La Cocina International Restaurant

4.6
613 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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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 613 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.3
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Best restaurant on the beach! Food is always great. Excellent seafood and creative menu. The lobster bisque is my wifes and my favorite and a must have every time. Great service and food. We love this restaurant and it’s good for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Excellent food and service. The spring salad is one of the best I've ever eaten.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Fantastic food and service. My sisters birthday was April 20th and I had invited 4 very good friends to join us. Everyone had a wonderful time and the food was delicious.
Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Thank you for making a special day even more special. Everything was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

This was our first visit and we will return. My escargot and my husband's lobster bisque were delicious. The escargot was a larger than expected portion with a slightly spicy preparation. Our server suggested the shrimp and grits, which was also a unique preparation. The grits were creamy smooth. I had four huge shrimp wrapped in bacon. the sauce over this was cheesy with tomatoes. It was the best preparation of this dish that I've eaten. My salad was mixed greens and the blue cheese dressing was very light rather than the usual thick style. My husband chose a chicken entree stuffed with spinach. The preparation on the plate with fresh zucchini and mashed potatoes was appealing, and it was delicious.
I was impressed by the team approach of the servers. We needed to be out in time for a concert, and that was accomplished without feeling rushed.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Or go to place for our friends get together! The waitstaff is absolutely fabulous, attentive and engaging. We love the choices on the menu with my favorite being the fillet mignon with the cream mushroom sauce. On Thursday nights you can take your own wine, which certainly reduces your output for retired folks. We go at least once a month if not more

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Surprisingly average food for all the hype surrounding this "international" cuisine restaurant.
Wine options seemed limited. Food menu was only OK. I was disappointed in the food but paid for it like it was gourmet!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The Sunday Brunch is wonderful. The variety of food offered will cover even the discerning tastes. There is a balance of breakfast style food and non breakfast style food. The service is outstanding as well. This wasn’t our first experience and recognized there was a variety of food that differed a bit from the previous experience. All of it was delicious!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We were looking for a place to go while in St. Augustine Beach area. Found this restaurant online and decided to try it. A nice selection of wines under $40 - we had the Albariño. On the recommendation of our server, we tried the steamed mussels. Very good. The grilled octopus leg had a sweet glaze to it that played nicely against the chorizo hash, mini peppadew peppers and chili oil. The bacon wrapped prawns over cheesy grits with haricots vert and cherry tomatoes - fabulous, although by now we were so full that the bacon, while tasty, was gilding the lily. And since the wife is gluten sensitive, the chef replaced the etouffe saurce with crab bearnaise with chunks of crab. That should totally be a regular thing. We usually have mixed feelings about hotel restaurants, but this one hits all the marks.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I would possible classify this restaurants with three stars way over priced Easter Sunday dinner for what you were getting

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter dinner and it was amazing. The special menu was so good

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Consistently the best restaurant in Saint Augustine, Florida. Wish they would rehang drapery like they used to have. Would add to the intimacy and detract from the ambient noise.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It's hard to really evaluate as we were there for Easter and the menu was limited. We do feel the price was much compared to the value. The food was good and presentation awesome. The waiters and waitresses are really great. I would go again, but may not think of it as my first choice.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

My relatives came to St Augustine for Easter to visit and they left it to me to choose the restaurant for dinner. Without hesitation I made reservations for La Cocina International Restaurant. As there was six of us, we each chose a different appetizer to sample - all were exquisite! Dinner from the Sea food paella, Rack of Lamb, Filet Mignon to the Chilean Sea Bass, all were cooked to perfection and a feast for the eyes! Desert we each sampled the Crème Brule, - vanilla lemon and chocolate - superb! Above all the service exceeded our expectation. Some may say that the prices are excessive but Victor our server made my 80 year old mother feel like a queen. ---- this is priceless.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

All was very good until server failed to return credit card with check. Server was careless and left card laying next to register. A moment of panic upset a very good evening.

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