Oaxaca Restaurants

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  • 1. Casa Oaxaca

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    Chef Alejandro Ruiz is behind some of the most creative food in southern Mexico—rack of lamb in pineapple-and-vanilla sauce and venison tamales...Read More

  • 2. El Che Gaucho

    $$$ | Colonia Reforma | Argentine

    El Che Guacho is owned by Argentinians and specializes in Argentinian cuisine. Look forward to enjoying a delicately cooked steak in a beautifully...Read More

  • 3. El Sol y La Luna

    $ | Centro Historico | International

    The freshest and simplest ingredients make the best dishes at El Sol y La Luna. The living-room-size restaurant is popular with locals and is...Read More

  • 4. Origen

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    Origen is one of the best restaurants in Oaxaca. Chef Rodolfo Castellanos is an expert at producing sharp, clean flavors that compliment the...Read More

  • 5. Pitiona

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    This culinary laboratory is famed for developing new dishes using both inventive techniques and traditional ingredients. Everything served here...Read More

  • 6. 100% Natural

    $ | Centro Historico | Vegetarian

    This chain is found across Mexico, but in Oaxaca at least, it offers one of the few outlets for vegetarians, vegans, and people on gluten-free...Read More

  • 7. Asador Vasco

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Spanish

    The Asador Vasco, as its name suggests, specializes in hearty fare from the Spanish Basque region: flavorsome soups and well-cooked meats and...Read More

  • 8. Carbon de Palo

    $$ | Centro Historico | Steakhouse

    Carbon de Palo specializes in steaks and other cooked meats. Each of the internationally themed dishes includes a hint of Oaxacan flavor, through...Read More

  • 9. Casa Crespo

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    Casa Crespo mixes both the visual and culinary arts to a perfection unseen in other Oaxacan restaurants. The owner works to offer the widest...Read More

  • 10. Casa Oaxaca Café

    $$ | Colonia Reforma | Mexican

    In Colonia Reforma, this café is, as its name suggests, a more informal version of the Casa Oaxaca restaurant in the historic center. This open...Read More

  • 11. Catedral

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    This restaurant takes up the entire first floor of a colonial house. You can dine beneath the arches or in the sun next to a fountain. Popular...Read More

  • 12. El Biche Pobre

    $ | Jalatlaco | Mexican

    This little restaurant east of Parque Paseo Juárez is packed with locals—sometimes there's not a tourist in sight—who appreciate the traditional...Read More

  • 13. El Colibrí

    $$ | Colonia Reforma | Mexican

    A neon sign bearing the namesake hummingbird draws you to this little cafeteria. Mothers who have packed their kids off to school and cell-phone...Read More

  • 14. El Mesón Oaxaqueño

    $ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    This storefront restaurant is on the west side of the zócalo, so it's surprising that it doesn't draw more tourists; rather, it's popular with...Read More

  • 15. El Refectorio

    $$$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    The Refectory was, as its name suggests, once the eatery for the nuns who lived in what is now the Quinta Real hotel. This historic location...Read More

  • 16. Hosteria Alcala

    $$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    The Hosteria Alcala offers the finest in old-fashioned elegance. Seated in the peaceful inner courtyard, you'll be able to forget the hustle...Read More

  • 17. La Biznaga

    $$ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    The food at this courtyard café is traditional—except a few touches here and there that make it seem you've stumbled on some unknown cuisine...Read More

  • 18. La Crepe

    $ | Centro Historico | International

    If you're on a budget or find yourself with a little time on your hands, stop in for a high-quality crepe or baguette. The three-cheese baguette...Read More

  • 19. La Escondida

    $ | San Agustín Yatareni | Mexican

    An outdoor lunch buffet, from 1:30 to 6:30, is a great reason to venture outside the city to this restaurant 3 km (2 miles) east of Oaxaca on...Read More

  • 20. La Olla

    $ | Centro Historico | Mexican

    The service is a bit distracted at chef Pilar Cabrera's combination gallery-café, so you'll have plenty of time to admire the works by local...Read More

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