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La Cocina DE Ricardo

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23532 El Toro Rd, Ste 11, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
+1 949-586-1477
10:00 - 21:00
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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911 reviews
475 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 736 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

We enoyed the friendly atmosphere at this no frills Mexican restaurant. It's very centrally located on El Toro Road. They provide a good meal for a reasonable price. The staff coordinate with each other like a family. The enchiladas and chimichanga were delicious. We especially enjoyed the flan swimming in Kaluha and jamaica beverage. We feel the low price makes... More 

Thank Staidthere
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109 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Love that its sort of a hole in the wall restaurant. Loved the enchalidas and carne asada was fair. Crispy taco has shreadded beef but also available with pork or chicken. Service was good and they have a full bar. I'll go back again and try some other items .

Thank laddiebuck
Yuma, Arizona
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105 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

I have eaten at this restaurant for many years. The owner Mario is always friendly and staff provide great service. I especially like the beef combo Brurrito served wet. It is located on El Toro Road at Raymond Street a few blocks east of I-5 in Lake Forest (Shopping center on right side of street.)

Thank DRO O
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105 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Grandkids liked the rice and beans. We also ordered some enchiladas and chili relenos. They kept bringing us warm chips and salsa, which was great. The service was fast and food was ok.

Thank Conniemama
Lake Forest, California
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is a family restaurant and they specialize in a few dishes I enjoy. My favorite is the Chile Verde dinner plate with rice and beans. The pork is tender and moist the fat removed and the spices are very mild which I enjoy. They have very good Chile Reallano, and enchiladas and tacos the basics. their refried bean vary... More 

Thank Whimsicalartist
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779 reviews
486 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to this restaurant, but a regular at his other one in San Juan Capo. It was very nice, great service, and incredibly clean. My meal this just two crispy carnitas was just amazing. So much flavor in the meat.

1 Thank yogiacomo
San Diego, California
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

If you want authentic ... this is the place. I honestly do not know what more to say on this. I have friends or mine that have taken their clients (from Mexico) to this restaurant and they have all said "you can bring me back here anytime". I think that speaks volumes in and of itself.

1 Thank bobN6078XO
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81 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great POTATO taco's enjoyed by my wife and myself on several Tuesdays! Nice pork or beef taco's also. CRISPY taco only is GREAT!. Add a plate of beans and rice and two beers-LESS than $20!!!!

1 Thank Keith G
Lake Forest, California
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178 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

Seven family members met here March 6th to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant had at least 5 other parties of our size or more. Mario was our waiter. Kind, friendly and very helpful with the menu. Taco Salad was $10.95. Burrito, De Asada De Pollo was 8.95 and wet added 2.50. Chicken Fajitas were 16.95. Breakfast Burrito was 7.95. Huevos... More 

1 Thank BRubin510
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

My wife and I have been coming here for years. We've introduced many friends and they also keep coming back. My favorite is the carne asada tortas and my wife's favorite is the chili verde. The salsa and chips are homemade and outstanding. Don't miss the great margaritas!

1 Thank Charlie M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23532 El Toro Rd, Ste 11, Lake Forest, CA 92630-4703
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Lake Forest
  • Phone Number: +1 949-586-1477

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?