Yxta Cocina Mexicana
Yxta Cocina Mexicana

Yxta Cocina Mexicana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.yxta.net/
  • Phone: 2135965579x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
    Dinner: Monday, Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Blanca Prado
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We will close the restaurant for private parties. Minimum required. Minimum varies on the day of the week.
  • Private Party Contact: Cathy 2137096222x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We offer valet for $1 on Monday thru Friday from 11:30am til 2pm. Free lot after 2pm.
A word from Yxta Cocina Mexicana
The restaurant offers authentic Mexican food—handmade tortillas, fresh guacamole, slow-cooked carnitas, enchiladas de mole, as well as delicious updates to the classics—tostadas with sashimi-grade tuna, sweet shrimp taquitos, and salmon a la parilla.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Yxta Cocina Mexicana reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.7
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (40)neighborhood gem (35)good for groups (28)great for lunch (28)great for outdoor dining (17)hot spot (17)special occasion (15)vibrant bar scene (13)kid-friendly (7)romantic (5)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)scenic view (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • fabulous fine
    ellie
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    we were attending a play at Inner City Arts and this was the closest restaurant. We were thrilled to find out how great the food and service both were.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • love it
    LaPerlaBellaVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    My 2nd time here. Food Is Always A hit.. waiter made excellent recommendations to go with our yummy tequila cocktails.. a nice place to catch up with friends. .. take ur mom... or even a date
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Que Rica!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Delicious Mexican food in an unexpected downtown location.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Parking is not easy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Valet told us lot was full and they wouldn't take our car. Someone happened to be leaving-so we pulled in-at which time valet then informed us that valet was $2...even though we parked ourselves.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best
    finefueling
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Iv'e been to Yxta three times. The first time was great. The second time, excellent. The third time: a home run. From the warmth of the hostess, to the accommodating attitude of the waiter (my dinner companion ordered off the menu, wanting flour tortillas and butter for his appetizer: "no problem"), to the bartender (who knows how to make a margarita), to the artful and tasty food. I had the chile relleno with yellow mole, nopalitos and rice on the side. I consider Yxta my favorite Mexican Restaurant in LA. Its location is also perfect for us foodies who come from eastern LA county and don't want to struggle with traffic through downtown en route to the west side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Food
    JackInMilwaukee
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have to say...the food was really quite good. We enjoyed the jalapeno margaritas, the bass, and the skirt steak and shared our food. The service was just unfortunately VERY poor. Appetizers were forgotten, drinks sat empty quite a bit, no one ever checked up on how things were, we waited for tortillas for forever, etc. etc. If it had been busy, it would have been a bit more understandable. We also would have appreciated a manager checking on how things were, but this didn't happen either. I am going to chalk it up to an "off night" for them for service, and I'll try the place again, because the food was really quite delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful!
    La1960VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is not your average Mexican restaurant. The food is expertly prepared and delicious!! The interior with it's exposed brick curved walls, and modern lighting is beautiful. A little bit noisy, but not as bad as some places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy bday meal!
    Cookisa4letterword
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Tasty food. Terrific service. Excellent guacamole!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yxta Bonita
    foodiva
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere and we'd definitely go back! Only downside was that they seemed understaffed for having two medium sized parties and the rest of the dinner crowd.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took a client here for lunch. We were both impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great after theater meal
    budinskiVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went here after seeing "We Will Rock You" and had a great time The guacamole is fantastic large chunks of avocado with roasted pepitas on top,the appetizer of the day was an ahi tostada which was delicious. The Shrimp Ajillo was tender and tasty the lime rice was delicious the salmon a little overcooked and dry.The mahi mahi special was well cooked with roasted cauliflower and the shrimp enchiladas were very good The side dish of epazote with cotija and corn was delicious and Flan for desert
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Everything my friends and I ordered was prepared well, and tasted really good. The food was seasoned very well, and the drinks had just enough alcohol in them. The servers could have been more attentive...we had a group of 7, and I had to get up twice to find someone to help us :/. BUT, that was our only issue. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Phenomenal
    ElMexicano40
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Love the food the service is exceptional the waitress was attentive and polite.The food is soo good would recommend to anyone who loves flavor and wants a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef knows this cuisine
    POFgirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    From a poblano mole with just the right sweetness, the fat perfectly moist shrimp swimming in a glorious guajillo garlic sauce, the table side salsa with just a hint of smokiness, to the beautifully prepared and generously sized guacamole served on a banana leaf this kitchen produces wonderful Mexican food that shouldn't be missed! Sketchy neighborhood but management is sensitive to customer security and humanely treated a homeless person when she wandered onto the premises. Knowledgeable servers, great bartender, even cordial valets. Patio dining was comfortable and far quieter than inside. Go and support this local establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to dine.
    LinaStar21
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This is a very good place to dine @. Whether it be for lunch or dinner it's really good. Not to pricey. Service is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    eatinglocal
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Your restaurant team was very attentive from the minute we walked in, until the moment we left. Our dining group could not believe how fast our food arrived after we had placed our order. The food was delicious and the presentation was fantastic. The prices were also very reasonable. I would definitely recommend your restaurant to any of my friends and colleagues. There were also a few local senior officials dining when we were there, which made the experience rise to another level. I work near by which gave me the option to walk to your location. Keep up the good work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Nonick2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    If you are looking for fabulous Mexican that isn't your normal rice and beans (as good as that is) this is the place to go.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Yxta never disapoints. The food is very consistent and the service is always friendly. Found near the industrial side of downtown LA, Yxta is definitely a diamond in the rough. Drinks are absolutely delicious too. Try the Mexican Russian made (I think) with Horchata and sprinkled with cinnamon is heavenly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So delicious!
    JackInMilwaukee
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Wow, everything was delicious, literally everything that we tried. Arrived early for a reservation and the restaurant was very accommodating, then started off with amazing guac and margaritas, apps, entrees. We followed the server's suggestions 100% and he was spot on. The skirt steak was incredible. Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Guacamole and margarita heaven!
    Exploretheworld
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Spectacular food and drinks! Especially the guacamole! Service started out with our table we reserved wasn't ready so they sat us at the communal table, but 5 min later a large group walked in and they pushed tables together for them! Hah? Our waiter was good for awhile, then we had to stop other waiters to ask for boxes, our check...we sat with dirty plates, not sure what happened, but probably not a good "reservation" place. Go with a few friends and enjoy the food and margaritas!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is an explosion of flavors
    bbqs
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We went last Saturday evening at 7 pm, the energy was vibrant. There were people dinning in the patio section and inside had great music with a perfectly matching crowd. The food was incredible, it completely took me back to my childhood eating my grandmother's mole. Very delicious, rich flavors and perfectly seasoned food. The only thing that disappointed me was the service. Our server took a very long time getting us our dessert and at the end our bill. We waited twenty minutes for the decedent chocolate ice cream and another fifteen minutes after we were doing with dessert for our bill. I hope the service improves or I will simply stick to take out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistent and Tasty
    MattP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is my pre-game / pre-staples go-to- spot for dinner. Tasty, small but filling portions and a bartender who pours freely. Their chips are particularly good, fried but still flavor with the right amount of crusted salt on their outside.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy, Free Parking
    MartaVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The food is amazing, happy hour is wonderful, ambience is perfect whether in a large group or on a date. PLUS, have you ever heard of easy, free parking downtown? Makes it so simple to meet people here after work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Upscale Mexican Food
    valleygirl
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Great food - the carnitas and guacomole are consistently delicious, and their flan and bread pudding are both excellent desserts. The service is very good. There is a variety of seating, that includes padded bench seating, chairs, a long high table with high chairs that appeared to be hosting a group when I was there. It does get a little noisy inside with the open ceilings, but the outdoor seating is very relaxed and quieter. I have been here multiple times and am always pleased with the outcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two new converts
    Lynn
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I brought two girlfriends to Yxta for lunch. The fabulous guacamole was gone in a flash with rave reviews. The chili relleno rated best ever and both shrimp enchiladas plates were consumed with relish. And where false in LA can you get valet parking for $2? Love this spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great food/service; music too loud.
    Champagne
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Great place for large groups. Service very good. Food inventive and fresh and delicious. But the music is a bit too loud and interferes with conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 192 reviews are from the Yxta Cocina Mexicana reviews archive.
  • Worth checking out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Tasty food, delicious drinks, and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale Mexican in a great setting
    Crescentan
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Yxta very much. We arrived during the hora feliz, or happy hour, and they had a great tasting menu of tacos and other items which we enjoyed. The kale salad here is very good - tender kale greens and lots of additional items which made for a really nice salad. We had some of the slow cooked pork which was very tasty and finished off with the very good bread pudding and their excellent coffee. Altogether very enjoyable, with a large parking lot right out front. The only downside was that the restaurant is all hard surfaces and the music is played loud - it was hard at times to hear ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never disappoints!!!
    Melyandjuaqs
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Had my wife birthday dinner at Yxta. The food was great as always. We had the shrimp enchiladas with yellow mole, tacos al pastor, camarones al ajillo and the chicken al ajillo. The service was a little scarce at times which was the only negative. But the food and margaritas made up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Mexican Food
    Vivi
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Perfect hide-away in LA. Food and drinks are outstanding!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Happy Hour!
    laurvid
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We love this place for great margaritas and delicious happy hour foods. We usually have dinner here, but this time we just ate off the happy hour menu. Yummy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home Mexican food with a Flair
    Madmex91
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great and delicious food! There hasn't been an entree that I have not loved. Even their salads make you come back. They make you feel at home and welcomed from the owner to the managers to the servers. Great for a couples dining and also group dinners. Fantastic drinks and 'Aguas Frescas' must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go-to place for awesome Mexican
    DowntownbearsVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Have been here at least a dozen times. Coming from an LA Live residence - you have to traverse zombie zone - but the food is well worth it. "New fashioned" drinks with your choice of anejo tequila are awesome. Gluten free aware is important to me - and they get it. Never disappointed here - must be one of the best Mexican places in LA. Servers are very friendly and attentive. I am salivating now thinking about some of their sauces.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Flan!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We came here for my birthday dinner. Everything was excellent, but when it came time to order dessert they were out of the Flan. That was the main reason we came to the restaurant so you can understand we were VERY DISAPPOINTED
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh food
    LadiesWhoLoveLA
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Great guacamole and hip Mexican restaurant. Food was fresh and staff was friendly. Although a bit east of downtown, it still works if you are trying to catch a show at the Music Center.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    I have lived downtown for 29 years and this is one of the best restaurants in LA, not just Downtown. The guacamole is perfect, the homemade corn tortillas are superb and all of the entrees are amazing. Don't forget to order the flan or the Oaxaca chocolate ice cream.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Mexican fine dining here
    DrKanner
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    My wife and I just went to Yxta on a Friday at 6 p.m. We had read Open Table reviews that were consistently 4 and 5 stars in recent months, and spoke of good Mexican meals not just Tex-Mex fare. We even ordered 3 house specialty entrees to sample multiple tastes. We were disappointed. The roast pork dish was dry and not flavorful. The salmon dish similarly so, without any distinctive sauce or any wonderful Mexican flavors. The large sautéed shrimp were the best, and were decent and fairly flavorful. Guacamole presented the avocado in a sort of muddy tomato sauce, the salsa was just adequate and the chips were much too thick and heavy for the purpose. Flan was better than average. Inattentive service. Indigestion. We would not return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of Our Favorites
    Erin
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I had family visiting from out of town - one of whom was celebrating a birthday. My husband and I couldn't think of a better place to take her than YXTA. Between the amazing food, fun decor, and great service, it's one of our very favorite spots in LA. We've been going since it first opened and try to make an appearance at least a few times a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    drstogie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If you can get past the hidden location and lack of signs, you will find one of the best Mexican restaurants in Southern Cal. The dinner specials are all fantastic. I was there for happy hour, so I got 3 appetizers that were all just great. Highly recommended if you are downtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lively atmosphere
    B52girl
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Came for dinner after work on a Friday. Loved the margaritas and fresh guacamole! Hubby had the carnitas plate while I had the enchiladas with shrimp. He loved his entrée; mine, not so much. The shrimp were fresh and tasty but I'm not a lover of zucchini, which I think was diced and served with the shrimp. Not a problem, though. We will definitely be back and I'll try another dish. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.