Bar Amá

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$30 and under
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Tex-Mex
Bar Amá is a Tex-Mex restaurant located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
"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
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MS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had originally planned a birthday lunch for 6 by reserving Tartine Bianco DTLA a month ago. Less than 24 hours before then, they called and cancelled our reservation because they decided to convert to a pizzeria !?!? Luckily Bar Ama had an opening so we were able to have our DTLA birthday lunch as planned. The treatment we got from them was wonderful especially in light of the poor treatment we got from that other place. Food is creative and delicious and service is impeccable. It more than made up for the bad experience we had with Tartine Bianco.

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All four people at our table enjoyed every plate. The Ranchero chicken was perfectly spiced and the and Carne Guisada was excellent. We also had the brussel sprouts and cauliflower sides and they were amazing. All the flavors were different and they all fit perfectly together. Oh and the quesadilla with pork and a hint of pineapple was my favorite. The added bonus was that we all could hear each other. It was packed but the acoustics were great. I can't wait to go back and try some other dishes.

JW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very lively on a Saturday night. Place was packed. The server made an excellent tequila recommendation. All the food was fantastic. Plates large enough to share. Definitely would go back.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved the food. The server knew how to accommodate our gluten allergy and dairy free requests. Will be coming back soon!

L
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mole enchiladas and jicama salad Really enjoyed a margarita at happy hour and then dinner. Fun spin on Tex-Mex. We’ll be back!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It’s not nearly as good as it used to be.
Food didn’t have much flavor.
We’ve been going since it opened and we won’t be back.
The $14 valet charge is outrageous.

EH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Solid food! Get the puffy taco on the secret menu

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast, friendly service! The Brussels sprouts are an absolute must.

M
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful experience.

RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were great. Highly recommend the Mole Enchiladas. We had them with potato, and they were fabulous. Also, the Jicama Salad was bright and refreshing.

JL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighbor Gem. I highly recommend this place. Great for dates. Amazing menu.

CE
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved it! Favorite dishes were the mole enchiladas, green chicken enchiladas, potato taquitos, roasted cauliflower, and of course the queso guc and chips. Good music, good cocktails, friendly service. Glad I could find them on OpenTable. Thank you to the team! Hope to come back soon.

DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

They ran out of seltzer water and their cheese in the "Super Nacho" was pretty runny. But overall very tasty.

JL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing...food never disappoints service is great and friendly. I need to go more. Great for dates or family and friends whatever..

k
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was outstanding - wait staff seemed preoccupied. We waited at least ten minutes for a waiter to greet our table, and afterwards had to remind our waiter of several things throughout the meal. That aside, the food was fantastic. I would probably go back for happy hour but not a dinner reservation.

NJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

The food was *really* bad I am sad to say. I appreciated the excellent customer service all around but I will not eat here again.

JM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I can't say that I was disappointed, since we went in with no expectations. We had heard good reviews about the establishment and actually had one other place in mind, but this was slightly closer (walked from Union Station). The meals we ordered were on the standard side, as not much to stand out from other nearby restaurants. They were very friendly and attentive. The coffee was aromatic and hot. We enjoyed the decor and ambiance. One thing that did stand out that we ordered was their Bloody Mary. I'm neutral about the place, so it's not a place that would immediately come to mind with regard to offering a recommendation.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Choice of music for a Tex Mex restaurant was poor. Hip hop. Makes no sense. Food was just down right awful. No other way to say it. Way over priced. Drinks were undrinkable. Tasty like dirty water.

AV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Every dishes was delicious, especially the queso and the stone fruit salad.

ER
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food, and great atmosphere.

CA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! Our waiter was friendly and provided great service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant had a cool vibe, great customer service, and the playlist is awesome (hip hop/rap). Overall chill and would recommend going during happy hour.

GG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guacamole was out of this world!

KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I were remarking over the fact that we have NEVER been disappointed at Bar Ama! Not once. The food is always good, we never wait too long to be seated, get our drinks or our food! The energy is amazing and the people are top shelf. Josef, you are one hell of a chef!

CS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! Have been once a week since I moved to the area, and everything I've tried has been fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Just wasn’t expecting how small the portion was but I enjoy going to this place every time I do go

VC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great. The venue was good however the food was too salty. Nothing we ordered really made a good impression.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Crowded. The tables are too close together, and there are too many of them. As a larger person, I felt claustrophobic. I got tired of hearing the neighboring table's conversation. The food is good though; I think in the future, I'll be getting it to go.

O
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Seems the quality of food went down, however, great service as always.

t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very cool CalMex composition of menu. Great vegetarian and gluten free options, but also saw them very appetizing meat options on the menu. Amazing cocktails. Great price!

UG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 2 hostesses were friendly and helpful. The waiter was friendly, attentive, and offered great suggestions.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good menu selection for brunch/lunch. My wife doesn’t care for spicy food and she was able to find something good. I ordered some fried Serrano’s and while not on the menu, didn’t seem to have any issue with making them. The shandys were very refreshing. Welcoming knowledgeable staff.

KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything we had was DELICIOUS, with the excerption of the broccoli which was strangely bad.
Well balanced cocktails and good service.

JF
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great food. Great drinks. Very expensive. Loud environment. Super fun design and enjoyable place to be.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best ever !

KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The squash blossoms are EVERYTHING

J
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gerardo has been our server the last couple of times we’ve gone and his knowledge of the menu and overall fantastic personality made our dining experience that much better.

VL
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Pre-theater dining, so noise level was low at first. Excellent service, food way beyond expectations for a former Texan. We loved the guacamole, cauliflower, chicken mole enchiladas, cochinita pibil mocajete. The hot sauce 3-sauce flight was a terrific addition.

IM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Fun ambiance. Good location.

LJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food but hard parking but I will return. And big portions