Address:321 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd #4204, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304, United States
Casual Beachfront Dining
Light Tropical Beats, DJ Friday and Saturday nights
WHAT TO EXPECT
When you want a moderately priced meal on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Lona Cocina Tequileria has you covered. Dine alfresco on their funky patio for people-watching and ocean views.
When you’re craving Mexican food that goes well beyond the basic plates of cheese and beans, visit Lona. In homage to its beachside location, Lona’s fare is much lighter and full of flavor from ceviches and tostadas to tacos and Chef Pablo Sala’s specialties from the grill. We recommend sharing so you can try several dishes.
WHAT TO ORDER
Let’s start with the cocktails. Our favorite libation featured ginger-infused tequila with mango, lime, cinnamon and a touch of agave.
For appetizers, do not pass up the Tuna Tostada. Light and refreshing it’s the perfect way to begin the meal. Huge chunks of tuna are complimented with a touch of aioli, avocado and lime. For a heartier starter, go with one of Chef de Cuisine Jorge Guiterrez’s favorites, the Mexican Ribs. Dry rubbed with guajillo-caramel and covered in a Mexican BBQ sauce, it’s served with crema fresca and a cilantro side salad.
If you’re only getting one dish you absolutely MUST order the Lobster Quesadilla. Served more like a wrap than a traditional quesadilla we were fighting over it at the table. It’s easy to overwhelm delicate Maine Lobster, but Lona’s quesadillas are served simply with a chipotle aioli, cilantro and red onions for bite. For dessert, is there really any option other than churros? We say no. Lona’s deep-fried crullers were served warm with a side of Abuelita’s dipping sauce.
OFF THE MENU
Whether it is the Super Bowl or Valentine’s Day, Chef Jorge is always offering creative specials like mole three ways. (Fun Fact: There are over 160 types of mole on record in Mexico, and probably many more.) Check their website for details or ask one of their friendly servers.
HOW TO SCORE A TABLE
Call, reserve on OpenTable or walk-in.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
To ensure the safety and health of their clients and staff, Lona Cocina Tequileria is abiding by CDC and local regulations as well as instituting numerous protocols of its own. This includes a mandatory mask policy for guests while on-property (removed while at the table only), provided sanitization stations throughout the restaurant and signage. All food stations during Taco Tuesday and Sunday are equipped with tempered glass panels during Taco Tuesday and Sunday brunch. Guests will not interact directly with any of the build-your-own bars. Rather, they will direct through the glass shields what they’d like on their plate.