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Mayan Cafe

813 E Market St, Louisville, KY 40206-1627 (Phoenix Hill)
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Ranked #5 of 1,483 restaurants in Louisville
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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93% Recommend
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bluegrass state
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179 reviews 179 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went here on a recommendation from the travel books. Glad we did. There are tables outside & in. We choose outside. Nice warm spring evening. Started with the pork salbutes. Yummy,,, fried dough with slow roasted pork, greens with a jalapeño dipping sauce. I could of eaten this for my entree. We also got guacamole & chips. We just about... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

While visiting Louisville, a local woman recommended the Mayan Cafe to my wife and it did not disappoint. The food was a bit pricy, but was extremely fresh, locally sourced, and full of flavor.(worth every penny) The quality of the food rivaled many NY establishments that we have tried, and far surpassed the many chain restaurants a mile away in... More

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Montgomery, Alabama
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

At a conference and attending the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the hotel concierge recommended the Mayan Cafe...a surprisingly fine choice. Farm to table menu with authentic dishes and a limited but reasonable wine list. A range of items per course to suit most tastes (meat, fish, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.) allowed for some interesting choices. Started with... More

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Romeoville, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

I had dinner after being recommended the Mayan cafe, and I have to say, we were not disappointed. We ordered their specialty drinks, and had a few different things off the menu, and we thought it was all really good. I especially recommend the scallop ceviche- absolutely wonderful. I just couldn't bring myself to give it the full 5 stars... More

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westchester county, ny
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86 reviews 86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Wish they had a place like this in Manhattan. Fresh, delicious , full of flavor...not your run of the mill mexican food... excellent value for lunch too !!

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Columbia KY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

MY wife and I dined here Monday night after an event, and we found it to be a perfect end to a good evening. The sevice was good and attentive, however it suffered a little when a party of another party or 12 arrived to demand the attention of our good server. The portions are average in quantity, and the... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Had a delightful special menu to accompany the various wines from this boutique Argentinian winery. Started with a Luminis Extra Brut to begin the wonderful dinner that was a sell out. Next came a wonderfully light red Allamand Cabernet Savignon with accompany a trio of absolutely delicious "Botanas" or snacks that should ALWAYS be on the menu. They trio was... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Reservations are a must for this small, sophisticated, excellent dining experience. The food is worth every dollar. Trying the Lima Beans is a must. Dishes can be prepared to accommodate the vegans in your party.

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North Vernon, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

I was very impressed with the food. Not only was it delicious, it was so beautifully presented. I had the Monday night burrito and sangria special. Steak and egg burrito and sangria with winter fruit. It was amazing! For dessert my husband and I shared a Tres Leches with fig puree and caramel ice cream. We got the bourbon that... More

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5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Amazing food, outstanding service, perfectly mixed drinks. I would be a regular if I lived in Louisville.

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