107 West San Antonio
Marfa, Texas

Cochineal is under new ownership and we are excited to reopen in June. Tom and Toshi created an exceptional restaurant and dining experience. We are honored to take over, carry the torch while adding our own take on local, homegrown Texas with a touch of the old world…

Reservations: 432 729 3300

Our Story

A thirty-seat dining room, a forty-odd-seat courtyard, an open kitchen, and a vegetable garden supplying the freshest baby greens and vegetables – all came into being by 2008. Later we expanded our facilities to include an intimate cocktail bar and nearly year-round outdoor seating.

The food served at Cochineal is much as Ruth Reichl wrote about our previous restaurant Etats-Unis in New York City for the New York Times in 1993: we are still home cooks, still cooking simple food, still changing the menu frequently, still paying attention to the inherent qualities of the raw ingredients. We are still in love with the wines of the world and maintain a list of some 250 bottles in a wide range of prices.

We also have the continuing joy of watching a wonderful staff of very young and very native Marfans grow into an appreciation of what food can become and an awareness of how skilled and competent they can become.

Chef Owner: Tom Rapp
Chef de Cuisine: Eric Quintana

The Casita @ Cochineal

La Casita at Cochineal

The Casita @ Cochineal is about comfort and convenience. A place where you can dress it up or dress it down as your mood dictates.

Upon arrival enjoy our gift of cold American champagne and let the relaxation begin. You can choose to cook in, dine out or have dinner catered by Cochineal to your own private casita and courtyard for parties of up to six persons.

Light fills the space through multiple skylights. Picture windows bring the big skies and outdoors in.

Decorated with custom furniture, photography and artwork, we have kept the decor purposefully minimal, clean and crisp.

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