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El Escapulario

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Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
516-4687
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8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
PERFECT chicken tortilla soup, WONDERFUL service

Esther is the owner of El Escapulario and she is gracious, charming, welcoming, and takes as much time as you would like explaining the food. She is proud of her little establishment and rightly so - the moles and chicken tortilla soup were excellent. My group tried a wide variety of soups and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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San Francisco, California, United States
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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San Francisco, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Esther is the owner of El Escapulario and she is gracious, charming, welcoming, and takes as much time as you would like explaining the food. She is proud of her little establishment and rightly so - the moles and chicken tortilla soup were excellent. My group tried a wide variety of soups and dishes, and they were all delicious...the chicken... More 

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Albuquerque, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is definitely a hidden gem. The moles, especially el estofado, rojo y negro, are delicious. What adds to the richness of the food is the owner, she's attentive and preciosa. We visited twice during our stay. Try it, it's wonderful and if you sit in the back room, the view is amazing.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

As previous posts suggested, you're going to get a homely experience here. First, when i travel, i enjoy eating like a local and experiencing the culture. Eating here felt like I was getting an authentic experience. Day 1. The first night we arrived, we stopped by and ordered the tortilla soup and oaxaqueno sampler. There was definitely more than enough... More 

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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is an amazing little place to share an intimate, casual dinner with friends or loved ones. Plan on spending some time here to get to know the local cuisine and the charm of the area.

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Mexico City, Mexico
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is truly one of the best places to eat in Oaxaca City. It's a cozy little spot in the second story of an ancient building, overlooking the nearby cathedral walls. You feel like you're visiting your grandma's house, only nobody is telling you that you need to lose weight or start going to church again or get rid of... More 

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Tijuana, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Came here with a group of friends, the place was empty and the owner was the one who cooked and waited us. She sent us some free mezcal shots and made special vegetarian food that was really tasty. This place is amazing and would recommend it to everyone visiting the city.

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a great casual place to eat and receive personal attention by Esther. The food is fresh and delicious and the presentation is lovely. The service was perfect too. Esther made us feel like we were her friends coming over to eat at her house. This small restaurant is decorated with art that is for sale. It was recommended... More 

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Oakland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

El Escapulario is a true little gem, offering the authentic, time-honored dishes that Oaxaca is internationally renowned for. It's a little hard to find, but don't give up, go up those stairs, because this is the food you came to Oaxaca to taste. The soups, the moles, the tlayudas- you will want to come back and try everything. My traveling... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Extremely good Zapotec (I am told) meals. Tasty sauces, nice presentation and the cook and hostess (sorry I don't know her name) is extremely friendly and happy to talk about her recipes. Don't miss the chicken with giant ants, chicatanas -- but there are lot of options for the squeamish too. It's a bit hard to find, on the second... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

As others have mentioned, this tiny restaurant is homey and like eating your abuela's. She's hired a young, professionally trained chef to help her out, but it's still a family affair. I had what was a truly outstanding chile relleno with cheese and pecans in a sweet, yellow sauce of some kind. My husband had an ensalada festival, consisting of... More 

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Additional Information about El Escapulario

Address: Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
Phone Number: 516-4687
Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Mexican

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 516-4687

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?