Los Danzantes — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
• Méxican Fusion Restaurant, Wine • $$$-$$$$ • (Y)
The walk through the long, drab hallway of the centuries old colonial building that fronts the Los Danzantes restaurant does nothing to prepare you for the arresting sight of the courtyard that is the Los Danzantes restaurant. Enclosed on one side by the exterior wall of a vine covered colonial building and on the other three sides by high walls of abode bricks laid geometrically and illuminated by spot lights. The floor is earthy flagstone. Rounding this all out is a tranquil fountain lit and flowing into a huge pool. This one of the most striking dinning spaces anywhere. Not to be outdone by the surroundings, the menu — which seems designed to please all palates — fuses traditional Mexican cuisine with the contemporary to create innovative and delicious pasta, seafood, poultry, meat, and vegetarian dishes. Desserts are first-rate. Waiters are attentive, yet not overly. They also run La Cava, a Wine and Mezcal package store with possibly the best selection of wines in the city. So it is no surprise their wine list is excellent with a emphasis on Méxican vintages, but still a respectable selection from Spain, Italy, France, Chile, and Argentina. Recommended is the house red on the Los Danzantes label (their blend of four Méxican varietals). If on a budget, Los Danzantes is the one place to make an exception for.
- Alcalá 403, half-block north of Bravo; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Daily 1:30 - 11:30 p.m. (bar closes at 1 a.m.); MX$150 - 250; Most major credit cards; phone 951-501-1184; www.losdanzantes.com/web/restaurantes/oaxaca.