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Mayan Cafe

813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206-1627 (Phoenix Hill)
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Ranked #2 of 1,514 Restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: Latin, South American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Phoenix Hill
Description: The Mayan Cafe is a small, intimate space. Photos of our chef's village in Mexico cover the walls. We serve authentic Mayan food in an atmosphere of simple elegance.
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English first
Louisville, KY USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

Mayan Cafe is on my list of special occasion lunch places. Of course it's open for dinner as well. Chef Bruce Ucan puts out great tasting and intriguing food. The salbutes (little corn cakes which you top with your choice from a list of tempting options) are always great, the soups are wonderful-I've never been disappointed.

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Bronx, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Returned to Louisville after 6 months and had to get back for the lima beans. I'd found a recipe on line and have been working on them since February. But, I've got to admit, being there made me realize that mine are still second rate... Worth the trip for sure.

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Milford, Ohio
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The fresh food was delicious and even though they did not have a kids menu they were willing to create a smaller dish to meet her likes. I did not expect that type of accommodation and was thrilled with the service.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was my first meal in the Louisville, KY area and it has ruined me for life! The amazing food that we had was tasty, without salt shakers. My son had braised rabbit that was with a vegetable medley. My wife had a Mayan style stuffed vegetarian flat bread, rolled into a burrito style. I had their house specialty, which... More

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New York City, New York
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141 reviews 141 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

You have to try this place. Food was excellent - very creative and expertly prepared. Service was great. You will need reservations.

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2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Found this place on a business trip and it was unique, eclectic, and not to be missed! Had the salmon - best I've ever had! Will be back every chance it get.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife and I ate here for lunch. I had the Papadzules which was pork and cheese enchiladas covered in a pumpkin seed sauce and a fried egg. My wife had the Huevos Motuleños which was tortilla chips covered in chorizo, tomato sauce, fried plantains, and fried eggs. Everything was amazing. Very good food at this place. I only worry... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We frequently stop in Louisville on regular road trips to visit family. Have eaten at many of the top reviewed restaurants. Mayan is a new favorite. The food was fresh and unique. Service was great. They were packed after 8 on a week night. Only downside was it very loud, poor acoustics and the ceviche was a bit too salty.... More

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Boone, NC
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Given the choice of traveling to Louisville or Nashville for a concert, I choose Louisville. Why? The Mayan Cafe. The food here is so interesting and delicious that its worth a return visit (we ate here twice this time). Enjoyed black bean cakes & empanadas for appetizers. The salmon entree and lamb tacos with homemade corn tortillas were outstanding. My... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Bruce Ucan always amazes with his creations. I believe the Mayan is, hands down, the BEST restaurant in Louisville. Nowhere else can you find such a unique menu and presentation. Quaint and subtle, the Mayan Cafe always impresses.

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