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Reforma 502 | Col. centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
516 1122
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Upscale Italian restaurant - pricy

This is an upscale Italian pasta-pizza place with stylish courtyard eating space and a nice rooftop terrace too. I ate here once and my pizza was excellent, although my margaritas were ordinary (the first one frozen - blended with ice – and the second one on the rocks). I felt that prices were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 14, 2014
Tom11
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Montreal, Canada
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I went to Vieja Lira at the recommendation of one of the local residents and were extremely pleased. We split a pizza, had two glasses of Chilean merlot, and ordered dishes of chocolate and vanilla ice cream. The entire order was just superb. The service was friendly, efficient, and responsive. The restaurant provides a lovely ambiance with... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

3.5 stars. Wanted a break from local food. Fairly late, mistakenly headed for their other address on Reforma, didnt know it was closed, but no matter. Looked promising and was welcoming, but food was mixed. Mixed green salad was generous but middle of road at best. Cappricio pizza was supposed to include sausage but hey I suppose a hot dog... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We had heard and read about Vieja Lira and were wanting Italian food - a bit tired of Mexican after nearly a month in Oaxaca. It was a comfortable setting but nothing special and one of the placemats was dirty. My husband order lasagna traditional and myself a green salad with fruit and nuts (all but the greens were skimpy... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

When it's time for something different in Oaxaca, go to Vieja Lira. Food, wine & service are as good as you will find anywhere else in town. No more expensive than other good restaurants in Oaxaca (& there are many).

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Cleveland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

After a week of food adventures we were ready for something familiar and were pleased with how good this restaurant is. We just had pizza and a salad, but the wine list is impressive (there is an enoteca section and wine store) and the deli counter had a full selection of Italian products. We will be back.

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Montreal, Canada
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36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is an upscale Italian pasta-pizza place with stylish courtyard eating space and a nice rooftop terrace too. I ate here once and my pizza was excellent, although my margaritas were ordinary (the first one frozen - blended with ice – and the second one on the rocks). I felt that prices were pretty high for what I ate, though,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We were positively surprised with lovely pasta and risotto dish we had. It was best italian food in Mexico so far. We were even happier with a great wine choice and how well it was kept. Highly recommended if you crave for nice glass of red in the world of Mezcal :-)

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oaxaca
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37 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Expensive for Oaxaca, sure. But for years it has been the best Italian restaurant in the city, and remains as such, in its fairly new locale, spacious with traditional open courtyard with pleasant decor. Service is courteous and efficient. Both drink (especially) and food arrive in a timely fashion by Oaxacan standards .... but this is fine dining, and it... More 

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've never had luck with Italian in Oaxaca. Stopped here last night on a rainy evening. The crostini with white beans was AMAZING. Those beans were flavorful and rich and gorgeous. Porcetta alla birra special was huge and excellent. We then had a pasta each. A little too much salt in all the dishes. Great wine list and kept reds... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

OK Italian food, a little heavy on the sauce. We had pasta dishes which were ok, certainly not worth the price charged. To expensive, and by far not the best italian food in town

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Additional Information about Vieja Lira

Address: Reforma 502 | Col. centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
Phone Number: 516 1122
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Reforma 502 | Col. centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 516 1122

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian, Pasta
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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