Bar Amá

4.7
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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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PS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KK
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty!

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

Always amazing delicious unique and yummy

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

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

FF
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
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
London
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! 👌🏻

c
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
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
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here!!

NE
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
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
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!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was spectacular and the wait staff polite and very efficient

BH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent server and receptionist!!

MS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
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 on November 9, 2019
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
78 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.