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Oaxaca Kitchen - New Haven

3.9
264 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Custom Tailored.
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
Contemporary Latin Music
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.8
service
3.7
ambience
Noise · Moderate
75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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.

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1.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2014

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

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3.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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.

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2.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2014

The food here is to DIE for. It's not overpriced, which is nice. Ask the waiters for their recommendations, trust me you won't be disappointed!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2014

My steak was bad. The appetizer were incredible. The waitress didn't know how to open a bottle of wine, we had to show her, but the margaritas were fantastic. I've had better luck in the past at this place but this time I was underwhelmed.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2014

We were staying in New Haven for my son's graduation and having all our meals in the Study, which was great. But came here for a change of pace. It was an easy walk and close to campus. The flank steak with mashed sweet potatoes was truly outstanding. I can only eat meat when it's rare and I ordered it rate and they did a beautiful job. Highly recommend that dish. we were able to sit in a big booth which was the perfect family spot and very comfortable. Think were five people and that worked really well. Service was friendly and easy. Think everyone liked their dishes.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2014

They forgot about our food and then charged us full price with no compensation and it was terrible

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2014

We showed up 5 minutes early and didn't get seated until almost 20 after. When we finally got our table the the man who led us to it was very cold and off putting. Once seated it took about 25 minutes for the waitress to arrive and she took our drink, appetizer and entree order all at once. We then waited another 20 minutes, when a server showed up with only my entree, not my gf's. he then seemed puzzled at why I was asking what happened to our app and drinks, he then left and came back with both entrees. I asked him to take them back and get our app to come out first. We got out drinks and app and my gf got the wrong drink and mine tasted terrible. When they brought our entrees back out they were cold. I will never go back to this place.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2014

The meal was fine, the wine decent, the staff friendly and professional. Upon ordering desert, the waiter asked if we would like coffee. We said yes. The waiter returned a few minutes later to say they didn't have any coffee. First of all, why offer something that you don't have. Secondly, if you want people to order dessert, coffee should be a no brainer.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2014

I took a group of 8 people from around the world. We had strict vegetarians and people who only eat carbs and meat. One likes spicy food, another wants no heat at all in her food. Everyone was very happy. It was a Tuesday night, so relatively quiet -- easy to have a conversation across the table.

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3.0Dined on March 2, 2014

The food was better than most Mexican places. Tacos were basic but good.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2014

Wow! Everything we wanted and hoped for and more. Great location, directly across from Shubert! No driving or walking in the cold. The seating was up in back in a cozy spot. Lighting was great. Menu was perfect and everything, drinks, service and food was great. Food was by far some of the best Mexican I've EVER had. Prices great too. Defiantly a treasure spot. We will be back MANY. Times.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2014

The dining room was overcrowded, we were on top of the two tables next to us, and could not have a conversation or hear eachother. The waiter gave us a dessert we didn't order, and when we told him this (after 10 minutes of it sitting in front of us) he picked it up and put it onto the table next to us (gross!!!). Service was slow but workers were pleasant.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2014

... But this place is terrible. The food is mediocre at best. Needless to say, I was expecting something much better from the same management as Thali and Thali Too. Very disappointing.

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2014

The service was terrible; it was very slow and we had to order our drinks twice from 2 different people. The food took forever to come out, and they ran out of rice! How does a Mexican restaurant run out of rice?! So, I had to wait and it eat that after my taco. And they didn't even take it off our bill, which they should have done. The veggie taco was good. The rice and beans were bland.

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2.0Dined on January 19, 2014

The website menu looked very interesting and the NYTimes review was enthusiastic so we were amped up. The server was competent and cordial but the food was a big letdown across the board.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Inventive & original menu, moles are outstanding.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2013

We enjoyed our dinner at Oaxaca. The food was very good, the shrimp was a quite a bit spicier than expected (and was not noted on the menu), but everything else was great. The guacamole was great, just sad they don't bring you more tortilla chips, they certainly should be without extra charge as they are in most Mexican restaurants but the waitress didn't even ask if we wanted more. Salsa was very good also. Drinks were pricey but delicious. Overall we really enjoyed.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2013

We have eaten here twice now, both times very happy. Traditional Spanish food, very well done. We also felt it was an excellent value for the cost of the meals. Pleasant staff, upstairs is nice and quiet and can't beat the location - right across the street from the Shubert. We will go back.

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3.0Dined on November 19, 2013

This is for open table not for the restaurant: our reservation was not communicated to the restaurant. Had i not confirmed and had it not been a Tuesday night, 10 people (a business dinner) would have been in search of a place to eat. Not happy! Oaxaca was very polite about it however and very accommodating.

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable place, excellent/interesting food, superb service - an excellent choice before theater, given the prompt food preparation and service.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2013

We had a large, unwieldy group of 13 (including 3 young children), and the staff handled us efficiently and were very attentive. The drink orders took way too long, but the foulup was acknowledged and addressed without our complaining. The food excellent, as usual, but particularly in view of the large group, it was delivered hot and fresh.

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4.0Dined on October 12, 2013

Oaxaca is a fun place for Mexican/Southwest food. The food is tasty and the service is attentive. They offer guacamole made at your table which is wonderful.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2013

Looking for something that was trendy and romantic, a few of my girlfriends and I found Oaxaca. The food was great and the variety of choices for frozen margaritas was impressive.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2013

The food and service were very good plus and the arepas were worth going there to eat.

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2013

We had a delicious lunch while visiting downtown New Haven. Host was very friendly and hospitable. The food was delicious and well prepared and presented.

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3.0Dined on July 14, 2013

While the food was still good, the service didn't seem up to par as in previous visits. The waitress didn't know about some of the items on the menu because the selections were new. One of our party complained about a mixed drink the bartender had prepared. I woould go back again, but the restaurant came down a peg or two in my eyes.

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2.0Dined on July 13, 2013

Online menu looked good. From the outside it didn't even look open 745pm on a Saturday and it is very small inside 9 tables total + bar. We were told they had just changed the menu. Ordered chips & salsa/pico, chicken fajitas, & 3 tacos. The tacos only arrived first; Nothing else came. Waitress walked by but never asked how things were. I had to ask a waiter to check on the rest of our food. Told the ticket for the fajitas didn't print but they'd be out asap. Still no chips & salsa. We were offered a free dessert, and they brought the wrong dessert out. To top it off we never got the chips & salsa but they were on the bill. Unfortunately, the service was so atrocious that we won't be returning, even though the food was good and authentic.

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3.0Dined on June 28, 2013

My husband and I went to Oaxaca for dinner on Friday. We sat outside and it was a lovely evening. We shared a seafood salad as an appetizer. It was plenty for 2 and was quite tasty. My husband had the fish dish which happened to be salmon. It was nicely presented and the sauce had a little kick without overpowering the salmon. I had the chile rollenos and they had a much stronger kick. But they were delicious and the heat was manageable if you like spice.

It was a nice change from the fajitas and taco fare of a lot of Mexican restaurants. We will probably go again, especially to take advantage of the outdoor dining.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2013

Best enchiladas I've ever had- lobster. The food came so fast I don't know how they had time to cook it.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2013

I always come here for the tableside Guac!
I also loved that they were able to seat us outside even though we didn't reserve it in advance! Very accommodating!

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2013

Oaxaca serves good food with friendly service. Only one dish disappointed, but the gazpacho was outstanding.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2013

Fresh ingredients with good portion size. The drinks are generous as well. A perfect spot for a meal before or after a show at the Shubert because it does not close its kitchen midday on weekends. Staff is always friendly and helpful

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