Lona Cocina Tequileria

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536 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Celebrated chef Pablo Salas brings Lona Cocina Tequileria to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Lona, offers eclectic, soulful Mexican cooking in a chic, yet funky environment. Our diverse menu includes ceviches, crab infused guacamole, tostadas, tacos, meats from the grill and modern sides at an affordable price.
The outdoor patio and bar offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean and beach serving a special menu of snacks, small plates and tacos as well as a selection of agave-centric craft cocktails, freshly-made margaritas, house-made sangrias, Micheladas (perfect for the beachfront vibe) and, for true tequila worshipers, agave flights. Private and semi-private dining options available for groups of 10 to 200 guests.
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Specials

Chelas Y Micheladas

Toast to Thursday with $2 select Mexican beers and Micheladas!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 4, 2019

Ends: June 5, 2118

Availability: Thu 3:00PM-7:00PM

Ladies Night

Ladies receive $5 select Drinks and Bar Bites while enjoying our breathtaking views!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 4, 2019

Ends: June 5, 2118

Availability: Wed 3:00PM-7:00PM

Taco Tuesday

Enjoy $5 Tacos and Margaritas, made-to-order on our Oceanfront Patio!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 4, 2019

Ends: June 5, 2118

Availability: Tue 3:00PM-7:00PM

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate Christmas Eve at Lona! Our four course tasting menu ($55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity,) includes holiday favorites like tamales, lechon and brisket mazatleco. Cheers!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Feliz Navidad from our family to yours! Lona will be serving a four course menu for $55 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Leave the cooking to us and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Start 2020 with a blank canvas at Lona! Serving a five course tasting menu for $79 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, guests will enjoy a complimentary Lona Margarita, Champagne toast, party favors and live entertainment all night. Seating times are: 6:00PM and 9:00PM. Cheers to 2020!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 536 People Are Saying
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London
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience1

Not good value for money. Probably the worst value for money for fajitas I’ve ever had . Gross pieces of chicken, salsa out dated. The service was efficient and friendly even if we could not hear anything because of the noise level similar to a night club... not going back there for sure. The restaurant is in the Westin hotel premises and It is surprising that this chain accepts such a low food quality.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here whenever we are in Ft Lauderdale, and it’s always excellent in every way. Great standards and some adventurous twists on traditional Mexican. Beautiful spot and friendly efficient staff!

OT
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Outstanding view of the beach.

TQ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I never imagined having a bad experience at this location but was utterly and sincerely beyond disappointed. I arranged this reservation to entertain and celebrate with a high value customer - something I noted within my open table reservation but was never mentioned at the restaurant. Issues were many:
* Restaurant advertises having an exclusive tequila list and of the many listed the top 5 on the menu were UNAVAILABLE. We were visited by the Manager and the GM who were very apologetic and admitted this was unacceptable.
* It literally took 65 minutes from the time we sat until we received TWO drinks from the "top shelf" higher priced tequilas listed on the menu. We arrived at 6:30PM and at 7:35PM we finally received two glasses of the most expensive Tequila they had in the restaurant.
* First round of appetizers took approximately 50 minutes to bring to the table
* Overall time to bring anything -- drinks...food...took much too long
* No overview of the menu was provided by our server
* Despite my speaking with the manager and giving him an opportunity to "make things right" no action was taken to ensure every guest at our table was delivered an exceptional service to turn the miserable experience around.
* It was so loud it was impossible to hear anyone at our table that was not sitting immediately next to you.

MG
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night,

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Terrible service. Very unprofessional. Waitress took order then 40 mins later came back and said she had thrown it away. We reorderd and she came bk and said she was just kidding.....what??!!! Manager never came to check on us. Very LOUD party in restaurant. It took forever to get our food!!! I would never go back to this restaurant!!!!

CM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and margaritas!

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful ocean front dining. Delicious food. Would highly recommend the lobster quesadilla and queso.

RV
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

I would like to review the food at Lona, BUT IT NEVER ARRIVED. We ordered wine, and it was delivered to the table. But after our food order was taken, we didn't see our waiter again. Guests who arrived after us ordered from our server and received their food. After 40 minutes, I stood up, stopped our server, and asked about the food. He said he'd go check on it, but never reported back about what was happening. After another ten minutes, we stood up and stormed out. The manager chased after us asking what's wrong and how could she make it right, but it was too late. We had eaten at Lona twice before on a previous trip and enjoyed it. This was a really weird and disappointing experience.

w
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great and food was top notch. We will be back in a few days to try something new.

MJ
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

In general, we enjoyed great time there, the music was nice and the food delicious, but the service was poor. Some mistakes with our drinks, they didnt clean up our table, slow service .

OT
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambience

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M
Tahoe
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the grilled octopus for a starter, and it was very good. We had a variety of taco’s and shared chicken, beef and pork. The tacos were small taco’s street style with avacado and red pepper garnish. The tacos were fine, just average I would say. The drinks were fine. The chips and salsa fresh and good. The service was also just average, nothing extraordinary. The octopus made the review 4 stars otherwise I would have rated a 3

r
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Drunken grouper, cilantro salad and lobster quesadilla .... creative and fabulous!

JM
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! The food and service is amazing. This is our second time coming here. The location is beautiful right in front of the beach and everything. If you are looking for a great place to eat by the beach, Mexican food, and wonderful service then this is the place.

BS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was good not great. Cuc was VERY average. Grouper was very good. Price is reasonable although service is slow and erratic.

JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

But only if you get rid of the rude girls at the hostess station!!

h
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

First time to Lona. We had an excellent server in Richard R and were well taken care of. Richard made excellent recommendations and really listened and seemed to care about our experience. We ordered Lobster tacos and carne asada. The food tasted great but presentation was sorely lacking. The plates could come out looking so much more pleasing to the eye. Also, the iced tea was marginal and could be brewed much fresher and with more thought. We were sat outside and under a speaker. I guess management thinks louder is better. We were struggling to talk and listen to each other. Overall this was a good experience but could be better!

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and management. Food was also outstanding as well as the drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Billed as a “Chopped salad” was bland and nothing close to a chopped salad.
When shared our feelings with the waiter.
His reply was “ it has chopped items in it”
Staff in general was beachy layback.
Will not be returning

OT
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dishes. The unlimited brunch was fabulous! Can’t wait to go back

TP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We had a 7:45 dinner reservation and were seated right away. However, we sat for 20 minutes before a waitress came and took our drink orders. When our drinks came we placed our food order (appetizers and main course). The main course showed up 30 minutes later but no appetizers! We refused the entrees and asked for our appetizers. They finally came a half hour later. By the time dinner was actually served again it was close to 10:00! They blamed the boat show! I live in NY, the restaurants are always crazy on a Saturday night, yet they manage to serve on time.

D
Cleveland
24 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Food was so-so. Service was extremely slow. Server was over sat. Apparently the internet was out, no credit card processing, order input. Restaurants was unapologetic.

L
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Appetizers were great, main plates were just ok (my salmon mole entree was served lukewarm). Long wait between apps & entrees. Really surprised that this didn’t live up to the Trip Advisor rating of #4 in Ft. Lauderdale. Will use more discretion when using Trip Advisor in the future.

MC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Gernie was wonderful!!!

MS
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good place for fish tacos and hot chile margaritas. Ambiance, music and service by Gernie superb!

c
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tried this for the first time to celebrate my beau's birthday on a Saturday night. I forgot how busy Las Olas Blvd can be so was relieved that this is north of that, and as an added bonus: the Westin provides parking ($5 with validation)!

The patio has an ocean view and good sized bar. Service was efficient and the food was really good. We had the ceviche (extra spicy jalapenos! yum!) and guac for appetizers, along with a basket or two (they are tasty...) of chips. Fish tacos were delicious, the fajitas looked amazing and the birthday boy's tacos al pastor were quickly devoured. We appreciate that our server subbed out the tortillas for lettuce wraps, too.

With two libations each and all of that food it tallied up to about $70/pp - very reasonable for the view, service and stress-free parking!

CH
Nashville
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Claudia our server was amazing - we wanted for nothing the entire evening. All of the service staff were friendly, and attentive. Any request was not an issue. One friend has a severe food allergy and they handled it perfectly. We will definitely be back and would recommend the restaurant to others.

MF
Miami
49 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Third time here for dinner and the food, ambiance and service are very good. Food is fresh, not cookie-cutter like many Mexican restaurants. Margaritas are very good and made with fresh ingredients - no pre-made sour mix. It was very windy so we ate inside but we especially like to eat outside with the ocean views.

OT
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The blue crab guacamole was excellent with lots of crab. Drunken grouper was very good. The Star was the lobster quesadilla. It was excellent and very filling. Big enough for 2. Rob (Philly) was a terrific waiter with great suggestions, attentive and on top of matters. I will go back

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Krystal was an amazing server, the fajitas were delicious! !! Margaritas were great too!

PC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing experience, Our server Flor and Chef Simon made were outstanding. Looking forward to going back.

v
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and environment! Will definitely be coming back!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome venue and food !! Energetic vibrant vibe oceanfront dining tasty Mexican cuisine

OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. Great place, next to the beach and good Latin music

MT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

JF
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on a Tuesday. Even though it was a more quiet day to have lunch, it was delightful. Excellent, top notch tequila mixologist recommended cocktails and Mexican fare! Casual, upscale environment! Really nice.

WW
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We reserved this as a special birthday treat. Unfortunately the reviews led us to believe it was upscale dining; it’s not. It’s good bar food dining, not fine dining. Located in the Westin hotel, it’s a great place to people watch. The food was good and service was on resort time....very relaxed to say the least. Oh and the special occasion, neither the host nor the waiter even acknowledged the note on our reservation. However by the end of dinner, we were ready for a quiet drink elsewhere.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

2nd baby celebration for a friend

BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views of the beach, outdoor seating was amazing. The brunch was a great deal - unlimited cocktails and the food was so good! The staff is very attentive and extremely friendly.

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