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“Overrated and overpriced”
Review of La Opera Bar

La Opera Bar
Ranked #108 of 4,785 Restaurants in Mexico City
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Centro Historico
Reviewed March 19, 2013

Fantastic decor and atmosphere, but the food paled in comparison to the other options in the area. I'd go back for drinks or dessert, but not another meal. The most expensive of all the grand cafes we visited in Mexico City.

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Thank urbanfoodie
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

In the historical center of Mexico City, which is well worth a visit, there is this turn of the 20th century "cantina". Wonderful decor, great atmosphere, impeccable service, good food, and reasonable prices. This is an old Mexico City place where all walks of life mingle. The restaurant is old and not very big. Don't expect Pancho Villa to walk in the place or you will be sorely disappointed.

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1  Thank Conn_2012
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

It is an historic bar converted to restaurant and tourist attraction. Nonetheless, they manage to preserve very attractive atmosphere and furnishing. I admit I was mostly interested in looking for Pancho Villa's bullet hole, which ended up being right above where I was seated (mind you, it is on the ceiling and not advertised in any sort of way, so ask a waiter if in doubt). We did not stay long and did not benefit from the bar, but our meals were tasty and overall we had a very nice time!

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1  Thank MisSpectre
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

We first came across this bar/restaurant while looking for somewhere to have a pre dinner aperitif and first impressions were good. It’s an old established place with a wood panelled bar and classic fittings however it proved to be rather a disappointment. After spending eight weeks travelling around Mexico I tend to judge these places by their Margarita’s and my concerns were first raised by the amount of ice the bartender put in the blender for just two drinks, then by noticing he was not using fresh limes but a mix of some sort, then full alarm set in by the small size of the salt rimmed glasses he placed in front of us. He poured the mixture into the glasses and then just discarded the rest, definitely enough for another drink, into the sink. So we’re sitting at this empty bar sipping our small, watery Margarita’s when suddenly a small plate of guacamole with taco chips is put in front of us. Nice touch we thought like in the Spanish bars with their complimentary tapas. However when it was time to pay I had reason to query the bill only to find the bartender’s English had suddenly forsaken him. He pointed at an expensive special Tequila as if to justify the bill (which you absolutely do not need in a mixed cocktail) and then I noticed we had also been charged for the un-asked for guacamole - very disappointing, lazy bar tending and tactics that leave a bad taste in the mouth. This place reminds me of the Hemingway associated bars in Havana and Key West with current owners trading on their past glories and treating today’s passing tourist trade simply as easy pickings who they know won’t return. Obviously after this experience we didn’t feel inclined to try the food but I would suggest if you want good service, together with good Margarita’s and decent food in a lovely old world ambience, you try Café de Taguba a couple of blocks away.

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1  Thank RainbirdLondon
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

Great bar with fantastic atmosphere. The mahogany carvings are absolutely stunning in a heavy baroque style. We had good meals on both our visits during our few days in Mexico City and the service was good.
Dammit - we never saw the Pancho Villa bullet holes!

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Thank scirocco21
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