Lona Cocina Tequileria

4.2
373 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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Tampa
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We ate the best Mexican food we’ve ever had at Lona. Enchiladas were delicious. Fajitas were absolutely tender, unique and delicious. Loved the fish tacos too! Service was wonderful. Great evening!

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RB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a night out with friends. Food was very good. I had the Tacos al Pastor the three tacos plus the side made a filling meal but left enough room for the fresh homemade churros were the perfect end the meal. The view - right next to the water. The Raised patio kept the traffic noise to a minimum and gave a better view of the water, and not of the traffic.

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MB
Naples
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was awesome and the location was excellent! The service was great too!! Definitely look forward to going back!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was overpriced and my main dish was over cooked to the point of being bone dry (pork). Portions are small and very expensive. We tried it - wouldn’t go back.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place but WAY too loud...

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Chicago
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Carnitas which was excellent. Wife had tacos el carbon chicken which she liked very much.
Service was excellent.

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KE
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome location and very attractive team players and amazing service

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RL
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and the view is spectacular.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Lona Cocina on Taco Tuesday over our spring break and had an excellent experience. There were excellent deals on tacos and margaritas. The waitress did an exceptional job as well as her supporting staff. The tacos were fantastic and were likely the best meal of our spring break.

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this visit was great. Our server Jorge, the omelette chef, the other servers at the buffet were all very friendly and helpful. We were seated inside, per our request, and were worried that we might be forgotten since we were the only people inside. This was not the case. The food was excellent, and my mimosa glass never went dry. Highly recommend!

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great location, sea-view, God’s Mexican food at a reasonable price.

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FM
Orlando
70 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Service was spotty depending on who was attending to us. While there were some interesting ingredient combinations, the food was just okay. Not bland per se, but no bold flavors except in the salsa and beans. A bit lackluster overall.

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L
New England
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great selection of tequilas and delicious guacamole!

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F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Stylish restaurant with pleasing decor and lighting. Despite ample staff on the move, service was inattentive. Substantial wait to put in a drinks order. The waiter spilled water on our table and did not wipe it up. My dinner was delivered warm, not hot, and the seasoning was bland. The meat in both our entrees was very dry. Our food came out almost as fast as at a McDonald’s so I wonder what is going on in the kitchen. Must be lots of precooked ingredients thrown together. Flan was too dense and strewn with too much toasted coconut and no caramel sauce and we did not finish it. We were hoping to enjoy upscale Mexican cooking but this restaurant did not deliver. An industrial production in a very lovely setting.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Lona Cocina would not allow us to split the check more than four ways. This would be fine except we had a group of 12 and this was never told to us when we made the reservation. The waitress was also very rude and unhelpful while we scrambled to try to split the check. Although the food was OKAY, I will never go back due to the service and lack of communication. If you are not going to allow your costumers to slip the check more than four ways, you MUST inform them before they order.

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New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

The best thing about Lona Cocina Tequileria is the service- friendly, enthusiastic and conscientious service
As folks who are not looking for a hyped up scene with loud music, this was not the right place for us at 5:30 pm on a Monday evening.

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing our waitress was super nice and on top of it. Drinks were HORRIBLE! Worst margarita I have ever had... and my husband returned his drink too. We stuck with beer.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch on Sunday afternoon. Service was great and the place had a great view of the ocean. Wasn’t overly crowded.

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JB
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant!!! The best food!!!! The best management and the best waitress!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Food was just ok. Service was TERRIBLE. With so many great restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, this is not worth it.

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GC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was fun. View and cocktails were the best part. Food was ok.

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Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Great atmosphere and view. Everything else was subpar.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My wife and I decided to go for dinner while on vacation. The restaurant has many advertisements touting it’s quality. However our experience differed from them. There was no one thing that was horrible but a series of small things that truly good restaurants just do better.

The host station was disorganized when we arrived. The table was not set with silverware when we sat down and when the silverware arrived there were stains on the cloth napkins. The server seemed overwhelmed despite a light crowd. The wine list was scattershot and had some wines that are bargain basement when it comes to quality. The food was fine but comparable to anything you could get at a chain in a strip mall.

It was disappointing to expect a good experience and receive a generally mediocre one.

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V
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great buffet. Lots of choices. Fantastic service

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c
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although the food, location, and ambiance was nice the service was not great. Extended delays, forgetful waitress... staff was courteous but it doesn’t seem like they were having a great day. It’s unfortunate because that’s all that was missing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. No hesitations to come back. Amazing guacamole and drinks!

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E
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a blast! Celebrated our anniversary with tacos and Loca Picantes, fantastic!

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Every time we go to FFL we always stop for date night. Love the view

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Young Vibe, good food cold beer. Delicious Mexican food with a hard working staff

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 5

Never got our salad to start and no one came by to ask. Finally got our entree and waitress realized we never got our salad. Very disorganized and poor service

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great location across from beach. Good food, good service & reasonably priced for a resort location.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband got the steak fajitas, I got the chicken enchiladas. Both were very good. I tasted some of his steak and it was flavored very well! We also got a table with a great ocean view! I would go back!

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AI
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Upon arriving there was no hostess to seat us. The woman clearing tables told us to take a seat anywhere. We sat and waited for someone to realize we were there. The brunch buffet was supposed to start at 11:00. It was 11:10 so I decided to walk into the restaurant to ask what was happening. The area where the brunch buffet was supposed to be seemed like it was still being set up. Finally, I stopped someone and asked if the taco set up and omlette station was the brunch buffet. I was informed that’s the brunch buffet. Not much of a buffet. I’m used to carving stations, pastry station, waffles, French toast, pancakes etc. Their brunch “buffet” was an omelet station and a taco bar with a small dessert area. The only up side was the unlimited margaritas.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an awesome experience at Lona! We came here for Brunch and the food and service was incredible! Our Waiter Nelson was so friendly and accommodating. He was so nice to us and our 3 year old son. Definitely will come back to Lona and ask for Nelson .

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C
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was good but service was so poor and the Dj music so loud that I would not recommend this restaurant.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

Tavolo prenotato non era disponibile. Molta attesa, cibo non eccezionale

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K
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Waited 90 minutes for our food. Staff was totally overwhelmed. They keep bringing out basket after basket of chip and salsa to keep you busy. Sitting there watching the entire dining room. NO ONE had food. Literally NO ONE. Everyone chowing down on chips. Food was average. Nothing spectacular.

Bar was cool. Atmosphere was cool. Go there for drinks and chips...and chips...

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great night, fabulous location, tasty food and wonderful service! our waiter Richard R. was so fun and friendly!

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic modern mexican restaurant. Many vegetarian options and all were delicious! Heard about their weekend brunch and we will be back! Also service was fantastic.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

That bill something else I tell ya. Boyyyy I ain’t know it was that expensive I was hoping they didnt come back talking about my card been decline. Food ain’t all that, the little chip and dip they gave us at the beginning was way better than the main dish, but that bill; that bill was highhhhher than child support on a sunny day. I don’t need to be going on dates anymore after this lol we going to McDonald’s and yes we’re ordering off the dollar menu.

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