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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Mexican, Latin, Asian
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It seems locals and visitors alike were devastated when Biznaga disappeared at its perennial location on Garcia Vigil. The pandemic has hit Oaxaca restaurants and bars hard and Biznaga's large space in the heavily trafficked tourist corridor just couldn't support the reduction in business. Fortunately,...it has reopened in a very different setting on Avenida Juarez, adjacent to the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. The new address is 907 Ave Benito Juárez. Phone number 951.516.1800. There are a few tables outside in the front of the building, but we prefer to dine outside in the back area, where there is a beautiful view of the Institute's lovely grounds and gardens through a large wrought iron arch. There are no umbrellas yet, so best to arrive after 3:00 pm to avoid the afternoon sun. There are some changes to the menu but new offerings are interesting and done well; they seem to come in a bowl rather than on a flat plate. Our favorite soup choice, the Sopa Suave, is still the world's most comforting comfort food. Fried battered fish tacos are new and very tasty, especially with my favorite beer mix, the Ojo Rojo. There's a QR code menu on the table but you can request a paper menu if QR codes elude you. The standard Covid safety procedures are followed and the young waitress who has served us on several occasions is very eager to please and responsive, a very welcome change as service in the old Biznaga could be challenging and frustrating at times. There will eventually be table service (and a Biznaga type bar) in more of the interior rooms as the pandemic lightens, but right now it's quite pleasant and safer to eat outside, looking into the Institute's vast green space. Breakfast/brunch is now served on Sundays until 1:00 pm. Check the website for current hours.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020

there are many choices in Oaxaca but we ended up back here a couple of times. Just easy, good menu, we liked the beer choices, comfortable setting courtyard with open air. Good staff. I wish I could remember all the things we tried here, there...were quite a few and they were all good. I do remember the watercress salad as being particularly satisfying since fresh vegetables are not overly abundent in Oaxaca, cevishe was great, the coconut flan was a favorite.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

The menu was very interesting with unusual offerings. However the results were disappointing. Flavors were ordinary without any punch. Smoked marlin wasn’t smoky at all, tasted stale. Pork was undistinguished. Soup with noodles was weird. Service was indifferent. Hard to judge a place by three...dishes but there was nothing here to encourage a return.More

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

Soups, salads and deli food: great deals! Rest of the menu depends of what you order, but in general a great experience. Expect to stay at least a couple of hours in every visit, they talk serous when they said “Slow Food”

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 18, 2020

This is a great location and I had a delicious dish of mole tamarind but everything else ruined the meal and I will never set foot in this place again. The manager was present when it became clear that the service staff have no authority...to provide good customer service. The music was too loud to hear what others were saying. When we asked to have it turned down, the staff said the manager was there and they couldn't do anything. It's clear there are not enough staff so the service is very poor. I received my entree when my lunch partner received her soup. Then her entree was not delivered for a long time and she had ordered the meal of the day, which was a stew so it should have been delivered. I had asked for separate bills for our lunch and they said that is not possible.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 17, 2020

This is a great restaurant. I was crazing a vegetarian dinner salad and they delivered. YUM! It was fresh, large and delicious.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

After days of lovely meals and excellent service in Oaxaca, this was a frustrating disappointment. Severs lack training and just don’t care. Our orders were served randomly, one main course completely forgotten. Salmon was served raw; when questioned the server said we’d ordered it wrong....We were never asked about drink refills or dessert. Our table wasn’t cleared. A 45 minute wait for the check capped it off. There is no excuse for this waste of a lovely space. Don’t bother.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

We found the lovely ambiance in the courtyard and strong, reasonably priced margaritas (which we’ll count as a plus) offset by service which was indifferent at best to rude by one server. The entrees we ordered —Longo Dorado (Mahi Mahi) with Shiitake and Mixteca (Turkey...with blackberry mole) were conceptually interesting but both fish and turkey seemed dry. The menu advertised a 5% discount for paying with cash vs. credit card but in our case this was not applied up front, but only when we pointed this out to our server and the cashier.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Great food and location with Courtyard dining and some live music but the abysmal service and management systems sadly mean there are better choices in Oaxaca. Great margaritas though.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 3, 2020 via mobile

Informal and relaxed . Good well cooked Mexican food choices with all the usual favourites. Our prawns with a tamarind mole and rice were attentive , well balanced and an innovative sauce with great depth of flavour . Good value , good craft beers and...broader drinks choiceMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Yes, and you should. Otherwise you will have to wait at the bar until a table is available
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