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Local cuisine, Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$14 - $33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Mexican, Latin
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Table Service, Free Wifi
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All reviews tasting menu soft shell crab seven course menu pork belly mango tostada octopus soup chilli chef luis small courses high end open kitchen set menu english speakers pesos per person great brunch
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Criollo is a must-visit for food-lovers traveling to Oaxaca. Even if you didn't get a chance to stay at the meticulously designed rooms, where everything you'd ever hoped to find in a luxurious hotel (and, missed) - here it is not. The attention to detail...that makes for an effortlessly beautiful stay extends to the food, luckily: You may have the best breakfast of your life, like I did. You may also have one of the most inspired, haute-cuisine tasting lunch or dinner, served with the warmth and nonchalance of a home-cooked meal. Chef Luis, Claudia and the entire Criollo team are reviving magic in an increasingly unmagical hospitality world. How wonderful, people and places like this exist.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Criollo tonight. We had the tasting menu paired with drinks. Food quality varied. The fish dish and pulled chicken taco with mole were excellent. Other plates (bean soup, tostada, etc.) were mediocre. The drink pairings felt disjointed. There were two wines (first was...great, second was not good) with a passionfruit cocktail (excellent) in between, then a michelada (fine), and a shot of mezcal paired with the last plato fuerte. Drinks were individually good for the most part, but I couldn’t catch on to any complementary drink-dish strategy. Service quality also varied and felt generally subpar for what you pay (two people = $3.500 + tip). I visited Pujol a year ago and loved their tasting menu and the service. Despite the 4-star TripAdvisor average for Criollo, I had to check it out because I know the owner can make culinary magic. Perhaps my expectations were too high coming into his newer spot here in Oaxaca. I wouldn’t pay the same price in the US for what I got tonight. Criollo has been around long enough to know better. TL;DR: Skip Criollo. Splurge on a 6-part mezcal tasting at In Situ and then get some drunk street food (or head to CDMX for Pujol).More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

So disappointing about the service, the food was so good but the service was bad. I reserved at counter and I asked for change they said all is full and I saw couple of tables available.... More people arrived and they asked if they wanted...a table at the garden, bad service...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 10, 2020

First, the atmosphere in this restaurant is very pleasant. It is outdoor seating, but if it is chilly out - no worries - they bring you a wool shawl (for men and women) to warm you up. We learned on sitting down that there was...no menu. They ask if you have any food allergies or sensitivities and then proceed to bring you a 7 course meal offered by the chef. Every dish was excellent, but I have to say that it was the second best meal we had in Oaxaca. The best was at Pitiona but Criollo was the most expensive meal we ate in Oaxaca (followed closely by Pitiona)More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 23, 2020 via mobile

Culinary Treat ... set menu with 7 courses .... absolutely delicious ... will be back the next time we visit Oaxaca

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

I'm a regular visitor for criollo. We go as couple and family both. Best is fudge cake. They serve with ice cream and nuts. Also lotus skillet is amazing. Drinks are out of this world!!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 21, 2020

Owned by a chef who has a similar restaurant in Mexico City, this is a tasting menu of nine courses. Unusual combinations of traditional foods, octopus, sweet breads, delicious soups, fish dishes and delightful desserts. Very nice wine list with many Mexican wines to sample.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020

7 course tasting menu with no options (with or without drink pairings). I personally do not like this kind of culinary experience - where the server interrupts you with a description of what you are about to eat as each course is served, but the...food was all quite good. Very beautiful setting, very elegant. Incredible attention to detail - table water was infused with cinnamon and chamomile the night we dined. Chef designs a special cocktail or two appropriate for the menu of the evening (my husband wanted a Margarita and they were not keen - he should have had the gin/juniper - it was lovely and unique). Very attentive but discrete service. It's pretty special and they know it. Will definitely return.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 19, 2020

My friend and I saved Criollo for one of our last nights in Mexico together and were hoping for a special meal. We both work in the industry and have perhaps a higher than average standard for certain things. The ambiance and setting was really...lovely. Open kitchen and beautifully displayed ingredients. We were sat at our table with no explanation which left us slightly confused. After about 5 minutes we were brought some tostadas and two salsas as well as some water infused with avocado leaf. The salsas were flavourful and all the tortillas were being made fresh over a flame by the entrance of the restaurant. The server explained that we would be eating a 7 course tasting menu and that it changes daily. We were brought a drink menu but no mention if they offered pairings or not. The food was bland and forgettable. Even though it felt rude we were using the salsas from the chips to try and spice things up a bit. My fish was overcooked, dry and flaky. They served a pork sandwich as the 5th course. Flavour was okay but who can actually stomach a whole bun after eating 4 courses of food, no matter how big or small. The courses were very vegetable forward which I love but really doesn’t help to justify the price of the meal. One course were too oily, one course our cutlery was taken away and it felt unnatural to eat. The dessert course had a glass of tapeche with melon that I must admit was very delicious. The waiter threw out the cork for our wine and we couldn’t take it with us, very unprofessional in my opinion. They said they make a new menu every day and I believe this may be where they are going wrong. Take the time, plan a menu, test the recipes and when you are happy with the results proudly serve it to your customers. For over 1000 pesos per person for the food alone it just needs to be better.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 19, 2020 via mobile

Maybe the best meal of my life. We had the tasting menu with the drink paring. The food, drinks, the service, the atmosphere, but mostly the people. Amazing. A truly wonderful experience.

Date of visit: February 2020
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October 29, 2019|
Response from Мария Г |
Muchísimo 1000 peso y más para persona. Y nunca no habla nada que precio será
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Response from NativeMextraveler | Reviewed this property |
No but you can see it, food was incredible. A must to go we had the drink pairing, beers , mezcal and wine worth every centavo
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Response from KathyinVirginia757 | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is a set menu of several courses. There is no a la carte menu. If you have food allergies, substitutions may be made or ingredients avoided. If you are a vegan, for example, you should contact the... More
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