - I have a severe shellfish allergy and he triple-checked everything to make certain there was no cross-contamination. Plus, he's a part-time EMT, so that gave me a bit of peace of mind. :)

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The service was just TERRIBLE! We had been there before and it was ok but last night the waiter, who I’m guessing is new, was just awful. He was pleasant but literally useless. We ordered our wine, 15 minutes and when we finally got it, from someone else, it was the wrong wine. Second glass also took forever and I had to get it from a different water. Chips and salsa were of, but again had to wait. Refill of salsa came late again, and had to request from a server. It had to be a new waiter experience and I doubt we will return.

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

We went here about a year ago and have been raving about the fresh made paella ever since. Low and behold, they 86’d their best dish which was disappointing for our party. The really nice waiter brought two terrific cocktails and talked us into their seafood special ($40) to share instead and we were disappointed. Everything was over cooked, dry, and even with the beans and salsa, everything was just dry. Maybe we’ll give it another chance if not for cocktails and apps.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Love this place! Really wish there was, at least, one fried item on this menu. Fried Shrimp would be everything! The fried flounder taco was wonderful! Lastly, music is getting a little strange...not sure why there was a change there.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Went to LaFia and loved it so I wanted to try this one. The guacamole with crab was delicious. I had the steak fajitas and hubby had the mahi mahi tacos. Both were very good but hubby said too small a portion for a guy. No problem after eating all the yummy guacamole I couldn’t eat all my dinner

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great happy hour specials. The tuna dice is an absolute must have! Guacamole is also very good and fresh. Bar tender is great-- very friendly and makes a mean margarita!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The food at CL is outstanding, very creative and fresh. The service can be a bit slow and attention to detail is sometimes lacking. We eat at CL at least once a month and will continue to visit. Best Mexican food in Wilmington.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Perfect place if attending an event at The Queen. Great parking next door. They offer validation for parking. Lots of small plates to try different things!!

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I wanted to get one of the chef’s plates but were told they wouldn’t be ready for another hour.
Otherwise food and margarita were really good just a little overpriced.

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I are from So Calif so we really miss good Mexican food. We were excited to try Cafe Lolo. We started with an appetizer, the guacamole and chips which were really good! They were out of some entrees, so I opted for 2 small plates, the chili rellano and street corn. My husband loves carnitas, so he ordered the taco dinner. The Chili was more beef than cheese, but which was good since the cheese had turned. The beef also had a spice, possibly allspice and or cinnamon? The carnitas also tasted like cinnamon was added. We decided to try dessert, the house-made churros. They were over cooked, more like a Mexican doughnut with none of the custard like center which are churros. The ice cream also had ice crystals in it. All told, we were disappointed.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Only one employee—bartender—serving all tables. If this is typical I wouldn’t recommend for pre-theatre dining. Food also not quite as good as previous time we were there last year.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Mahi tacos and mushroom tacos were amazing. Crab guacamole is spectacular. Mark handled our party of 6 with grace and poise. Will absolutely return!

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3.0Dined on January 25, 2018

We stood at the check in station for the host to greet us. The bartender kept yelling for the host to come out who spent more time in the kitchen than out front addressing the customers. We were literally the first diners of the evening with just a few bar patrons so it wasn’t like they were busy. The host/waiter was somewhat attentive once were were seated but again spent more time in the back taking/filling takeout orders we presumed. Overall not enough to get us back there for an overpriced Mexican cuisine.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Crab-stuffed peppers are EVERYTHING!!! So glad they are back!

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3.0Dined on January 12, 2018

The best items on the menu over the last two years was removed for new menu.

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2.0Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was so-so. I was expecting it to be much higher quality.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious food and a great atmosphere!! This is our go to restaurant before we go to a show in the city! Every time we have dined here it was wonderful!

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1.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Restaurant has gone downhill. Used to love the food but it has slipped. The salsa was watery and tasted like bland tomato sauce, the meat from the carne asada was cold and had to be sent back to be reheated. Enough said. Won’t return.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We were so excited when the restaurant reopened as this is one of our favorites. We went the week they opened and were surprised at the much smaller menu, but the food was good. We went back tonight and the place was almost empty. The wonderful bartender, Lorraine, was the only employee working front of the house and she did a superhuman job! We never felt rushed, she was professional and charming, and made accommodations for the food as we needed. She is a gem!!
I do miss the old menu. We can get fajitas anywhere. Where is the molcajete?? That was our absolute favorite and go-to dinner, and one we craved regularly. We enjoyed the paella, another dish no one else does. Please reconsider expanding the menu to bring back some dishes that made Cucina Lolo stand out from the other run of the mill restaurants. Also, please have vegetarian and vegan options available. I know the kitchen can make accommodations, but it also helps to have real starters and dishes available off the menu.
But do NOT let Lorraine go! Her sangria is fabulous (and I make my own, so I know whereof I speak!). Her Some Like It Hot margarita is just inspired!

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Great margaritas and crab guacamole. Several Vegetarian friendly options.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Mexican cuisine, rather unique and very tasty . Good value for the price. I service excellent.

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

The entrees we selected were delicious. Well-prepared and well-presented. The wine we selected was an excellent choice. Recommend saving room for the chocolate pudding for dessert. The staff is friendly, courteous and accommodating. Miranda provided excellent service. She met each of our requests. I recommend reserving a booth or table as the seating area is small. Cocino Lolo is the Wilmington area's best Mexican restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2017

Crab guac is amazing! Mahi tacos also delish and served as a generous portion. Great spot for dinner before a show at the Queen.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2017

Food and ambiance was great, unfortunately was not impressed with our waitress. She had 2 tables and was minimally attentive and unpleasant.

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2017

When the restaurant closed for the summer, I suspected it was due to slow business. I was fond of it once and kept trying back, hoping that it would get its spark back. No one seemed to care about the place when I was there last spring. Then I read what was said to the press, which was that the restaurant would renovate and revamp its menu when it opened in the fall. I went there optimistic. Absolutely nothing has changed in the look, and the food is the same, only less inspired. And it’s super stingy with the queso fresco! I will not be giving this place another chance. I understand that the Sikoras are putting their energy into their Kennett restaurant, which is very lively. I am not sure why they bothered to re-open. The neglect is apparent.

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2017

Good food, lovely ambience. We had guacamole for starters- pretty good. Then mushrooms quesadillas and chicken fajitas. The waitress was attentive but we waited awhile for our entrees. Luckily we had allowed sufficient time for our event nearby at the Queen and ended up having about time. Overall, pretty good place!

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Great spot, great food, great drinks. Service excellent as was food.

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4.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Glad that Cocina Lolo has reopened! You were missed.

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4.0Dined on October 13, 2017

This is their first week open after closing for the summer. It wasn’t as amazing as we remembered. Food was warm, not hot, and chips were VERY salty (though our server told us she asked the kitchen to back off of the salt!). Our server was great. Margaritas were awesome. And the chocolate pudding was as perfect as ever! Cucina Lolo has been one of our favorites and we expect it will continue to be. Oh, and the crab guacamole was delicious!

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3.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Seems like the restaurant is going through some growing pains. My favorite item on the menu- Grilled Shrimp- is gone. The portion size for the burrito bowl is way smaller. And the tortilla soup is no bueno. Really hoping they will turn around soon and have some type of Opening Celebration! First night back was disappointing with the lack of the famous $2 taco. :-(

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Been a dozen times. Our favorite spot in Wilmington. Everything is wonderful but favorites include the raw tuna "dice" (poke), pork shoulder tacos, and the churros.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Food was good but small portions

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