Criollo

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MXN500 and over
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Contemporary Mexican
Criollo es un espacio que invita a compartir y convivir en torno a la cocina Oaxaqueña de producto, simple y honesta, al mando del chef Luis Arellano, cocinero con un espíritu tanto apegado a sus raíces como creativo y evolutivo. Nuestro menú cambia diario, basado en ingredientes locales y de temporada.
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ME
Mexico City
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Deliciosa la comida, el lugar muy bonito y los meseros muy atinados

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OT
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La mejor experiencia culinaria en Oaxaca.
El precio vale la experiencia completa.
Este lugar no le pide nada a ningún restaurante de NYC o Londres o CDMX.

Claro que regresaría

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f
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Foid tasting menu that is not printed, customers rely on server knowledge for food ingredient description. We were told there wasn’t a drink menu available either, yet one was offered to the table next to us. For the record, we were native spanish speaking customers and so was the table next to us. my understanding is that the place makes an effort to source their ingredients locally, but our server did not really go into any details. We were there on a slow Friday lunch service. The salsas are not spicy, not sure if it’s because this place caters to foreigners, not even the habanero salsa. The 7 tasting course was mixed. highlights: eggplant/mushroom tostada and the crab taco. The zapote salad would have made a lovely desert (instead of a salad). The space is beautiful, but I expected more transparency in their sourcing as well as print menu/drink options (even on a blackboard).

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

At a restaurant that is supposed to be the best in Oaxaca, this was an incredible disappointment. All reviews indicated great service when the opposite was true. We were seated promptly but then sat for 20 minutes without anyone coming by our table. Explanation of their prix fixe menu was minimal at best. The food was interesting but not that special. Noise level was very uncomfortable with 2 or 3 groups of people dominating the dining room who seemed to be familiar with people at the restaurant and kept gathering in rather loud groups.
At the end of the evening, even though it was not indicated that the courses were over, we sat with no service person coming by for close to 40 minutes and eventually had to request “la Cuenta”.
We had anticipated a special evening and it was anything but I’m sorry to say.

OT
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, very nice close service, ccelkent food, wine, coffee dessert and aperitif

i
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A wonderful evening with the set menu and pairings. Would highly recommend going with the drink pairings. Lovely setting and great service. The meal was well paced and for the money the experience was fabulous.

MM
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pretencioso por el nivel de precio que tiene. La comida es buena pero sencilla, lejos de ser destacable.
No lo recomendaría

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The food was good but not exceptional. The service and ambiance were great, I think my expectations were just a little too high after dining at Pujol earlier in the year. But the menu changes often so I would probably give it another try

J
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Excellent service, decor and atmosphere but the food was average. The only dining option available is the 7 course tasting menu which was what I had made the reservation for. I was expecting to have my mind blown since this was opened by the chef from Pujol. However, I felt the food was good but not great.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal - great pairings ! Best meal in Oaxaca!!!

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Me gusta mucho! La comida es buena pero antes era mejor y las porciones son muy pequeñas

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I
London
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely rooms, great food, tasty cocktails and amazing service!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

For the price and famous chef the food was not as great as expected. After dining in all of the top restaurants in oaxaca I had high expectations for olveras cuisine, but was sadly disappointed by over all service of waiter and not that impressive dishes that laked the flavors and presentations of other restaurants I visited in that great city.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything but the desert was superb and exciting.

JC
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the absolute best dining experiences of my life. Beautiful food and ambiance. I would come back to Oaxaca from the United States just to dine here.

R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente service y la comida esta riquisima. Sabores frescos y naturales. El personal es muy tanto y explica muy bien cada platillo.

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EJ
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our most memorable dinner in Oaxaca! Superb and carefully thought out courses with a variety of drink pairings, kind service, spot-on soundtrack.

A
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

El mesero que nos atendió era super desagradable. Nos ponía caras de desagrado cuando pensaba que no lo estábamos viendo. Totalmente desatinado.
La comida comenzó bien y terminó super aburrida. Budín de pan de postre no es muy original que digamos.
No lo recomendaría.

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D
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and Fabiola was the best!

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful brunch. All the dishes were simply fantastic. Jada was excellent as the staff helping with the service.

DA
Mexico City
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Menu degustación obligado, con excelente comida, muy buenos ingredientes locales. El lugar excelente

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CJ
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The main problem was that we did not know what we were paying. The information on Open Table said the tasting menu (which is your only option), was $500 per person and there was no information on their web page or at the restaurant. The actual amount was $995 per person. There was no wine list so we had no indication of the wine price so we had to ask about the one they recommended. Yet again we had to ask how much it was. We ended up choosing the house wine (assuming this was cheaper) and when the bill came this was more expensive over $1300. We are international travellers who eat out a lot so having to continually ask the price was annoying and embarrassing. However, the food was nice.

JC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Dinner! Lovely ambience! Ask for a tour!

h
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner at Criollo was perfect. The food, the ambience, the service. The only option is a tasting menu but it’s just right, not too over the top but you will leave feeling absolutely satisfied. The food is contemporary Mexican using traditional Oaxacan ingredients. The moles were wonderful and the cocktails were really inventive. If I’m ever back in Oaxaca I’ll definitely dine here again. 10/10

V
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Esperaba mucho de este restaurante, sin embargo me fui muy decepcionada. Los sabores no me parecieron nada relevantes.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Too expensive an underwhelming, specially for Oaxaca where the level of deliciousness if outstanding generally.

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rates as one of the top ten meals! Exquisite food - great pairings of alcohol with each course.

OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Food is fairly good, you need to fix your terminal to accept Amex. Your waiter asked if I could call my credit card company to do a transfer to the bank? That’s really bad service. The small restaurant where I had lunch for $50 dollars didn’t have a problem.

Don’t leave your waiter to deliver a message that your GM or higher ranking manager should. Face your probamos and talk to your customers. Bad move and shows lack of character.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente como siempre!!!!! Hacen cosas de otro planeta!!!!

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VA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I know Enriche’s food well. This tasted like an imitator’s quest to copy

r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was leary due to mixed reviews and billing that this was not up to Enrique Olvera's standards. Should not have been. The food, creativity and execution was top notch. Service was even and on note. Would definitely return if in Oaxaca.

AS
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Muy recomendable.
Personal excelente
Repetiré pero sin maridaje

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grandes sabores y precio accesible (990 comida) 560 (maridaje).

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely dining experience. Thank you!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buen restaurante con comida de autor y platos muy bien elaborados y con sabores que te explotan en el paladar muy rico

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Set menu without any written information no idea what we ate except from poor oral explanation wines offered were just label white or red again no written list all explained orally. Flavors were good but this is a tasting menu experience with small portions like tapas. Our least favorite restaurant experience in Oaxaca city.

RB
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

I can’t comment on the dining experience since we had a difficult time communicating with the staff. The menu is a set menu - no menus handed out and entire experience is a surprise. There is not even any mention of price. The restaurant was dead at 730pm with only 1 other table but lots of staff. It was difficult to even order wine. There are so many wonderful options in Oaxaca. Unfortunately I can’t say if this is one of them as we had to leave so we could dine somewhere where we understood the menu more. The ambiance is beautiful though.

RC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Tasting menu experience with exceptional service, food, and value

t
Mexico City
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great and simple seven course menu that uses local ingredients to reinterpret Mexican dishes. The staff was friendly and very informative, they explained every dish and suggested wine pairings. The restaurant is not for kids, avoid bringing them, there are no menu options for them.

OT
Oaxaca
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menú espectacular, y muy bien cuidada la decoración y arreglo del lugar. La atención increíble. Sin duda vuelves!

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