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La Cocina de Ricardo

The Taste and Spirit of Mexico in Lake Forest

About Us

La Cocina de Ricardo is dedicated to the family tradition of excellence that began with Grandma Juana in Mixtlán Jalisco, México. She was the main chef of her town and would prepare the food for small and large events, from parties to weddings, making every occasion memorable. This tradition of thoughtfully prepared recipes was passed to Mamacita Alicia, who brought all this knowledge to Southern California over 30 years ago.

Ricardo, a San Clemente High School graduate, with his enterprising spirit inspired by his Grandpa Arnulfo, convinced Mamacita to share her recipes with the Orange County people and so she did, opening their first restaurant in the middle 1980’s. Ricardo, Alicia, Guillermo & Mario as well as the rest of the family, are dedicated to maintain a clean establishment and serve the best, healthiest and most affordable Mexican food around.

We thank you for your business and consider you an important part of our family tradition. We are grateful for your continued support as we all navigate the challenges of Covid-19, and look forward to bringing a smile to you and your family when you enjoy our signature dishes! 


Outdoor Dining!

building with sign and patio seating out front

Enjoy your favorite dishes in person on the patio!

Everything tastes better fresh from the kitchen, so join us for socially distanced outdoor dining! You can even order right from your table- scan the QR code at your table, order, and enjoy!

Contact Us Today


23532 El Toro Rd. #11
Lake Forest, CA 92630


[email protected]


Mon - Sun : 
11 am – 9 pm