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“Beautiful food, beautiful surroundings”

Restaurante Catedral
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Ranked #5 of 539 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We were devastated that we only discovered Catedral on our last evening in Oaxaca -- otherwise we would have gone there every night. Having heard that Oaxaca had the best cuisine in Mexico, we'd been disappointed so far. But Catedral was a revelation.
It's in a beautifully restored old mansion, with a lovely indoor patio. Nothing folkloric here: the colours are deep and dramatic, and the ambience is stylish and sophisticated. As was the service. The food was outstanding; this is a long-established family-run restaurant which apparently bases its menu around dishes which the owner's mother refined from traditional Oaxacan recipes. It's very polished, and a different world from most of the "typical Mexican" tourist restaurants in town. A must if you're in Oaxaca...and don't leave it till your last day.

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Reviewed September 14, 2012

They have a buffet, and you can try many different tipes of mexican
typical food, like mole negro, stuffed chiles including a variety of desserts, and a very good attention, and well priced

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Reviewed September 8, 2012

Having noticed this restaurant's ranking of #3, we chose it for our first night in Oaxaca. We arrived in Oaxaca late in the afternoon and had noticed that this establishment was a block and a half walk from our hotel.

We had both done a great deal of reading about the uniqueness of the regional cooking style found in Oaxaca. On their menu, we found a "sampler plate for two" with an assortment of traditional regional entrees. While the service and presentation were fine, neither of us was particularly impressed with any of the sampler items. We left thinking that we had some things to learn about the Oaxaca regional style.

The ambiance of this restaurant was exceptional and we may return for another trial run at a future date.

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Reviewed September 5, 2012

Our favorite meal while in Oaxaca. Excellent service, lots of menu options, delicious food, and served in a lovely small courtyard. Recommend the salad with raspberry and goat cheese, mole amarillo, and the fantasia de chocolate for dessert.

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Too modern schmancy for this diner. Felt like I was eating on a space ship. Expected someone to say "Warp speed" at any moment. Nouveau cuisine. Good Luck

Thank Rico C
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