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Babita Restaurant

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Mexican
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1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
626-288-7265
Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 10:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Reservations

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  • 11
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
NOT the Mexican food you know!

After my fourth visit over a period of years, I continue to think this is the best Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico (and possibly IN Mexico). Chef Roberto produces inventive, delicious delicacies to delight diners at this small, unpretentious place in an unlikely locale. He proudly uses the best... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2014
NYscholar2
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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Reservations
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19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

After my fourth visit over a period of years, I continue to think this is the best Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico (and possibly IN Mexico). Chef Roberto produces inventive, delicious delicacies to delight diners at this small, unpretentious place in an unlikely locale. He proudly uses the best ingredients; he will describe them to you (how often do you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The only restaurant that compares is Casa Oaxaca....in Oaxaca Mexico; so if you can't make the trip....head down to San Gabriel (of all places). Chef Roberto only uses the very best ingredients in whatever dishes he prepares, the finest sea foods and meats...his soups are beyond compare. He will come out of the kitchen to explain what is on the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Fine food, tasty surprising combinations, beautiful presentation in a very small family-run restaurant in an offbeat location. Mexican food does not get better—anywhere (I live in New Mexico and travel to Mexico). Not cheap, but a fair price for the quality. Wine and beer only.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Authentic, delicious, sophisticated Mexican food prepared with complete attention—the chef is a master and artist. Little touches add to the presentation. Chiles en nogada, best I've ever had. Lovely, cheerful family atmosphere. Not cheap, but more than fair. As close to perfect as one can get. Delightful.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This small, comfortable resturant in a somewhat out-of-the-way location is a wonderful treat. The food is not your traditional tacos/enchaladas/tostadas but an authentic list of Mexican dishes, many from the Mexico City area. The sauces are different and interesting. The specials reflect regional or seasonal specialties. The service is well paced and friendly. You can almost always anticipate a visit... More 

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Los Angeles
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343 reviews 343 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is an unassuming place on the corner. It has about 8 or 10 tables and is family run. The service is pleasant and forward with direct answers on what is recommended. The waitress must have trained in Paris, she is so blunt: (in accented English) "The giant scallops are not at their best". "Sauteed schnapper and relleno are the... More 

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CT
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99 reviews 99 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Don't let this restaurant's unassuming location or modest decor fool you: if you like Mexican food that is sophisticated and full of flavor, you're in for a treat. I had the mushroom sauteed in a mole sauce and ended up scraping every bit of the sauce from the plate. My steak and shrimp in a cilantro sauce was superb. Even... More 

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burbank, ca
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168 reviews 168 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

Don't let the exterior deter you. Once inside, the linen-covered tables and small room seem to invite an extraordinary dining experience. The prices match the quality of the food.Forget the typical taco-enchilada combination plate. These creative dishes delight the palate.

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Seattle, Washington
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96 reviews 96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

A wide-variety of Mexican dishes from all over that beautiful country. Salsa is excellent as well as the corn tortillas. I ordered halibut with scallop on top. Very delicious and there was a mole sauce. All the details are paid attention to. The chef/owner comes by and discusses the food with each client. A little on the pricey side, but... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Worst service ever! The old waitress barely speaks English and the other one is awfully rude. It took almost two hours to get our very average food. The decor consists of empty liquor bottles lining the room. Secluded, dark, off the main drag location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Gabriel
  • Phone Number: 626-288-7265

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thursday
10:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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