Lona Cocina Tequileria

4.4
1342 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Celebrated chef Pablo Salas brings Lona Cocina Tequileria to Fort Lauderdale Beach. Lona, offers an eclectic, modern twist on traditional Mexican cooking in a chic, yet funky environment. A diverse menu includes ceviches, crab-infused guacamole, tostadas, tacos, meats from the grill and shareable 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 are available for groups of 10 to 200 guests.
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  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
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  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

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Starting Dec 31, 2021

Ring in the New Year at Lona with featured menu items, including a Mexican Carpaccio and Arroz Cremoso con Langosta! All guests will receive a complimentary Champagne toast and party favors at midnight. Cheers to 2021!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great atmosphere and staff.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very slow service, unfriendly wait staff and hostess.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Great setting. Unfortunately, all the emphasis is on table turn vs dining experience. One of the best ways to ruin dinner, as far as we’re concerned, is to serve the entree while you’re still eating your appetizer. We didn’t even order the entrees until we were having our appetizers, yet the entrees appeared not 5 minutes later. On top of that, my wife’s enchilada came out cold, suggesting most entrees are prepped earlier and heated (barely) upon order. All in, dinner took under 40 minutes. Thanks for ruining Friday night. Congratulations, you won the service race but lost a customer.

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JorgeM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipEliasM
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right from the start we were warmly greeted and seated at a great table facing the beach. The food was amazingly fresh. Loved the quacamole and lobster quesadillas. Our server Anna was an angel and very knowledgeable and accommodating. It didn't hurt that she was easy on the eyes as well. Well be sure to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and atmosphere! I did not want to leave!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 3 days ago

So glad to hear that! See you soon!

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Sabrinas215
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. I warmly greeted by the host, our server was fantastic and truly the best Mexican food I have had in Fort Lauderdale. They also had some new cocktails on the menu which were delicious!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 4 days ago

We are so grateful for your kind words. Thanks for sharing your review with us and the community. We are glad you enjoyed our new cocktails, I will be sure to pass the kind words along to the bar team!

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vipMarcellaDerrick
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were not told that on OpenTable that on Sunday you can only order the buffet. Didn't want this but was the only option. Food was marginal.

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Cory
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the atmosphere here for Sunday brunch. The food tasted amazing. The location overlooking the beach was great. Our waiter was animated.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Lona, we love receiving feedback from our guests. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed everything and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful….food, service, margaritas and great lively fun atmosphere!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to review Lona. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service, drinks and atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon!

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JanS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

The food was good but the canned music from the loud speakers was so loud that we had trouble having a conversation. The loud music was enough to make us choose a different restaurant next time. We have dined here before and loved it. We were so disappointed this time.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 4 days ago

Dear Jan, thanks for your review. We would love to hear more about your experience, so that we can use your valuable feedback to deliver an even better experience next time. Please reach out to chloe.feinstein@westinftlauderdalebeach with any further comments or suggestions you wish to share. Again, thank you for taking the time to review our business!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun spot! Delicious and reasonable food on the beach. High energy music made me want to stay all day and night. Service is very attentive as well. Highly recommend

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for the glowing review. We are so glad you enjoyed our vibes, and hope you will come back and join us again soon.

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JillD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Great Guacamole, it went all down hill fast! The rest of the food was really bad.

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vipReePlay
Fort Lauderdale
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s delicious 😊

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to review Lona! We look forward to having you join us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great beachfront atmosphere. Food was hit and miss. Good large salads. Surprisingly small quesadillas and tacos. Enchiladas were not even warm. Server alternated between very attentive and nowhere to be found. Overall, a mixed bag.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. I am sorry that your experience was less than perfect, but I am glad you were able to enjoy our spectacular vibes. I hope you give us another try to see our cuisine at its peak.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Love taco Tuesday! Never disappoints!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thank you so much for the review! If you love our Taco Tuesday make sure to come join us for Sunday Brunch, with live buffet stations. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant! Food is delicious and fairly priced, especially being right on the beach!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed everything, and we hope to see you again soon!

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viplucretiat
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful deck space and a nice dining room. We sat outside.
Our server was great.
Food was great too. Ask for the homemade habanero sauce! Sooo good!
Drinks were just ok. I’d stick with the Mexican beer!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thank you for the review! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience, and we hope to see you at our table again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for lunch! Can’t beat the views and the food is very authentic! We for sure be back!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for the kind words. We are so glad you enjoyed your lunch, and we can't wait to see you again! Make sure to come join us for fresh tacos on Taco Tuesday.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a longtime resident of Fort Lauderdale, Lona is one place I love to send my friends, relatives, clients and out of town company to! The food, service and vibe are unmatched. They even have a killer breakfast 7 days a week and stay open late! Check out Lona next time you’re on the beach!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review Lona. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere and have sent your circle to visit us as well. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Ocean View was great, service was average / brought meal, but forgot plates and napkins:))/. Music was a little bit loud. The restaurant was in the “Westin” hotel, so we thought it would be a little bit more based on expectations.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. As Lona continues to grow we greatly appreciate all feedback. Make sure to check us out for Sunday Brunch!

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fullandhappy
Fort Lauderdale
16 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a fun and tasty time at Lona; definitely recommend.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback. We love to hear from our raving fans and we hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW! Even when Lona is slammed busy the experience is still great! Great service, great food, and such a great ambience. This is one of the most fun places to go on Fort Lauderdale Beach! The drinks are super yummy and their tequila selection blows El Vez out of the water! Try one of the many delicious margaritas, or two! Thanks Lona!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for leaving us such a wonderful review. We are thrilled that you loved your experience; our staff will definitely be happy to read what you wrote. We put customer experience and satisfaction as our priority, and your review reaffirms the hard work we put in every day. So thanks for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I made a reservation on open table and when we got to the restaurant after we parked in the valet parking they told us that it was not a set menu that there was a Buffet on Sunday’s. Being that I don’t love buffets I did go look at it and it looks like it would be OK. Food was mediocre service was lacking!! For a what we ate value was not there as well!!Very loud music playing all the time!!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for your review. I am sorry that your experience was less than perfect, and that the buffet caught you by surprise. I hope you come join us again, perhaps on Taco Tuesday, when we have fresh tacos being served, and our a la carte menu is fully functional.

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Xstine
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Service/server could improve but overall it was good.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I am sorry you didn't have the best service experience, but I am glad you enjoyed your meal! We hope to see you again soon.

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NoeS
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious. A bit overpriced for the portion sizes but that’s to be expected in this area. It is beachfront after all. The service is great and I would definitely recommend it.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review Lona. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere. We hope to see you again soon!

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CelynaE
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately we had a very bad experience at Lona Cocina. Our taco flight came out completely cold and not edible. We had to ask multiple times for our kids meal. The service was extremely slow and they were not attentive. I would not waste your time or money dining here.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What another wonderful and fun experience at Lona! As if I would expect anything else…. This is by far the best place in town! The service, food, view and vibe are all a step beyond everyone else. The managers are always very accommodating and friendly. You must try the mushroom empanadas YUM and the brisket quesadilla… OUT OF THIS WORLD. Do yourself a favor and check out Lona next time you’re on the beach!!!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Lona and that our staff made your experience exceptional. We hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and great food! Service was excellent even though how busy they were.great time and atmosphere I'll definitely recommend it!!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for the glowing review! We hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely well put together restaurant, that truly delivers an experience! Great food, and attentive service and upbeat atmosphere has this place very well rounded!

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 11, 2021

We are so glad to here you had an awesome experience at Lona! Make sure to check out our Taco Tuesday, we serve fresh Tacos al a carte!

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SteveE
Mobile
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for your review, Steve. We are glad you enjoyed your experience, and hope to see you again soon!

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AliceY
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The restaurant has good ambience. Great view of the water.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thanks for taking the time to review Lona! We look forward to having you join us again soon.

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PBCGirl
Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and shaded outdoor seating with a beautiful view of the ocean. Servers and staff were friendly and attentive. The food and drinks were fantastic. Would definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Fort Lauderdale
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! I stopped here for lunch and did not want to leave! Food was great, service was on point and the music and vibe there is very fun. Highly recommend to check it out

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 9, 2021

Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed everything, we hope to see you again soon!

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Jill
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Restaurant is beautiful. Server was very sweet, but everything else was horrible. We ordered a bottle of champagne. It took 15 min to arrive to the table. We returned our glasses since there were obvious lip marks on them. The waitress brought another glass, and poured the champagne just for us to realize that the SECOND glass she brought to the table also had lipstick marks on it.

We ended up ordering a few apps and I wish we didn’t. The queso had no flavor, the tuna app was decent but not fresh.

Dinner entrees:
I order Baja fish tacos and after taking a bite I immediately put it down. Zero flavor, the fish was hard, an excessive amount of lettuce was on the taco as well. Also the lighting in the restaurant does not allow customers to see their food very well. I put in my flashlight and it was a beautiful presentation with colorful food, but the quality was very mediocre. I really wish I would have spent $150 elsewhere….

We ended up going somewhere else after eating here so we could go to bed on a full stomach…

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vipPlaza1974
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love this spot facing the ocean but be prepared for very loud music on the terrace. It really distracts from the overall experience.
Super tequila and drink list and service

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, we love to hear from our guests. If you love our tequila selection you will love our new tequila and mezcal flights! We hope to see you again soon.

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BryanS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is just fantastic. One of my favorite Mexican restaurants anywhere. The steak fajitas topped off with a few margaritas and you cant go wrong.

Lona Cocina Tequileria
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you so much for your feedback. We love to hear from our raving fans and we hope to see you again soon.

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vipMPS1
Houston
38 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

We sat outside and had a great view of the ocean. Ambiance is the best thing about the restaurant. Service was slow and our waiter was not least bit invested in making sure we had a good experience. He was cordial but really just going through the motions which was disappointing. The lump crabmeat guacamole was good, but chips were slow to be refilled so it was frustrating when trying to enjoy the appetizer dip. Our entrees were good but again a small miscue when my fajitas came out with just the sizzling platter and no plate or tortillas. I waited another 5 minutes before I could eat along with everyone else. Overall we had a good time but wish the service had been better. I would try it again but it’s obvious they rely on their location to draw in the tourist crowd and lose attention to the details that could make this place much better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Services and food was poor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I had a beautiful table out front. I had the chicken enchiladas and got a side of rice and beans. I don’t consider any to have been good. The view and the service was excellent. I wish it wasn’t so loud. I would not return.

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Lona Cocina Tequileria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (954) 245-3069.

Lona Cocina Tequileria is rated 4.4 stars by 1342 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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