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Oaxaca Kitchen - New Haven

264 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (165)
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Oaxaca Kitchen of New Haven, Connecticut, offers Mexican favorites to diners in a casual atmosphere. The menu offers traditional starters such as quesadillas, nachos, arepa, tamale, empanadas, shrimp ceviche and chile. There are also tacos with short ribs, barbacoa, pork, chicken or fish as well. For diners searching for lighter fare, there are also fitness tacos available, which are served in a lettuce cup.

Oaxaca Kitchen offers a variety of entr�es including fajitas with chicken, steak or shrimp. Other entr�es include scallop salsa verde, carne asada, Costilla de res, mole rojo and camarones al chipotle. The menu at Oaxaca Kitchen also features burritos and tortas as well as several dessert options.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Mexican, Traditional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(203) 859-5774
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Prasad Chirnomula
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Custom Tailored.
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Cross street
Crown Street
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Parking details
Adjacent Parking Lots & Street Parking.
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Public transit
Metro North and Green Bus
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Contemporary Latin Music
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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foofoodfinder (New York Area)
Dined on November 1, 2014

Although the menu has some of the usual Mexican fare, the entree specials are very authentic. Reasonably priced except for a kind of expensive Mojito but it was so good. Loved the guacamole and the house made chips were fantastic and not salty. The pork stew was really spicy but the meat was perfectly cooked. the accompanying rice and beans were so flavorful. Chilles Rellenos were delicious and perfectly seasoned. The service couldn't have been nicer. The young man who waited on us was clearly proud of the food he was serving, which is rare these days. He was attentive without being obsequious. Can't wait to go back, a lot on the menu I want to try.

Richard (London)
Dined on October 25, 2014

We were disappointed with this restaurant. Service was friendly but haphazard. Starters and main course we're brought at the same time. When we asked for them to be taken back they simply said we are busy so can't really help. With a push they did. Food was reasonable but not great. Seasoning and spices were not very vibrant for an authentic mexican or tex mex experience in my view.

vipTriciaD (New York Area)
Dined on October 18, 2014

This is a small but interesting little restaurant in a lively neighborhood near Yale in New Haven. They offer a broad Mexican menu and some specials that sounded interesting but we did not order them. We ordered guacamole and chips with our meal, which was good and freshly made. The food was nicely prepared and presented, and spice-wise it was on the "hot" side. It isn't the kind of food where you can't wait to have it again, but it was pretty good and we would come back and try some different dishes to find ones that we like the best. Quite a good value price-wise compared to some of the restaurants in the neighborhood. Go ahead and try it if you like Mexican!

vipsandy (New York Area)
Dined on September 20, 2014

We were a little disappointed by our most recent meal at Oaxaca though we know we will return. Carne Asada should not be slightly less cooked than beef jerky. We will excuse this lapse.

Frank (Las Vegas)
Dined on September 13, 2014

Disappointing on food but good service. We were sat in the front bar area even though the dining room had tables available.

luv2dine (Washington DC)
Dined on September 7, 2014

Not really impressed at all. Food is only so-so; all pretty bland and made with cheep ingredients. Service is terribly slow and our waiter messed up our order multiple times. My brother ordered a burrito without beans or cheese (he's allergic) and it came out with just meat wrapped in this huge burrito - no lettuce, no rice, no tomato, onions, etc. (And the waiter explicitly said all of these would be included). Overall, I would not recommend and do not plan to return - maybe a good place to go for a hung-over brunch when you don't really care about quality.

EMSumoter (New York Area)
Dined on August 30, 2014

Great food, excellent service!!! Nice dining experience on the patio. Staff friendly and inviting. Parking easy on a Saturday night!!!

vipSuzanne (New York Area)
Dined on July 22, 2014

The food was good though I was disappointed in the carnitas which were not prepared in an "traditional" fashion.
The carne asada was tasty thiough a buit dry and overcooked to my liking.
The quesadilla was generously filled with cheese and was quite good.
I was surprised to see it was very slow at lunchtime so hope it picks up.

AZtoGND (New York Area)
Dined on July 12, 2014

Spending 24 years of my life in the southwest, I'm very judgmental of Mexican food. The guacamole and chips were very good and the passion fruit frozen margarita was amazing. I also tried a variety of the soft tacos and really enjoyed the vegetarian.

NDAA (New York Area)
Dined on June 21, 2014

We had a large group (~12) and the dinner started out well. I can't complain about the food. However, we ran into many issues with the service - I don't want to blame the restaurant itself, but our waiter was not competent in working with a larger party.