Criollo

4.5
738 Reviews
MXN500 and over
Contemporary Mexican
Criollo is a space that invites you to share and coexist around the Oaxacan cuisine of product, simple and honest, under the command of chef Luis Arellano, a chef with a spirit both attached to his roots and creative and evolutionary. Our menu changes daily, based on local and seasonal ingredients.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 738 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Basically, it was over priced. Food was horrible. Near to no attention was paid to food allergy concerns. And when mistakes were brought up to the service staff, they just laughed it off. Seriously, don’t waste your time or money here. There are taco stands that are way better than this place.

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ArturoM
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

La comida es espectacular en todo sentido! Un lugar imperdible en Oaxaca

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MGoH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great atmosphere, beautiful place and really good food! Service was a bit slow and few waiters considering the place was really busy.

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vipGRCN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!!!!!!
Food, ambiance and service! WOW

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Food could have been better and was expecting it to be. Definitely not what I would have expected from an Enrique Olvera restaurant; food felt very phoned-in. Nothing unique, special or particularly tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Deliciosa la comida, tardan un poco en el servicio cuando solicitas algo en especial (más agua, la cuenta, etc.)
Lamentablemente nos cobraron extra y nos dimos cuenta hasta que llegamos al hotel.

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AVJSB
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious and the service was good, maybe we expected the service to take an extra effort and explain even more about the food and the wine

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

I had really high expectations and saved this dinner for my last night in Oaxaca. I was sadly disappointed. No one greeted me at the door. The tables were barren. Each time I had a question about the menu or an ingredient, the server did not know the answer and had to go ask someone else. There was no printed menu available at the end of the meal. Overall lackluster and lifeless experience with very barebones service and mediocre food. Highlight was the ash and mezcal cocktail and the brand new maize-shaped woven basketry and textile sculptures over the bar.

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JanR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Excellent food, tasting menu only. Service was ok, disorganized. Ambiance and Food are top notch. Would recommend it.

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viprenee
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way from the food to the service.. a complete culinary experience taking you on a journey of fantastic Oaxacan food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food was very underwhelming - nothing stood out to any of the three of us, although nothing was bad. The drink pairing involves so many different kinds of liquor it doesn’t really make sense - it’s not a good idea to mix so many. It was disappointing since this place is so talked up. Definitely had much better food at random, less snobby places. So far after five days in Oaxaca it is still the worst meal we’ve had. Just so tasteless in such a flavorful region. Service was fine but very impersonal. I felt bad I dragged my friends there but I thought it would be special! 3 hours later we just felt like we’d wasted the night.

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Jags
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The ambience is just extraordinary and the food is unbelievably delicious. Highly recommended.

Also, the service is marvellous.

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vipRichie
Mexico City
26 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Todo muy bien, excepto carta de vinos que es muy limitada y excesivamente cara

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RaquelG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food is good but I was expecting more from an Olvera’s restaurant. It was a six course meal (they sold it as an eight course, considering the first two amouse-bouche/snacks as two and the pre dessert, which is a shot of agua de jamaica and other ingredients), with not so many surprises if one is familiar with Mexican cuisine.

Pescadilla and kampachi were both great but was not impressed with the chicken and frijoles as the main course.

A lot of constructions in the site, but overall a good experience, with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

La calidad del sabor de los alimentos es regular, nada sobresaliente. Lo cual para un lugar como este, es decepcionante.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Criollo at the suggestion of a friend and was not disappointed. Seven delicious courses with accompanying drinks, and friendly staff who made me feel welcome. I left feeling fat and happy! I will definitely visit again the next time I come to Oaxaca.

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Claudia677
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Una experiencia mágica y sublime. Cada tiempo fue un ritual para los sentidos. Agradecemos mucho el momento, la comida, el ambiente, el lugar y la compañía. Un aplauso y un reconocimiento enorme a Enrique Olvera y a su equipo. De refilón y por preguntar qué horneaban en el horno que estaba cerca de nosotros, cerramos el banquete con esa concha cubierta de ceniza. Exquisita….

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ALEJANDRACARRANDI
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Maravilloso! La comida deliciosa, el servicio wow! Me encantó el lugar y la experiencia. Estar cerca de la cocina, los gallos y gallinas al rededor, los árboles, los platillos y drinks
Ya quiero regresar!

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AidaM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida estuvo exquisita, fue un maridaje de 5 tiempos y la verdad superó mis expectativas. En cuanto a las bebidas también me gustaron mucho.

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vipEricE
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

I had such high expectation, maybe too high. The setting is magical, the service started well but got sloppy as the evening progressed. There were high notes with the food and then sad low ones as well. Desert felt like it was thrown at us… three of them, one palette cleanser, one as part of our menu and then another that was gratis. At a restaurant of this level one would expect a meal that is managed. All of the deserts had ice cream with them so basically they all melted.

It was an OK experience, not fantastic, which is what you’d expect from the reputation but also the price. My opinion, save the money and go next door to their lower priced option.

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vipRosie31686
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful tasting menu that is a great representation of the Oaxacan region. Cheers to the chefs.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Nolaswiss
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Best restaurant in Oaxaca for us. Amazing flavor combinations. Excellent service. Lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend. We ate in Pujol and the quality is very similar so in comparison the price is very reasonable.

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GaryG
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Local cuisine in smaller flavorful presentation

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vipmarcosv
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente lugar, comida deliciosa

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good. Pairing was way to go

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Buena degustaron de infinitos sabores regionales y los postres como decimos en México no tienen madre!!!.. lugar tranquilo y relajante ir al mercado a comer es bueno pero aquí es extraordinario!!

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GinaR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience. The menu changes every day. Great drinks as well. Bring bug repellent if seated outdoors.

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CarolineF
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amaing six course meal in Oaxaca. Great service, ambiance, food and drinks. Would definitely recommend!

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ChristinaG
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music a little more festive. It would be good to also have a simple menu.

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MelJ
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Buena comida, buen servicio y muy bonito lugar!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience4

Came here to celebrate my husband’s birthday, but they never acknowledged the occasion. Food was mediocre. We’ve definitely had better mole in mercados and other restaurants around the city. Honestly, the best thing was the guava sorbet and the fresh tortillas with the salsa. Most disappointing part of the meal was how we paid 750mxp extra for the beverage pairing, and noticed that everyone else around us got double the mezcal pour.

Our server was a lot more attentive to the Spanish-speaking diners around us. I think she was genuinely nice but was not comfortable serving English-speaking customers…(look, our Spanish is limited but we try to speak some Spanish) to the point where she walked up to us with the credit card machine and then abruptly said, “okay, my boss will come.” Then the guy shows up just to ring us up. It was awkward and surprising for a restaurant with an international reputation.

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy buena experiencia. Increíble jardín y arte. 👌🏽

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CheyGlobalCitizen
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior, great service, and delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Daniel was fantastic. . I am vegan and everything presented was beautiful to look at and tasted incredible! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Un lugar donde la diversidad de los comensales te sorprende y la calidad culinaria te enamora.

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vipsalomon
Austria
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Nada recomendable.

Es una sorpresa el menu, pero mas sorpresa es la comida, mala, y cara.

Es un abuso lo que sirven, por lo que cobran.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience4

We ordered two 8 course meals with drink pairings. They only gave us 6 and drink pairings were just random drinks that didn't go with food at all and they all came out 5 minutes apart. Most overrated and disappointing dining experience in Oaxaca.

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the BEST meals I have ever had! Worth the money for the food and experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Muy rico, excelente atención y hermoso lugar

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Criollo is rated 4.5 stars by 738 OpenTable diners.

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.