great regional food, great place, friendly restaurant staff, great horchata, excellent service, best homemade mole, authentic flavors
One of the best Mexican restaurants in LA. Mole that just won't quite and house-made sopas. Always add the Oaxacan string cheese!
Easily one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city, and certainly tops among Oaxacan spots. The moles are fantastic, as is the mezcal program.
THIS PLACE ROCKS!!!. Being a Latina, I am a devout crusader of authentic Mexican food and this place has garnered my highest praise for the best mole outside of Oaxaca. The chicken in mole coloradito is my absolute favorite. The sauce is at once unctuous yet delicate, comforting in its inherent richness of complex flavors. (If you are a true purist, you'll appreciate that they serve dark meat on the bone.) I come here often with friends, toting an igloo full of sangria (BYOB) and we always leave with a blissed out expression of utter appreciation and gratitude for yet another amazing meal. And don't forget to oder the taquitos too! Delicioso!
"AUTHENTIC MEXICAN" Restaurant. Untainted by modern "fast food, overprocessed, americanization" , maintaining it's flavor of original mexican recipes. It is not for vegetarians, being that the majority of mexican recipes are not meant to be vegetarian. This is not a fast food restaurant, which is what gives it its HOME-LIKE feeling/ambiance, so prepare to actually wait for your meal to be COOKED! The owners and staff are mexican/oaxacan; therefore, brush up on your spanish. This is a place to sit down, RELAX , and TRULY enjoy your meal.
Don't judge by the outside.
This restaurant doesn't look great from the outside. It's a Mexican Restaurant with Chinese Architecture. The treasure is inside, when they serve the food! I know a good number of Mexican restaurants nationwide. I can tell you they have the BEST MOLE in al U.S.!! They have both styles (Brown/Red).
Tip, order water of Horchata. They add some concentrate from other Mexican fruit and pieces of pecans. Very unique flavors!
Amazing Mole. I read the reviews and thought I'd be in for a good meal. It was amazing. I have had different versions of the mole negro, but this mole negro was fantastic. There was just a hint of sweetness and a very rich taste of a blend of spices. Now I have to go back and try all the different moles on the menu! I really enjoyed their horchata. Very different twist. Excellent, excellent. My only problem was the dessert. I ordered the fried plantains, and it wasn't very tasty. I could have done better at home. It tasted like oily bananas with strawberry pancake syrup with whipped cream on top. Better to stick with the mole instead. Forget dessert!
So good. Exceptional authentic food. Best mole in town. They don't speak any English,but, the food is that good. Fun cactus salad.
A Oaxacan Delight.... La Gelaguetza, located in Mid-Wilshire/Koreatown just off of 8th and Irolo (Normandie), is a definite "diamond in the rough." The friendly restaurant staff and hearty atmosphere accompanied along with the rich aroma of authentic Oaxacan cuisine, this "diamond in the rough" is not to be missed.
Step into a Oaxacan kitchen for a taste of awe-inspiring mole..
Hidden away on a busy Koreatown street, this gastronomic gem boasts a mostly Mexican clientele, but Guelaguetza's legendary mole also draws culinary pilgrims from all over the city. The dining room is a sparkling-clean, no-frills space with storefront windows looking out onto the street.
It's famous for spectacular mole sauces, Oaxacan concoctions made from complex blends of nuts, herbs, chilies and ground seeds. Start with clayuda, a pizza-sized disc of crisp tortilla slathered with bean paste and crumbled queso fresco. Minty verde de espinazo (green) mole adds zest to a concoction of juicy chicken breast brimming with chayote squash and potatoes. The granddaddy of all moles, the chocolaty mole negro, is deeper and darker than any pale American imitations. For the adventurous, there are three more mole sauces: sweet-spicy coloradito (red), tangy-sweet estofado (yellow), and the clove- and cumin-flecked amarillo (also yellow).
Mole!. artha Stewart had Guelaguetza on her TV show as one of the best places to eat mole in Los Angeles, so I went expecting "good" mole, but nothing close to what I get at moms. What I got was awesome & came awfully close! Their moles are authentic & delicious, and they even have a small shop at the entrance where you can buy a variety of the food items they serve in the restaurant. If youre looking to try authentic Oaxacan food at really good prices I highly recommend this place.
Yummy!. This is the Mexican food you don't find at regular Mexican restaurants. It has more caribbean influence. I love Oaxacan food and Guelaguetza does not dissappoint.
classic Oaxacan. This Guelaguetza is larger than the one on 8th St. and their menu is more extensive. The Tamal Oaxaqueno is one of my favorites at either location - a huge banana leaf wrapped corn masa tamale filled with unctuous mole negro and chunks of chicken. All the moles are great. There are many regional dishes here that are different from what many usually associate with Mexican food. BTW, I love the crickets (they're crunchy).
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!