La Loteria

4.5
280 reviews
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Contemporary Mexican
Welcome to La Lotería — a new take on authentic Mexican cuisine from Executive Chef/Owner Julieta Ballesteros (Crema, Los Feliz) and Managing Partner/Owner Jaime Herrera. The game La Lotería has been played throughout Mexico since Colonial times. Similar in concept to American Bingo, it is played using 54 widely varied characters and symbols of Mexican culture (like the skull, the moon, the mermaid & the rooster), and it inspires our ambiance, drinks, and menu. Not unlike the game, Mexican cuisine is unique, varied and steeped in tradition. With the cultural touchstone of La Lotería at its core, the restaurant will introduce to New York’s sophisticated palate an exciting and surprising mix of Mexican recipes, ranging from the deliciously elemental “street” taco, to the luscious lobster quesadilla. Come experience the spirit of La Lotería. Our specialty drinks and inspired cuisine await you in our inviting, newly designed West Village space.
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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Music was a bit loud but fun!

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CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The ambiance and service were great. My friend and I both ordered tacos ($5 Taco Tuesday!) and split an order of guacamole, rice, and sweet potato goat cheese bread. The rice and bread were delicious. The guacamole wasn't bad, though I tend to like mine more chunky than smooth. The crispy shrimp taco was by far the best of the 3 that I tried (crispy pork and crispy chicken were the others). I'd definitely go back to this place!

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a
Miami
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Unpleasantly surprised. Guacamole is the only thing I’d recommend. Drinks were watered down. I asked for carne asada tacos, instantly waiter said no. I said really you can’t ask (I would’ve paid extra)? “No”. Btw they have it in their menu online! So I ordered the fish tacos and they were not good. Steak fajitas - my husbands “go to” and he always eats them all, he left his skillet half full (enough said). Won’t go back.

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AD
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

really good food, portion was a little small, wishing front door construction wasn't taking place during lunch hour, our waitress was great.

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GF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Loteria has delicious food, nicely made cocktails. The staff is friendly and attentive. I would recommend this place for anyone that likes Mexican food. We ate all vegetarian this time and I did not miss the meat at all. Everything is super tasty.

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CG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to brunch with my good friend here and was very happily surprised.

The food was lovely, service very warm and knowledgeable about allergies and how to amend items. They were able to create a not overly sweet aqua fresca which I was very happy with.

The noise level was nice and decor is very clean and fits perfect.

I would recommend and will absolutely dine here again.

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BC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place very close to Cherry Lane Theater. Loved the guacamole, creative Mexican cuisine. Excellent server who was very respectful of our need to make it to the theater in time. We will be back.

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MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Service was excellent. Food may be a bit overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was way too overpriced and the menu was small and not diverse enough. Food was ok. And the service was inconsistent. We basically got rushed out of the place as soon as we ordered dessert; even though they had open tables and no people waiting.

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We chose this restaurant based on open table reviews and we couldn't have been happier. We don't live in the village but we would make a special trip just to go back to this restaurant and I assure you that whenever we're down there visiting friends, we're going to La Loteria. The food was full of flavor and was so delicious we wanted to do the whole thing all over again. Only complaint would be that they charge for salsa- but get it anyway - there are 3 different types and they're all fantastic! Service was excellent and staff couldn't be friendlier. A great experience all around!

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was very overpriced and not very good. I was actually irritated that I spent that much on a taco that didn't even taste good. If it was good, that would be fine with me! It was just clear they wanted to overcharge. (also a disappointment the website said they had taco Tuesday, but no mention of this at the restaurant) The ambiance of the restaurant is great, so the only time I could see going back was to get a drink and the salsa trio (the only impressive thing we had) Would not recommend.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Chicken and fish tacos were so good. Steak tacos eh. Less flavorful than the other two. Jalapeno Margarita was one of the best ones I’ve had. Place gets very loud which was fine for my friend and I but definitely not a place for quiet conversation. Can’t wait to go back to try other things.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

La Loteria never, ever disappoints. Great food, great drinks, friendly service.

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salad was amazing & the drinks were quite good too. The meat in the chicken taco was a little tough, but tasty! We went around 5 on a Friday, didn't need a reservation, it was pretty quiet and chill at that time.

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just landed in the city and wanted tacos and this was the spot with the best reviews near us and I can under why, the service was great and the food was delicious. Prices were high for just two tacos that didn’t even come with sides but other than that, great overall

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has been my go-to for Happy Hour with a friend for over a year -- great margaritas, guac, & tacos. This evening was the first time we went there for dinner and it absolutely did not disappoint. It was quieter than usual, being Sunday night, I guess (or maybe because of the high holiday). This was a special occasion, but I'm sure we'll go back again for more than drinks and snacks. Although the drinks and snacks are exceptional. Delicious Mexican haute cuisine. Highly recommend!

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JC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Pretentious and over priced

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CC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

I expected more from chef Julieta Ballesteros, I`ve been deliciously surprised before not this time, however, I`ll still follow chef Ballesteros.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!! Exceptional food. One of the best Mexican restaurants I have been to. Highly recommended. Drinks are great too.

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BM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Creative take on the traditional taco, enchilada, quesadilla Mexican standards. Service was fast and friendly. Great happy hour deal!

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SM
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my family for restaurant week. Great food with fresh ingredients. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Very nice decor with music thats loud, but we were still able to talk to each other at a normal volume. I would definitely come back and try some of their other menu items at a later time. We all really enjoyed it!

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SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food always! We come here whenever my family visits.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Mexican food; we visited for Restaurant Week, but will be back. Everything was DELICIOUS!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delicious. The food was fresh and flavorful. I was also very happy with the service. I am allergic to mango and my waitress checked to make sure none of my food contained mango which i really appreciated. The dessert was PHENOMENAL! Highly recommend churros - or flan- can’t go wrong !! And the ceviche and shrimp tacos are incredible - very good !!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was amazing! I would definitely go again

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CR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was amazing. The food was out of this world.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute gem! Everything about it is perfect! Food is ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!! Very very impressive. Must try! Won’t disappoint.

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A
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

La Loteria was a great brunch spot. We had an 'early' for NYC reservation so the place was empty at 12pm on Saturday, but once we got seated, the service was warm and attentive. The salsa sampler was indicative of the excellent quality of the food; a creamy, sesame-peanut option stood out as the most interesting, while the tomatillo verde was fresh and vegetal. Unlimited bloody marys for $20 for one hour was a good deal, with a house-made mix tasting of summer tomatoes, fresh horseradish and a note of jalapeno. While the chorizo breakfast burrito was a solid choice, the real stand-out dish was the chilaquiles with shredded chicken and a fried egg. The saucing and texture of this generous bowl were spot-on and it was one of the best brunch dishes we've had in a while. Great experience overall.

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JL
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was confusing. Hard to tell what was listed under empaadas, what was listed under tacos, etc.

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JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I have been here a few times. We've always received a warm welcome and the food/atmosphere are both quite good. A fun place for friends to gather or just "date" night. Highly recommend!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food it is always well prepared and very appealing to the eye.

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BP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch outside, service was quick and friendly, food and cocktails were delicious and made to perfection. Excellent restaurant week decision!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and serv

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A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent & friendly staff- consistent dining

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LM
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The good was good. I am vegetarian and these dishes were good and well seasoned. Dessert option are good.
However, it is very noisy. It is difficult to have a conversation. The restrooms are not accessible for anyone with a mobility or visual impairment. This did not affect me but I think this is an important issue which should be addressed. Adding color at the edges of the riders would help everyone.

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AD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food. Uri the bartender is fantastic. Loved the fish taco and the pork belly - yummy and delicious.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was tasty. Service very good. All in all a very good experience.

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AK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good, fresh food. Would come back again. Got the beer battered tacos. Yum

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GO
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well done menu -- a great set of unique options (much more innovative than your typical "Mexican") and everything is executed perfectly with exquisite presentation and taste

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CA
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. The bill was high! We came during happy hour but ended up staying through dinner, until 10. It was a fun dinner

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