Lula Cocina

4.6
171 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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.
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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Large portions. Awesome (strong) margaritas.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The waitstaff are fantastic - very service oriented - friendly and professional. the house margaritas are the best in LA - not a weak hipster style drink. The food is good. If Broken Spanish is 5 star and Mercado is 4 star then Lula is a very good strong 3 star. But the staff and the drinks make the place.

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MS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food at Lula’s is always delicious

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D
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Brunch menu on line but no brunch menu exists.
Some food was cold or cooked wrong.
Was decent. Not great

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is always good. The ambiance is beautiful.

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PM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as usual!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Queso fundito with homemade tortillas was a really good start. Then terrible. Tamale was a mushy mess, Tostito was inedible. Burrito had so much bean juice in it you couldn’t pick it up. Fajitas were all onions. Rellenos has gloppy cheese filling. Just awful.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Walked right in, we were seated and staff took our orders. Our entire party enjoyed their meals.

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Memphis
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and adequate service. Priced high for what you get.

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k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

we have eaten there many times. This time Sunday so noisy with kids yelling and parents not taking control and respecting other diners . They need to go to Chucky Cheese ! Kids need to learn manners and I am not sure if I will go back just because of the kid factor.

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Margaritas to the appetizers to the solo guitarist and service - very nicely done! Great date spot!

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z
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Yummy home style Mexican food. Ceviche tostadas were excellent. Lobster enchiladas were tasty, kind of small. We were still hungry. Bomb margaritas.

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VL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I have lived in the area for years and come to Lula from time to time. While we were initially shown to a terrible table in the noisy back bar area, but after I hesitated we were offered a comfortable booth by the windows which was much better for conversation! I brought my two twenty-something nephews who are vegans, and they really enjoyed the vegan options. I had a light ceviche-style dish and a great margarita. Feels very neighborhood-y and I really need to go back more often. Service was friendly and professional.

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MD
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Lula's for years. Always good food... Service is great and the margaritas are the best. I highly recommend Lula's.

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AF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible, our server was rude to not just us, but other tables. The food was fantastic, however, and everyone else that worked there was great. I hope the guy cheers up or stops working there, because he was a bummer

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DR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite neighborhood spots!!! We know every waiter by name. It’s perfect every time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

it took FOREVER to get our food and it wasn’t even that full. i keep trying to like that place but its so freaking slow to get the food out.

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y
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Went because they advertise vegan options. The vegan food tasted awful. The non vegan meal my husband had was below average the guacamole tasted like it was bought and not freshly made.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went for dinner on a Saturday around 6:30PM. Had a good flow of people, but wasn't too busy. The margaritas were great and so was the meal! Would definitely go back for casual dining.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Mexican restaurant.

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VL
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always! Best margaritas in LA County!

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SM
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We hadn't been to Lula's for many years and were looking so forward to going back. (We've gotten a bit tired of El Cholo, our usual place). We made a reservation for 6:30 on a Friday evening and were surprised when the host ( a strangely unfriendly gentleman) attempted to seat us out on the very loud back patio. He wasn't pleased when we asked to sit inside but dutifully led us back in and seated us at a small table in the back of the restaurant, even though there were three empty booths by the window. When we asked why we couldn't sit at one of them he said they were reserved. Our server was great and tried to make up for the bad vibes we were getting but the food was mediocre and the evening couldn't be saved. When we left a few hours later two of the three window booths were still empty. Guess we'll stick to El Cholo and never go back to Lula's thanks to the awful attitude of the host.

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JT
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Even the chips were stale. Gone totally downhill since last we dined there about a year ago.. Does Geri Gilliland still own it? It's a shame because it used to be a stable and good steady place to go. Come back!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Drinks were great. Food was OK. Service was great as well

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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our immediate family of 12 celebrated Mother’s Day here today for brunch. Once again Lula didn’t disappoint. Great food, fast service, beautiful outdoor terrace. Mexican heaven!

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VF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere A
Menu A
Strong Drinks A-
Quickness in Service B-
Water Glass always full A
Wait time (with reservation) A

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WY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was horrible, food was worse (and mine was cold and congealed by the time I got it). Wait time was absolutely unacceptable and went unexplained. No apologies, as if business was as usual and nothing was awry. Guests at other tables actually left after trying to get the attention of ANYONE who worked there ... but they did get free chips and salsa which was actually the only good thing that Lula had to offer ... so lucky them.

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PM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as always!

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c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its always a winner and a go to for getting together with friends

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was some of the worst food I have had, I don’t know why the restaurant had looked so good in reviews. The food was bland, I had chicken with fat in it, the waitress brought everything out wrong. Just overall not a great experience.

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My family loves coming here for a fun family dinner on the weekends. Been coming here for years and it never disappoints.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food! The best fajitas I have ever had!

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S
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good Mexican food, great Margueritas, service was outstanding due to our manager-waiter Raphael!

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We were really looking forward to this dinner, and ended up very disappointed. Our booth was way too small for 6 people, our waitress made one excuse after the next, it took 55 minutes to get our dinner, and only one of us actually enjoyed the food. Oh and the cocktails are served in oversized shot glasses, so that was the final straw.

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BS
Nashville
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I'd been here a few years back but hadn't returned prior to now and now I wish I had! They were absolutely slammed yet our server did a phenomenal job attending to us, making sure our order was accurate and not making us feel rushed. Food was terrific, try a variety of the margaritas! It can be a bit expensive if you come from out of town, but it's nothing vastly different from other restaurants in the area. I will definitely be back!

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Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is always great. I forgot to specify that I wanted red sauce on enchiladas, but my dining companion graciously swapped with me.

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Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love Lula. The food is great. So are the drinks;
thanks to Rafael. The atmosphere is lovely. It’s hard not to enjoy Lula.

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Louisville
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place I describe to my friends and colleagues as THE place with the BEST Mexican food away from Mexico. Kudos to the person that made selection of the menu and cocktails. Some of those dishes are very hard to cook anywhere away from Mexico. This is not the stereotype of fast Mexican food, nor the overrated Tex-Mex food style. You can pick any option of the menu and you will have a great experience. For Mexicans living away from Mexico, this place will make you miss home. For drinks, if you are up to something different, nice and unusual, try the guava margarita. This is not the common "slushy" style drink. This place is my mandatory stop when visiting good L.A.!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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