La Cocina International Restaurant
Worth the trip!
We never miss a meal at this restaurant when visiting St. Augustine. The chicharron is excellent, and my spouse loved the bisque. Every entree (short rib ravioli/ tenderloin this time) is delicious and beautifully presented.
This staff is a hardworking group, and they kindly accommodated us when we had to push back our reservation a half-hour due to traffic.
We had a party of 10 and for the most part everything went well. Unfortunately, the usually well prepared grouper stuffed with crab was overcooked ( burnt on the bottom ). The only other negative was the service was slower than what I usually expect from the restaurant, Sometimes this can be problematic when a 20% tip is automatically built in with a party of ten.
This is one of two restaurants in St. Augustine that we absolutely love. Just wish something could be done to dampen the noise level somewhat.
Excellent food and friendly knowledgeable service. On of our party was in a wheel chair the table was set up for him when we arrived. The wait staff was efficient and unobtrusive which helped keep our meal pleasant and conversation flowing. The food was very well prepared our party had a good cross section of meat, fish and chicken dishes. Everyone was very pleased with the food .
We appreciated the cozy atmosphere of the restaurant. Server was very helpful with her recommendations. My husband said the lobster bisque was outstanding and that the mussels were prepared perfectly and included these little red peppers that came from Peru. What a nice touch. I loved not only the presentation of my house salad but also the light fruit vinaigrette dressing. For my entree, I chose the braised beef ravioli and requested that the chef go light on the sauce. It was rich , delicious, flavorful, and correctly seasoned. My request was addressed perfectly. I used the warm bread for the scarpetta. We will definitely return. Only drawback is not a full bar serving wine and beer only. However, that won t stop us from returning!
We had a reservation and were seated promptly. However we waited 10-15 minutes before a server came to the table. The food was very good. The menu includes item not found at every restaurant like lobster bisque, rack of lamb, beef short ribs and osso buco. Everything was flavorful and nicely plated. Portion sizes were just right.
my dinner was wonderful. our entire party had a wonderful time
Family owned with an incredible menu. Wine list is complete. Enjoy
The service was amazing! I am a server myself so I really appreciate when a waiter takes their time to give good service. Food was great. I wasn’t crazy about the chicken dish I ordered but the pear salad was the best salad I’ve ever had and my date loved his steak. We will for sure be back.
We had a wonderful meal for our 44th anniversary dinner. We generally get very bad tables when we use Open Table. However I requested a quiet table and we actually got one. Great service and a surprise complimentary dessert. Very nice evening.
Always a favorite spot for a special occasion! And always delicious!
Everything about this place was amazing! The staff is so sweet and accommodating. We originally had a reservation for 745pm but got done with our plans way earlier thank expected and they accommodated us without complaint. The ambiance is amazing! The food is superb! We had the buck breast with mashed potatoes and a mushroom gravy and it was outstanding! My fiance recently had surgery and was unable to wat a full portion so we decided to split the entree and they split the plate for us which we truly appreciated! Absolutely recommended to anyone who enjoys a quiet atmosphere, great service and amazing food! Very fairly priced!
This restaurant is one of the best, if not the best, in St Augustine. The food is fresh, innovative and served with a flourish. We always bring guests here and have never been disappointed. Norberto is a wonderful owner and chef!
Excellent dining experience...and it was “no corkage fee” night.
Our favorite restaurant on the island , especially on Thursday when you can bring in your own bottle of wine with no corkage fee. Recommend the grouper stuffed with crab
We dined here for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a fixed menu with several selections. I chose the surf and turf. The tenderloin melted in my mouth. My husband chose the lamb chops and they were equally delicious. The only let down was dessert. Their version of carrot cake was dry but the apple crisp was good. I would definitely recommend them. The servers were so attentive and pleasant.
The vibe was very nice and relaxing-very cozy setting. Our waiter was very attentive.
Caprice salad was a huge disappoint as was the desert.
Soup and main dishes were delicious.
For it being Thanksgiving, we did not feel rushed.
Thanksgiving. We had eaten there a couple of years ago for Thanksgiving and had a great experience. This year the food was not very good. It tasted premade. We eat there several times a year and were disappointed in our meal.
Thanksgiving lunch was amazing! Great fixed price 4 course menu was fabulous. I think they knocked it out of the park each course. Delightful soups, salads and main course - I think we both ate every bite. A nice bottle of wine too - while our original choice wasn’t available, an alternate selection from the same region was excellent and even came in the same price range - maybe even a dollar or two less. Dessert and coffee rounded out a great afternoon. Our waiter was also quite personable- and although the courses were presented without much downtime in between, we did not feel rushed. A plus - thanks for making Thanksgiving so enjoyable.
We had Thanksgiving dinner here. 4 courses to choose from. Food & service was outstanding! I’ve been coming to St. Augustine Beach for 30 years and sorry I waited this long to try this gem of a place. It’s inside the Casa Real Hotel.
Amazing food and service.
This has become one of our favorite places to celebrate special occasions.
Great food, service and ambience! Our 2nd time back and just as great!
The food was great—the service very prompt—we would definitely recommend this restaurant again— unfortunately we live across the state in Tampa and won’t be able to visit for a while
Good was great...they were out of a number of menu items
If that hadn’t happened , it would be all 5 stars
My boyfriend and I went on sunday towards the end of the night and everything about the restaurant was amazing. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. The food was tasty as the presentation was beautiful. Definitely will be recommending.
We had a wonderful and delicious experience last Sunday at our after wedding lunch. We had a party of 12 and the food and service were just amazing. Some favorites were the crab and avocado salad, pear salad, crab cakes and the salmon...sooo good! Our servers and the service in general could not have been better. They helped make our day just perfect! We can't wait to go back and try dinner next time!
Lovely place and great food!
This is one of our favorite restaurants.....period. Consistently high quality service, ambience and flavor.
Always an excellent experience
Service is great, new menu offers new choices.
Cozy and intimate we go there regularly and always enjoy
A few weeks ago, I had ordered the salmon which was not edible. This time, I ordered the salmon again. I was totally satisfied with my dinner. The restaurant staff was also very considerate with our check. s
La Cocina International has always been my favorite restaurant in St. Augustine. The quality of their food and service is usually unparalleled. As a result, I made a reservation there for a celebratory birthday lunch with friends on Tuesday, Nov 12th.
I/we was/were very disappointed with their overall service. It was painfully slow, and the restaurant only had three other occupied tables during the 90+ minutes we were there. In addition, the quality and quantity of the food served was very inconsistent compared to countless previous visits. Of the five lunch entrees ordered, one portion was surprisingly small (the avocado and shrimp salad) in comparison to the other four entrees served. A second entree (the crab cakes) was remarkably scant on the amount of crab used in the cakes. They were mostly filler and had very little taste of crab.
Although all 5 attendees are local residents, two of my guests had never been to LCI. Hopefully, they will be willing to try it again. I look forward to having a better experience as I am used to experiencing at LCI the next time I make a reservation with them.
Restaurant wasn't busy. Our 4 seated table was next to a large party group who were loud thus we couldn't hear each other. Poor seating arrangements. Second, the blackened salmon was filled with the brown inner skin..so gross and inedible..ended up with a bland plate of vegetables which we paid for and went home hungry.
We were a bit concerned that no one was there when we arrived for our 7pm reservation, but our concern was unfounded. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Beautifully presented and excellent, but not hovering service. And to top it off, we were treated to a completely unexpected dessert with "Happy Anniversary" spelled out in a yummy puree on the plate. Highly recommend!
The food was excellent; the entire staff very friendly; and it was good value for what it cost. I will definitely go back. It's an added bonus that I can walk there from my home.
We had amazing food and service. It was a perfect place for our anniversary dinner. The chicharonne and Lobster bisque were amazing as was the penne pasta and our desserts. I highly recommend this for your next date night.
We were overly impressed, once again. Probably our favorite restaurant in St. Augustine. The crab cakes over platanoes, the osso bucco and the rack of lamb were some of the best-ever. The service was impeccable. Kudos to the chef and kitchen staff as well as to the servers.
One of our favorite restaurants especially for special events. Our dinner and service were exceptionally fine. And a surprise desert for us to share celebrating our grandsons visit from Paris
This is my favorite place to go for a special occassion. It is alaays wonderful!
La Cocina is a great restaurant, especially to celebrate a special occasion.