"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
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!!!
Ordered several vegetarian dishes and each one was unique in it’s own right and extremely tasty! Hands-down best guac in town. If we lived closer to DTLA Bar Ama would be an addiction.
Food was spectacular and the wait staff polite and very efficient
The food at bar ama is amazing. It’s elevated Mexican food with plenty of vegan options, a great cocktail menu and fun ambiance. It’s one of my favorite restaurants!!
Excellent server and receptionist!!
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely loved the food. The server knew how to accommodate our gluten allergy and dairy free requests. Will be coming back soon!
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!
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.
Solid food! Get the puffy taco on the secret menu
Great food and fast, friendly service! The Brussels sprouts are an absolute must.
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.
Food and drinks were delicious! Our waiter was friendly and provided great service.
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!