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About Yxta Cocina Mexicana

The restaurant offers authentic Mexican food—handmade tortillas, fresh guacamole, slow-cooked carnitas, enchiladas de mole, as well as delicious updates to the classics—ceviche tostadas, dos gringas and salmon a la parilla.

601 S. Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90021
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm.
Dinner: Monday, Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Wednesday - Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm.

Cross Street:
6th St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 596-5579

Website:
http://www.cocinasycalaveras.com/yxta

Parking Details:
Valet Parking
Lunch $2
Monday - Friday 11:30AM -3PM
Dinner $4
Thursday-Saturday
4PM-10PM

Private Party Facilities:
Minimum and deposit required for restaurant buyout's, minimum price varies depending on the day. For more information contact us at info@yxta.net

Private Party Contact:
Evelyn Sandino: (323) 393-5199

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Yxta Cocina Mexicana Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fun (15)
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Good for Birthdays (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Casual (12)
Happy Hour (12)
Authentic (12)
Special Occasion (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Bar Seating (7)
Business Meals (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Romantic (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Spicy (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Work colleagues and I have gone to YXTA to celebrate Christmas since it opened. The food and service are consistently good. We each have our favorite dish though one of us will generally try something new. I visit more than just around Christmas and have introduced several friends to this delightful restaurant and dining experience. Their carnitas are the best and their potato tacos are a favorite for all of us.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

I came here to celebrate my brother's life ( he had passed on a few years ago) with a few of my friends and my mom. The inside of the restaurant is so nice and everyone kept commenting on the ambiance. I really liked the inside. Everything was great although the service was a little wonky. Our drink orders were taken but we sat for probably close to 45 min before anyone came and took our food orders. My mom went and got someone and the manager came over and spoke primarily to my mom and he had told us they didn't take our orders because it looked like we were having a good time. While I completely understand this concept, we were left sitting wondering why no one had come over and as a result, entertained ourselves. He had offered a round of drinks on the house and that he would take care of us. The rest of the night was wonderful however at the end they still charged us for one of the drinks they said they would cover and my mom had to speak to them again. Despite the service ( our server was still a real sweetheart), the food and ambiance would bring me back. Food was delicious, the drinks were great. :) I would still recommend and as a former server myself, I understand that things happen and I would not let this experience keep me from coming back.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Fun
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·Dined 4 days ago

Very accommodating location, considering we had a couple people join our group late, total of 11 people. The food was exceptional, cocktails and recommendations by the server were delicious. They have a good happy hour before 6. Best Chips and Guacamole in this part of LA and it’s all Fresh. The atmosphere can be romantic even with their TVs located in suttle areas for the sports fan in your group. We loved this place so much, we didn’t want to leave.

Tags: Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent and the menu offers lots of choice. We shared tacos, appetizers, guacamole (really delicious) and salads. Everything tasted great. The chef will adjust the heat level for those who want the food more or less spicy. There is both patio and indoor dining with plenty of room for large groups. The service was great. I will definitely go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Healthy, Quick Bite, Disabled Access, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Good and vibe are both great.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great !

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Yxta was ab-fab!!! Food outstanding...drinks amazing

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Went looking forward to the carnitas that don't disappoint. Others in our party ordered tacos. Food portions are generous. Yummy margaritas and smoky chili with chips and guacamole started the meal.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place when friends want a spot to get together and catch up. Nice ambiance and excellent menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

Food--outstanding, delicious, creative! Service--Excellent! Great venue for a business meeting or a date. Loved the space.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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food5
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Anniversary

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been here plenty of times for lunch, but it was the first time I got to enjoy a signature craft drink for dinner. Although, there are only a handful of choices--they did not disappoint. The salmon IS hands down, the best I have had anywhere. The guacamole is delicious and we topped it off with some delicious dessert. The capirotada (sp?) is a bread pudding with sweet pecans and churro flavored ice cream.

Tags: Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Real Mexican cuisine; and being a Mexican, let me tell you, that is rare for a restaurant to achieve in Los Angeles. I was there for a quick business meal and it happened to be Happy Hour. The Huarache de Tinga was good but the Chile Verde was outstanding. The fresh made tortillas also very good. Pleasantly surprised that the hype surrounding this place is not a Gringo take on Messycan food but for some true Mexican food flavors.

Tags: Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Happy Hour is great. Excellent vegetarian/vegan options: street corn, potato tacos, cilantro rice, beans. Margaritas and guacamole (and yes--the CHIPS) are just great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Enjoyable. Great music. Great food and drinks. However, Sketchy area it is located in.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Nice cocktails.
Nice chips and guacamole.
Delicious shrimp in garlic sauce.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our second visit to Yxta and we were just as please the 2nd time. The guacamole is amazing, but their chips are the highlight! We ordered the carnitas and ceviche. Both were amazing - can't wait to go back again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

What a great find. Definitely go again. It would be a experience for out of town visitors.

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Yxta has been one of my favorite restaurants ever since it opened several years ago. The fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, the beautiful presentation, the professional yet friendly and engaging servers, the uniqueness of the décor, and best of all, the wonderful creative, absolutely delicious creations that delight me and all of my friends. Today (October 4) was National Tacos Day, so that was my excuse for trekking down to Yxta for lunch. And it did not disappoint. The tacos were outstanding, and the dessert (the best flan on the planet, in my opinion) was the perfect way to end a wonderful meal. But, then, that's the way it always is at Yxta.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Spicy, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Went with friends and had a great time on Friday evening . Great happy hour! Good, tasty Mexican food and excellent Margaritas. Great service too.
Definetily would repeat !

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Great restaurant tucked right between the Arts District and downtown. Wish we had gone here earlier since we've been in the neighborhood for almost a year before we found it!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic, Happy Hour
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food - drinks were very watered down and the service could have been better.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We came to celebrate my friends birthday. We were late and the birthday girl was at the bar and had the best service and cocktails were amazing. I will be back with the hubby !

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Went with friends for happy hour. The food is fabulous. We had the ceviche, tacos al pastor, fish tacos and margaritas. All very good. They are also very friendly and accommodating . Great place to go with friends and have good food and a good time!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

I had the fish special of the day, the sea bass, it was incredible!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food is always good here. We shared the 2-person branzino fish as we hadn't tried fish at Yxta previously, and it was excellent. The day's special watermelon margarita was so well received they ran out by 7:30. Only place we know to get Mexican chocolate ice cream, yum!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

A group of my friends, my husband and myself wanted a new, authentic Mexican restaurant to try. Yxta did not disappoint. We will now make it our go-to when we want a more sophisticated Mexican cuisine dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Exceptional service and great food. The Jamaica Margarita is the best!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent food and great service. Highly recommend

Tags: Great Beer, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

This restaurant was recommended as having hand crafted cocktails and great food and it did not disappoint. The Blackberry margaritas were yummy as was the guacamole and fish tacos. Such a good find-we will definitely be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Customer service was slow, only had the server come once

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

We had a really nice time. We were 30 minutes late for our reservation because of traffic, but they still sat us right away. Everything was good, except my carnitas tacos tasted quite salty. Other than that, the food was great. All the other people in my group liked their food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (London)·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was great but it seemed very pricy for what we had. (Two people. Guacamole, two simple tequila drinks, two entrees came to $90 with tip.) It feels like Yxta is becoming too expensive for a meal that is not a special occasion, which is disappointing as I've always loved going there. While it is very delicious, paying $11 for guacamole seems a bit much to me… 

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Their food is always great. Service was great too for a group of 6. They were very accommodating that everyone came in at different times and quickly attended to each person as came in. We went real early at 4:30 and bugged that the strip mall was empty, so we parked and immediately the valet guy was charging us even though we parked on the other side. He said the entire lot is for them to charge😳. The other only problem was that there were flies buzzing around, and we were INSIDE. Other than that it was GREAT. I will still come back!!

Tags: Casual, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Always a good choice. Family leaves very satisfied and happy

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

The food menu is awesome. The restaurant is in a world of its own with a tasty menu and delicious cocktails. Very convenient valet parking available.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Tapas, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 22, 2017

The parking was valet and easy in/out, restaurant easily accessible for handicapped/wheelchair patrons, ambiance was cool, building was old brick/wood beams, food was delish and drinks very good but the best part was the total package which includes the service from valet staff, to host to wait staff; overall outstanding experience. We were on a rare date night, dressed business casual, some were dressed very nicely, others chilling in shorts and tshirts; very cool spot to hang anyway you show up!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Good for Groups, Authentic, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Fun, Quick Bite, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything we ordered from appetizer, drinks, and meal were phenomenal

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We were impressed when the waitress offered to a fresh portion of carnitas to go since the original was a bit dry. Great service!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Excellent food and traditionally great service. The service was not great today, however, you can always count on the excellent food choices. Authentic, delicious food at a reasonable price. I haven't been to happy hour here yet, but I plan to in the near future. The restaurant is not too far from my downtown office location.

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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