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Babita Restaurant

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1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
626-288-7265
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9:00 pm - 11:30 am
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Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thu 10:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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los angeles
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

we were recently invited to a what for us was a new place, Babita and it was Great! if i had to put a label on the cuisine i would say worldly, sophisticated Oaxacan. its in a undistinguished neighbor in San Gabriel in what is not part of a large Chinese community but has been around for over 20 years.... More 

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Kamakura, Japan
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A fine treat if you're in to Mexican food, yet want something a little more refined. Thoroughly enjoyed the owners take and adventurous take on traditional Mexican dishes; all delightfully presented and a joy to eat; good beverage selection too.

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Germantown, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Small, quaint, family owned restaurant...very up-scale menu. Only the freshest ingredients. A true delight! The daughter, whom the restaurant is named after, greeted us at the door and took care of us. The mother is responsible for the delicious fresh tortillas each day. And the father, who is the chef‑owner Roberto Berrelleza, is a wizard in the kitchen. He came... More 

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Viareggio, Toscana, Italy
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Don't expect traditional mexican but a great mexican cooking with inventive, capacity and an hearty eye to Mexico. Cozy and family ambience. Her, him and their daughter. Guava soup, pork dressed with cactus leaves, outstanding dessert. It pays a drive to San Gabriel. Enjoy.

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West Tisbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

After my fourth visit over a period of years, I continue to think this is the best Mexican cuisine outside of Mexico (and possibly IN Mexico). Chef Roberto produces inventive, delicious delicacies to delight diners at this small, unpretentious place in an unlikely locale. He proudly uses the best ingredients; he will describe them to you (how often do you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The only restaurant that compares is Casa Oaxaca....in Oaxaca Mexico; so if you can't make the trip....head down to San Gabriel (of all places). Chef Roberto only uses the very best ingredients in whatever dishes he prepares, the finest sea foods and meats...his soups are beyond compare. He will come out of the kitchen to explain what is on the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Fine food, tasty surprising combinations, beautiful presentation in a very small family-run restaurant in an offbeat location. Mexican food does not get better—anywhere (I live in New Mexico and travel to Mexico). Not cheap, but a fair price for the quality. Wine and beer only.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 via mobile

Authentic, delicious, sophisticated Mexican food prepared with complete attention—the chef is a master and artist. Little touches add to the presentation. Chiles en nogada, best I've ever had. Lovely, cheerful family atmosphere. Not cheap, but more than fair. As close to perfect as one can get. Delightful.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

This small, comfortable resturant in a somewhat out-of-the-way location is a wonderful treat. The food is not your traditional tacos/enchaladas/tostadas but an authentic list of Mexican dishes, many from the Mexico City area. The sauces are different and interesting. The specials reflect regional or seasonal specialties. The service is well paced and friendly. You can almost always anticipate a visit... More 

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Los Angeles
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

This is an unassuming place on the corner. It has about 8 or 10 tables and is family run. The service is pleasant and forward with direct answers on what is recommended. The waitress must have trained in Paris, she is so blunt: (in accented English) "The giant scallops are not at their best". "Sauteed schnapper and relleno are the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 11:30 am
Thursday
10:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776-3929
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Gabriel
  • Phone Number: 626-288-7265

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