Casa Oaxaca El Restaurante — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
• Oaxacan Restaurant, Wine • $$$-$$$$ • (C)
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 El Restaurante, may be his finest, with dining available, depending on the mood, either downstairs in the immaculate courtyard among the city’s elite or upstairs on the terrace with views of the imposing south wall of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo.
Still, both of his other restaurants are standouts as well, especially Casa Oaxaca, the restaurant of the intimate 7-room boutique hotel of the same name, located two blocks west on Calle García Vigil, as well as Casa Oaxaca Café, located about a kilometer northeast of the Centro in the Reforma neighborhood.
- Constitución 104-4, between Cinco de May and Reforma; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 1 - 11 p.m.; MX$120 - 250; Most major credit cards; phone 951-516-8531; www.casaoaxacaelrestaurante.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; Reservations recommended.