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Babita Restaurant

1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
626-288-7265
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Ranked #5 of 205 Restaurants in San Gabriel
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 10:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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286 reviews 286 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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164 reviews 164 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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Additional Information about Babita Restaurant

Address: 1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
Phone Number: 626-288-7265
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Gabriel
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Mexican

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