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El Escapulario

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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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bloomington in
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank Fred L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We were a part of six-two were children. The service was personal and fantastic. The food also excellent. Lovely view from the window. I highly recommend eating here and supporting the fine work Ester does.

Thank 255michelem
Charleston, South Carolina
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

This is a lovely experience. Upstairs, small restaurant, served by the most lovely lady. It is like eating at Grandma's. everything we had there was excellent. Get the soup, it has a tomato base, vegetables and avocado along with tortillas. A meal in itself.

Thank citybybeach
Sahuarita, AZ
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

My wife and I ate lunch here on our first day in Oaxaca City. I was really looking forward to eating here and wanted very much to like it. We like small family places that are unpretentious. But, if I'm honest...it was just okay. I had the chicken Chilaquilies and there wasn't much chicken and I couldn't taste much flavor.... More 

Thank AZDuckman

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican, Latin
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
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?