"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
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.
Neighbor Gem. I highly recommend this place. Great for dates. Amazing menu.
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.
They ran out of seltzer water and their cheese in the "Super Nacho" was pretty runny. But overall very tasty.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every dishes was delicious, especially the queso and the stone fruit salad.
Great service, amazing food, and great atmosphere.
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.
The guacamole was out of this world!
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!
I love this place! Have been once a week since I moved to the area, and everything I've tried has been fantastic!
Just wasn’t expecting how small the portion was but I enjoy going to this place every time I do go
The service was great. The venue was good however the food was too salty. Nothing we ordered really made a good impression.
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.
Seems the quality of food went down, however, great service as always.
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!
The 2 hostesses were friendly and helpful. The waiter was friendly, attentive, and offered great suggestions.
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.
Everything we had was DELICIOUS, with the excerption of the broccoli which was strangely bad.
Well balanced cocktails and good service.
Great food. Great drinks. Very expensive. Loud environment. Super fun design and enjoyable place to be.
The best ever !
The squash blossoms are EVERYTHING
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.
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.
Amazing food. Fun ambiance. Good location.
Great food but hard parking but I will return. And big portions
I had to write a review on this amazing place
The feel of this place is very warm and inviting not only is the staff sweet, informative, helpful and very easy on the eyes the food and drinks were hands down incredible. It was my first time here and definitely not my last time. I have been telling all my friends that we must come and check this place out again. Two thumbs up 👍 I’ve found my new favorite spot in Dtla and it also doesn’t hurt that it’s less then ten minutes from my place.
It was great, only gripe was server could have checked on our table instead of me having to flag them down.
I've been here with a friend and with family. The food is consistently great and tastes fresh. They have extended their menu and have more options including my favorites: pesto cauliflower & puffy tacos!
Much better than we expected. The green enchiladas with chorizo and the sweet potatoes were terrific, as was the beer flight. The only disappointment was the cheese sauce appetizer— thin and watery and not at all worth the price. Overall, very good, though. We’ll definitely be coming back.
I've been here often and always enjoy it. We started with the queso and guac. I had the puffy tacos in cochinita pibil and grilled shrimp. So good! The rest of the group had various dishes that they all enjoyed.
Puffy tacos are a must
Service was extremely friendly and the food was excellent and delivered in a very timely manner I highly recommend to a friend
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.