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La Esquina Cocina, Huntsville, AL

La Esquina Cocina

4.7
4.7
147 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Authentic Mexican food with a modern touch. Clean, sleek ambience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (256) 858-1026

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Catering available from lunch deliveries to weddings.

  • Private party facilities

    Private events available Sunday afternoons.

  • Neighborhood

    Huntsville

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Holmes & Spragins Ave downtown Huntsville.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 147 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Alabama

    Healthy

  • Alabama

    Hot spot

  • Huntsville

    Best Overall

  • Huntsville

    Best Food

  • Huntsville

    Best Service

  • Huntsville

    Best Ambiance

  • Huntsville

    Best Value

  • Huntsville

    Innovative

  • Huntsville

    Good for groups

  • Huntsville

    Neighborhood gem

  • Huntsville

    Lively

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  1. AG

    AndyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I really enjoyed this restaurant. While it is Mexican there are several menu items that aren't really. I had the Pork Chop dinner and it was off the charts! We were visiting from out of town but we will definitely make a trip back just for the food.
  2. s

    supperfor12

    Birmingham

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places in Huntsville! Top quality food and service.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food is amazing and margaritas are on point, it’s just ridiculously loud in there. Service was also excellent!
  4. K

    Kate

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always great and fresh. Always a great experience
  5. h

    heynash

    Atlanta

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was our first time here. It was busy, it they had our table reserved and ready for us. Parking can be a challenge around that part of town, so give yourself extra time to find a spot in a nearby garage or open lot. The tortilla chips are amazing! We had them with queso and salsa. Their tomatillo green salsa was one of the best green salsas I’ve ever had. We had grilled fish tacos and their steak bowl for entree’s and both were really good. They had at least 3 tables of 10+ in there at once and everyone did a good job keeping up with service. We enjoyed the meal and service and will definitely return!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Yummy food!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Servers were good. Food was very good. The tacos were yummy! Loved the Baja sauce drizzled on them. But the sound in the room was too noisy for my husband who wears hearing aids. Probably won’t return-but the vibe is great for younger people!! Cute decor and architecture!
  8. A

    Amazing

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a weekly staple for us! NYE dinner, just like every other time, DID NOT disappoint. Love love love this place. Such great quality food and experience every time
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    NYE dinner was amazing.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the New Years Eve special dinner. The entrees were very good. Three of us had the seared snapper and one had the taco flight. We started with a charcuterie board and really enjoyed the selections. Our server was friendly and attentive. Excellent service!
  11. TC

    TracyC

    Chicago

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Esquina Cocina is a beautiful, modern restaurant with good service and great food. Our family all ordered various tacos, with the Cochita Pibil being the standout favorite. Next was the Carnitas. The rest were good as well (we had the grilled shrimp and grilled pescado as well.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Margarita was maybe 3oz with all the ice. Tacos were very so so. Nachos were meh. Definitely not worth the effort to find parking downtown.
  13. S

    Spf9294

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food really good. Be prepared, it is noisy. Christmas margarita was delish!!
  14. CS

    CarisaS

    Birmingham

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    We absolutely love La Esquina, we go there almost every time we have a sitter. However last night was an off night for sure. My husband and I both ordered tacos, I had 1/3 incorrect taco and my husband had 2/3 incorrect tacos. His tacos were corrected and I opted to keep the incorrect taco to give a new taco a try. My husband’s tea stayed empty stayed empty almost the entire time we had our food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food
  16. BK

    BobK

    Dallas

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Super service at a surprisingly good lunch spot. We all had bowls, shrimp and chicken. Really different style and great flavor. Plenty of people out doing holiday shopping who stopped in for lunch and a nice buzz in the air. Reasonable prices, and worth every penny!
  17. MT

    MitchT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Mexican food in the state! Highly recommend!
  18. BL

    BobL

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch! Our group really enjoyed both the Rojos and Verde Chilaquiles and the Huevos Ahogados. Service was great and the drinks were fantastic as well. We have been several times for lunch and dinner and this was our first Sunday brunch. One of the top 2 places to eat downtown, IMO.
  19. KF

    KeriF

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best dining experience! Far exceeded our expectations and made for a memorable birthday celebration.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The guacamole was very good. Took our service 10 minutes to find us but after that got better. Ordered my steak medium and it was very rare. No apologies for making me wait longer for the steak. Got it back was more medium well but I didn’t dare say anything. For $38 it should have been better
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I are regulars at the downtown Huntsville location! We moved here two years ago and were delighted to discover La Esquina Cocina! It’s elevated ethnic cuisine is similar to a favorite restaurant in downtown Lexington,KY . Everything on the menu from the chips, salsas, queso and guacamole to the original entree’s are exquisite and not your average Joe’s for Mexican. The ambiance and decor, not to mention its downtown location, are so aesthetically pleasing and attractive. The personnel and the service are very welcoming and accommodating.
  22. RW

    RoseW

    Birmingham

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food is amazing, and I am not sure if because it was Saturday brunch, but they were frazzled. We arrived at our reservation time, and the hostess said it will take 5 minutes, it took 25 and then we waited another 15 minutes to get our chips and salsa. We had to remind the waiter lol But the food was incredible :)
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and meal. Highly recommend
  24. LH

    LonnieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    First time eating here. We will be back. Anxious to try one of the bowls. I had the standard brunch breakfast. It was excellent. My wife had the pollo taco. It was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Met up with a friend I had not seen in a long time. The waitress was excellent and patient with us as we chatted! The food and drinks were great!
  26. LT

    LarryT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Selected the carne asada tacos with queso and chips as an appetizer. Our chips never made it but once I reminded the server, they were brought after our entrees in a timely fashion. Water refills were slow but overall I was pleased with the experience. Weather was perfect so we dined outside. Bill arrived and we weren’t charged for the chips/dip which was nice.
  27. RS

    RozS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the house made chips and queso! Steak bowl did not disappoint, nicely seasoned and satisfying.
  28. TD

    TravelingDiva

    Charleston

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Food was mediocre. Service was mediocre. Place is very nice and in a good location.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    The food wasn’t memorable but decent. One of our orders was messed up so we asked for it to be corrected. No big deal, stuff happens. But we were charged for their error and when we asked the server to fix it, she made zero effort to do so. The service was extremely slow but I chalk that up to the staffing issues everyone is having. All we expected was effort to correct the wrong. None and zero remorse on the servers part. We will not return.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and service
  31. WL

    WeLoveHSV

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had read in previous reviews that the temperature in this restaurant was “cold”. I usually don’t get cold when I go anywhere, so despite my wife’s suggestion that I wear jeans - I wore khaki shorts. That was a HUGE mistake. By the end of dinner, I was freezing. So, beware - it actually gets very cold at this restaurant. As for the food - it was good. The tacos are very good, but my only complaint was the chips cheese dip (Queso). The chips are not tue typical chips you get at a Mexican restaurant. They were really thick and almost difficult to bite I to. We love cheese dip, so the thickness of tue chips could be the reason we don’t return.
  32. SC

    SacredChickens

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and enjoyed the city
  33. RJ

    RJGa

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place! We’ve had dinner here several times and each experience has been wonderful.
  34. DC

    DC35801

    Birmingham

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding place for brunch. Traditional Mexican and American dishes. The pancakes were excellent. I had a side of bacon and scrambled eggs. Both were excellent.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience2
    Food is more upscale but ambience is not - pretty stark. And it was freezing! We asked to sit outside as it was a lovely evening but they weren’t using their outdoor seating - what a waste! Another party beside us also asked to sit outside. It was Happy hour and we were charged full price for our drinks. Food was very tasty but didn’t overcome the rest.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had steak entrees and they were delicious. I would have like to have a frozen margarita option.
  37. BB

    BamaBabe

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    I thought my reservation was for a standard table, but we were given a high top table. Otherwise, the food was delicious. Portion sizes were appropriate. I don't like to be overwhelmed with quantity, and La Esquina Cocina served an amount I could eat.
  38. SL

    SusanL

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    We had a reservation. My nephew arrived first and ordered an appetizer. We arrived about 10 minutes later. The place was maybe half full. Waited >5 minutes for the waiter to take our drink order. My husband ordered a draft IPA that he has had many times before—it was not an IPA; they brought him another, same thing; he ordered a Dos Equis and it was fine. After our drinks came he took our food order. Still no appetizer; we asked about it when our entrees came. The waiter had forgotten. I asked to just bring some chips and salsa (first Mexican restaurant I’ve been to that you have to order them as an appetizer.). Our food was pretty good—I had a shrimp bowl, my husband and nephew had tacos—carne asada, pollo al pastor & pescado o camarón. I didn’t taste any Grand Marnier in my top shelf margarita—it was just so-so. I can’t recommend eating here; we could have had the same meal at Hops and Quac (and it is better!) and better drinks. Service needs improvement.
  39. R

    Richard

    Birmingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    The service was very poor for brunch Sunday. We waited at our table for over 15 minutes and our waiter never came to the table. We asked for him two times. I talked to the hostess and asked her to find our waiter. The hostess said the waiter would be there soon. Our waiter never came. Our party left the restaurant.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Prompt food. Little loud but expected as it was restaurant week. Server was fantastic about not rushing us and making us feel welcome.

FAQs

La Esquina Cocina offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (256) 858-1026.

La Esquina Cocina is rated 4.7 stars by 147 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 16 times today
Google Map for La Esquina Cocina

127 Holmes Ave NW, Suite 101, Huntsville, AL 35801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    On the corner of Holmes & Spragins Ave downtown Huntsville.

  • Neighborhood

    Huntsville

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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