Bar Amá

4.7
119 reviews
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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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VC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was great. The venue was good however the food was too salty. Nothing we ordered really made a good impression.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Crowded. The tables are too close together, and there are too many of them. As a larger person, I felt claustrophobic. I got tired of hearing the neighboring table's conversation. The food is good though; I think in the future, I'll be getting it to go.

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O
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Seems the quality of food went down, however, great service as always.

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t
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very cool CalMex composition of menu. Great vegetarian and gluten free options, but also saw them very appetizing meat options on the menu. Amazing cocktails. Great price!

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UG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The 2 hostesses were friendly and helpful. The waiter was friendly, attentive, and offered great suggestions.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very good menu selection for brunch/lunch. My wife doesn’t care for spicy food and she was able to find something good. I ordered some fried Serrano’s and while not on the menu, didn’t seem to have any issue with making them. The shandys were very refreshing. Welcoming knowledgeable staff.

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KL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was DELICIOUS, with the excerption of the broccoli which was strangely bad.
Well balanced cocktails and good service.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great food. Great drinks. Very expensive. Loud environment. Super fun design and enjoyable place to be.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best ever !

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KJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The squash blossoms are EVERYTHING

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gerardo has been our server the last couple of times we’ve gone and his knowledge of the menu and overall fantastic personality made our dining experience that much better.

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VL
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Pre-theater dining, so noise level was low at first. Excellent service, food way beyond expectations for a former Texan. We loved the guacamole, cauliflower, chicken mole enchiladas, cochinita pibil mocajete. The hot sauce 3-sauce flight was a terrific addition.

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IM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Fun ambiance. Good location.

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LJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food but hard parking but I will return. And big portions

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D
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had to write a review on this amazing place
The feel of this place is very warm and inviting not only is the staff sweet, informative, helpful and very easy on the eyes the food and drinks were hands down incredible. It was my first time here and definitely not my last time. I have been telling all my friends that we must come and check this place out again. Two thumbs up 👍 I’ve found my new favorite spot in Dtla and it also doesn’t hurt that it’s less then ten minutes from my place.

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BB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

It was great, only gripe was server could have checked on our table instead of me having to flag them down.

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BJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here with a friend and with family. The food is consistently great and tastes fresh. They have extended their menu and have more options including my favorites: pesto cauliflower & puffy tacos!

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JH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Much better than we expected. The green enchiladas with chorizo and the sweet potatoes were terrific, as was the beer flight. The only disappointment was the cheese sauce appetizer— thin and watery and not at all worth the price. Overall, very good, though. We’ll definitely be coming back.

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J
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been here often and always enjoy it. We started with the queso and guac. I had the puffy tacos in cochinita pibil and grilled shrimp. So good! The rest of the group had various dishes that they all enjoyed.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Puffy tacos are a must

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RM
Key West
2 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was extremely friendly and the food was excellent and delivered in a very timely manner I highly recommend to a friend

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J
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Fairly bland and mediocre food. Bland and lack of basic seasoning. Made a reservation for 5 weeks in advance and confirmed on the day. Nevertheless, the table was mot set up when we arrived even though the restaurant wasn’t full. We were hiven a bad table right in front of the entrance which just added to the indifferent dining experience. Staff were nice

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CN
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and drinks are delicious, but as most DTLA restaurants, it's slightly over-priced.

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b
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is good, slightly salty for one of the dishes we got but otherwise very tasty, good portions, and very filling.

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DA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seriously. Get the Chalupa. I doubted it, but the waitress said it was her favorite. And, it was amazing.

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NT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The brunch menu was limited for a Saturday 12pm table. We prefer the evening menu. Drinks were very good.

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SL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I LOVE this restaurant! My only irk was that they don't make very comfortable accommodations for tables of two. They initially attempted to squeeze us into an impossibly small nook, then we were placed directly against a wall with only a sliver between us and the next table. Tables with 3+ are definitely given more room and comfort. Something to think about that two-tops would like some space as well.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was really good but a little greasy. I got the green enchiladas, which were tasty, as well as the chips and guacamole. The chips were awesome and the guacamole had a nice level of spice. The ambience was amazing and perfect for a date. The rest of the people in the restaurant were pretty loud, but it was definitely expected and it was a positive energetic vibe. Our waitress was really kind in explaining the menu to my boyfriend and even let us sample their mole! Awesome place, would go again!

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GU
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend Bar Ama with certain caveats. I like hip-hop but it gets monotonous after a while just like other genres do. A little variety wouldn't hurt (although purists may think otherwise). The food was well prepared and fresh but not all that exciting. Nevertheless, a good meal at a reasonable price. And the service was flawless.

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m
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great but had to wait ten minutes to be seated (and had a reservation). Other then that, love the atmosphere, food and drinks!

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m
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bar Ama was outstanding. The food was prepared artfully and simply, and all the dishes we had were so unique in flavor.

The space and atmosphere had a great vibe.

Can’t wait to go back!

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DR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good drinks , service and food . And music was good too

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DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small eats, but worth the price. The food here is amazing. One of my favorite spots downtown.

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N
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I love this place, good food, good location and good drinks

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WM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really like this place as a downtown alternative. The interior is a little spartan but the food is well prepared and the service is excellent. It can still get pricey, but if you are careful you can get a filling meal for a lot less than some of the other downtown spots. Recommended- the green enchiladas. They make their own flour tortillas- mui rico! Probably best to avoid it on a Saturday night, the noise level is high and the service tends to fall off. But a weeknight? No problem!

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BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Casual atmosphere, serious food. Got here on a Saturday at 5:15, before dinner service began—perfect time for a couple of stiff, refreshing Amá's margaritas at the bar (daily happy hour pricing). Moved quickly to the dining room, where my daughter started with a mouthwatering cochinita pibil taco (Puffy Cochinita on the bar menu; ask your server). Since becoming a pescatarian, I've missed mole; I was excited to try the dark, flavorful mole enchilada with potato (also available with chicken, cochinita pibil, chorizo or piccadillo). The fideo it tasted like a good sauvignon blanc; I was more than content with a second margarita. The rice pudding was decadently creamy, just enough to share. Evelyn, our waitress, was wonderfully hospitable and attentive. A Lyft got us to the Dorothy Chandler in plenty of time for our 7:30 curtain.

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible food. It tasted like Taco Bell. The portions were small and the tables were really close. I did not like this place at all!

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SS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Bar Ama had some of the best salsa and queso dip that I have ever had. The chips tasted like they were homemade. We had a few small problems with service, but they were immediately rectified. I would eat there again!

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SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best Mexican food restaurants in all of Los Angeles. A true treat!

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HN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Not the authentic Tex-Mex I was hoping for. I'm originally from Texas, moved to LA a few years ago, and I would not recommend this place to any Texans. The queso was okay, not great. I ordered the Mom's Enchiladas and they came in a small skillet that was filled with a watery sauce making the tortillas soggy and the dish a sort of enchilada-soup. My husband enjoyed his dish, though. And the vibe is pretty cool.

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