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La biznaga

garcia vigil 512, Oaxaca, Mexico
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Ranked #59 of 245 restaurants in Oaxaca
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Rocklin, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have been visiting Oaxaca for seven years and truly love the culinary experience in this town; however, La Biznaga, does not represent the true Oaxaca cuisine to me. While the meals are okay, I was totally disappointed with the service and the fact that mostly tourists eat there. The young Mexican waiters and waitresses seem bored with their role;... More

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Seattle, Washington
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Last winter my wife, my in-laws and I traveled to Oaxaca and visited this restaurant because supposedly it was “good”. I was extremely disappointed; arrogance is the atmosphere in this place. They do seem to think that they are doing you a favor by taking your money. The wait for service of any kind is easily over 20 min. The... More

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

excellent food in a relaxed but trendy setting The selection was wide and all tasty with excellent Mezcal margaritas to boot

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wagga
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138 reviews 138 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A nice courtyard restaurant with large blackboard menus. The food was good over a range of dishes good choice of beers and smokey mescals to try. Service was ok, harder to pin down waiters for later rounds of drinks

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We dined here with friends who are residents of Oaxaca, one of whom ran a cooking school in the valley. Inventive and true-to-region cocktail menu. For our starter we ordered the chapuines (grasshoppers) for the table. My spouse and I are frequent visitors to Oaxaca, we always order chapulines at some point. The presentation at La biznaga was different, usually... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

La Biznaga specializes in dishes from the isthmus of Oaxaca. I had an outstanding black mole chicken tamal (wrapped in banana leaf, not corn husk). Someone else in my party had something I was not wild about, however: some sort of shredded/ pulverized beef that was stringy and sweet. It's entirely possible that the dish was done spot-on, but just... More

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Chicago
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We lived in Oaxaca for a year (2011-2012) and return 6 weeks every year since then. Like many U.S. folks, we were attracted by the ambiance of Biznaga. I've eaten here probably 12 times. But as I sit here this afternoon, I must finally admit to myself: the service sucks, and the food is mediocre at best. You will stand... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We lived in Oaxaca for a year (2011-2012) and have since returned 6 weeks every year. Like many U.S. folks, we were attracted by the ambiance of Biznaga. I've eaten here probably 12 times. But as I sit here this afternoon, I must finally admit to myself: the service sucks, and the food is mediocre at best. You will stand... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The place was highly rated by Lonely Planet, and close to our hotel, so we just showed up. The place is so dark that we weren't the only ones using our cell phones to read the menu. Their answer is to have the menu printed on a couple of 20 foot blackboards! The prices blew my mind, but I thought... More

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Mexico City, Mexico
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39 reviews 39 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I love the laid back atmosphere of this restaurant and the menu is very creative combining oaxacan ingredients with mexican cuisine and international. My favourite dish is don chepe which is a tamal but really you must try it! Oh and don't miss out on the margaritas! they are awesome! Ask to have it with mezcal instead of tequila! Tip:... More

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