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About Lula Cocina

From the moment you walk into Lula, you are greeted with festive artwork from such respected chicano artists as Eloy Torrez, George Yepes, Carlos Almaras & Frank Romero. The cuisine is truly traditional Mexican with recipes from every corner of Mexico. Tamales & tortillas are made everyday in our kitchen. With over 500 Tequilas, Lula Cocina Mexicana is the largest Tequila bar in Los Angeles.

2720 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Sunday Brunch: 12pm - 3:00pm;

Lunch: Daily: 12pm - 3:00pm;

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:30am

Cross Street:
hill & ashland

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 392-5711

Website:
http://www.lulacocinamexicana.com/

Entertainment:
Modern Latin Rock, Pop, Funk, & Salsa

Catering:
Full service catering, either out house or yours. Every aspect of your event will be handled by our professional and experienced Event planner & service staff.

Parking Details:
Metered parking offered by the City of Santa Monica directly behind the Restaurant for your convenience. #DontGetATicket!

Public Transit:
Expo line is now open!

Executive Chef:
Geraldine Gilliland

Private Party Facilities:
We offer an out door patio that can seat 50 comfortably, a dining room that seats 60, and a bar that seats 20 We are also proud to offer Chef Geraldine Gilliland's estate in Malibu for Catered events. www.ranchochiquita.com

Private Party Contact:
H.G. Hall: (314) 323-4663

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We do all kinds of special events, from office catering and large dinner parties to off site catering and weddings. Give us a call today to chat!

Lula Cocina Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
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Vegan (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Spicy (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent, but overall it was a bit pricey.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have enjoyed Lula's for as long as it has been open. Wonderful menu, great margaritas. Even better now that that are many vegan options as well. Love the ambience. It's always fun and delicious!

Tags: Vegan, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I hadn't been here for years, so I thought we would get reacquainted. They had great options for me (I am gluten free, dairy free and meat free). I will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Lula's is a regular spot for our family. Food always fresh, delicious tequila drinks and fast and very accommodating service and staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vegan
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Fun place with bright colors and strong Mexican feel. Watching the food come out from the kitchen is fun since it's all so gorgeous. The shrimp fajitas were good. My shrimp taco didn't fit inside the tortilla, so hard to hold and eat. I asked for 2 more tortillas and they came out piping hot.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very disappointing. The service was very very slow. It took about twenty minutes to get our food. One of the dishes was terrible and not as described in the menu. The rice was cold and the black beans were as well.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

The strongest margaritas in west LA. The chips are fresh and warm. Great salsa, chicken mole and also vegetarian options. Wonderful waiters.

Tags: Vegan, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

If you are looking for a chain Mexican restaurant with a No. 8 combo, don't bother. This is not the place for you. The food here is authentic -- and delicious. There are several vegan choices and healthy options. We have been to this restaurant dozens of times and had a party on the back patio. We never have been disappointed. The menu was just changed, and one of our favorite dishes was eliminated. Still, there is something for everyone.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great classic Mexican food! This place doesn't have anything particularly unique or crazy on their menu, just very solid staples of what you would want from a great Mexican restaurant. Tons of margarita options, great combination meals, and a very causal and fun atmosphere and the servers are super nice. Would definitely recommend if you want something affordable but still "nice" for a Santa Monica restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

colorful and fun neighborhood place with outdoor space. It's less noisy outside and has a relaxed, easy atmosphere. The food is good at moderate prices.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Will definitely go again. Food was excellent great margaritas

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Dinner for 7 - we were seated on the patio. It was bright and lovely. Service was excellent. Food was hot and every bit of it was good. Their guacamole is the best I've had. Wonderful Santa Monica gem. We go here often when visiting LA.

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (London)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great service. We had waters, tortillas and salsa the moment we sat down. Great margaritas and good selection of Mexican food. It was quite loud, though.

Tags: Hot Spot, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Great CA Mexican food, fun w good service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

Soooo disappointed with the chicken mole - great mole but over cooked chicken. Surprised since it had it before there. Otherwise, great food and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

unfortunately, the atmosphere is far better than the food. The servings are oversized and not authentic at all. Very disappointing. The wait staff is friendly

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 9, 2017

We had terrible service. Terrible. They didn't take our order for 45 minutes. Our food came as much as 15 minutes apart. Some food was great, some food came stone cold. They didn't refill drinks or clear plates, yet there was waitstaff standing around and chatting. It was terrible.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 18, 2017

They always make you feel special and taken care of!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Pro: They did a great job accommodating my large, loud party. Con: No fajitas on the weekend, what's up with that.

Good Americanized Mexican food for the price, great location in SM.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Detroit)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Good food. I had the chicken tostada, was good and filling. I enjoyed it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

in our 3+ years of using OpenTable, this was the first time that the restaurant completely ignored the OpenTable system and did not hold a reservation for us. The host made it sound like they routinely ignore OpenTable. I recommend you remove them from your list as they do not abide by the OpenTable rules.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We arrived st 7:30 & didn't leave until 10pm which was shortly after we were served. At the time of ordering our food.....which took quite a long time, we were told that the kitchen was backed up. We asked how long it would take. The server didn't know & said they weren't short handed...they just got backed up. Over an hour passed. The server was not attentive. We kept asking if we could order an appetizer...or any food. The response was that it wouldn't come out right away because they were so backed up. Eventually the place cleared out and we still hadn't been served. It was well over an hour before we were served. We ate quickly and left. The food was delicious, but the experience was dampened from lack of service and attention considering the delay. Very disappointing. Eva use we love their food. If they were that backed up, they should have advised upcoming guests. Very poor handling of the situation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

The service was terrible and the food was ok.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Food was a bit pricey but portions are large. We had a group of eight that they tried to jam us in at a table meant for six people. We sat on the patio where the chairs were flimsy and the space was crowded. Server did not do a good job explaining the food or portion sizes. Pork was very dry.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 2, 2017

Lula is always great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The chicken mole was a bit dry. I have eaten here 4 times. This time was my least favorite.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 18, 2017

The service absolutely awful. Took us at least 45 minutes to get our drinks. When we asked a waitress about it she basically responded "that's the way it is. We're really busy". Our waiter was very apologetic but didn't comp our drinks. They offered us a free dessert which would have taken another hour to get to us. They ended up giving us 25% off, which was less than the cost of drinks. Good food, nice wait staff, TERRIBLE service, and they really didn't handle it appropriately. I won't be back again. That's for sure.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Live in the neighborhood and was quite disappointed. I had tried this place during the taste of main street and was not impressed but we thought we would give it a go. It was so loud in the backroom that I couldn't hear the person sitting in the next room. The food was marginal and we had to flag down someone for water. We will not be going back to this place. Such a shame, really wanted to give it the benefit of a doubt despite the yelp reviews.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The food is excellent: moderately spicy, but you can taste all the flavors. The menu has lots of tempting choices, & the service is attentive & thoughtful, even when it's busy.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Linda our server could not have been nicer or more accomodating. we had a great time

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Outstanding Value, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Usually I like going here, but this time we were treated pretty poorly and second hand to a larger group. The waiter barely came to check on our drink situation. The manager/host guy was rude and acted like he didn't want us there.

Tags: Spicy, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Went here to meet friends from out of town and catch up. The atmosphere was lively in a good way - not too loud, but busy with a good vibe. We had margaritas and dinner. The margaritas were great - better than most - would pass the foodie test. Also, the menu had something for everyone and the food was quite good. I liked that you could choose ala carte or a combo plate, so you did not have to stuff yourself. I could imagine bringing the family here too.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2016

Excellent Mexican food in funky, really colorful ambience ... Felt like Puerto Vallarta.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quick Bite, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2016

It's just so good:)))

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Great food -- unique and tasty options!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 21, 2016

Second time ordering tacos. Both times the fillings were dry and absolutely flavorless...never again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2016

there is one small bike rack out front. Please add 10-20 more and recognize that locals bike there.

Seated on the patio and our conversation was drowned out by a very loud group. Could not wait to leave.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 2016

I love Lula's - the food is great and the margaritas are delicious! It's definitely noisy so it's not the place for a quiet, romantic dinner but there's a great happy hour and it's a fun outing with friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2016

We came to use "tab" but no one knows how to use it, so we left.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2016

If you love the level of noise that requires that you shout at those at your table or text them to converse, then this is the place for you!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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