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La Cocina De Ricardo - La Cocina De Ricardo, Lake Forest, CA

La Cocina De Ricardo

4.5
4.5
9 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
La Cocina de Ricardo is a family owned Mexican Restaurant. We have been in business for 12 years at this location. It all started with Grandma Juana in Mixtlan, Jalisco, Mexico. She was the main chef of her town and would prepare the food for small and large events, from parties to weddings, making every occasion memorable. This tradition of thoughtfully prepared recipes was passed to Mamacita Alicia who brought all this knowledge to Orange County some 35 years ago. Mama Alicia, her brothers and children opened their first Restaurant in Orange County in the mid 80s. The family as well as all the employees are dedicated to maintain a clean establishment, the best, healthiest, and most affordable mexican food around.

Try the best mexican food in Southern California!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Friday: 10:00AM - 9:00PM Saturday & Sunday: 9:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Phone number
    (949) 586-1477
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Lilia Nunez
  • Catering
    Catering service to anywhere in Orange County. Please contact us for further details.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us for further details.
  • Private party contact
    Mario Arias: (949) 586-1477
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Cross street
    Raymond
  • Parking details
    Unlimited parking in the Public lot.
  • Public transit
    El Toro Rd. & Raymond St.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

What 9 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseEnergetic

9 Reviews
  1. DavidS

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2018

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    When we arrived there was a "Seat Yourself" board which defeated the purpose of using Open Table......

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  2. ksb48

    Orange County

    259 reviews

    2.0

    259 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Second visit....we waited a while to order and for our food and it wasn’t right when we got it....it’s decent food but not as hot (heat not slice) as we would have liked. Beans and Rice were lukewarm. Chips, salsa and margaritas were decent....prices are fair...we will try breakfast....wanna give it a chance as we have only been for dinner twice.

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  3. Debbie

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I live the food and service. But it takes forever to get my points. Still waiting for 100 points from the last visit

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  4. Debbie

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I still have not received my points from this restaurant. I went on 1/26 & 1/28 have not received points from either visit.

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  5. Debbie

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the food and staff. But they have trouble accepting open table reservations. Someone needs to educate them. Everytime I have to call open table because I don't get my points.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    166 reviews

    5.0

    166 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We're new to the area and searched the internet for a local, authentic Mexican restaurant. I checked the reviews and looked for it on Open Table. The salsa is chunky and delicious, the food is seriously good and the prices reasonable. Besides the specialties, your can also choose your meat or seafood and then your sauce. We've always been greeted, thanked and made to feel welcome.

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  7. Debbie

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I still have not received my points!

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  8. kbgonzalez

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice little find - I'm always looking for places to take my 88 year old Dad to in the Laguna area so he can get away from his board and care facility. Online reviews were good so we checked it out- they were open for New Years Eve. Not fancy - in a strip mall, but the food and service were very good and although Mexican food is not my favorite in general, I really liked my meal, and my folks did as well. I have already recommended it to my brother for when he is in the area. Big menu, lots of choices, reasonable prices. I am sure we will go back. One caveat - we had to change our reservation time and I did it on Opentable but the restaurant didn't get the update - so if you need to modify your reservation it sounds like a phone call works better.

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  9. Debbie

    Orange County

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2017

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff does not know how to accept open table guests. I still have not received my 100 points.

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FAQs

La Cocina De Ricardo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 586-1477.

La Cocina De Ricardo is rated 4.5 stars by 9 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for La Cocina De Ricardo

23532 El Toro Road, Suite 11, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Raymond
  • Neighborhood
    Lake Forest
  • Hours of operation
    Monday - Friday: 10:00AM - 9:00PM Saturday & Sunday: 9:00AM - 9:00PM
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Unlimited parking in the Public lot.
  • Public transit
    El Toro Rd. & Raymond St.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lilia Nunez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Phone number
    (949) 586-1477
  • Catering
    Catering service to anywhere in Orange County. Please contact us for further details.
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact us for further details.
  • Private party contact
    Mario Arias: (949) 586-1477
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