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Talavera Cocina Mexicana

4.3
4.3
850 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Talavera Restaurant brings a taste of Mexico to Coral Gables. A delicious blend of old and new world Mexico, Talavera features a variety of popular Mexican dishes varying from recipes that originated in traditional street markets to others that have been refined in the classic restaurants of Mexico City. The meticulously planned menu is prepared from fresh, authentic ingredients found in customary Mexican cuisine. It presents Mexican favorites in themed categories that represent the various types of dishes.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (305) 444-2955

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Hector Lopez

  • Neighborhood

    Coral Gables

  • Cross street

    Giralda Ave.

  • Parking details

    On street parking using paybyphone or by the meter.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 850 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Great casual friendly atmosphere.
  2. JM

    JimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Returning after a long break (pandemic), it had been delightful, but by a coincidence I knew ownership had changed, so wondered. Still very tasty and real Mexican (if spiciness level continues to be downgraded for Miami tastes..... a prior complaint.) Our Queso Fundido was very nice, electing the traditional. My Mole Blanco was delicious and a good value. My wife was a little less happy, feeling that her Margarita had too much ice vs liquid, and her tacos, while tasty, kept falling apart as she lifted them off the plate. Service was slow at the start, but did improve towards the end of our meal. The noise level was higher than we remembered, seemingly because the density of tables has been increased, and the music volume as well. Still, overall a pleasant and tasty meal. We will continue to return.
  3. K

    Kandi

    Miami

    53 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Atmosphere was nice the food was authentic . I recommend watermelon or passionfruit margaritas. The only disappointing part was not being given a real table. We were seated at a very low table with low chairs that was obviously supposed to be for the bar. We were sitting next to people who had full tables and chairs. Awkward and should not have been done. And don’t accept a reservation when you don’t have the space.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Not worth the $$, been going there over 10 years, excited to be back after remodeling. However, food and service was not what I expected. Don’t waste your time. Stay away from here.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    We’ve been going to Talavera for about 10 years. It was outstanding when it opened. Over time it lost some of its pizzaz but the food was great, the service was very good and you knew and enjoyed being in a Mexican restaurant. The renovation was needed to stay in the restaurant game in Coral Gables. However, their design team missed the mark. The decor is 100% wrong. The AC is worthless.🥵 We were sweating going in. The place is very dark and incredibly noisy. The doors to enter and exit are not marked and very narrow - odd really. The hostess stand looks like an afterthought. The menus are clearly condensed with pricier items and nothing noteworthy *new. They discontinued tortilla chips. 😳 WHAT? They were always served hot, delicious and were the perfect vessel for salsa, quedo dip and guacamole. The new flatware is ugly, heavy and a poor choice for a Mexican restaurant. The decor is very sterile and has an Asian feel (which is lovely, in the right restaurant). There is no color in this restaurant. It is black and grey. No art. No Flair. And if that is not enough, the servers look lost, crowded with the new seating arrangements and did not seem comfortable when questioned about the discontinued chips or requests to modify one of our meals. The food portions are smaller. Some of the meals tasted and were prepared well; others were not. We had a manager come by the table to ask how things had been who was rushed, and who did not convey the question sincerely (felt like a need to ask script) and we said ‘fine’ just to pay the bill and leave. We were hot, frustrated and needed relief from the noise. Not sure what the Talavera Group wants to do about this restaurant. Maybe this was their goal; more $ given more seats in the new design, but it’s a shame. Might be more of a place to have drinks and starters with no tortilla chips. We will not be back unless they make some needed improvements. It’s a shame. Could have been a great renovation!
  6. MG

    MickeyG

    Atlanta

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    Been here many times. It is a very convenient location to meet friends for dinner. It’s just been remodeled. Tables are very close. Waiter bumping into you to serve table behind. Coordinate your chair with the table behind/next to you. Seemed like the guy next to me was at our table. Very loud. The food here is ok, not great, not bad, just ok. Last night the air conditioning was broken and it was like a sauna. Wished they’d said something I’d gone else where.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Decor changed, it feels like an Asian Mexican place now. Food was not great,
  8. T

    Toby

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The remodel is clean & modern but with very little Amex influence. The food is still outstanding & service was to notch. The music & lighting set a smooth mo9d.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Although the food was excellent it was quite pricey for the amount of food served. The service was mediocre
  10. G

    Gables007

    Miami

    55 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Not what it just to be, no chips, no salsa, high prices, and the food is average at best. I wound be going back.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We’ve been to Talavera a few times in the past and it was always good. The new chef has made a huge difference in the food! It’s now a great restaurant and very memorable. Highly recommend it especially the guacamole with chicharone and cheese.
  12. s

    stahia767

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent all around but a bit pricey! Will return! Would highly recommend!
  13. JP

    JackieP

    Miami

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & ambiance great 👍🏼 Need better AC ASAP!! Hot 🥵
  14. TI

    TimInSWFL

    Naples

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food was good, though the portions were somewhat on the smaller side. I did order one of the specialty margaritas — the Old Fashioned Margarita — and it was quite sweet, overly so. The worst part of the “ambience” was the noise level. My Apple Watch said that the noise level would be harmful to one’s hearing for sustained lengths —so take that for what it’s worth. My dining partner and I could barely hear one another. Probably won’t be going back soon.
  15. l

    luv2dine

    Miami

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the renovations you did on the restaurant. Wonderful service and great food!!
  16. AM

    AlvaroM

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really missed this place while it was shut down for renovations, but it was well worth the wait. The place looks terrific inside. The furnishings are elegant and minimalist, and the new dishware is modern and sleek. My only question about the decor is, where's all the namesake pottery? It's all gone, even the wall mural. It's a small nit to pick, but maybe a name change is in order? No complaints about the food, however. The guacamole, thankfully, is exactly the same as before. Cool, creamy and fresh, with chicharrones to scoop it all up. The highlight for me, though, were the new birria tacos. Granted these are not your usual birria tacos since there's no oozing cheese or consome on the side, but wow. Just wow. Their new house-made corn tortillas are simply divine, and the shredded meat is tender and juicy. I could easily have eaten three more. Great to have you back, Talavera!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is beautiful and so is the service.
  18. R

    Review

    Miami

    208 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    208 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Went with the family hoping to have a great mexican meal like before and ended very disappointed No chips. No salsa very expensive tacos that were average at best Guacamole and queso fundido with no chips no nothing Are we supposed to eat them with a spoon Were told no longer available even if willing to pay for them Greatly disappointed Will be while before I go back if I do
  19. CB

    CaryB

    Miami

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. The remodeling came out very nice and better than what was there before. The best Margaritas in Miami. The food was fabulous.
  20. PL

    PandL

    Miami

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience1
    After the renovation this resturant has lost a lot of its soul. The interior is sterile and lacks any feeling of being a Mexican resturant like it used to be, similar to what happened at the Rusty Pelican. The pretty mexican pieces found in the old resturant, are gone, grey being the color of choice for the interior. We live near by and have come numerous times a year over the last many years. This was our first visit after the renovation and were expecting to be impressed, but were just disappointed. In this visit, we received their standard dipping sauces but were told chips were no longer provided as part of the service, what? Food was good, but when dining out it is not everything. My wife commented she was not sure she wanted to come back.
  21. G

    Goodeater

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food. Newly renovated. Modern a clean ambience.
  22. AM

    AllanM

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable location for a business lunch - very attentive staff.
  23. MC

    MariaC

    New England

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Talavera was a nice restaurant with very good Mexican food and drinks. It was closed for remodeling for about 2 years. What now opened is a completely new restaurant. Only the name remains the same. Now it is a modern looking restaurant with mediocre food and bad drinks. A total disappointment .
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our server Rene Lacayo was great as well as Andy the manager Javier Montiel
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Great food but they need to fix their a/c. Very hot!!!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Estuvimos cenando el Sábado 4 de junio y mI única queja es que el restaurante que quedó lindisimo con la renovación, tenían todas las puertas abiertas y el calor fue horrible al punto de sentirme incomoda….. Sería Bueno que ahora que estamos en verano pudieran considerar cerrar las puertas …. Por lo demás la comida, servicio y la remodelación fue Fantástico
  27. C

    Carla

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Espectacular!!!!!
  28. AC

    AlexCdn

    Miami

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere at the newly remodeled location. The bone-in short rib for 2 was outstanding. Check out the surprise items at the bottom of the menu!
  29. JA

    JesusandArturo

    Miami

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    I was a huge fan of this restaurant before its recent closure and redesign. I was not impressed with the new design. Elimination of "booth seating" a real disappointment to me. Gone are all the old Mexican touches - art and music, and instead one hears the constant thump of South Beach beats. New round tables and chairs are comfortable, but not dinner quality elegance, no white tablecloth comfort and privacy I expected. Lighting fixtures pretty 1970's unattractive. Looks more like a good place for a casual lunch rather than an intimate dinner now. New plates and dishware are terrifically smart, and food is as good or better than before. Genuine Mexican fare all around. Prices have gone up some, but are not out of line given today's inflation. Service still excellent. Server said most of the old clientele they meet agree with my assessment about the disappointong new decor
  30. S

    Sbt628

    Miami

    106 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent! We went to experience the new Talavera decor and found that the food was even better than before.
  31. g

    guillo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food was excellent
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Yhey didn’t have diet sodas, the portions were smaller, and the plates used were not of the proper size. The food was alright, but not worth the price.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything
  34. C

    Carla

    Miami

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    El restaurante quedó impresionante!!!!! La comida y la presentación divinas!!!!
  35. KS

    KathyS

    Denver

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I have mixed feeling about our experience at Taverna Cocina Mex. The margaritas were very good. The service was just okay. It wasn’t great,but with all of the staffing issues right now, it was okay. The biggest issue was with the food. Most of the food had great flavors, but all of it was cool or even cold. We had the chicken flautas. The should have been great, but the red sauce was cold. The green sauce on them was lukewarm at best. We had quesadillas. The outside was nicely browned, but the chicken was cold and the cheese wasn’t melted. We also had the Carne Asada. The steak was great,but the tiny 1/2 of enchilada that came with it was cold and empty inside. The most annoying thing that happened was an employee was cleaning/drying plates at the ledge behind our table. It was really loud and we felt like they were trying to get us to leave. It was odd because there were plenty of other tables in the restaurant and on the patio. Maybe, it was unintentional, but there were other places to wipe off the plates besides directly behind us. This restaurant had great potential, but we won’t be back. There are too many other options out there that might serve hot food.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We miss the blue corn chips. I hope they bring them back.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    They were out of a lot of menu options. Also, the staff seemed in a hurry to get us out of the restaurant.
  38. CV

    CesarV

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. Drinks superb. We are going to come back
  39. LC

    LibiaC

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious Mexican food and excellent service!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Food and drinks were outstanding. Outside dining was great. 100% recommend this restaurant.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Talavera Cocina Mexicana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Talavera Cocina Mexicana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (305) 444-2955.

Talavera Cocina Mexicana is rated 4.3 stars by 850 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Google Map for Talavera Cocina Mexicana

2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd Coral Gables, FL 33134

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Giralda Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Coral Gables

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:30 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    On street parking using paybyphone or by the meter.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Hector Lopez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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