Casa Oaxaca (Restaurant) — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
• Oaxacan Restaurant, Wine • $$-$$$$ • (D)
All three of Chef Alejandro Ruiz Olmedo’s "Casa Oaxaca" restaurants infuse their Oaxacan dishes with Mediterranean flavors to great effect. Throw in some snappy, professional waiters and extensive wine lists and you have three the finest restaurants in the city. This one, however, Casa Oaxaca, the restaurant of the small 7-room boutique hotel of the same name, is by far the most intimate and romantic, with patrons dining outdoors in the tranquil courtyard of a lovingly restored colonial home.
Still, both of his other restaurants are standouts as well, especially Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante, located two blocks east on Avenida Constitución, south of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, as well as Casa Oaxaca Café, located about a kilometer northeast of the Centro in the Reforma neighborhood.
- García Vigil 407, north of Bravo; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Most major credit cards; phone 951-514-4173, 951-516-9923; www.casaoaxaca.com.mx; firstname.lastname@example.org; Reservations required.