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“Oaxaca's Finest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Origen

Origen
Ranked #10 of 453 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Oaxaca, Mexico
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Oaxaca's Finest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

I've eaten many times at Chef Rudolfo Castellanos' wonderful restaurant and with few exceptions always found the food superb. He changes the menu regularly, offering seasonal vegetables and herbs. It's hard to point out a favorite as all his offerings are a wonderful blend of Oaxacan and continental flavors but I recommend the beet salad (enough for four to share) and the risotto. Recently the restaurant has been moved upstairs so that the ground floor kitchen can be devoted to a cooking school. The chef promises that the chairs upstairs will be more comfortable! I've started taking my house guests here first as they always want to come back not matter how short their visit to Oaxaca.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MargieOaxaca
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English first
Level Contributor
14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Service is not stable...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013

For me one of the best restaurant in Oaxaca. Impressing presentation, good taste. But the service is not stable. Problem is they cannot take care customers properly. Also, there are private party often, so closed. I want they annouce it on website, not on the door. With that price of food, I recommend Casa Oaxaca because of their hospitality.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Icon2013
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nouvelle Mexican”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

The freshest local ingredients with the spirit of Mexico but unique adaptations in a small, intimate restaurant with excellent gracious service.

Visited November 2013
Helpful?
Thank Missadair
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Eugene, Oregon
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75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“You Can't Please Everyone”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Drawn by the praise of TripAdvisor reviews, I gave Origen a second chance after an uninspiring meal a few months ago. I found the grilled romaine salad heavily overdressed and soggy, the tostada dry and dull. The restaurant is charming, the kitchen energetic and innovative. I wish I found the food as appealing.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank SpiritedWalker
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Richmond, VA
Level Contributor
51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A lovely spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2013

We arranged a business dinner for 14 here and Oscar and his team could not have been more helpful or accommodating. The food was excellent (4 courses) as was the house mezcal. The service was delightful and the setting is very cozy though quietly elegant. We were in Oaxaca for four nights, and this was without a doubt tops on the dinner list.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank makabla
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