Bar Amá

4.5
223 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

Support Bar Amá during COVID-19

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 223 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CHathaway
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

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

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ARSA
Detroit
10 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
1 review
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...

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KateH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A casual relaxed atmosphere with extremely friendly and professional service.
Food and drink by Josef Centeno is always full of wonderful surprise.

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ss97
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly staff! I loved the fresh guac and the sweet potato tacos.

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LeonardL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience1

still tasty food (1/2 spicy chicken excellent). But can't get over terrible service (eg, asked for wine with dinner, server came out to tables 8 times thereafter and never made eye contact, never brought wine). With guaranteed 18% tip, perhaps servers not motivated to be observant. And the whole plastic cup for $13 cocktails is just frustrating.

Maybe experience will be better when they move back indoors?

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vipMonica
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the patio they set up in the adjacent alley way was super cute! Really appreciated all the Covid-safety measures they had in place. Drinks and food were delicious as always (love that the nachos and some baco Mercat items were available to order too!)!!

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LaurieL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bar Ama continues to provide delicious food and excellent service despite the restrictions necessary for safety during COVID-19

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JamesS
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to enjoy the extraordinary flavor profiles that chef produces. Service shined and we enjoyed a lovely evening.

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PaulM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my Favorite places in Los Angeles. The queso is incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Could use more heaters considering it gets so cold at night

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vipEmilyR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always the best food at this chef’s restaurants. Went for the Bside baco menu and am so glad to have the Crudo back in my life. It’s been too long, crudo! Service is always warm lovely and attentive. Food delicious, wine superb. Covid safety measures in full effect. This is the only place I’m staying to eat at right now. Do wrap up to dine in on the patio until it gets a little springier tho.

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Aidan
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJosephS
Washington DC
3 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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
10 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 !

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LingH
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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vipJesseya1
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Thank you!

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 4.5 stars by 223 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.