Bar Amá

4.6
241 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

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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 241 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Azania
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Ama is one of our favorite downtown LA restaurants. It never disappoints. We sat on this occasion in the outdoor patio in the alley--very pleasant. The service was impeccable. Our server was knowledgeable about the dishes and when they were not able to answer our questions got the information promptly from the kitchen. In addition, our server's recommendations about how many dishes to order was spot-on. The cocktails and food were amazing. Excellent vegetarian options, although perhaps the very talented chef could come up with some creative ways to include protein in the vegetarian dishes? We loved everything we ate--the grilled okra, the cauliflower, the vegan mushroom birria (wow!), the sweet potato mole enchiladas that the kitchen was able to make gluten-free for us, the caramelized peaches, the light rice pudding.

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vipbillchin
Los Angeles
232 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first time at the restaurant and Zoe, our server made it happen. She made the Manhattan, recommended the fried chicken, heirloom tomatoes with Santa Rosa plum and rice pudding. All excellent. She was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The drinks and the food were very good! Will definitely come back

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Made reservations and were not seated until 30 minutes later. Ordered and appetizer that never came. Food was great!

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RAYMONDL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, convenient parking around the corner, very attentive wait staff, all-in-all totally worth the downtown hustle.

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PaulR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great cocktails, the type of NYC small bar/restaurant vibe that is hard to come by in LA. Flexible enough for a date night, night out with friends, or a quick drink at the bar. Not overly fancy or pretentious, just right!

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PersonWhoEats
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was not great - appetizers were ok but all the mains were sub par

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yvette
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Visiting from dallas texas, the food was really good the queso was the best drinks were good and strong felt like we waited to long for a waiter to come to us and my card got charged twice

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Joseph’s food is truly wonderful, the atmosphere and customer service is excellent. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Really mediocre food. Not worth coming back

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vipstvoo
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back! Thank you for excellent service!

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vipMarlaW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The queso is silky smooth and delicious.
The off the menu puffy taco is the best! We love Bar Ama

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JoshG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great tex-me food. A little pricey but worth it. The mezcal margaritas are amazing.

We chose to sit in the patio because It was too bright inside. They need to get a dimmer for inside or maybe get someone to be in charge of that dimmer.

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vipmegand
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such great service.
Wonderful bartender
Amazing food.

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RyanV
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good - squash blossoms were transcendent. Best margarita in la

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Colin
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food all around for Super Nacho Hour. Can't wait to be back for more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Boring menu, food was bland

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CHathaway
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! I’m not a fan of spicy food, but I was told their food is more TexMex style… and that’s very true! Drinks and food had a smokey taste opposed to hot spicy. I had the green enchiladas and mezcal margaritas. Yum! Everything had great flavor! Drinks were a little expensive, but I think that’s normal for DTLA. Overall loved it! Will definitely go back soon!

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vipduncan
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

all around wonderful...! great drinks and queso fundido is a classic

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vipARSA
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, drinks were just okay. Service was almost over attentive the host refilled our water almost every 5 mins

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Not what it used to be.

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Feather
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional and there were even some favorite dishes from the shuttered Baco Mercat that we remembered and enjoyed. We'll be going again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing!! Unlike any Tex mex I’ve ever had. Compliments to all the chefs and staff 👏

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ronnaD
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great as always. Loving the patio in the alley vibe. I really hope that can continue after Covid restrictions are up.

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Celeste
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! The pitcher of margaritas was easily shared between 4 people. Food was brought out quickly and the waiters were so kind and attentive. Would definitely come back for another girl’s night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had hoped our experience at Bar AMA would be a good one but we were pleasantly surprised with an outstanding experience. The food was exceptional! We had the queso and steak and chicken puffy tacos. We also tried the fish tacos which were great with a request to substitute the flour tortillas with the puffy tortillas for which Chef Josef Centeno is well known for. We also had the opportunity to meet Chef Josef and what a wonderful and kind person! Overall would definitely recommend and cannot wait to return!

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vipLuisR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Over priced for the quality of food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was awesome

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SarahM
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always delicious and creative. So fresh. Drinks are incredible

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Troth
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

I always want to like Bar AMA, but the food consistently underwhelms. The mushroom birria in particular was very disappointing.

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Chris
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outside dining only at this time.

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vipSavoryHunter
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty take on Mexican food. Favorite dishes were the queso and the ceviche, which was outstanding.

They are taking Covid seriously, which is appreciated.

Best to order tequila or Mezcal vs the cocktails.

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LydiaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE best! Food was as delicious as I remembered. Great experience. Thank you!!!!

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RickyE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for happy hour. We ordered amá margaritas, nachos, guac, and tacos dorados. I really loved the guac and the chips. The chips are so good! The nachos were good. Honestly I enjoyed everything. No complaints. The outdoor seating area is super cute and cozy. You have so much space to socially distance but also to have an intimate conversation. It is very hard to find parking though. I ended up getting a parking ticket ($63) bc I didn't get to my meter in time to renew it. There is a parking lot for $10 a couple blocks before the restaurant on 4th that I should've parked at haha. Oops. But I liked this place and I'm happy I tried it.

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JoshuaO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved this for my first post lockdown dinner. Great staff, food and atmosphere.

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EldonT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

While the food has remained consistent, the have removed some of the best menu items and the service is very poor.

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KatieW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and a super cute outdoor seating area!

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MattH
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. Delicious food. The drinks are diluted.

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ricardod
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

No good for the price, we order margarita pitcher and you can taste the cheap tequila on it.

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vipKiraP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food but a little bit pricey considering the ambiance. Didn’t like plastic glasses for a wine...

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Amá using the Order Online button. 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 241 OpenTable diners.

Bar Amá does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.bar-ama.com/merch/gift-cards.

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.