"Fideo and borracho beans with cilantro and pork belly simmering on the stove, the spicy warmth of menudo every Christmas and New Year’s, egg salad with a fried egg between a butter toasted bolillo, and puffy tacos stuffed with lengua carnitas and crushed avocado and doused with pequin chile vinegar salsa. These are just some of the dishes that have inspired me – the food that I was nurtured with by the women who raised me. Bar Amá is my interpretation of their Tex-Mex." – Chef Josef Centeno
Fairly bland and mediocre food. Bland and lack of basic seasoning. Made a reservation for 5 weeks in advance and confirmed on the day. Nevertheless, the table was mot set up when we arrived even though the restaurant wasn’t full. We were hiven a bad table right in front of the entrance which just added to the indifferent dining experience. Staff were nice
The food and drinks are delicious, but as most DTLA restaurants, it's slightly over-priced.
Food is good, slightly salty for one of the dishes we got but otherwise very tasty, good portions, and very filling.
Seriously. Get the Chalupa. I doubted it, but the waitress said it was her favorite. And, it was amazing.
The brunch menu was limited for a Saturday 12pm table. We prefer the evening menu. Drinks were very good.
I LOVE this restaurant! My only irk was that they don't make very comfortable accommodations for tables of two. They initially attempted to squeeze us into an impossibly small nook, then we were placed directly against a wall with only a sliver between us and the next table. Tables with 3+ are definitely given more room and comfort. Something to think about that two-tops would like some space as well.
The food was really good but a little greasy. I got the green enchiladas, which were tasty, as well as the chips and guacamole. The chips were awesome and the guacamole had a nice level of spice. The ambience was amazing and perfect for a date. The rest of the people in the restaurant were pretty loud, but it was definitely expected and it was a positive energetic vibe. Our waitress was really kind in explaining the menu to my boyfriend and even let us sample their mole! Awesome place, would go again!
I would recommend Bar Ama with certain caveats. I like hip-hop but it gets monotonous after a while just like other genres do. A little variety wouldn't hurt (although purists may think otherwise). The food was well prepared and fresh but not all that exciting. Nevertheless, a good meal at a reasonable price. And the service was flawless.
Great but had to wait ten minutes to be seated (and had a reservation). Other then that, love the atmosphere, food and drinks!
Bar Ama was outstanding. The food was prepared artfully and simply, and all the dishes we had were so unique in flavor.
The space and atmosphere had a great vibe.
Can’t wait to go back!
Good drinks , service and food . And music was good too
Small eats, but worth the price. The food here is amazing. One of my favorite spots downtown.
I love this place, good food, good location and good drinks
We really like this place as a downtown alternative. The interior is a little spartan but the food is well prepared and the service is excellent. It can still get pricey, but if you are careful you can get a filling meal for a lot less than some of the other downtown spots. Recommended- the green enchiladas. They make their own flour tortillas- mui rico! Probably best to avoid it on a Saturday night, the noise level is high and the service tends to fall off. But a weeknight? No problem!
Casual atmosphere, serious food. Got here on a Saturday at 5:15, before dinner service began—perfect time for a couple of stiff, refreshing Amá's margaritas at the bar (daily happy hour pricing). Moved quickly to the dining room, where my daughter started with a mouthwatering cochinita pibil taco (Puffy Cochinita on the bar menu; ask your server). Since becoming a pescatarian, I've missed mole; I was excited to try the dark, flavorful mole enchilada with potato (also available with chicken, cochinita pibil, chorizo or piccadillo). The fideo it tasted like a good sauvignon blanc; I was more than content with a second margarita. The rice pudding was decadently creamy, just enough to share. Evelyn, our waitress, was wonderfully hospitable and attentive. A Lyft got us to the Dorothy Chandler in plenty of time for our 7:30 curtain.
Terrible food. It tasted like Taco Bell. The portions were small and the tables were really close. I did not like this place at all!
Bar Ama had some of the best salsa and queso dip that I have ever had. The chips tasted like they were homemade. We had a few small problems with service, but they were immediately rectified. I would eat there again!
Probably one of the best Mexican food restaurants in all of Los Angeles. A true treat!
Not the authentic Tex-Mex I was hoping for. I'm originally from Texas, moved to LA a few years ago, and I would not recommend this place to any Texans. The queso was okay, not great. I ordered the Mom's Enchiladas and they came in a small skillet that was filled with a watery sauce making the tortillas soggy and the dish a sort of enchilada-soup. My husband enjoyed his dish, though. And the vibe is pretty cool.
I've been to Bar Ama before and had a much better time. Service was rushed because it was close to closing time, to the point of getting attitude about bringing us more tortillas for fajitas. I think the restaurant shouldn't take reservations after a certain time if that's how it's going to be when it gets close to closing time. Food also wasn't as good as it's been before. The steak on the fajitas was overcooked and the fideo/octupus appetizer was dry, which is not how it's been served before.
Always love the food and the ambience! Favorite DTLA spot!
Good service and food, and the drinks were tasty.
Slow service and very uncomfortable seating
The restaurant is great. So much fun , really great service and great food. Recommend for friends night out
I somewhat enjoyed it but it was a little loud. Certain menu items weren’t available. Our server was very nice, but not very attentive. Drinks were ok. I’d go again just to give it a second try.
We wanted to try something different - get some good Mexican food and enjoy the bar until late. Well- dinner was ok a bit overpriced - food was too hot and too condimented - we were rushed to leave after dinner as the place was packed - bar is small and drink you can order are limited - we ended up at LA Live to finish the night .not going back
Order the puffy taco that's not on the menu they're amazing!
The service and food is pretty good but the food and drink are a bit over priced.
Great food and the service was very friendly.
We love Baco Mercat and Orzo & Winston. The food at Bar Ami was not as wonderful. We’ll be back and try again.
Great service. Food was excellent and staff was accommodating for my date’s vegan/gluten free request. Would highly recommend.
Great ambiance and even better food. I have been twice and both times the service was slow. I came back a second time because the food made up for the service but after receiving bad service the second time I will probably not return
The cocktails are on point, guacamole is way overpriced.
Great Unique Food! Great Service. Beautiful space! But as the place filled up the volume level approached painful. This is endemic in hip LA venues...but so easily addressed? So...why isn’t it? Does a high noise level lead to quicker table “turns” and thus, short term at least, higher profits. Hate to think this is the reason.
Food was okay but not that great. I would not return.
The service was very poor. The girl who was bussing/delivering food was SO rude!!!!
I don't understand what all the buzz is about. Perhaps I don't understand what Tex-Mex cuisine is.
We ordered guacamole and the Tex-Mex queso with chips to start. The queso reminded us of melted Velveeta which triggered happy memories of being a kid, but guacamole had no seasoning so it was just smashed avocado.
The chile relleno was a giant deep fried jalapeno popper filled with more of the Tex-Mex queso. More popper than chile.
The cheese enchiladas, although attractive we're tasteless and the tortilla shells were hard.
The most expensive item at $26 was the Cochinito Pibil Molcajete. Serious disappointment.
I feel like it's the case of the Emperor's clothes.
Food was very so-so
Well, I had $20 DineLA and had enchilada which was really salty and plain tiny enchiladas and pretty tasteless churros for dessert. Come on guys, you can do better than that. Why even bother to participate DineLA.