Casa Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oaxacaindc.com/
  • Phone: 2023872272
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Closed Monday Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Alfio Blangiardo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday. We offer catering for parties of 20 or more. Please visit our website to check our catering menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining area for up to 50 guests for a full menu sit down dinner and up to 70 guests for a cocktail reception. Restaurant buy-outs are also available for up to 130 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Karen Barroso 2023872272
  • Special Events: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Florida Ave.
  • Public Transit: Closest metro station: Woodley Park, Red Line Bus stop in front of the restaurant for L2, 90,92,93
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available. Parking lot available just two blocks aways at 2328 Champlain Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
A word from Casa Oaxaca
In 2007, we opened Casa Oaxaca in Washington, D.C., a traditional restaurant that brings the flavors and colors of Mexico to the capital city of U.S. Our main objective is to give Washingtonians a better exposure to the richness and diversity of Mexican cuisine. At Casa Oaxaca, mole sauces are our specialty and we have six types that you will be able to taste with chicken, beef, seafood or tortillas.
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Casa Oaxaca reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (27)good for groups (16)special occasion (8)romantic (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (3)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • As good as in Oaxaca
    LeneButterfly
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The mole was delicious! We were pleasantly surprised to find the food just as goos as we remembered it to be in Oaxaca. A+ The place got crowded quickly after 7:30, so we know it's popular with the locals at least. Good for young crowds. If you are there with older parents, go on the early side as it can get noisy very quickly when the margaritas start flowing. Ask to be seated towards the back if you prefer a quieter spot. The mole coloradito with the flank steak was amazing. Wish this place was close to home in NYC.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always find the food interesting
    GeneVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We always find the food interesting and the service attentive. It is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Washington.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Outstanding Mexican Fare
    archy
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    We discovered this restaurant thanks to a discount coupon, and the meal was absolutely delicious. Mole is the specialty, and my husband and I ordered the coloradito (with steak) and the amarillito (with chicken). Both were amazing, and the guacamole appetizer was one of the best I've ever had. Even without the discount, the prices are very reasonable for DC. We'll definitely be heading back for more.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casa Oaxaca is a DC Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    DC has plenty of restaurants serving "Mexican" food, but most of the restaurants specialize in Salvadoran cuisine that offer a Salvadoran take on Mexican OR they are chain restaurants. Casa Oaxaca is a standout because it is authentic and Oaxacan cuisine is unique that you rarely find anywhere in the US. The menu offers many intriguing items that are approachable at the same time. Plus, the margaritas are banging! The service is very friendly and accommodating notwithstanding the near capacity crowd, CO often seems to have. I think Casa Oaxaca is a DC Gem because it offers high quality, interesting cuisine at a very affordable price. It's accessible in taste and location. And everyone needs chocolate in their lives.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Charming Ambiance, Real Mexican
    Michelle
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    DC is just not known for its Mexican food. After coming from Phoenix, it has been a real disappointment not to be able to find any great Mexican. I love mole, and as it is a regional dish, not all Mexican joints serve it. A Mexican referred me to this place, and I was not disappointed. Great mole! Great service
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A Taste of Mexico
    Denny
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Casa Oaxaca is the closest thing to authentic Mexican food that DC offers! The food captures the richness and depth of flavor of Mexican food scooped right out of Mexico City. This is a TRUE treat for those who enjoy Mexican food or those who want to expand their understanding of what actual Mexican food is!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another good restaurant in DC
    Massimo
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Very good food not cheap but good quality. Young crowd and if you like to try authentic Mexican food, it is worth your money
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    DaniL
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    A co-worker suggested we try this restaurant and it was wonderful. They let you sample each of the moles they make there, I believe 7 of them, before you order. Our waiter Angel was honest and spot on with recommendations. The drinks were good, the food was excellent (best Mexican food I have had in DC) and the price is right.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    AngelaVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    Great mole, good menu and good service. The only thing that should be better is that the restaurant should have better take-out capability. They should have plastic utensils and paper cups with lids. Lastly, their seating could stand to be more comfortable. The seating at booths sit at an odd angle.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican regional cuisine
    BorincanoVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    This restaurant's menu has something for people willing to try something new, and trusty, reliable, familiar dishes. It specializes in dishes from the southern border regions of Mexico, so if you come expecting the stereotypical combo plates drowning in melted cheese, this place is not for you. Good cocktails, great selection of mezcals and tequilas. Affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    indianfoodie
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    Food was good, but not anything exciting. Drinks were not good. Really actually lame for a Mexican/Spanish restaurant to not know how to do a good margarita. So, that was actually disappointing. No chips were brought to the table until I asked. Our table was changed after being seated. They seemed to be having trouble overall figuring out seating. Just not really impressed. Too many options out there (especially for the price range) that just doesn't put their food/menu/service/ambiance at a competitive level.
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  • Best Restaurant in the District
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This is, hands down, not just the best Mexican food in the DC, but the best food in DC. The menu is creative, delicious and wholesome. There are plenty of meat and fish dishes, but also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. My husband and I are big foodies- but I have a whole list of weird eating restrictions- this place never fails to disappoint. The staff, from the managers-bar tenders- and waiters, are always energetic and flexible. Great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not up to reputation
    bagelhead
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This restaurant seems to have a good reputation, and asaide from the food, it is deserved. Nice ambience, friendly enough staff. but there was nothing special about the food. the chicken was dry and the various mole sauces we had were, as advertised, different from each other, but did not really have strong distinctive tastes. sauces a bit thin. ordered soup that never came. drinks were okay.
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  • Too expensive but food is great
    Gabe
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    The title of my post says it all -- the food at Casa Oaxaca is really good, although not nearly as authentic Mexican as it pretends to be, but it's more costly than it should be. Nonetheless, worth the occasional visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food. Great Service. Vegan
    ElNicka
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    This was my third time to Casa Oaxaca. I ordered different items each time and every one was incredible. All of their moles are great, but their Black Mole is one of the best thing sauces I’ve ever had. The Huitlacoche Ravioli in Squash Blossom Cream Sauce is my favorite appetizer and the Guacamole is some of the creamiest and most flavorful that I have tried. They also have a large number of vegan and vegetarian options to go with their extensive steak, chicken and fish options. The mole on the vegan enchiladas is complex and delicious. They also make great sangria and have a full bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican!!
    YumYums
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    This place was delicious. I loved it! The feel was great, quiet and has candles on each table. A great date spot :)
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mole Ole'
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    For those who like Mole sauce, this is the place to go. They have several variations and all of the ones we had were very good. My wife had the Mole Poblano on the enchiladas which is the traditional Mole most people are used to, and was excellent. I had the Tres Moles on chicken breast; green, black and red, all of which were very good. The black was like traditional Mole, but I'm not sure I'd really consider the green and red Moles per se, but they were very good none the less. A lot better than the usual salsa verde or typical Mexican red sauce. They don't give you free chips and salsa, but we really didn't miss them.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful service and a casual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Wonderful service and a casual yet special feel. The food is very good (I love their mole) as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Birthday dinner
    dcfoodie
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    We were a group of 5 people here for a birthday dinner. The downstairs is not that big but they were very accomodating. The service was great, drinks were good and the food was pretty tasty. I've had better mexican food but it was worth the money. I'd recommend this restaurant and will visit again if I was in the neighborhood.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Not your comfort food Tex-Mex
    Billykins
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    This place was quite good. Their 7 types of mole sauce are definitely their claim to fame. However, if you're craving comfort food Tex-Mex, this isn't the place. Nothing is smothered in cheese and enchilada sauce. It's definitely on the healthier, more authentic Mexican side, which is great, as long as that's what you're looking for.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not usually a mole sauce fan,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Not usually a mole sauce fan, but LOVED their moles! When we asked about the different moles on the menu, the kitchen brought us a variety to sample as first time visitors to the restaurant. We will go back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Oaxacan food
    Alla
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    We absolutely love Oaxaca and have spent a lot of time there. It's nice to have a restaurant in the city that serves close to authentic Oaxacan cuisine. Not only was the food good, but the service was excellent despite how busy it got after 7 p.m. on a Friday night. Love that they have a lot of mezcals as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get your huitlacoche fix!
    Maggie
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    The huitlacoche ravioli are absolutely delicious, as are the moles. However, other menu items are misses. My boyfriend ordered the carnitas tacos and we were both disappointed. Stick to the traditional Oaxacan fare.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I took my date & we enjoyed
    foodie1
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I took my date & we enjoyed the food. However at the end of our dinner, there was a big group next to us. It got loud and killed the quiet mode. Other than that , service is great. Food is excellent.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it first time there!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Loved it first time there and will be returning. Great margaritas, service excellent and very good food!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Holy Mole!
    SliebsVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Not having much mole to base this experience off of, i'd say it was a good start! We started with guacomole, which was delicious, as well as the kekas. I got tres moles, which was really delicious! The green mole was my favorite. My boyfriend got the ribs, which were also pretty delicious. I'd definitely go back when craving Mexican.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Vegan options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Loving the vegan mole. Who new that could be so awesome?!?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, as usual
    Jenna
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I love this place and HAD to come here for the Dia de los Muertos food specials. They didn't disappoint. They even made a special pumpkin cocktail that was creamy and sweet. I loved it, and I HATE creamy and sweet cocktails. The service, however, was inattentive, somewhat condescending, and curt. I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt because this is the first time that has happened, and I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish
    bs12345
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Not many authentic Mexican restaurants in DC, but this one is amazing. They have a flight of mole! Enough said.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and MOLE!
    TheDupontCouple
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Mole sauces are excellent, very unique! Great food, great drinks!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great Restaurant
    Angel
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Good food good atmosphere good service thank you. We will be back!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different
    Matt
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Menu was interesting and different, not your everyday Mexican. Goat cheese in my enchiladas! Liked it a lot.. And How can you not like mole sauce?
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    fit for foodies
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  • Wonderful attentive customer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Wonderful attentive customer service - great advice on dinner for us.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • two out of three great dishes!
    GeoCat
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The staff are terrific, and they found us a nice seat even though we arrived a bit early for our reservation. We highly recommend ordering several dishes from the appetizers menu, we had two outstanding items ( a creamy Tamal Oaxaqueño wrapped in banana leaves, and a Kekas three tacos dish with huitlacoche, pork, and mole, wrapped in blue corn tortillas). However, the vegetarian entree we ordered was dominated by lettuce on top, which was a bland disappointment. Nevertheless, it was a fun evening, with a great atmosphere and very kind and attentive staff!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantistic from Start to Finish
    rtesmerVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    First visit to Casa Oaxaca. It was fantastic. Love true Mexican food, and that is kind of hard to find in DC (most are Salvadorian). Wonderful margarita, great appetizer of fresh guacamole. Dinner - was huge and almost too much too eat, but made the sacrifice and ate it all. Desert, love churros, especially the way they make them. Not easy to exactly find the right door to enter, but well worth it!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsatisfied towards the end
    LaLa
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    The food was excellent! I got there alone, had to wait for my date to arrive. While sitting along, the service was great. Once my date arrived and we ate, the server only came once to ask how everything was. Mind you, I was there from 7pm until 9-930pm/ We never got refills on water, no one even glance our way. We complained, but it was as if we didn't. Food was excellent, can't stress that enough though.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Best Mexican Food in DC
    Cama114
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Was there for my birthday and I tried a lot of food and all was great this is the best Mexican food ever
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    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Good authentic Mexican food. We love the HH prices and the people who work there are always friendly. THe food is good, not great but it fits my cravings.
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    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Great food, great fun!
    PFlyer
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    We highly recommend this place. We were visiting from Portland (foodie place on its own) and took our 20- and 23-year old kids to Casa Oaxaca. There was something for everyone. The menu is diverse and the food is really good. The service was great and the setting is really fun. Very affordable as well.
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking for a place with good
    Looking4Mole
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Looking for a place with good mole sauce -- tried three different mole sauces here and would order one of them again, but two not again. Waitstaff friendly and good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.