La Loteria

4.5
366 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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4.5
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4.3
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4.3
ambience
3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MKH1
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Fabulous, unusual food and probably the best Mexican I've eaten - and I've eaten a lot of Mexican food. Service was very good. The music was so monotonous that electric beat music which offers no variety at all. It is annoying at 10 minutes - much less 90 minutes. But the food and the margaritas are soooo good!

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DannyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Haven't been in awhile, but the food was as amazing as I remember...Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish tacos are so delicious! We always get the same server and she’s so sweet!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the service, drinks, and food - absolutely amazing!!

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vipbobbyjohn
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food is decent, but not special enough to justify the prices ($18 for guacamole). The bill for 3 people was $262.00 (1 person wasn't drinking cocktails).

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MartinaG
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Extremely disappointing: Food was bad! Table unfit for three people! Very disappointing.

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vipLoraK
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I am allergic to spicy food but waiter was patient and went through the menu with me and even went to the kitchen to inquire. Enjoyed happy hour house margaritas since a Monday. The ceviche was a little spicy which I was warned about but it was absolutely delicious and ate some chips in between bites. The shredded pork tacos, plantains and churros were very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fish tacos were really good! The grilled cheese with nachos (and guacamole on the side) was also a highlight.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Upscale Mexican that was simply delicious and SO much food during restaurant week. Wow

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vipCGould
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Very lively bar area. Nice enclosed outdoor seating with heat lamps. The food was good, but definitely not a good value. We loved the duck flautitas ! They were delicious, but $19 for 2 spring roll size pieces was crazy!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was ok; recommend the fish tacos. The ambiance is definitely a vibe

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience3

Restaurant week

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RichardF
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The waiter charged us for a 20 dollar guacamole we didn’t order. We ordered of the prefix menu during their restaurant week special.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service, honest review about gluten free foods safe for celiac disease! Will definitely be back!

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AlbertoJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I don't normally write reviews, but I felt compelled to write one because my experience at La Loteria this past Sunday was pretty disappointing. The appetizer I ordered (La Crudite) took a while to come out, so I had to ask about it. When I received it, there was no jicama in it as advertised. Nonetheless, I ate it, but mentioned it to the person who brought it out. I'm not sure if she didn't hear me or just did not care. The cucumbers in the Crudite were also flimsy, which means they were old. My second issue, besides the food also taking much longer than necessary to come out, was that they were out of breakfast essentials like bacon, chorizo, and a one other product. Apparently the brunch from the day before wiped them out, but how do you not have bacon at a breakfast spot? I am disappointed because I've been to La Loteria a number of times before for dinner and it has become one of my favorite spots in the city, but brunch was just a fail. Not sure if there is new management or what. I hope dinner is still just at good.

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vipLauraB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was great but can’t say the same about service. Slow, unwelcoming, and forgot many items.

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Elizabeth
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love the food and the staff here; they are simply the nicest people. We’ve eaten here at least once a month (often more) since it opened a few years back and we’ve never been disappointed. It’s a great addition to the west village. Long live Loteria!

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VictoriaM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great New Year’s Eve experience!! Great for big groups.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal & good vibe. Portion sizes are actually pretty big so don’t get too aggressive when your order 🤙 enjoy!

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vipAnthonyD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food. Yuri the Batman is one of the nicest people you could ever meet, attentive and efficient. Just love this neighbor gem.

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vipLoriG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I wanted to try something new in the neighborhood and we’re SO glad we picked La Loteria! We had prix fixe and we’re both stuffed when we left. The black bean soup was sublime!!! I could have made a meal out of the black beans and delicious rice - OMG! I’ll go back just for that! My friend had the chicken tacos which were perfectly seasoned and the chicken was so moist delish! I had the ceviche which was good and came with perfect chips (not at all greasy). The place has a great vibe and the service was attentive. Only comment is that the music was a wee bit loud for lunch time. Also, I’m a bit OCD and noticed some of the pictures were not quite level (I wanted to fix them but my friend talked me out of it - LOL!). Overall we loved it and will def return.

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vipAlisonL
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant. Food was yummy and service was friendly. Space was very tight though having to move when waiters or people needed to get around us and it was super loud in there. Felt like we needed to scream to hear each other.

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vipYeyoAlejandro
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi. The service was excellent (as always). Every time I come to "La Lotería," they greet me in a way that make me (and my guests) feel very welcome. I wanted to point that out, since my friend I was with that night made the observation. The food was delicious, the Skinny Margarita with Cucumber is super refreshing in every season. The "Ceviche de Pescado" is one of the best I've tried (it always tastes super fresh and the avocado in it is always perfection). I did also love the "Tostadas de Atún," which were Mini-rounded toasts with tuna on top and some micro-greens, delicious. Then, the tacos: I went this time with the Chicken Tacos and the Baja Fish Tacos. I have to say, now I can see why people love those Fish Tacos! The battered fish is cooked (maybe light fried?) as a croquette and wrapped up in a corn tortilla, served with some mild (and more spicy) sauces. It never disappoints, always a great experience there.

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vipLindslee47
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service

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TiffanyM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a frequent NYC restaurant patron who both grew up in NY and utilize restaurants exclusively as our kitchen, I had a very good experience at this restaurant meeting with a friend. There were just enough options on the menu for wide selection, and yet not overwhelming so you are studying the menu like a course rather than focusing on conversation. The drinks were innovative, delicious and hip. The week night was just the right level of noise for light music and good conversation. The wait staff were very attentive and experienced. The pricing is very reasonable for the scale of food and ambiance. If possible the chairs can be slightly more comfortable but their appearance is lovely for the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comida buenísima y muy buen servicio. Además, la noche que fuimos había música en directo.

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AlfonsoD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

some of the best margaritas in town. Yummy! Fresh totopos, and the FLAUTAS are to die for.

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JenniferH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and drinks were really good. I recommend the guac and salsa's to start!

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MatthewA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. Food and staff!

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vipAccview54
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to din there!! Always delicious and consistent!! Staff makes u feel like u are at home !!!

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SuzyF
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Only reason I gave three stars for value is because the empanada appetizer I got had literally one small empanada as an appetizer. I’m not a big eater but at least a few on a plate would have made more sense for the price.

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I feel like if you're going to pay this much, head to fedora or just better yet go to tacombi. Nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Overpriced and not that good of food. Good drinks.

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FredK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great frozen margaritas and food!

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WarnerW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Been here several times, great food...best tacos, specials...good value for food too, but the noise level really detracts from the experience. 3 of us ate and left asap since any conversation was impossible. Maybe wait until the outdoor tables are empty?...ahh 7th ave car exhaust...like Mexico City?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I'd choose another Mexican restaurant.

Very poor service, didn't refill waters, and food came out 1.5 hours later and not together. Seems like they forgot about half the meal

Food was also a few steps below Taco Bell. Cold fajitas and the enchiladas may still be in the kitchen

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MatthewA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

favorite restaurant and staff! always amazing and always treat me great!

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vipUWSide
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great happy hour specials - especially ceviche! Beware tacos are not happy hour prices - same as regular menu. Yummy margaritas

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talnyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I indicated when I made my reservation that it was my friend's birthday, but nothing happened with that. It is very loud inside. You have to speak over everything to be heard. The server was very helpful explaining the menu options. The food was very good. The chicharron taco was delicious. The pescade taco was nice. The steak taco was very good and the scallops entree was delicious.

For dessert, I had the churros, which were better than Boqueria. I just wished it was not as loud.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to place love the staff and the food. Recommend the Ribeye Loteria it is amazing. Honestly all food is amazing just happen to like the Ribeye the best. Highly recollection to give this place a try if haven’t so already.

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La Loteria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Loteria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 858-9096.

La Loteria is rated 4.5 stars by 366 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.