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Bar Amá, Los Angeles, CA

Bar Amá

4.6
4.6
343 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Bar Amá is a Tex-Mex restaurant located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Our outdoor patio is available only on Friday & Saturday evenings (weather permitting). If you have any questions, please e-mail us at info@bar-ama.com or visit bar-ama.com.

"Fideo and borracho beans with cilantro and pork belly simmering on the stove, the spicy warmth of menudo every Christmas and New Year’s, egg salad with a fried egg between a butter toasted bolillo, and puffy tacos stuffed with lengua carnitas and crushed avocado and doused with pequin chile vinegar salsa. These are just some of the dishes that have inspired me – the food that I was nurtured with by the women who raised me. Bar Amá is my interpretation of their Tex-Mex." – Chef Josef Centeno

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

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  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 687-8002

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Josef Centeno

  • Catering

    Email info@bar-ama.com for info about catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Email info@bar-ama.com for info about private events.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    Spring

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking and non-affiliated lots also available.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 343 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RQ

    RyanQ

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the food is just so much better than you could imagine. there's no way to prepare for how delicious and unique the flavors are. it's 10 levels higher than what you think the best of this genre could possibly be.
  2. a

    andrea

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Both my friend and I have enjoyed several meals at Bar Ama in the past, but it had been several years since each of us had last been. Last night was such a lovely dinner. Service was excellent--everyone from the host to the servers was so genuinely gracious and friendly. And the food was delicious! It was so nice to be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is ispired by tex mex cuisine and it’s very good!
  4. G

    Gfc1900

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    I remember Bar AMA from pre Covid era as an awesome contemporary Mexicain restaurant with surprising dishes and cocktails; yesterday was none of it. Cocktail ok, no wine list to speak off and food that was bla… disappointed.
  5. CW

    ChellyW

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Menu changes—- I used to love this restaurant. The last time I visited was the weekend before the first Covid shutdown in 2020. The puffy tacos this time around weren’t the same. It was just a fried taco shell. There’s more vegetarian dishes than I recalled. There used to be bus drivers wings and short rib tostados. Gone. So I’m in no rush to go back as I missed the old bar ama
  6. ST

    STEVE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, wonderful margaritas, incredible place! Best nachos and you gotta try the churros.
  7. O

    Omar

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Staff is very very kind and helpful.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food & atmosphere!
  9. PP

    PaulP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner. I grew up in Texas and have been wanting to go to Bar Amá for a long time. My wife was so-so on the idea. We had a GREAT waitress who steered in 100% the right direction and loved her dinner. So - great food, great service, great value. And for any Texan reading this - this is their interpretation of TexMex. It’s not Ninfa’s - and that’s a good thing (as much as I love Ninfa’s.
  10. MG

    MeganG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!! A staple in DTLA... and with good reason.
  11. VF

    ValerieF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    Our waitress seemed like she was in a bad mood from the moment she approached our table. We asked to start with chips and guac and since we weren’t ready to put our full order in, she said she’d come back but forgot to put the app in. When we asked for suggestions on the menu, she wasn’t knowledgeable and said everything was good. Fish tacos tasted bland, the enchiladas were more of a Dutch oven dip, and everything was expensive. The veggie dishes and margs were good. The hostess who also took our drink order was very helpful and nice.
  12. RW

    RubyW

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    It’s not bad. The fried tacos were def underwhelming tho
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I really love this place!! I enjoyed fish tacos, The guacamole and the cauliflower. And we even ordered the rice pudding but we were more than satisfied. I think they serve tap water which is not delicious delicious but besides that it was great as usual
  14. BB

    BB1234

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice location with decent food. Some of the starters are really delicious.
  15. PV

    PatrickV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I was delighted by my first experience at Bar Amá. Each of the dishes we shared was a creative elevation on tried and true classics. I can't wait to go back and explore the menu more.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In a city full of amazing food, this is my absolute favorite. The staff is always lovely and thoughtful. The dishes are full of amazing flavors. My recommendations: super nachos (happy hour), puffy tacos (off menu), hamachi crudo, pickled beet salad, cauliflower with cilantro/cashew pesto, squash blossom fritters, crispy Mexican sriracha chicken. Everything here is seriously magic.
  17. LB

    LizethB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The whole night felt so easy and smooth. Staff was accommodating and really friendly. We were able to enjoy each other’s company with good conversation because the music wasn’t blaring like most places in the area. Of course, food was delicious!
  18. BS

    BrianS

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best premium Tex-Mex food in Los Angeles. Great service and ambience as well!
  19. PM

    PatrickM

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A go to... Food, service, value, and a wonderful, comfortable ambiance. An LA charmer.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Showed up right when they opened at 5 and they weren’t crowded. The best things on the menu we tried were definitely the sriracha chicken and the shishito peppers!
  21. j

    jffinn

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to satisfy on all levels. Been a favorite for a long time now and still delivering!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Not so great service this go around but the food was amazing .
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a fabulous time and the best way to end the weekend with Nacho Happy Hour!
  24. IR

    IreneR

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, a bit pricey but great service and very nice casual ambiance. We’ll be back soon!
  25. J

    Jasmine

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great and very attentive. It’s a very nice family style restaurant with lots of great flavors. They also don’t skimp on the alc in the drinks!!
  26. CS

    CandieS

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were amazing! I made a reservation on OpenTable for my husband's birthday and they were very responsive and accommodating. They told us we weren't able to bring in outside food or drink but offered us birthday deserts for our party. It was a magical experience and the customer service was above and beyond. We shared the brussel sprouts, hamachi crudo, shishito peppers and squash blossoms between 7 people to start and it was all fantastic! Their mezcal margarita is to die for! Fantastic night out for all of us!!
  27. B

    Brenton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Ready great and unique tacos offered here at this small but quaint downtown eatery. Great place to come for an after work drink and some bites, or for a full on meal with your friends.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Reception had all my previously communicated information and requests at her fingertips. Impressive attentive and friendly service. Absolutely delicious tacos, craft sodas and dessert.
  29. DY

    DianaY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food but very expensive. 18% service charge plus tax on that charge. Then still have to leave a tip. This place is for a date night or special occasion only.
  30. R

    Rere

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We dined here before attending the theater at The Music Center. It is an approximately 20 minute walk. We enjoyed the various dishes we had including the squash blossoms, the grilled squid, tacos and chocolate dessert. The service was a little slow but attentive. However, what we did not appreciate was the 18% "service charge," which we were informed by the server, was not part of the gratuity. We appreciate the restaurants that tack on 3% service charge to cover employee health insurance, etc. However, this charge, when added to what we would normally tip, was exorbitant and would equate to a 38% gratuity. Sorry restaurant owner, this is unacceptable and why we will not return.
  31. DV

    DaveV

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and service. Very interesting menu choices. We’re not vegan, but tried a couple of dishes. The nachos and cauliflower were great. And the mushroom birria was amazing! Great margaritas too!
  32. MB

    MichaelB

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    As always, some of the most consistent, creative and delicious Mexican food in the city. For us, it is worth making the trip where we live in to downtown just for this uniquely well prepared food. I highly recommend Bar Ama!
  33. D

    Disappointed

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Opening day for Dodgers! Had the Tejano bowl and chicken enchiladas and nachos - off the chart good!!!! Homemade soda - Ginger-jasmine and something else…will be going back.
  34. ST

    STEVE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great friendly service, wonderful food! We came for the Super Nachos happy hour, nachos were incredible as where the soft tacos and great drinks.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. Great food, cocktails and service.
  36. AR

    AaronR

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beet salad, along with Brussels spouts and cauliflower are outstanding. Special treat - Rice pudding.
  37. EB

    EdwardB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always excellent!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks. Service was excellent.
  39. FB

    FranB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were a vegan party of four. The waiter easily guided us to the multiple options for us to share. The food was varied, complex and delicious. My husband and I visited months ago after reading an article about the chef’s embracing plant-based foods. At that time there were fewer options but that is no longer true. It was a great meal
  40. h

    hltr60

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our meal and experience at Bar Ama. Squash Blossom Fritters were delicious and so unique. Good selection of cocktails too.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bar Amá using the Order Online button. Bar Amá also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 687-8002.

Bar Amá is rated 4.6 stars by 343 OpenTable diners.

Bar Amá does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Bar Amá

118 W 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Spring

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample street parking and non-affiliated lots also available.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Josef Centeno

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 687-8002

  • Catering

    Email info@bar-ama.com for info about catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Email info@bar-ama.com for info about private events.

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