"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
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Did an amazing job of creating a rad ambience in the alley. We had a lovely time
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!
Always a great place for date night or just a casual dinner. Food and drinks are amazing! Also they have queso !
It was excellent as always! And we all felt very safe.
Had a wonderful evening. Food was amazing but drinks a little pricy. Oerall an A+ and will definately be going back soon.
I enjoyed the ambiance of the lights and outdoor vibe. The food was incredible and the servers were friendly.
Great as always! Thank you!
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.
Great place, ambiance and service
Very good experience. Cocktails were small, that is only reason I rated 4 stars on Value. Otherwise, 5 stars across the board
The food and value is great, ambiance and service not so much.
Food wasn’t great
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.
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!!
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.
10/10. Will be coming back again
Very slow service and not the most friendly or accommodating server. The food made up for it because it was delicious!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
No WiFi, slow service. But overall a nice place with good food.
Was quite enjoyable for the first time.
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
The guac was amazing! Loved my enchiladas! I do think the food was a little pricey though.
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.
Always amazing delicious unique and yummy
Great food, drinks & service. Lots of close parking.
Good creative take on Mexican food and good execution in a comfortable setting and good service too..
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.
Great food! 👌🏻
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
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.
Always love coming here!!
Still a great little spot downtown with great food and a friendly wait staff.
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 : /
Absolutely wonderful meal—every dish was delicious. Some of the best Mexican Food I’ve had in a long time!!!
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.