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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 69
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  • 24
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  • 8
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Creative Authencity of Oaxaca Classics - Unpretentious and Delicious

When you first walk up to this restaurant on this street of many fancy hotels and restuarants you might be hesitant to walk in. A chalkboard sign with El Escapulario is your hint you are in the right place and list of intreging, unusual ingredient dishes. No one directing you to climb simple... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
sirenanathalieNyc
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NYC
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
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NYC
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126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

When you first walk up to this restaurant on this street of many fancy hotels and restuarants you might be hesitant to walk in. A chalkboard sign with El Escapulario is your hint you are in the right place and list of intreging, unusual ingredient dishes. No one directing you to climb simple stairs, where you see a table with... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Esther, the owner, is wonderful and takes the time to tell you how she makes her food, even how she sources the ingredients. She's like the Oaxacan mom you wish you had. We tried every soup on the menu and they were all good, but the crown jewel is the tortilla soup. The broth is so delicious it's hard to... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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
1 review
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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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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: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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?