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Cojones, St. John's, NL

Cojones

4.2
4.2
292 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Classic Mexican establishment with an eclectic downtown St. John's feel. A high energy room with an overriding Dia de Muertos theme. Guest focused team. We house the largest tequila selection in Atlantic Canada with a large variety of original Margaritas. Moose Taquitos are a must!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (709) 754-8226

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.

  • Neighborhood

    St. John's

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Hot spot

  • Atlantic Canada

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Innovative

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Lively

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  1. CB

    ColleenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing time and loved it. The service was awesome and the food was great. The food was too salty for me but we still really enjoyed it and we will be back for sure we highly recommend this place😊
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an excellent night out, our server was A++++! Very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and drinks.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was great. Live the nachos
  4. C

    Chris

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, drinks and service. Moose taquitos, fish tacos and nachos are a must.
  5. C

    Claudette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Best meal we’ve had out in a long time!
  6. S

    Sarah

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience2
    We made reservations here weeks in advance of a family trip to St. John's, and we were really looking forward to our meal. We were disappointed by the quality of the food and the service. We came in with high spirits, but our server was timid, unfriendly, and felt "checked out" the whole time. It really put a damper on our experience. She dropped off appetizers without a word and then disappeared, leaving us with a table of empty drinks for ~20 minutes! I finally had to get up and find her to ask if she could come check on our table. There were no quality checks done on the food during our meal, which is service standard. As a family of service workers I definitely get that people have off days, but a $300 bill for such womp womp service felt like a rip-off. When the food came, it was something I'd expect from a Kelsey's or similar mid-range chain. I can overlook the quality of the food, but the service was SO disappointing we left with a sour taste in our mouths and won't be returning.
  7. JK

    JustinK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Seating terrible , menus looked awful/worn (even having food on them), cool atmosphere, good food, wonderful service.
  8. RJ

    RodneyJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the food and the service was great!
  9. RJ

    RonJ

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    OpenTable reservation worked perfectly. Server was friendly and helpful, suggesting menu items. I will return.
  10. KN

    KimmerNL

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Food and service was fantastic! I’ll definitely be back! My dining companion said it was the absolutely best beef fajita she had ever had!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    food was awesome. however a water jug should have been given to the table for those not drinking alcohol.
  12. d

    dksajjdsajkdhagdusavgdfu

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The drinks and the food were delicious, but we waited 20+ minutes for each drink and when our food came our table was so full of dishes that needed to be cleared that we just did it ourselves and put it on a nearby table that also hadn't been cleaned.
  13. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best fish tacos in town! Thanks for a lovely time!
  14. LM

    LMarieT

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great food, service, and margaritas. We had a great time!!!
  15. a

    abcd

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Closed! Sign on the door saying closed for maintenance.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quick service . Good food
  17. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Awesome margaritas. The cod tacos and the guac are the best!
  18. LN

    LNS2022

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had reserved a table a month in advance. Once we got there, we were seated. A waiter came by to "take" our order only to be told that it would be a 1 & 1/2 hours wait for food!!!!!!!!! Our reso was only booked for 2 hours as that was the timeframe given by the restaurant when booking. We ended up having to leave and go find dinner elsewhere. Everything was so unorganized and it was extremely disappointing for someone who made a reservation over a month ago to be told that, specially when we were on vacation! Not impressed at all, wouldnt recommend to anyone.
  19. o

    orangesicle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    not prepared at all for a busy Friday night in the summer. Has really gone downhill in the last few years. Was my favourite place but the service, price rises and removal of the good things on the menu has really made it worse.
  20. JC

    JuliaC

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We had such a fabulous time at Cojones. It was a bit chilly on the patio but once they closed the top it was great. Would highly recommend!
  21. LT

    LauraT

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    I love the food and drinks at cojones. However it was VERY loud for a restaurant. It was busy and there was a table of abojt twenty people next to us so it did feel like our server forgot about us. We only ordered chips and queso and it took 45 minutes. But usually my experience here is great so I will chalk it up to it being a busy Saturday!
  22. OT

    OpenTable

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a great time! Amazing food and staff!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Menu seems to have gotten smaller. Food portions are just ok for the price. Two reg size tacos are $18- $20 and no side. That’s a bit pricey. Everything is spicy. Could use more non spice options. Margaritas are excellent & Diego our server was awesome!
  25. E

    Emily

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Waited nearly two hours to get our food - some kind of error with the order placement between waitress and kitchen staff. During that two hours, we were left without drinks for early 40 minutes before we could flag down our waitress to get more drinks.
  26. AB

    AbeB

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    At 8:30pm on July 29, 2022, the Cojones Team was more interested in serving drinks than food. All food order processing was essentially at a standstill with our wait over 1 hour to receive anything but complementary chips and salsa. To start, our 8:30 reservation was not honored, we were left to wait an additional 10-15 minutes, and upon quick order, our food was apparently not rung in until 8:54pm, a testament of failure to execute an order efficiently. We ordered Nachos as an app and moose taquitos which is a matter of throwing toppings and cheese and toasting for no longer than 15-20 minutes (and that's generous). Moose taquitos assuming pre-prepped frozen for efficiency's sake could not be fried and served within an over 60 minute period? The manager provided two orders of chips and salsa and after expressing distress, provided a THIRD order of chips with Queso this time. This insulted my guests visiting from out of province from a customer service excellence standpoint as this just makes the highly anticipated nachos (which is also a bunch of chips at the source of it) essentially undesired after being stuffed with chips. We proceeded to express our distress, the frustration lead to profanity which lead to our exit. We proceeded to Yellowbelly where we were in and out in under an hour as we were seated and served immediately with appetizers released in a typical timely manner. I have never experienced this at a restaurant, and was coming for over my 5th time knowing the quality of food was delicious, but unfortunately I may never come back ever again. Fix your culinary logistics, even during evening hours. The model executed that evening is a spell for disaster in a competitive industry such as Toronto/New York. Regards, Abe Babeiti 4166176961
  27. W

    War224

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Servers were friendly. Took an hour for our food to arrive at the table.
  28. MH

    MelissaH

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    I am vegan and I had the butternut squash taco. I felt it was an odd choice for a vegetarian/vegan taco on the menu, and it didn't have much flavor at all. Other options could be tofu, mushrooms or smashed black bean tacos. My friend ordered nachos and it was $22 for cheese, sour cream, green onion and pickled cabbage and no salsa came with it. For $22 there should be more toppings and salsa! I also got a classic margarita, which had salt on the rim which was great but the drink itself tasted so salty, I wish it was made better. I really hope you consider changing something's on the menu. The waitress was lovely and the atmosphere was really nice, just hope next time the food and drinks are better.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    It was an absolutely horrible experience. We went for food and drinks as a group (8 people ordering drinks, 6 ordering food). We waited 1.5 hours for food while tables around us received their orders. The staff spent the majority of the time goofing around and hanging out, rather than doing their jobs. On average drinks took 20 minutes to arrive to our table and most of the food was cold when it finally arrived. I was extremely disappointed as this was a destination that I made a point of visiting on this trip as I enjoyed it when I lived in St. John’s in 2020. I would NOT recommend.
  30. EF

    ElizabethF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Servers were lovely and friendly but a little very busy and disoriented, possibly by the heat. Table was only partially set and had to wait for cutlery. But we will be back and soon because we enjoyed our meal and the friendly staff. Plus the drinks were excellent
  31. G

    Glamazon

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very much appreciated the quick and attentive response from the manager to ensure that we had a great experience!
  32. LE

    LenEatsalot

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty food and great service. What more could you ask for?
  33. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience1
    Too loud to chat with our party Inattentive waitress Food was delicious but pricey overall and atmosphere lack lustre Not a do-over at all
  34. JP

    JudyP

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent nachos with chicken and guamole. Tacos very good also
  35. J

    Jenna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time food was good and drinks were good and our server was very nice
  36. JW

    JerryW

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Food was great Unfortunately the service was not up to par. A simple request to change table was declined based on it being reserved for another group that to show up 1 hr 1/2 later only to have someone seated there 15 minutes later was unacceptable. Made to keep your dirty cutlery between courses was bizarre to say the least. Would recommend the food but not the restaurant.
  37. BW

    BrianW

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Took an hour and a half to get our meals. When they did arrive, only 3 of 4 meals came out and was waiting an extra 10 minutes for the final one. Waitress was nice and gave good service and even discounted our bill but it was pretty expensive for the food we ordered. After discount it was still $50 a person!
  38. CW

    CW43897276397

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you very much for the great service and great food, the deck was awesome. The staff was Moses and helpful.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food was just ok. But took two hours to get. Very dissatisfied
  40. LH

    LizH

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Delicious but there was an hour wait for food which turned out to almost be two hours

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  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cojones does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Cojones also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (709) 754-8226.

Cojones is rated 4.2 stars by 292 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 2 times today
Google Map for Cojones

193-195 Water Street, St. John's, NL A1C 1B4

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (709) 754-8226

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.

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