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“Beautiful in every way” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Contramar

Contramar
Durango 200, Col. Roma Norte, Mexico City, Mexico (Roma Norte)
5514.9217 / 5514.3169
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Ranked #12 of 2,195 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $100
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Roma Norte
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Beautiful in every way”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

We came here straight from the airport - so glad we did! Food, service, decor, atmosphere are all marvelous. Its not open for dinner, so we walked in at 2 pm hoping they were still serving lunch (ha! In this town, people start lunch at 3 pm, especially on a beautiful sunny friday) and even though we didn't have reservations they found us a table for two (and would have seated us at the bar otherwise). Meal began with complimentary pickled vegetables and a spicy but delicious endive salad. For starters, we ordered the octopus tostadas and the house ceviche. Both were fantastic - fresh, full of flavor, very generous portions of seafood and lovely crisp chips to eat them with. Then came the main course, which was grilled fish "contramar" - that is, one side topped with rioja and the other with a kind of salsa verde. Oh my. Fish was falling off the bone tender, topping was delicious and it all came with warm tortillas and amazingly delicious black beans to eat it with. Finish with plantain tart (filled with dulce de leche), topped with two glasses of wine, and you couldn't ask for a better welcome to Mexico City.

I want to add that the service is top notch. Friendly and professional, these guys know what they're doing. They even helped us track down our taxi after the meal. And the setting - well. The valet parking stand is your first sign that this isn't your average restaurant. It's a huge sunny and bustling room with high ceilings, lots of light, big modern paintings. And the crowd is a very lively mix of well-heeled and beautiful types having business lunches, catching up with friends, people-watching, and enjoying a fantastic meal! A must-go. I would recommend to everyone.

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Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013 via mobile

I ate lunch here on a recent trip.
It is super busy so being alone I ate at the bar. The service was very good and the Tuna tostada was amazing. The eggs I had were not great but that is more the dish I think.
A great place to people watch as it seems the upper crust of the city's well to do eat here.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great seafood @ La Condesa!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

I went there with a party of 5. They gave us a very good table and offered entreès... Great shrimp cocktails...

One of the best Rockefeller oysters I've tasted for a while.

Wine list is not so good, though.

I'll gladly come back!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mexico City, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“For food lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Might be the best seafood restaurant in Mexico City. Relaxed atmosphere and great fresh dishes. You need a reservation as it is always packed.

Visited January 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
103 reviews 103 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Restaurant is closed, and there is no message on website or when calling the restaurant”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Having had an excellent meal here on a previous trip, we were disappointed to see that the restaurant is closed, in fact the space is under a complete renovation as of December 31st 2012. We were frustrated that their website provided no indication they were closed (even if only for remodeling), and when we called the restaurant, we also got no message indicating they were closed - pretty frustrating.

Visited December 2012
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