Lona Cocina Tequileria

4.4
275 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lona Lunch Open Daily - 11:30am - 3pm

Lona Dinner
Sunday - Wednesday 6pm - 11pm
Thursday - Saturday 6pm - 12am

Lona Oceanside Bar
Sunday - Wednesday - 11:30am - 1:00am
Thursday - Saturday - 11:30am - 2:00am
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Phone number
(954) 245-3069
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Pablo Salas
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Catering
Private Dining available for special occasions from 10- 200 people. We have 4 unique spaces to select from for your next celebration.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Beach Boulevard
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Parking details
Valet parking available at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Entrance, diners receive half price valet.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Lona Cocina Tequileria can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Lona will be spreading Christmas Cheer with a Christmas Eve Tasting Menu prepared by Chef Pablo Salas. Lona favorites will be served as well for those craving our signature dishes.

Monday, December 24, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year at Lona with live music, Chef's Tasting Menu and a champagne toast! Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite, cheers!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 275 People Are Saying
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Awesome food! Great service!

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LM
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food & variety

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R
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Right on ocean with outside seating. Staff is wonderful and knowledgeable about menu and able to provide solid recommendations.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Good food right across from the beach, great bar and music

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YV
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Amazing location & ambiance... Appetizers were lackluster but entrees were on point!

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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Though the service was great and with a smile, the food was average. Salsa was salty, and the Swiss chard enchiladas were ok except that the Swiss chard wasn’t washed thoroughly (bc they were often gritty/rocky in texture). The apps and dinner were so so, but the dessert made up for it. I would go back only to eat the Tres Leches cake.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salmon mole was amazing! Tom server was very personable. Thanks for a nice evening

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Had a great time especially with the winter weather eating out @ night. Great food & atmosphere. Will definitely return soon.

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food wasn’t great but wasn’t awful. The atmosphere is great but the lighting outside on the patio was strange. The orange lights made it so that you couldn’t see your food. Maybe for a reason?! Overpriced but in such a touristy area it was expected.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I went to Lona with my girlfriend for our one year anniversary. We got a table right near the street with the beautiful ocean view just like I asked for when I made the reservation. The food was fantastic especially the tacos al pastor. I highly recommend those as they are my favorite tacos. The guac and the queso with chorizo was amazing as well. The margaritas were the cherry on top though. They were delicious and strong! The service and valet was great as well. If you love good Mexican food, drinks and a beautiful atmosphere than Lona is for you. We will definitely be back!

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JP
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome! There was a DJ and oceanfront dining...what more could you ask for?!

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Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Two wonderful meals on different days.....a Thanksgiving Day Feast prepared by their chef for all comers served family style. One of the most unique and tasty Thanksgivings I've had in years. I'll be back.

Then dined outside on the patio a few days later...the Beef Cheeks were delicious
as was the fresh guacamole all the way to desert...yep...saved room.
You'll be glad you saved room for Flan.

Outstanding and a gem on the Ft. Lauderdale beach front.

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Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our whole experience from start to finish was excellent. Our server Rick was knowledgeable about the menu and had a great sense of humor. Everyone enjoyed both their food and drinks. The music was lively but not too loud as other reviewers had mentioned. We were seated at the couches away from the hostess stand where the music was considerably louder. I would definitely recommend this to others.

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LC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely place. The food and the atmosphere were great.

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c
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, ate thanksgiving special. they wouldn't let substitute for our vegetarian daughter. So good food, overall value not good.

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JF
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Overpriced small portions. Trrrible service. The food was tasty but tiny portions. There are a lot of choices at this stretch of the beach so pass this one by.

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CJ
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious food, but the kitchen was extremely slow. Dinner took over 3 hours for appetizer, dinner and dessert!!

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Savannah
18 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed Lona. We were glad to have the chips and salsa, with green salsa, vs the regular red salsa all other restaurants serve. Our entire group enjoyed their meals and the cocktails were great as well!
The only think I would change, is the color of the lights; they are yellow, so you can't see the actual colors of the food and drinks... All looked beige, and I am sure it all looks beautiful during the day. Even the color of the people looked funny.

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CS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous place! Great atmosphere, great food and drink and excellent service, especially Claudia.

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G
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went there for taco Tuesday. Our server Anna was great and personable. Sat outside looking at the ocean great view. Food was good no vegan choices.

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LI
New England
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went forTaco Tuesday. Great deal on great tasting food! Don’t miss it!

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New England
170 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall things were good, just some of the dishes were a little off to our personal tastes, e.g. the ceviche was too sweet (not acidic/spicy as it should be), the grilled octopus was chewy, and the tacos with grouper cheeks were excessive with habanero slaw (so wet the tortilla fell apart immediately, and the flavor overpowered). The service was very friendly but we didn't see her for awhile and then she just brought the bill before seeing if we wanted dessert/coffee/anything else. Personally, we like "the other" Mexican restaurant right down the street, but we were happy to try Lona to compare.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romel was the best! Honest, polite, amazing, and just overall great server!!!

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! I enjoyed the chicken quesadilla and queso fundido! The corn tortillas tasted freshly made in house but not the flour tortillas. Overall it was wonderful and I would definitely recommend.

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VS
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best and most totally unexpected preparation of Pork Croquetas ever! Jamon translated to pork: not ham. I had to remember this was real Mexican, not Cuban...and the Lamb Tamale was equally great. The signature dish seemed to be the Guacamole *one with crab* which we didn't have as it was late ... but do get the Skirt Steak. Awesome food: we were lucky to get in on Friday night, so make reservations!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and Richard the server was fantastic

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great ambiance. Music was good. Food was great. Lighting outside area was not good unless you were right under them hard to see menu and plates.

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Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Very very rude waiter. He set a negative tone for our special night out. I heard him be short / curt with other diners as well. We should have formally complained because the food and drinks were wonderful but service can ruin any meal.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great drinks! Make sure capitalize on the five dollar ladies night drinks and appetizers (Wednesday) Great music and Ambiance...food is delicious but service can be a little better. Great location! Highly recommend the guacamole and Quesadillas (I have had better cerviche)
Overall a great dining experience!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Claudia was amazing! She was so friendly and polite and professional. Perfect host!

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RT
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

Good music and atmosphere. Service was slow and food was good but not great. Quesadilla appies were excellent but main dishes were just okay.

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K
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit for brunch, just as good as the first! This is now my go-to brunch place in Fort Lauderdale.

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j
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

We sat outside on the patio and the music was so loud that we could not hear our guests. We asked if the music could be lowered and the host said that it could not be lowered because it was determined that it must be at that level at that time. We could not hear each other...and the evening ended up very disappointing. We couldn't wait to go have coffee and dessert some where else where it was quiet.

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This has to have been one of the worst places to eat. If you’re looking for a dance club with a side of dinner, go here. It was so loud. We witnessed several tables which were being seated either leave because of the noise or relocate. The food was not great either. Salsa was good. My meal was OK but my partners was not. This is upscale Mexican. The view is quite great as were the drinks.

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Tampa
20 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 1

too loud too loud too too loud too loud too too loud too loud too too loud too loud too too loud too loud too too loud too loud too loud

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JJ
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good although a little pricey. Service was slow. Definitely a happening area.

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MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good, but not great Sunday Brunch. Beautiful decor and views of Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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NI
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice Mexican establishment. The service and food was good- the grilled octopus was outstanding. I would say the only negative is how loud it is inside - a bit hard if you are having a business dinner.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, was a little loud with the music but was Saturday night. Overall fun atmosphere

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SB
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and drinks, waterfront view, indoor or outdoor dining, great service. Only complaint is that the check can’t be split for a large party which is an annoyance and there was an ‘alcohol fee’ when myself and my husband were the only 2 out of a party of 14 to order drinks and the drinks are expensive as is so that does not seem necessary. They accommodated the party well in nice roomy outdoor seating with a waterfront view.

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