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About Candela Taco Bar & Lounge

Candela Taco Bar & Lounge is a casual Mexican restaurant with fresh food and a fully stocked bar. Head Chef Maria Lopez created the restaurant as a way for guests to learn about authentic Mexican cuisine. The restaurant's menu is crafted to showcase all aspects of the country's culinary culture, as well as showcase some of Lopez's own unique takes on classic dishes.

There is an incredible selection of recipes available at Candela Taco Bar & Lounge, with over 20 different kinds listed, as well as a separate daily specials menu. Tacos are served a la carte and sorted by protein. The restaurant also carries an ever-changing collection of small-batch tequilas, which are then used to concoct specialty cocktails, aqua fresca or fresh fruit drinks. The best way to end a meal at Candela Taco Bar & Lounge is with one of the signature desserts, like the sweet yam flan.

831 S la Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Wednesday:11:30 am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Wednesday 3:00pm - 12:00 am, Mon - Tue: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am, Thu - Sun: 4:00 pm - 12:00 am.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 936-0533

Website:
http://candelatacobar.com/

Private Party Facilities:
Our 12,000 Sq. ft. space offers a unique setting for all of your event needs. Let Candela Taco Bar & Lounge be your venue choice for your next special occasion. Our catering department will satisfy your cravings with unique Spanish flavored foods. We look forward to hosting you!

Private Party Contact:
Omar Lopez: (855) 419-5961

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Candela Taco Bar & Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

3.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Great for Lunch (9)
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Late-night Find (8)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Kid-friendly (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Romantic (1)
Special Occasion (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 18, 2016

The menu was the biggest attraction.. Whoever came up with the idea to front this Latin club with food service was brilliant. Not what you would expect from a typical bar trying to dish o it food. Service was excellent and the food was even better.

The space is quite small which is what probably lends to the amplification of everyone speaking that the noise level was the thing you noticed most. If you can deal with that you will really enjoy your food. Food and cocktail prices are very reasonable.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Decided to make dinner reservations based on reviews I read and was glad I did. Four of us enjoyed fantastic food in a very nice, casual setting with fantastic service. I had enchiladas which came with a delicious, smokey and spicy dark red sauce - excellent. We enjoyed house margaritas that were not watered down nor did they skimp on the tequila. The one drawback was that the four of us were seated at a bar table normally used by two people rather than four so table space was cramped and elbow room was non-existent. No reflection on the food or service as both were outstanding. We'll definitely be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Great neighborhood find.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2016

I'd made a reservation for 11 and the table was ready when we arrived. Great staff took food and drink orders and made great suggestions. Everything arrived at the table hot and with the correct changes or substitutions requested. There was always a wait staff member nearby to help us.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2015

The best Mexican food and love the asparagus soup! Great service and made great accommodations for my big party of 8!

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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2015

Finger licking good tacos, every kind we tried was a hit with my somewhat picky group.
Drinks are yummy. We will definitely go again. Friendly service. It's a very noisy place for our old ears though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 10, 2015

Food was good. Service was exceptional. And ambience was nice. Very reasonable pricing and a really good selection on the menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2014

Flat screen TVs in all directions. So every seat has a great view of TV. So great to watch sporting events. I had 4 different tacos. All 4 tacos were excellent. Wife enjoyed a couple of tacos and the ceviche. The service was a little poor considering the few tables that were occupied. Charging for a second basket of tortilla chips was disappointing since they caused the delay in getting our food. I would still recommend this place because of the food and TVs.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on June 18, 2014

We are regulars on Wednesdays the only day they open for lunch and offer $1 tacos. Not only is it a great deal but the service is always fantastic. It is a family run business and the staff makes you feel like you are part of their familia. Go for the tacos...stay for the margaritas!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 8, 2014

We loved the guac, taco tour, and service was fine, but it was SO LOUD we couldn't hear each other talking from across the table.
I don't know if its the acoustics or people were loud but it was almost unbearable. And it wasn't even late, it was a 6:30 dinner on a Sunday.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2014

great tacos a great prices! AMAZING! Being born and raised on Los Angeles I have a very picky high expectation for mexican food and this place did not disappoint. The tacos were delicious and very reasonably priced! and the Coctel e camaron was like a party in my mouth.. it is a must try!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2013

Really enjoyed the tacos - we ordered a bunch - and they were all delicious. The fish tacoswere my favorite

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 28, 2013

Good food for a good price...fun for a ladies night out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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service4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 18, 2013

Great food and delicious skinny margaritas!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 13, 2013

Love this quaint mexican gem--it is right next door to a salsa club and you can enter from Candela to the club--so convenient.

This was my second visit and plan on returning. Not a big place, so we had to keep our group to not more than 10 (really 8) 10 is pushing it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 2, 2013

Food was great. Service was very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2013

I would definitely recommend Candela! The food was great and the service even better. We were a party of 10 going to see a show at the El Rey Theater. The staff was very attentive and made sure we were taken care of.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2012

Very small, very loud, and more sports bar than restaurant, this was not at all what I was expecting. But we had made a reservation and we were here and it was Saturday night so we wouldn't be able to get into anywhere else without a reservation, so we stayed. And I am glad we did!
The food was amazing. Four salsas served with chips as we perused the menu. The star of the menu is the taco bar - choice of about 12 varieties: vege, meat, chicken, fish. The menu offered a range of choices from tacos and enchiladas to shrimp, steak, fish across a wide range of seasonings. Sangria & Margaritas very good. I'll be back but NOT for a quiet romantic evening.

Tags: Good for Groups
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