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Cojones, St. John's, NL

Cojones

4.5
4.5
250 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Mexican
Classic Mexican establishment with an eclectic downtown St. John's feel. A high energy room with an overriding Dia de Muertos theme. Guest focused team. We house the largest tequila selection in Atlantic Canada with a large variety of original Margaritas. Moose Taquitos are a must!

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (709) 754-8226

  • Payment Options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 250 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Atlantic Canada

    Outdoor Eating

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Overall

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Food

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Ambience

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Best Value

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Fit for Foodies

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Group Bookings

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Hot Spot

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Lunch

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Special Occasion

  • Newfoundland and Labrador

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Had reservation and arrived to be told would be 1hr45min wait.
  2. MF

    MichelleF

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy cojones ,, blueberry margaritas awesome ,, good food , good vibe ,,
  3. GC

    GillianC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Speedy service with enthusiastic wait staff. Sitting outside in a covered area was a bonus as it was raining.
  4. TS

    TanyaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The music was a little loud. We were out with friends from away who we hadn't seen in some time and I felt like I was screaming to speak. Only complaint! Everything else was perfect
  5. s

    susans

    Savannah

    62 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Great food. Staff were attentive. Really enjoyed the meal.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Service was fabulous, patio dining is divine.
  7. GN

    GaryN

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    I would highly recommend this restaurant. The only issue was the noise level on Water Street which is beyond the control of the restaurant.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We went here for a bachelorette party and the staff was so kind as to provide us free shots to celebrate!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, good food, could not ask for anything more.
  10. S

    Susan

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Positive: Food was tasty. Outside seating area closed in and heated so able to eat outside even though cooler evening. Negative: Music very loud with a very quiet server meant a lot of repeating for both customers and server. Appetizers arrived at the exact same time as the entrees which meant rushing to eat appetizer before entree got cold. Table was very small so having both courses at the same time left table very cluttered. Would recommend for the food but with a warning about service based on this experience.
  11. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    It was our first time there and was looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately, we waited over forty-five minutes for our food to arrive. The jug of margaritas was watered down so much we did not feel received value for the amount we had to pay. We ordered enchiladas that tasted bland and unsatisfying. Our server was great but the food and beverages were a big disappointment. Maybe it was just an off night. There was plenty of atmosphere and ambiance and we hope to try it again sometime since we love Mexican food!
  12. YE

    YuvalE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The decor was amazing! Food was excellent! The only issue was it took a bit of time to get the food. But well worth the wait!
  13. GR

    GsReviews

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food. Spicy though. Seasoning is rather heavy. Loved the moose taquittos.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife has some food allergies and the chef came out and personally made. Special dish for her and then came out again to make sure she enjoyed it. It was a great experience!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved and enjoyed every thing we ordered!! All good. No complaints! Will definitely go back!!
  16. EJ

    ElizabethJ

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely lunch with friends.
  17. L

    Lucy

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food- tacos were delicious! Service was a little slow
  18. J

    Jellybean709

    Tampa

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Cojones has a great selection of food and drinks. The noise level seems high, difficult to have conversations because of it. One of the girls hardly touched her food because it didn’t taste good. The waitress didn’t even ask if everything was okay. Need to care more about customer satisfaction.
  19. Y

    Yolo

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, margaritas, and friends! Everything was delicious. It’s a must try Love the downtown location, this place has needed good Mexican food for quite a while
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and incredibly attentive service! A regular place for us now…outstanding
  21. KT

    KarenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the decor , the food was great ! And who doesn’t love margarita Monday’s!
  22. LH

    LoriH

    Atlantic Canada

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was wonderful. Waitress was helpful as this was my first time there. Meal was very good and we will go again. I was also thankful for the free mimosa for Mother's Day.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    it was so good
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  25. E

    Elizabeth

    Atlantic Canada

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    My friend and I went for Cinco de Mayo, it was lots of fun. She enjoyed her tacos but didn’t end up liking the rice and beans. My chicken fajitas were tasty, but there’s never enough tortillas for the filling! It was delicious though.
  26. DM

    DanielleM

    Nagoya

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience3
    Drinks were great service was awful,and it wasn’t even busy m. We waited and waited for drinks Manager Katie was just sat there at all he table doing nothing but laughing with the bar staff . When there was obviously people waiting for drinks. Then our server was off and we waited again until I finally had to go up to the bar to ask for drinks! The guy I spoke to was nice I didn’t catch his name he had a sombrero on. Not a good experience at all!$
  27. DP

    DarrylP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere and excellent service.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    It was a great experience. Food tasted great and came out quickly. Server apologized for slower than average service but it was certainly within an acceptable time frame. Atmosphere was nice but it was quite loud. Had no trouble communicating to my partners, but my voice was definitely a little hoarse afterward from straining it just a little bit. Would have struggled to communicate across the larger tables/ booths. Was not solely due to the music, but to the acoustics and echo of voices of other guests. Seemed to get overwhelmingly loud for a short period of time of just a few seconds at a time, then calm back down when the group finished the laugh. Almost didn’t get a table due to the booking process. Called the restaurant to get squeezed in, as I assumed that was the best chance to get a last minute reservation. Was told that my party couldn’t be accommodated until 8:30 . I told I would call back , hung up, and looked up the restaurant on open table. Every slot was available for the evening in 15 minute intervals except for 7pm. I chose 7:15 for the same party and showed up with no issue. We were told later by the server that the restaurant and manager are aware of this mismatch between OpenTable and software of the restaurant booking platform. It would appear that OpenTable keeps opening reservations and overbooking the restaurant, which leads to chaos for staff when that happens. Overall , the situation worked out for me today. They were able to accommodate us within their buffer/Margin of error, which they most likely factor into busy nights now. The food was great and in fair exchange for price vs. Value, service was good, and there atmosphere still allowed for a net-positive experience overall, would definitely come back again.
  29. CB

    CatherineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole experience was positive. I was able to easily book my reservation (and modify it) online. The restaurant was in a great location and had a nice decor. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable and polite, and the food was great! I would definitely eat there again.
  30. C

    Customer

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was terrible and was told so by our first waiter, the second one was worst that the first. Staff seem more interested in hanging at the bar with each other than serving customers.
  31. AK

    AprilK

    Atlantic Canada

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food. Fresh and delicious! Recommend moose taquitos

    CojonesResponded on April 28, 2022HI AprilK We are delighted to hear you enjoyed our delicious food! I can't disagree, our moose taquitos are a must try! Thank you for the great review and we certainly look forward to having you back again real soon! Cheers Cojones

  32. R

    Rebecca

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cojones food is delicious and the service is excellent as well!

    CojonesResponded on April 28, 2022Thank you Rebecca for your amazing review! We certainly enjoy hearing about our guests experiences. We are happy you enjoyed your food and that your service received was excellent! We look forward to having you back real soon :) Thank you Cojones

  33. MF

    MichelleF

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the margaritas ,, frozen Blueberry ones are yummy. Complimentary chips and salsa are always fresh and tasty. Staff are friendly and helpful. Just a nice place to go with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. Been here a few times and will return ,,,🤗

    CojonesResponded on April 18, 2022Muchisimas Gracias!!! We cannot wait to share your positive feedback with our entire Taco Team!!! We love to taco-bout it :) Looking forward to having you dine with us again soon, and we want to share with you that you can get our yummy Blueberry Margarita every Monday for just $5!!! YAY and YUM!!!

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and very friendly staff! The server’s food recommendations were on point. Would highly recommend Cojones!
  35. J

    Jimbob

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Their speciality is salt - to cover up the lack of fresh ingredients. For "Mexican" food - it is pretty bland, as if the sauces are all pre-made (factorymade? from a tin?) or if not using all frozen or canned ingredients. The menu is mostly just street food - no dishes of any real quality or interest (they are barely a step above a frozen supermarket burrito with a tin of budget salsa thrown on top, and a few spoons of salt to try and make it flavourful). They do make a decent margarita.

    CojonesResponded on April 11, 2022Dear Jimbob, Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We at Cojones pride ourselves on delivering great quality food using the freshest of ingredients and great guest service whether it is dine in or take out. We welcome any feedback as an opportunity to improve processes and serve you better. I am going to send you a PM to discuss further about your most recent dine in experience with an aim to reach a resolution that will restore your confidence in our Taco team. Thank you :)

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous night! The food was excellent, as was the service. I highly recommend! We will definitely be returning!

    CojonesResponded on April 11, 2022Thank you for a 5 star review and kind words. Our Taco team loves to hear positive feedback as it continues to encourage and motivate our taco team to continue achieving and delivering our promise of great quality food and great guest service. Your 5 stars sounds like we did just that! We look forward to having you dine with us again real soon. :) "taco about a good time!' Thank you The Cojones Taco Team

  37. SB

    SteveB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe and food. Service was excellent from start to finish.

    CojonesResponded on April 11, 2022Amazing to hear! We love hearing and taco bouting delivering great guest satisfaction. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our vibe. We aim to achieve that perfect ambience that ties to our cuisine and service. We are looking forward from our head to our burri-toes to serving you again real soon! Thank you, Cojones Taco Team :)

  38. ED

    ElaineD

    Tampa

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent meal
  39. BL

    BonitaL

    Atlantic Canada

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service Always amazing. Best margaritas in the city!

    CojonesResponded on April 11, 2022Thank you for sharing :) We have our famous Margarita Monday's for $5!!! And our taco Team loves to shake things up. We currently are featuring our Fuzzy Peach Margarita..."Marg our words, it's a hit!" We hope to see you back soon :)

  40. r

    richw

    Atlantic Canada

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service…. initial beverage was flat but that was rectified.

    CojonesResponded on April 11, 2022Thank you for sharing your positive review. I am happy to hear our taco Team was able to rectify your initial beverage that was flat. We always seek to achieve our Cojones promise of great quality food and beverage and great guest satisfaction. We love to hear feedback whether it is positive or if there is any issue, as we use those mishaps as opportunities to better serve our valued guests. We believe in turning obstacles into opportunities and problems into solutions and possibilities. Cheers!

Safety precautions

  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Cojones does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes. Cojones also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (709) 754-8226.

Cojones is rated 4.5 stars by 250 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Cojones

193-195 Water Street St. John's, NL A1C 1B4

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    St. John's

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Wed, Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 12:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Payment Options

    Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (709) 754-8226

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events: weddings, business lunches, dinners, cocktail receptions, and more. We would love to discuss how to be a part of your next event.

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