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La Cocina Oaxaquena

4.0
4
44 Reviews
$50 and over
Mexican
La Cocina Oaxaquena, which is located in Seattle, Washington, is focused on serving Mexican cuisine that tastes homemade. In addition, the restaurant boasts an impressive list of original cocktails, including those made with tequila and mescal infusions. The staff at La Cocina Oaxaquena believes in delivering taste and quality to its customers. The food menu at La Cocina Oaxaquena keeps things simple, as the chefs have mastered a small list of favorites including the quesadillas fritas and the memelitas, which are tortillas topped with pork gravy. Many of the favorites at the restaurant are topped with the signature queso Oaxaqueno.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Southern

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am Open Sundays: 11:00am - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (206) 623-8226

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tina Pinello

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Cross street

    Melrose And Pine Street

  • Parking details

    There is a pay lot adjacent to our restaurant or there is street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

What 44 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.7Ambience

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  1. K

    Kathryn

    Seattle

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a great first dining experience here Saturday night with a group of friends. Awesome service and food and great atmosphere. Highly recommend. I had the steak asada tacos and they were delicious! Huge outdoor dining patio and yummy drinks as well!
  2. CE

    ChefEvan

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The menu choices were great; unusual offerings. Mole pork tamales wrapped in banana leaves and cheese enchiladas were very tasty; several interesting seafood specialties. Wait staff were friendly and accommodating. Beverages were very good.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simple yet elegant. Always a go-to when we don't know what we want to eat. Been here twice this week!
  4. B

    Brystock

    Seattle

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have always found the food and service to be excellent. This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. Don't miss the Bartender's Margarita!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    pro-tip. Sit up at the bar by the cooking area to watch the ladies cooling and working their magic.
  6. JC

    JenC

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went here for my birthday dinner with friends. It was a lot of fun. We had reservations and they had a table for us outside on the front patio which was really nice. Service was great. The food was really delicious with good portion sizes. Drink and food were a little expensive so maybe the happy hour would be a better time to go. Overall I really liked it.
  7. t

    tami

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I went there with a group of friends prior to seeing a show at the Paramount. The food was great and the service was quick. Would definitely go there again
  8. d

    daffodil

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2015

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    We sat outside on a very warm evening and enjoyed the people watching on Capitol Hill.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Amazing space! Smaller portions which were fine with me but people with big appetites may want to order more.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've searched Seattle for authentic Mexican food, and this was by far the closest I've found. The make-your-own salsa bar was great, and all of our meals were fantastic!
  11. S

    Sharonne

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Most Mexican eateries tend to be very Tex-Mex -- but this place was *authentic* to genuine Oaxacan food and it was *awesome*!! The sangria was to die for and the ceviche was great. I had to oxtail and I kept thinking about it throughout the rest of the night's celebration. Definitely would go back again. Plus, it helps that they are right next to a parking lot -- since it is Capitol Hill, parking is scarce.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Solid Margaritas for a good price. Cool DIY salsa bar. Food is good enough to come back for
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went around 11:30am and restaurant has a few individuals in it. Server was attentive, the food had great flavor. I ordered the costillas and my wife ordered the caldo de res. Wife said she would definitely come back again.
  14. S

    Sammi

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2015

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service excellent. Reservation honored on time. Menu OK. Food came quickly. But, food was lacking. "Off" flavor to rice. Bland "factory" food could not be enhanced by salsa bar. Food was warm at best, need some oven time. Low to moderate prices, but no real value. An OK place which needs some attention to the quality of the food.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Mole is to die for and margaritas are heavy handed. What more could you ask for? Only complaint is flour tortillas instead of corn. What's with that?
  16. EA

    EvanA

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2015

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Empanadas de tostinas were great, so was the bisteces de oaxaquena. Good portions sizes, the flan was amazing!
  17. KK

    KapnKz

    Seattle

    61 reviews

    3.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2015

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We enjoyed La Cocina Oaxaquena before a show at the Paramount. The service was good and quick, and our dishes were good, especially the fish tacos. Their salsa bar has good variety too and who can beat chips & salsa?
  18. S

    Saymore2me

    Miami

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I'm originally from Texas and happened to stumble upon this Authentic Mexican food restaurant and I can honestly say, that it is some of the best Mexican food I've eaten in a while. Great ambiance, margaritas and located in Capitol Hill neighborhood.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Great chips! Margaritas were delicious and strong. Mexican Mule was very good too. Carne Asada and fish taco were both excellent
  20. t

    tmessana

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It was a lady minute reservation, but glad I did. Fid was excellent. Habanero infused lime juice! That Margherita was great. Tables are tight, but ample space to eat. Good prices. Good guacamole. Great place to go
  21. t

    trentonis

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2015

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    More of a bar with food than a restaurant. Service was slow, food portions were small. So many better spots to eat. Skip this one.
  22. A

    Allie

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2015

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    This place had nothing that amazed in particular. The food was quite good and the hours are great for stopping by whenever but the atmosphere and service were nothing to write home about. The pricing was a little high on a few items but for the most part was fair. Many different margaritas and they are not stingy with the alcohol. I'd recommend this as a great quick pick or backup restaurant but I don't think I'd make this a top choice for a special occasion. Casual and comfortable.
  23. FB

    FoodieBee

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a group of 13, had great service, and delicious food! We loved the experience and would highly recommend it!
  24. DJ

    DrunkJimmy

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Had a group of 18 people for a birthday dinner. They were very accommodating and the food was pretty good. I'd go back again.
  25. r

    rjeff

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Service was friendly from the Bar to the Restaurant and efficient. The food was good solid Mexican. Not a huge menu, but that is a sign that the items they serve are consistently good. The value of getting a great meal in a great location is huge. The house margarita was perfect... not too sweet and strong enough to taste the tequila.
  26. O

    Okay

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    My biggest complaint would be that they don't offer flour tortillas. The food was so-so.
  27. M

    Markjb123

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I've been several times and have never been disappointed. The food tastes authentic and it won't break the bank.
  28. B

    Bunjy

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We ate here before seeing a show at the Paramount and it was wonderful. We happened to be there during happy hour so were able to try several different entrees. Would highly recommend.
  29. LO

    LivinOn14th

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    La Cocina Oaxaquena was a vibrant spot to eat outdoors and take in Seattle on a Friday night. Skyscrapers light up the night to the west while Pine Street, mixed with a constant stream of people and slow crawling traffic becomes a red and white ribbon of lights moving between downtown and Capitol Hill. Outdoor seating sits on the corner with Melrose Ave facing busy bars, restaurants, coffee shops, retail shops and buzzing sidewalks. We were seated quickly with our waiter seconds behind us. Looked over the menu, asked the waiter a couple of questions and ordered with ease. It's an active street scene while waiting for food, which was a variety of taco's, chips and guacamole and a couple of Mojita's which were surprisingly spicy! Fun.
  30. g

    gregoryhugh

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    La Oaxaquena..just okay. A LOT of promise but nothing notable about the Oaxaquen food. Would LOVE it to have been CREATIVE Oaxaquen food, especially given the great location.
  31. j

    jsdavis573

    Seattle

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun and enjoyable...a tasty neighborhood gem. Loved the sangria and homemade tortillas! Will be back for more.
  32. GW

    GWilliams

    New England

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    There was nothing specifically wrong with this place. It's just that Mezcalaria Oaxaqua already does it better.
  33. AL

    AL09

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food and drinks, got outdoor seating on a summer night
  34. l

    luvgoodfood

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Moved from So. California and have been on the hunt for decent (have lowered the bar) Mexican food in Seattle. Tried La Cocina Oaxaquena and it exceeded our expectations for Mexican food in Seattle! We have finally found a place that we could go to for GREAT Mexican food!
  35. DZ

    DoZA69

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    True Mexican food. I feel like I am back home visiting family when I taste the food here. Check out the carne asada and adobada tacos.
  36. S

    Steveninpdx

    Portland

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a great lunch spot or casual dinner with friends. The large front patio is exposed to the street but set back enough to let you enjoy life on the hill. The Pazole has a nice spicy bite with large chunks of boneless pork. For Seattle, the house margarita is reasonably priced just $7, I recommend on the rocks with salt.
  37. s

    sadexperience

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food is incredible and we live to go, authentic mexican food.
  38. AB

    AnnaBanana

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    La Cocina Oaxaqueña was the perfect choice for my boyfriend´s surprise birthday dinner. I had been once before and thought the food was excellent and the atmosphere refreshingly unpretentious for Capitol Hill, both qualities I knew my boyfriend would appreciate. Making the reservation for a large group less than a week in advance, and then even changing the group size twice (we ended up with 13 total), was almost too easy-- I did everything online and only called to confirm the day before, and everything was all set! When we arrived our table was waiting for us and the service was perfect all evening, accommodating our homemade cake and splitting checks every which way with apparent ease. SO appreciated and highly recommended!!!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2014

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The service was great. Very attentive and friendly. But the food was really dissapointing. The amount of food on the plate was minuscule. The flavor was bland. I had the pork ribs and there were only two tiny pieces of ribs with extremely overcooked rice. My husband had the mole and it was also quite bland and runny, not silky as mole should be. The wine selection was dreadful as well. The only good part of the food was the warm chips and the tasty guacamole. Everything else was bad.
  40. DZ

    DoZA69

    Seattle

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Finally you can have a taste of Mexico. Being Mexican, this is by far is the tastiest Mexican I've tasted in the Seattle area.... Check it out!

FAQs

La Cocina Oaxaquena does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. La Cocina Oaxaquena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (206) 623-8226.

La Cocina Oaxaquena is rated 4 stars by 44 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Melrose And Pine Street

  • Neighborhood

    Capitol Hill / First Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am Open Sundays: 11:00am - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Southern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a pay lot adjacent to our restaurant or there is street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tina Pinello

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout

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