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Criollo, Oaxaca, OAX

Criollo

4.3
4.3
965 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.

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Booked 19 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–7:15 am Daily 9:00 am–9:15 am Daily 11:00 am–11:15 am Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–1:15 pm Daily 3:00 pm–3:15 pm Daily 5:00 pm–5:15 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–7:15 pm Mon–Sat 9:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    951 320 0709

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Luis Arellano

  • Neighborhood

    Oaxaca

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe Victoria

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 965 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Oaxaca

    Most Booked

  • Oaxaca

    Most Booked

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  1. GG

    GabrielaG

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very good restaurant, perfect for breakfast in the patio.

  2. DG

    DeiniG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Es buen restaurante, el ambiente es muy lindo y el personal de cocina está para hacer tu noche amena. Lo único qué pasó que puede pasar en cualquier restaurante, es que en el cuarto tiempo se les olvidó llevar el maridaje y por ello una de nuestras invitadas en la cena no le agrado el platillo, no tuvo la experiencia completa. Pero se les dijo al final de la cena, se disculparon y ofrecieron una cortesía a cambio de eso.

  3. AM

    AlexanderM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing! Love this place. Amazing ambiance. Great service. Creative menu.

  4. WF

    WeekendFoodie

    Cincinnati

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    An excellent overall tasting menu experience!

  5. JR

    JRob

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    Having been to so many of his other restaurants, we felt the food (while quite nice) was underwhelming. That said, the space itself is so spectacular it’s worth checking out with expectations tempered.

  6. H

    Hugo1996mtzt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Todo excelente. El menú degustación es bastante completo sin duda quedamos satisfechos.

  7. X

    Ximenah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente El mejor lugar para festejar Felicidades

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place, great food, good vibes!! Even met two amazing girls from Idaho!! Great all around experience

  9. L

    Love2cook

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous setting on a beautiful evening. Excellent food and attentive waiter. I would highly recommend that any visit to Oacaca include this restaurant!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    MothersDay with friends! Perfect!

  11. CM

    CarlosM

    Tabasco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience3

    Tenía grandes expectativas de mi visita a Criollo, probablemente porque de alguna manera esta "firmado" por el célebre Enrique Olvera, aunque Él no sea el Chef del restaurante, pensé que tendría su influencia.... No me doy por sorprendido respecto al costo del menú de degustación/maridaje, ya lo sabía con anticipación y estaba más que dispuesto a pagarlo, sin embargo tengo que decir con todo el dolor de mi corazón que me tendré que unir a las criticas desfavorables del restaurante. No tengo una queja específica con alguno de los alimentos, cada tiempo estaba rico, solo un par de ellos apenas por encima del promedio y varios de ellos francamente apenas en el promedio de cualquier restaurante, y otro par penosamente simples (como una brocheta empanizada que parecía un kushiague de la comida japonesa del fast food), pero bueno, feo no sabía. La única falta grave fue haber servido un vino tinto de Aguascalientes, que de origen creo que es una mala elección para un restaurante que presume semejante categoría, pero lo peor es que el vino estaba en mal estado para su servicio, completamente evolucionado y oxidado, vaya era casi vinagre, mi esposa después de probarlo se sintió mal y ya no pudo siquiera terminar la cena. Por otro lado el concepto de menú de degustación con maridaje es inapropiado, porque si bien te sirven una bebida con cada tiempo, ésta no es precisamente maridable con los alimentos, yo lo llamaría menú de degustación con acompañamiento de bebidas. En resumen.... excepto por el incidente del vino, la comida y las bebidas estaban bien, así, sólo bien. Probablemente el problema es la gran expectativa con la que uno acude al lugar esperando ser sorprendidos! y eso nunca ocurre. La cuenta de 217 dlls para 2 personas de ninguna manera es congruente con la experiencia vivida.

  12. GH

    GonzaloH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5

    Very nice and stylish restaurant, food was good and very well prepared, nevertheless I was expecting more for the steep price you pay. Service was very attentive, and when I dislike a fish plate because the fish was overbooked he brought a courtesy plate of ribeye that was the best of the night. The restaurant is beautiful, they care for every detail. A little out of the city center, you need a short taxi ride.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    De las mejores experiencias gastronómicas del país….Felicidades

  14. MR

    MickyR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    Good staff, excellent drinks, nice atmosphere/experience let down by the food. All staff are very good and we’re able to communicate in both Spanish and English. The staff explained every dish and every drink that was served. There are a couple of options to go alongside your tasting menu and à la carte drinks menu or a pairing drinks menu for your tasting menu. The drinks were excellent. They provided a range of cocktails wines and beers. These we could have had again. The food was okay. Some dishes were not memorable and the tastes were non-existent. Compare to other tasting menus we have had where we would wish to have a dish again, this was not the case for here. We were a couple having the tasting menu where we had to share certain drinks and dishes. This compare to diners who were on their own who had the same amount that we had to share. If you go in the evening then you will need to take mosquito repellent. The mosquitoes had a wonderful meal. I did ask for a special request as this was an occasion. This request was not acknowledged and not fulfilled. Overall it was okay but probably not worth the cost.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4

    Iba con gran expectativa de la comida gastronómica y fue una gran decepción

  16. PG

    PalomaG

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicioso. Me tocó menú pescatariano y fue una grata sorpresa. Mezcales diferentes y muy especiales.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    ¡Me encanto! Definitivamente un lugar que si o si tienes que visitar en Oaxaca, la comida y los cocteles están deliciosos. Todo el que vaya a Criollo tiene que vivir la experiencia con maridaje.

  18. EC

    EmmanuelC19

    Mexico City

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience4

    Un desayuno delicioso. Una cena MEDIOCRE, el menú de degustación solo tuvo un excelente platillo, el resto fue olvidable y sin sabor.

  19. GG

    GerardoG

    Mexico City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    El concepto de todo el lugar es muy bueno, al igual que la comida. El maridaje complementa la experiencia, aunque el precio es un pco excesivo (con o sin maridaje).

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4

    We had high hopes and it was a total let down. The food ranged from nothing special to downright bad. Everything was over cooked, the drinks were too sweet and didn’t actually seem to be paired, the wine seemed like it actually had gone bad. I never write bad reviews but I feel like I need to warn people.

  21. TA

    TimA

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb brunch meal, beautiful and peaceful surroundings and excellent staff

  22. P

    Pepe

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente experiencia.

  23. TE

    TEPOA

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Neither food nor service is worth the cost. I was expecting it, but I'm sorry.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Criollo is a very good restaurant. Its renowned and well-worth the visit but is far from the most exciting cuisine in Oaxaca. Somewhat staid and professional in comparison to other experiences, it stands out for its ambience and comforting dishes.

  25. B

    Bill

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The restaurant is gorgeous. The service was exceptional. The drinks were delicious. The food was very disappointing. Under seasoned all around. Very expensive

  26. P

    Pitere

    New England

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Delicious food and impeccable execution, though the flavors of the tasting menu were not very distinct between dishes

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    27 de abril Cena

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    The food was insipid and the service was inadequate. I was rushed through the meal and wait staff was robotic. The best and only saving grace is the ambience.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful experience!

  30. ES

    EnriqueS

    Mexico City

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    La comida excelente. El servicio atento pero le falta profesionalismo. No cambian los cubiertos en cada plato. La música horrible.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4

    Un agradable lugar buen concepto

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Concepto, experiencia, decoración lugar de 10 pero honestamente la comida no me encanto ! Esta rico pero nada que te explote la cabeza ! Para mi gusto está adaptado a turistas extranjeros !

  33. JB

    JamesB

    Sydney

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    My partner and I were disappointed with what could have been a special experience. The concept at criollo is fantastic, regularly changing degustations based upon either a region or a seasonal focus. My partner and I opted for the degustation (1350 MXN) plus paired beverages (550 MXN). Unfortunately we thought that whilst the beverages were interesting and something we wouldn’t usually order they ultimately didn’t pair at all with the food. Given that most sommeliers spend months preparing a structured wine pairing this is a tall order for a bar staff to change on a regular basis. The food also didn’t hit many of the flavour heights we would expect from a fairly expensive tasting menu. Finally, and this isn’t something that can be helped but maybe to be mindful of in the future as Enrique Olvera’s global presence grows is the inability of most of the staff to converse in basic English. Would recommend that if there are identified English speaking tables that the waiters who do speak English very well managed those tables. Overall would be willing to give it another crack if some changes are made, however too expensive for the sub-par experience at the moment.

  34. JR

    JRREDS

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Un gran concepto, toda la comida estuvo excelente y la atención de Alex fue excelente, sobre todo al explicarnos cada platillo y maridaje.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Es una degustación de 7 pasos increíble !

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    En mi opinión la Relación calidad-precio no es buena, deja mucho que desear, solo te venden la marca de Enrique Olvera pero decepcionante para ser un chef con dos estrellas michellin, ya lo había visto en el restaurante Moxi de San Miguel de Allende, quise darle una segunda oportunidad pero fue algo parecido, pretencioso sin una experiencia cuidada y que no llena las expectativas de tal reputación..

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best meals I ever had I truly recommend to take the experience with the corresponding beverage’s cause the combination create extraordinary flavours

  38. RJ

    RodrigoJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Es una buena opción para conocer Oaxaca y algunos lugares mediante su gastronomía.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excelente opción

  40. DP

    DanaP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was quite good here, with a modern twist on some traditional dishes. However, I did not realize it was a fixed 5-course menu until we were seated. I was full before finishing, and as a result, did not enjoy the main course and dessert. The water infused with rosemary and pineapple was lovely, as was the garden ambience with a couple of rabbits roaming about. For the cost of the set menu, I would not return. They should provide an a la carte option, even if very limited.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

FAQs

Criollo is rated 4.3 stars by 965 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 19 times today
Google Map for Criollo

Calzada Madero 129 Centro Oaxaca, OAX 68000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Guadalupe Victoria

  • Neighborhood

    Oaxaca

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 7:00 am–7:15 am Daily 9:00 am–9:15 am Daily 11:00 am–11:15 am Lunch Daily 1:00 pm–1:15 pm Daily 3:00 pm–3:15 pm Daily 5:00 pm–5:15 pm Dinner Daily 7:00 pm–7:15 pm Mon–Sat 9:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Luis Arellano

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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