Lona Cocina Tequileria

4.3
333 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, will offer eclectic, soulful Mexican cooking in a chic, yet funky environment. Lona offers a diverse menu including ceviches, crab infused guacamole, tostadas, tacos, meats from the grill and classic and modern sides at an affordable price.
The outdoor patio and bar will 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.
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L
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location & ambiance.

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Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was terrible- had to ask waiter to come to the table; did not guide us on food. Had to wait endlessly for the check. Food was fine but we didn't really order what we wanted (2 people got huge pieces of meat which should have been shared, and then no veggies or sides). Totally disappointing.

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EL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Make a reservation or get there early as it’s a very popular place and fills up quickly. We sat outside at a hightop table with a great view of the ocean. I loved my chicken fajitas. Chicken charbroiled with right amount of seasoning and texture. Delicious whole grilled onion and peppers accompanied it with ample amount of flour wraps. My wife enjoyed the black salt on her margarita. Great food and ambiance as well as great service.

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S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Interesting, excellent food and cocktails. However, service impaired by waiters being assigned to both gigantic and small parties. As a party of two, service suffered due to nearby large party tables overwhelming waitstaff. New, friendly manager stepped into to rectify, but it was too late.

Will recommend, but hope management can solve this service issue.

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TF
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Lona Cocina has a nice layout with indoor and outdoor seating. The food was pretty good but I did think some of the items were over priced. They bring out chips and salsa which is nice. The restaurant was pretty noisy and our server was hardly ever around. I also felt like it could’ve been cleaner and the first table we were seated at was very shake-y.

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LB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lona was great! The food was outstanding, probably the best mexican food I've had in a long time! The service was a bit slow, we were tucked away in a corner and it looked like we were forgotten about but the server reacted quickly but then forgot about us after our meal. They were busy, but not that crazy busy. But I would still go again because the food was so amazing!

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A bit expensive.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Overall this is a great restaurant and would surely be a regular if I lived In Fort Lauderdale, only issue for me was the overall noise level was higher than I like.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waiter seemed overwhelmed. Slow service and decent Mexican. Place has a good vibe but needs to tighten up

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a
New England
19 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch with the bottomless drinks, what a great deal. Food was great and service was even better. Can’t wait to sit with Jose again. Thanks for a great afternoon.

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Naples
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my nieces 21st bday and she loved her experience

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AB
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Excellent service. We dined here on a weeknight and it was not crowded. The food didn't measure up to what we expected from other reviews.

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RB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great meal here we had to come back again before we left FL! The guacamole is the best, and on Tuesdays they have $5 margarita's and $5 tacos! We loved it, so did the kids. We sat outside and the decor and wait staff were top notch, would highly recommend!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert R. was an amazing waiter that took great care of us and the food was amazing!

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FG
Columbus
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Neo-Mexican or Mexican fusion is OK when an improvement or an interesting twist on the original but Lona is neither. The Cuitlacoche tacos seemed to have Paris mushrooms with nary a trade of cuitlacoche and the sauces hid rather than highlighted the earthiness of cuitlacoche. The Tacos al Pastor were a disgrace. Beef rather than lambo, not roasted, with a sour sauce neither tasty nor resembling the original and served with green sauce. Really? The rice was tasteless and sour.

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l
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went here a year ago after opening and returned because of the beach views and the food. The noise level was a bit much. We actually left hurriedly right after eating because you couldn't hear the person directly across from you.

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice brunch and very good service! Our waiter was very personal and made sure we had everything we need. The variety of food was great and it tasted amazing!
Thank you for making my birthday brunch so special!
The DJ was very good too!

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EG
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an overall great Experience at Lona, will definitely go back again!

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P
Toledo
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was spot on with everything we ordered. Krystal Johnson was our server and her timing was perfect and knew the timing for all we needed. The food was excellent, reasonable and the ambiance was fun with the DJ playing on the weekend. Great location and fun people watching if you get a spot closer to street. Thanks for a great everything!!

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MF
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Made a reservation and waited 20 minutes for someone to come to the table. I ordered a margarita which took another 20 minutes. Tortillas came out wrong. The server asked me 3 times if I wanted complimentary chips and salsa and I said yes. I never got them. After an hour of no service I got up and said forget it and when I went to leave a mgr talked to me and said please stay I will take very good care of you. He made the experience great after that. The atmosphere on the beach view was gorgeous. If not for the mgr fixing things I would never return. I had the octopus for dinner and it was very good.

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CB
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place and great food. The spot is perfect and service very kind

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r
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican resturant anywhere. Food was outstanding. Service outstanding. Our server Claudia friendly and helpful. Outdoor seating great,beautiful view of the ocean.

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Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the ambiance and service Overall nice dining experience

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great

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LM
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

DJ was too Loud. Everything else was top notch!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Claudia was awesome! We had a great experience!

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ST
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

Went with new friends to try and have a nice dinner. Food was ok. Service was great. Richard r was just perfect. The music was so loud u couldn't hear yourself think. We couldn't even talk it was stupid. My first choice was the new restaurant at the W should have gone there. Anyway would not go back to pricey music just awful and atmosphere ok.

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Innovative and eclectic nouveau Mexican cuisine. Superb service, reasonably priced. Terrific setting custom made for people watching. Right on the beach.

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Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Claudia was the best! She had great recommendations. We had such a good experience we came back again two nights later. Romel was our server that night, and he was so helpful and attentive to our bride to be guest of honor. Our glasses were kept full, and we all left with smiles and happy bellies. My only complaint was I had the rice and beans side instead of the corn side the second night, and it wasn’t nearly as tasty. Thanks!

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ME
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Service was absolutely horrible. Our waitress spent more time sitting at the bar with a customer than waiting on her tables. We ran out of water and waited 45 minutes then finally went to her; sitting at the bar. It was highly frustrating and I would never recommend anyone to the restaurant.

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M
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service with exceptional food!

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YR
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Second visit, both times sat outside. Amazing views! The lump crab guacamole out of this world!!!! And steak fajitas!!!! Hotel parking super convenient! Will keep going back.

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a
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jose and Cassandra continue to be my two favorite people here. They have both waited on us a couple times. Great service will continue to bring us back.

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Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for the brunch buffet. Skeeter was our server. She was excellent! Very friendly and our bottomless margaritas never went dry. Only complaint was some of the food could have been hotter, esp the waffles.

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g
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Lona Cocina has become our new spot for my family and I. I can't believe that I hadn't visited until 1/5/19. Jeff, the assistant manager was truely concern with how our experience was. We have already recommended La Lona Cocina to our co-workers and our friends. We will be taking our relatives when they visit from Northeast.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

I would have given the restaurant a much higher rating, except the service was abysmal. Our server would breeze by and then disappear - literally, as she was absent from all the other tables in her section - for anywhere from 15 minutes to a half hour. Our drink orders remained unfilled, our food was lukewarm when it arrived, it took a full 20 minutes to get our check after she asked if we were finished.

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M
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Have been to Lona many times...but this night was an off night across the board--service and quality. I'd give them another chance but this one was disappointing.

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DK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Poor service, bland food, we hoped and expected so much more than we received. Very disappointed.

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Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

Food was good. Chips and salsa were outstanding. Service was poor. Took over two hours for dinner and we didn’t even get dessert. Never tried to refill our drinks. Very very understaffed.

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived 30 minutes prior to my reservation specifically for an outside hightop and waited for my guests to arrive. I sat at the inside bar and waited for approximately 15 minutes before a bartender would acknowledge my presence. We advised the hostess of our presence at the reservation time. She personally cleared the hightop closest to us and disappeared never deploying the setups. We waited and waited for approximately 10 minutes only to have another hostess sit another party at the only available hightop that was supposed to be our table. Upon complaining they all looked like deer caught in the headlights. The floor manager apologized and said she doesn’t have anymore hightop but can sit us far away in normal table which wasn’t what we were really considering but accepted. She had the original hostess sit us and then she and staff once again disappeared. We waiting almost 10 minutes and no wait staff acknowledged our presence. We opted to leave, obtained the floor managers name and was quickly but politely intercepted by the waitress for our table as we were exiting. She was very nice and attempted to be accommodating especially after we explained our horrible experience. Regrettably the damage was done and we went the Mexican restaurant located next door at the W and had a wonderful experience. I would not recommend anyone consider this restaurant until and unless they can get their service in gear because it’s the worst I’ve experienced and at restaurant in a longtime. Simply unacceptable.

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