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Lula Cocina

4.4
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(310) 392-5711
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Geraldine Gilliland
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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
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Private party contact
H.G. Hall: (314) 323-4663
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
hill & ashland
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Parking details
Metered parking offered by the City of Santa Monica directly behind the Restaurant for your convenience. #DontGetATicket!
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Public transit
Expo line is now open!
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Entertainment
Modern Latin Rock, Pop, Funk, & Salsa
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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!
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
What 144 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Awesome as always!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on March 9, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Outstanding food! The best fajitas I have ever had!

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

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

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1.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

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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4.0Dined on January 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 14, 2017

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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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 10, 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!

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5.0Dined on October 7, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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3.0Dined on September 24, 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.

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2.0Dined on September 19, 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.

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5.0Dined on September 10, 2017

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

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4.0Dined on September 2, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 26, 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.

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4.0Dined on August 26, 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.

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Will definitely go again. Food was excellent great margaritas

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5.0Dined on August 12, 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.

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4.0Dined on August 11, 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.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

Great CA Mexican food, fun w good service

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on May 18, 2017

They always make you feel special and taken care of!

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4.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

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

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1.0Dined 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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1.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on April 21, 2017

The service was terrible and the food was ok.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Lula is always great.

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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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