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El Escapulario

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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11 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been visiting El Escapulario for the past 5 years and it never lets me down. La señora Alonso makes wonderful, original dishes and the prices are reasonable. She always makes her customers feel like guests. I especially recommend the tortilla soup and the mango chicken. Visit this charming little restaurant for an authentic Oaxacan experience.

Thank Sarah B
Chicago, IL
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Homey atmosphere, traditional food well prepared and flavorful. Definitely a favorite during our two week stay in Oaxaca. Esther, the down to earth and owner and cook, could not have been nicer as we tried to decide between the dishes. I do remember the wonderful mole! Service is leisurely, but that was okay!

Thank RPCV66
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

The Mole was excellent at the Escapulario. However, the service was very slow, and there was no water in the bathrooms. Even though we were the first guests of the afternoon, all the toilets in the bathrooms were very dirty. I honestly thought that the price for the mole was too high, given the service and cleanliness of the place.... More 

Thank rjg1991
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

El Escapulario has a great variety of Oaxacan dishes, some that you don't find too often. Everything I've had is delicious. The Pollo en Salsa de mango, and Mole Verde Pipian are a couple of my favorites. We almost always come in for lunch, the comida corrida or menu del dia. With that you get to try interesting delicious delicious,... More 

Thank machews
Epsom, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

This is without a doubt the greatest restaurant in Oaxaca , the food is traditional and reasonably priced The portions are generous . The dishes are full of unusual ingredients , insects like ants and crickets(of course you don t have to eat insects ) , and all sorts of unusual vegetables and herbs ,Another thing I love is the... More 

Thank stuart r
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

This small restaurant , run by Esther who does the cooking, is by far the most authentic Oaxaca style food. No frills nor fancy service. The food is made on the spot , so relax and take your time. Esther prepares the "chapulines" in a unique and secret manner. They are the best I have ever had. I have been... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

El Escapulario was one of the restaurants I had looked forward to trying during our recent Oaxaca City visit. I'm always attracted by family run restaurants and trying some of the local dishes. On this visit I ordered cecina with rice and beans, my wife ordered chicken with a different fruity mole. The food was good, but after having some... More 

Thank MGG56
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2016

Loved my experience here! I haven't seen food quite like this anywhere else in the Center. Not as touristy as some places, nor does it have the super high gourmet prices. Go for chiles rellenos with chicatanas -- I ordered it twice!

Thank Alicia D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Had a great mole too. The best meal that I have had in Oaxaca. Delicious. Small and intimate restaurant.

Thank Dave W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

This was one of our favorite restaurants in Oaxaca. We went twice - the first time was for a late lunch and the second for dinner. We were greeted very warmly by the owner and chose a table next to a window with a lovely corner view of the street outside. The restaurant was small but very clean and charming,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 516-4687

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?