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Lula Cocina, Santa Monica, CA

Lula Cocina

4.6
4.6
225 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Our story begins over 30 years ago in Mexico City and Lula has been a Santa Monica institution ever since. We serve potent cocktails and fare inspired by various regions of Mexico. Check out the outdoor patio - perfect for lunch and dinner or for private events. We have all day Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour 3 to 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Beer Garden
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 392-5711
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Geraldine Gilliland
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    hill & ashland
  • 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!
  • Entertainment
    Modern Latin Rock, Pop, Funk, & Salsa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Taco Tuesday

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 11:30 AM - 8:30 PM
    Two tacos and our famous Lula Margarita for $18! Enjoy indoors or outside on our sunny patio, all day.
    Taco Tuesday Photo

What 225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Los Angeles

    Great for brunch

  • Los Angeles

    Good for groups

  • Westside

    Great for brunch

  • Westside

    Good for groups

  • Westside

    Healthy

  • Westside

    Lively

  • Westside

    Mexican

225 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous as always! We enjoyed enjoyed a wide selection of the menu and drinks.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fun good food . Chuck a wonderful boast Will return .

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  3. StevenL

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great margaritas, and the duck enchiladas are the go-to.

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  4. MCCC

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Party of 6, last weekend. Locals, been going to Lula for 25 yrs. Ear-shattering decibel level on back patio and all indoor eating areas. Wandering musicians were ear-shattering loud too. We were literally yelling at each other and couldn’t hear each other at all the whole time there. This was beyond fun and festive - it was ridiculous and a turn off. Lula’s is off the rotation for awhile

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  5. MarisaJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere for 5 de mayo! There was even a Mariachi band!

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  6. Sara

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Santa Monica! It offers great food, drinks, ambiance and is kid friendly.

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  7. CameronB

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yummy with great service! I love the tacos the margaritas and the chicken enchiladas amazing. The chips were delicious. Love the guacamole.

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  8. nycdiner212

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was mediocre and bland Even queso was cold and solid

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Years and years of wonderful food and fantastic service. Tenured staff, kind and attentive. Great new menu.

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  10. Chelseaboys

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lula is a neighborhood gem with excellent, welcoming and personable staff, as well as great an atmosphere and food.

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FAQs

Lula Cocina is rated 4.6 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Lula Cocina

2720 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Additional information

  • Cross street
    hill & ashland
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed, Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Beer Garden
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • 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!
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Geraldine Gilliland
  • Entertainment
    Modern Latin Rock, Pop, Funk, & Salsa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 392-5711
  • 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.
  • 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
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