La Cocina International Restaurant

4.6
628 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
La Cocina International Restaurant offers intimate Fine Dining with a Latin Flair in a Casual Atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Global, International, Continental
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST: Monday - Friday 8:00am -10:30am, Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 11:00am
LUNCH: Tuesday - Friday 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday - Sunday 12pm - 2:30pm
DINNER: Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
BRUNCH: every second Sunday of the month
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Phone number
(904) 461-8288
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Resort Casual
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Executive chef
Chef/Owner: Norberto Jaramillo
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Catering
We thank you for considering La Cocina International Restaurant to hold this important day in your life. With our quality of service and excellent cuisine, we assure you that this day will be unforgettable.
Our dining room can hold up to 60 guests for all your specials occasions such as weddings, rehearsals, anniversaries, graduations, holiday parties, and more...
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beach Blvd
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Parking details
Complimentary hotel parking
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Public transit
Old Town Trolley Tours at Castillo Real Hotel stop
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Special events & promotions
Our dining room can hold up to 60 guests for all your specials occasions such as weddings, rehearsals, anniversaries, graduations, holiday parties, and more...
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 628 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.3
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 3 days ago

Restaurant was very noisy...hard to have conversation due to several large tables close by and very loud. Service was slow. Food arrivals were slow. Food was excellent, however very pricey for St Augustine beach. Entree was $48 for sea bass....and service charge of 20% was added to the bill.....

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Lobster tail over cooked and tough. Lobster bisque very good

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Exceptional as always. The food is always fresh and presented beautifully. My go to restaurant for whenever I want a truly good meal.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

the salmon was excellent. service very good however the view of the pool was a negative. so was the lack of alcohol. only wine and beer. they should move to a better location. would get more customers. we are unlikely to return to this location. hope they move

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Fantastic dinner, service and ambiance. Octopus Salad was delicious, along with the Shrimp and Grits. Always love this restaurant and will return!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

The first time in St. Augustine and I couldn't have chosen a better restaurant to kick-off a mini vacation with a friend. Sarah was our waitress and her charisma kept the mood going. The food and wine suggestion were perfect!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Absolutely delicious! I had the scallop-encrusted salmon with lemon basil sauce— it was divine! Cooked to perfection. Moscato was the best I’ve had. Server was lovely. Anastasia Beach is a 3 min walk from the restaurant— an absolute must-see! Worth the drive and price!

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We loved the food and service... the location is a drawback... the view is the pool of the hotel and not something we enjoyed during our dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

This is without argument one of the best "fine dining" establishments in St John's county and it's easily the best place on the island for fine dining. Wine list is ok, noise can be an issue as it's very open, but the food cannot be topped. Matched maybe (Collage, Preserved) but not topped.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Norberto,the Food and service are unique.,I love to Go there is Make us Happy!,GRACIAS!!

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent service by Sarah. Very good presentation. Tables well set with proper silverware and impeccable table cloths. The best Lobster bisque I've ever had. Excellent Rack of Lamb and salads.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

A wonderful restaurant for fine dining on Beach A1A. The cuisine is continental with a very nice wine selection, and complemented with attentive, friendly service. I come here frequently.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Ever since it opened, La Cocina has been our first choice for all special events, holidays, birthdays, etc ... as well as our favorite "let's go out for lunch/dinner" choice! We have never been disappointed ... if you have not experienced a visit here, we urge you to do so!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

The restaurant's presentation of their dishes is lovely...and imaginative..

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5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We were celebrating my mother's birthday with my grandmother (94) and aunt who was visiting from New York City. We were all impressed with our meals and they were very accommodating to my elderly grandmother. I had the half rack of lamb and it was cooked to perfection. My aunt had the duck and I tried it for the first time...loved it. The Petite filet was also wonderful. Great evening and even the "New Yorker" was impressed.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Food was good. Service was slow and non-existent for long period of times.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Where do I begin, my wife and I decided to spend a weekend in St. Augustine, FL and after doing some research, we settled on La Cocina. Did not disappoint. Service from the moment you walk in was fabulous. From the soup (Lobster Bisque), best my wife and I have ever had, to the appetizer (Ceviche), not over powering with lime/vinegar and very fresh. Excellent. The lobster ravioli was incredible and paella was the best I've ever had since my trip to Madrid. So flavorful and full of shrimp, mussels, calamari, clams and scallops. Would definitely come back again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Best food on the beach! We had appetizers as well as a main course. Everything was excellent.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We asked for a quiet table and were put at perhaps the noisiest table. The service was okay even though we were staying at the restaurant. It was expensive and no one was thrilled with their meal. Would I ever eat there again? No

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Convenient island location. Great lobster bisque and boullebaise. I had the paella, I'm fussy I would say it was good but will pass next time.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

My husband and I went to La Cocina to celebrate our anniversary. We were seated immediately and served at a pace with which we were comfortable. Our server, Lucia, was charming and gracious. She gave us good information on the selections we were considering. Ultimately, we chose the rack of lamb and paella. My husband enjoyed the rack of lamb and the paella was absolutely delicious. Having become familiar with the Spanish restaurants in NY and NJ, the paella we had was every bit as good. We will definitely be returning, bringing friends and coming often.

May I suggest adding a Shrimp in Garlic & Olive Oil as an appetizer. The outstanding bread that was served would be a great accompaniment to this!!

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Underwhelmed. Service, food and ambience were good, not outstanding. After other reviews we decided that this would be a nice place to spend our 20th anniversary. We felt that for the money ($150.00 for dinner for two, with two glasses of wine) it really was not worth it. Have had what we considered an excellent meal and experience for the same amount at a Three Forks. Sorry, missed the mark, and won't go back, and won't recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Everything was excellent, as always! I have been here many times, and the food and service is always very good, and consistent. Wait staff is always very professional.

I highly recommend!!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

This is a 10* fine dining restaurant! From the moment you walk in you are welcomed by professional wait staff. The food is definitely created by a wonderful chef who knows how to cook and create a wonderful presentation. The food tasted as good as it looked!
The chef surprised the birthday guy with these desserts!!! AMAZING to look and DELICIOUS!!!
Perfect place for appetizers and cocktails before a concert at the St. Augustine Amphitheater.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Always good. One of our faves. Jorge is tops.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We’ve been here twice in the last several weeks and had very good dinners each time in a pleasant, quiet and relaxing atmosphere. So nice not to have to shout to have a conversation and the service was great, attentive, friendly and not intrusive. The food was very good and parking was plentiful. This is becoming one of our favorite places and we’ve recommended it to friends. I just wish they had a full bar but it’s not a huge issue for us.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Wonderful food, but wish they used better wine glasses as the wine does taste much better.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Fue una experiencia maravillosa, excelente comida y servicio muy profesional , fuimos 4 amigos y todos quedamos muy positivamente impresionados, y definitivamente volveremos.

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

As a local, it has always been our "go to" favorite restaurant. We have never been disappointed on our dinner choice and the presentation is always amazing! With the new seasonal changes it's just a tougher decision! As usual, our service was wonderful! When you're in the area, make this place a must! You will not be disappointed!

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Our first time here but we will definitely be back. Service was excellent and the food was superb.
The bread basket was to die for. A lot of extras were provided. Thank you

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Incredible in every way! Service and food top notch!

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

This is our fifth time dinning at La Cocina.
Each time the food was the best part of the visit and the staff was very welcoming.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We had one of the best meals we've ever had, as well as superb service. We will definitely go back when we return to the area. A real gem!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Mother's Day lunch with my mom.
She really enjoyed her meal and day.
Everything was great.
Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We had a. Wry nice lunch on a Sunday afternoon. Very engaging and accommodating server, beautiful delicious food, professionally timed and served.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

We had an outstanding evening. The meals were delicious and the service was outstanding. We have been there before and will be returning soon.

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5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Just the best restaurant in St. Augustine, period ... not a joke. Fine dinning at its best for dinner .... great service , friendly staff, good drinks and you can even bring your own bottle of wine for a cork fee. Bread is baked on location, sea food and specials are fresh that day, sauces make you relish eat bite ..... a bit pricey (not for kids) but well worth it ! I recommend this to everyone that comes to the area, and tell them don’t let them being in a hotel throw you off . 5 star restaurant you might find in NYC !

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Excellent diner as always. Consistently good service, excellent food, diverse choices, and wonderful wine choices

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Some unusual choices, that were all excellent. The Parrot Fish special, the Octopus appetizer, were both very good. Service was very well done.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2018

The food was 5 star, the service was 2 star. My big pet peeve when it comes to restaurants ( especially moderately expensive ones) is good service. We ordered an app and then a dinner entree for each of us. The app came out super fast. Then we sat, and sat, and sat. Then I started noticing people who were sat 15- 20 mins after us start getting their main courses. When I brought this to my servers attention he just basically said to relax because they are busy. About 15 mins after that we got our food and an apology from the chef. Apparently our meals fell through the cracks. I appreciate the apology but not my servers attitude when I called him on the wait...

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