flavorful twist on simple recipes, consistently delicious
1/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've tried a bunch of things here but the tacos are particularly excellent, especially compared to something like Loteria or Malo. I am happy to drive all the way from West Hollywood just to have the Carnitas or Al Pastor tacos -- they are that good! And the margaritas go down easy as well...
2/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the restaurants that
One of the restaurants that I've been wanting to try and the day has finally come! A gf and I came during HH. Even if it wasn't happy hour, I would gladly pay full price the the entrees we tried this evening. Great spot for after work eats or even a luncheon. Spacious restaurant with friendly staff!!
We shared the following:
Tostadas de ceviche - came on two med sized tostadas. Great taste & texture in every bite!
Tacos al Pastor - slowly incorporating pork back into my taste buds and this taco was great, especially with the sweet taste of the pineapple on top!
Tacos de Machaca - this was a winner for me! Loved the spices on the shredded beef. All tacos that we tried we generously packed on the tortilla.
I shall be back!
3/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Los Angeles Treasure
Amazing Food. Great overall design and ambiance. Can't WAIT to go back. I'm not a big mole fan, but the steak I had (which was incredible) came with a mole enchilada..... WOW! Soooooo Gooooood!
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good bar and happy hour. Excellent margaritas. Food was dee-li-cious; I bit of a modern spin to traditional dishes. Fresh homemade tortillas and perfect guacamole. Each of our party of 4 was very happy with their meal and the exceptional service.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had a great meal with my mid
Had a great meal with my mid thirties daughter and son.........we wanted upscale Mexican food and Yxta hit the spot........The Margaritas were great also......Seamless open table res and arrival seated immediately great attentive service. We didn't feel rushed. I found it similar to Mercado in SMO.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Second time I was there and
Second time I was there and it was even better. Great food and great service. Couldn't ask for more. We'll come back whenever in the area. Note: Parking is a challenge.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love Yxta - I've been there
I love Yxta - I've been there several times and have always left feeling happy and satisfied. They have quite a few vegetarian options which I appreciate. The margaritas are fabulous - a great selection of unique flavors. Service is a tad slow but friendly. Be aware - this is a noisy restaurant so wouldn't work for a business lunch.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant. The food
Great restaurant. The food and service are exceptional. We will continue to go back again and again.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Skirt Steak was ok - meat
Skirt Steak was ok - meat not tender enough but overall presentation was nice. Mole sauce on enchiladas was a little too sweet and not enough of the dark aromas for those who prefer mole with more depth. But the service was nice and would go again for drinks and a great place to meet friends.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Was in the area for a play
Was in the area for a play and needed some food first. Unfamiliar with local joints, so chose the place after looking at several menus. An amazing choice it was! The friendliness of the service was fantastic. It was a Saturday evening, and they offered a happy hour menu...unheard of at other restaurants on weekends. The drinks were spectacular...we had the daily juice (melon and cantaloupe) with an added shot of jalepeno tequila. Yum! The corn chowder was the best I've ever had. My buddy is a vegetarian and really enjoyed the menu options. All of the food was delicious. We're still telling people about this place!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
I sure will be back again
Very positive, enjoyable experience. Quick, very friendly service, recommendation far above the "rush down 4 or 5 items list" one often gets. Followed some of the recommendations and was fully worth it. Sure to be back again some time soon.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really fun choice--great food!
I was a little apprehensive about the neighborhood--ended up being completely fine! Food and drinks were really good--and priced well. I would definitely return. Our party ranged from grandma to college students to grammar school kids and everyone was happy with their food. We came to celebrate sister's graduation from USC and it was the perfect choice! Fun and hip without breaking the bank!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food, service...everything was perfect! Something for everyone!! Even the parking is easy!!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yxta does it right
I took a friend for her birthday. We've been to Mexico and have great respect for the Mexican chef's values of freshness and taste. Yxta honors both. My friend was thrilled with the helpful waiter, who explained to her that she could get a blood-orange Margarita even though it's not on the menu, and who showed real enthusiasm for his restaurant. We both loved our meals -- she had chicken and I had salmon -- and only regretted that we were too full for desert.
By the way, I had a cocktail named "La Fresa" -- tequila, strawberry and mint. Ridiculously delicious.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yxta was wonderful. I highly
Yxta was wonderful. I highly recommend it for a special occasion or happy hour.
Great food, excellent margaritas and lovely space.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have been to Yxta a couple of times and to the original family-owned restaurant Arco Iris in Highland Park. My June 15 experience here was a very good one as I took my family there before a show. Food was authentic and excellent! However, service was quite slow. It seemed like they had plenty of servers, but lacked organization or something to make sure the order was taken in a timely fashion and food was served in an appropriate time. If you have an extra 10 minutes...worth the wait!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new spot for Mexican food! Love the service. The food was incredible. My spicy margarita was delicious!
6/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent place to eat
Food was great and service was fast. Try the carnitas total. Excellent.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had not been here since it was the 'Central City Caffe' many years ago. Looking for a nice lunch place with an old friend and this location came to mind. We weren't disappointed!!!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is authenthically unique,
Food is authenthically unique, delicious, as are the Margueritas!!!
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner at Yxta is Always Special
This time, I introduced two dear friends to Yxta before a concert at the Japan America Theater. They drove all the way from Rancho Palos Verdes and vowed, before we were halfway through the meal, to plan their next visit soon! Guacamole was wonderful, as always, as were our entrees. Two ordered the Camaron over cilantro lime rice, one had Arrachera, and I chose the seafood special, a lovely and somewhat spicy sea bass, with rice, a wonderful sauce, and fruit topping. And Yxta's fabulous flan proved the perfect ending to a wonderful meal. Our friends were more than impressed. Next on their list (because the drive might be shorter): Mercado!!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Don't be scared off by the
Don't be scared off by the location. It is in a strip mall and doesn't seem to have a lot happening right around it but once you go in it has a very cool atmosphere and the food is delicious! I went with 6 people and everyone loved what they got - especially the mole.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Mexican cuisine downtown.
Everything is great. From the chips and salsa to the entrees. Don't leave without trying the flan!
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I tried the grilled mahi mahi
I tried the grilled mahi mahi during my last visit, and it was the best fish I've had in a while. If you've never been here, you have to come and try this place. It is one of Downtown's best places for Mexican food.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
YXTA - A hidden gem
The service was very good and the servers were very informative regarding the menu and the food prep. the presentation of the dishes matched the quality of the food preparation. Innovative combination of flavors that please the palate. if you're looking for a pleasant dining experience, YXTA is a must. After my first visit, I tried the original mother restaurant in Highland Park. Not even close to the quality and thought put into this menu. A real treat; I dare you to order something you don't like. The frijoles de olla are classic and don't forget the flan or the oaxacan chocolate ice cream for desert.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Back to Yxta
I can't get enough of this restaurant! The food is amazing and the specialty cocktails really are special. The service is always good. Go there and eat the wonderful food.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yxta is a charming little restuarnt
A co-worker and I recently dined at Yxta on a Thursday night. We had reservations but really didn't need them, as the place wasn't crowded when we arrived. Nor did it ever get really busy. Nice to be seated right away and have your order taken. Wait staff was polite and attentive overall.
We ordered carnitas tacos, tacos al pastor, cilantro rice, and a carnitas dish with Spanish rice. Food was delicious and prepared without a long wait, although the portions are modest.
Carnitas were my favorite because of the "natural" presentation. It was tender and appropriately seasoned. Also of note were the hibiscus martinis, which contained a near perfect blend of flavors.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sketchy area, great restaurant
The location of the restaurant is worth the trip. The food and service have been outstanding the three different times I've been here.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love Yxta
Great Mexican haute cuisine at an affordable price.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this place by pure happenstance -- Mexican, Yelp, some place close to where I was at the time (Huntington Park on the way back to Silver Lake). Uncrowded by trendy hipsters, really chalk full of local latinos looking for nice ambience and excellent food. Had the cucumber jalapeño margarita. Holy cow! I actually had two. Well worth the 13$ per. Salsas, clearly made with love, were excellent. Mahi Mahi Tacos were about as mind blowing as the al pastor Tex Mex style tacos. Every step of the meal was better than the last. I have been telling people non stop about this place. I am a Los Angeles native and it is hard to impress me with mexican food, and this place just won the ultimate prize: endless word of mouth. I will not stop!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Guacamole Hands Down
Great Happy Hour Menu. Great everything. Absolutely LOVE this place. If you're a meat eater the CAB steak is the most flavorful piece of meat you'll have had in quite a while.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Mexican Food Downtown
I have been searching for great Mexican food in DTLA and my search is over. The food was great, the margaritas were creative and delicious. Highly recommend!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Special California Mexican
The food was excellent. Lots of dishes that are not the regulars. The space is industrial, but that fits the neighborhood. The staff was warm and helpful and the drinks were too.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most Authentic tasting mexican food
Probably the best, most authentic Mexican food I have come across in Los Angeles. Best of all, the prices are decent & there is plenty of parking especially considering it is near downtown Los Angeles. Finally, had the best Flan I have ever had.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meeting over Lunch
Food, service and ambiance were great. If you are going to take a customer it is better to arrive at 11:30 before the crowd comes in. Over all a great experience, I will be returning.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a friend here for dinner who was here for the weekend from out of town. I had been here only on e before this time and liked t then so I knew I wanted to come back. We both loved out dinning experience. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was great too. We started with delicious fresh guacamole . I loved the chipotle chile. She ordered carnitas which were cooked to perfection with great flavor and I ordered shrimp in a garlic butter sauce that melted in your mouth . Our cocktails were also delicious and the service was excellent. My friend also commented on how nice looking all of the staff was.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yxta Cocina served up five amazing dinners on Thursday night. Everyone got different enchiladas -- mole, salmon, shrimp -- and I got the chile relleno. The relleno came with delicious sauteed vegetables and was flavorful and delicious. The enchiladas were fantastic and the salmon dish was unexpectedly spicy. The guacamole was a fun surprise - it was a huge serving and it was dotted with pine nuts. Good chips and lots of refills offered.
Overall, it was a wonderful dinner in a lively restaurant (my guests were laughing that they kept playing the same song over and over again) with a fun atmosphere in an unexpected neighborhood of downtown L.A. Worth a visit.
(Kind of expensive for the neighborhood, but worth it.)
Friendly, attentive service.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great all around!
This is my new favorite Mexican Restaurant. The food is fresh and delicious and the drinks are super yummy! We loved it and will definitely try again soon!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very upscale trendy restaurant. Nice outdoor seating. Great food and drinks!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
High Class Mexican
Service was outstanding. Dishes explained and help in deciding what's best for our tastes. Guacamole was delicious. Pork was fork tender. Terrific flan.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'm a regular at their mama restaurant El Arco Iris in Highland Park. I don't get to Yxta very often, but when I do I always tell myself why don't I come here more!! We had their Cumber Margaritas, outstanding!! The food and service is always excellent. Every time I come here I order something different and they never disappoint!! If you want a little different twist on traditional Mexican this is the place to come. Also, try their other sister restaurants Mercado Santa Monica and Mercado LA you won’t be disappointed.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Drinks!
Love the happy hour specials & the drinks are the best!
10/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding bargain on Mondays
Happy hour runs till 9 pm on Mondays. This was the best meal we had in Los Angeles, and it was a bargain too.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was great, ambiance was fun,
However the service was not great. The server was not experienced at all. Our plates were cleared off at all different times of our meal, leaving some to hurry up and eat before theirs were taken, very little follow up at the table, no option for water, etc...
Food was great and the drinks were excellent! I would definitely recommend it.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My previous experience with
My previous experience with Yxta the food was very good, but the service was poor. This time the service was excellent and the food was very good, as usual. I have eaten here many times and I have sent many people to this restaurant. I did have one bad service experience which I can only assume may have been a trainee who had trouble handling his table assignments. Thank you for fixing this problem.
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Margaritas with a punch
That Jalapeno margarita was great....though i should have paid more attention to the fact that it costs $4 more than a regular one. Still yummy. Carnitas were great. Mole was good, a little too sweet for ideal. High touch, interchangeable service. We had two ready to take our order.
A bit too loud...sometimes hard to have a conversation.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and Service
This is our 3rd visit to this restaurant. We love the food, both regular menu and happy hour. Good magheritas and fabulous service by Cindy. She remembered us from our previous visits, and even that we had once been there on my husband's Bday.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our service was fantastic!!
Our service was fantastic!! There's nothing worse than taking clients out to lunch and experiencing horrible service. The dessert menu was not that great though.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM