Bar Amá

4.6
190 Reviews
$30 and under
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 190 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
A
Aidan
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did an amazing job of creating a rad ambience in the alley. We had a lovely time

JS
JosephS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Bar Ama is one of my favorite spots DTLA. This time wasn’t the usual quality/vibe but I completely understand and appreciate that they are open and making it happen- given the circumstances. I will be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place for date night or just a casual dinner. Food and drinks are amazing! Also they have queso !

LH
LingH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent as always! And we all felt very safe.

ED
EricD
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful evening. Food was amazing but drinks a little pricy. Oerall an A+ and will definately be going back soon.

AL
ALEXA
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I enjoyed the ambiance of the lights and outdoor vibe. The food was incredible and the servers were friendly.

J
vipJesseya1
Los Angeles
77 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Thank you!

TM
TexMexAlFresco
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bar Ama! Food and service is great, outdoor arrangements are very good with good distancing between other guests. It's always been a little pricey.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, ambiance and service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good experience. Cocktails were small, that is only reason I rated 4 stars on Value. Otherwise, 5 stars across the board

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food and value is great, ambiance and service not so much.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Food wasn’t great

SJ
SJColgs
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Our waitress was very rude. We got there early and it was completely empty. We asked if we could switch tables and she said “No all tables are reserved.” I told her we also had reservations. She said “I said no”. I wanted to leave- but my friend insisted we stay and ask for a another waitress so we did and she was lovely. But she never came to our table.

m
misl123
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Bar AMA has done a great job with their outdoor COVID seating area, so cute and great DTLA vibes! Hopefully they can keep it post mandates! The food was bright and flavorful, great addition to the menu was side B!! Looking forward coming back and trying more!!

p
vippinkpainter
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I was a little hesitant to eat outside here.. It is a space between two buildings and it is a little lacking in ambiance. However, the food made up for that. We were comfortable and though the metal chairs are not my favorite place to sit, we had a lovely time with the four of us. They were out of the wine I chose, but the Chardonnay was an ok replacement.
The main star was the food. Everything we ordered was delicious! We started with the guacamole and cauliflower. The guac was fresh and very flavorful. The cauliflower was perfect al dente and had a delicious spicy sauce. I paired it with the guacamole and every bite was sublime.
Next, we had the main course chicken. It was perfectly cooked, tender, and moist and the spicy sauce was the perfect complement to the tender chicken. Best chicken dish ever!! So good!
My hubby had the chicken enchiladas and enjoyed every bite. My son had the quesadilla and left only one piece that he took home.
Overall, after not eating out for months, it was a great experience. There is nothing like food in a restaurant delivered to your table at the perfect temperature. Take out never tastes as good.
I recommend getting out to dinner in Downtown at Bar Ama. We need to support great restaurants like this in DTLA.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

10/10. Will be coming back again

MB
MarcieB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very slow service and not the most friendly or accommodating server. The food made up for it because it was delicious!

DI
vipDIris
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious - great combination of unexpected ingredients to create wonderful tex mex. Service was friendly and attentive. It's a busy place, make sure to make a reservation.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp was to die for. Quest fundito was perfect, drinks and service great. We came for a birthday of 10 people . The staff was very accommodating when we had to add 2 more people last minute

r
rojopaul
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

The restaurant itself is very nice inside. Hip vibe. Food is pretty as plated. Taste was good. Table guacamole was delicious.

Unfortunately, the waitress was a total pill. She had a sour face the entire time and looked like she would rather be anywhere else than where she was. Considering we were celebrating a co-worker's birthday, she did nothing to add to the celebration and basically did the bare minimum in taking our orders and handling our table. That alone made me not want to return. I may give it one more try in case she was having a bad day, but honestly, I'm not in a hurry to go back.

R
vipRogue
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time. I enjoyed it. The menu isn’t intuitive and I wasn’t sure what i was getting, but the food was good. And the servers were on top of everything. Good stuff.

MM
MikeM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rich, Vibrant flavors – some of the best Tex Mex food I’ve ever had. The queso dip with chorizo is outstanding, even though we did have to have it warmed up a bit when the first offering was delivered lukewarm. Mom’s green enchiladas were delicious, with amazing and deep smoky, spicy and cheesy flavors. It’s always a little crowded and loud inside, but the food is absolutely worth it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was all good but a little annoyed by not being seating at the table so we could order drinks before our husbands found parking (we over shot valet and then they got stuck on 1-way streets and street closures due to filming). And then once seated, being told we need to vacate by 9:00pm

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

No WiFi, slow service. But overall a nice place with good food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was quite enjoyable for the first time.

PS
PerlaS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was really nice. Loved the music and the vibes. Waitress new her stuff and recommended a lot of good options it was my first time there and for sure I’ll be recommending people to stop by

MD
MonD
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The guac was amazing! Loved my enchiladas! I do think the food was a little pricey though.

KK
KristinK
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty!

CC
CoCo
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Date before an evening event. Servers were friendly. Decor is trendy industrial inside with hip hop, pop and r and b playing at an energetic level but you can still have a conversation. Cocktails are good and pack a punch.

I had the sweet potatoes tamales which were a little dry and not that flavourful but still pleasant. Also, shared an enchilada with my dining partner which was delicious.

Would recommend for a casual date or food with friends.

L
vipLinda
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing delicious unique and yummy

Report
GR
GonzaloR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drinks & service. Lots of close parking.

FF
vipFaithFamilyFood
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good creative take on Mexican food and good execution in a comfortable setting and good service too..

RR
RachelR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very attentive staff, food came out fast. Very tasty. Guacamole was delicious. I got the chicken mole enchiladas which was amazing with the bus driver hot sauce.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! 👌🏻

c
cliona
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a weird city LA is. Two days before Christmas in any other city and the place would be hopping. As it was we practically had the place to ourselves, could chat without shouting, loved the food, were waited on attentively, all of which made for a lovely evening. The peel and eat shrimp was sumptuous

VJ
VinnieJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent restaurant., I wish I'd made it to the reservation time, but I was late, so we just bellied up to the bar and called it good.

R
vipRae70
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here!!

NE
NEats
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still a great little spot downtown with great food and a friendly wait staff.

KJ
KayleighJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Ama is one of my favorite restaurants and Sunday night was no exception. The generous waitstaff refilled our chips bowls at every request and were patient and kind despite the grumpy 16 year old who joined us. I need to go back with an extra tip for our server, Evelyn (I believe), as I realized when leaving that my stepfather-in-law tipped an embarrassing amount less than we agreed : /

O
vipOscafel
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal—every dish was delicious. Some of the best Mexican Food I’ve had in a long time!!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Amá using the Order Online button. Bar Amá also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar. Bar Amá also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 687-8002.

Bar Amá is rated 4.6 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.