Restaurant guide.Business Mexico brings you an ongoing list of some of Mexico City's top restaurants, rated by cost, service, decor and cuisine. A new restaurant is rotated onto the list every month, and we welcome your comments, recommendations and criticisms of the restaurants you've visited in order to compile the most complete listing possible.
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# % * % FOOD DECOR SERVICE COST (IN U.S. DOLLARS) 1-3 dreadful to poor 7-8 good to very good 4-6 fair to good 9 excellent 10 extraordinary
At the home of; at or by.
[French, from Old French, from Latin casa, cottage, hut.]
at the home of [French] Wok Tennyson 117 Col. Polanco (5)281-3410, (5)581-2921
A very welcome respite from our daily comida corridas, Chez Wok impressed us with both excellent food and service. The decor was not as fancy as one would expect in an expensive Polanco-area restaurant but a menu that's delicious from top to bottom certainly made up for the interior decorator's bad taste.
# % * $ 9 6 10 $35
Prego Alejandro Dumas 10 Col. Polanco Tel.: (5)281-2637
A word to the wise: high prices and mediocre food are are a bad combination. Someone should tell that to the owners of this second-class Italian restaurant. Tasteless and criminally overpriced o·ver·price
tr.v. o·ver·priced, o·ver·pric·ing, o·ver·pric·es
To put too high a price or value on.
costing more than it is thought to be worth
Adj. entrees were the highlight of our dining experience here, and the decor, reminiscent of a chain restaurant, didn't help.
# % * $ 4 5 8 $25
Les Moustaches Rio Sena 88 Col. Cuauhtemoc Tel.: (5)533 3390
This beautiful French restaurant located in the capital's trendy hotel zone is an ideal spot for those looking to take a longer-than-usual lunch break or treat the family to an elegant dinner. Delicious platters and an surprisingly reasonable prices are sure to steal the show.
# % * $ 8 9 9 $25
China Grill Mariano Escobedo 700 Col. Nueva Anzures Tel.: (5)263 8887
This hot spot for savory food inside the luxurious Camino Real Hotel The "Camino Real Hotel" established in 1912, this landmark in the heart of El Paso has brought together the elegance that characterizes the Camino Real name and all the warmth and tradition of Southern hospitality. had us star gazing when Hollywood star The Hollywood Star was an idiosyncratic gossip tabloid published on an erratic schedule in Hollywood, California by William Kern, who wrote much of the magazine under the pseudonym "Bill Dakota. Denzel Washington Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. (born December 28, 1954) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and director. He has garnered much critical acclaim for his portrayals of several real-life figures, such as Steve Biko, Malcolm X, Rubin "Hurricane" walked in and sat just a few tables away. Though the decor was a little tacky, the food was quite good, even if not exactly Chinese. An awesome bar and the construction of an outdoor patio probably mean only good things are on the way at this lunch and dinner establishment.
# % * $ 9 7 8 $25
Contramar Durango 200 Col. Roma Tels.: (5)514 4917, (5)514 3169
In our opinion, this is one of the most authentic seafood restaurants in Mexico City Mexico City
Spanish Ciudad de México
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# % * $ 9 8 8 $25
Rincon Argentino Presidente Mazaryk 117 Tel. (5)254-8775
This Polanco steak institution has become synonymous with big eating and big spending. With over 20 steaks listed and only a glass partition separating diners from the open grill, it is easy to get carried away in the carnivorous car·niv·o·rous
1. Of or relating to carnivores.
2. Flesh-eating or predatory: a carnivorous bird.
3. vibe. Rincon also gets high marks for its ranch-style decor but low marks for its apathetic ap·a·thet·ic
Lacking interest or concern; indifferent.
apa·thet service, which does not live up to its hefty price tag.
# % * $ 9 10 4 $35
Lando Grill Emilio Castelar 121 Local J Col. Polanco Tel.: (5)282-3052
One of our favorites, this intimate Polanco spot is just the place when you have a corporate credit card or the phone number of a sexy individual burning a hole in your pocket. With sensational New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. lamb chops headlining a well-balanced menu that is tasty from top to bottom (artichoke artichoke, name for two different plants of the family Asteraceae (aster family), both having edible parts. The French, or globe, artichoke (Cynara scolymus and portobello por·to·bel·lo or por·ta·bel·la or por·to·bel·la
n. pl. por·to·bel·los or por·ta·bel·las
A mature, very large cremini mushroom.
[Origin unknown.] carpaccio car·pac·cio
Very thinly sliced raw meat or fish, especially beef or tuna, garnished with a sauce.
[Italian, after Vittore Carpaccio, who favored red pigments. , anyone?), Lando--with its cozy booths and Sinatra soundtrack--reminds its pampered pam·per
tr.v. pam·pered, pam·per·ing, pam·pers
1. To treat with excessive indulgence: pampered their child.
2. clients of the finest New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of restaurants.
# % * $ 10 10 9 $30
El Discreto Encanto de Comer Orizaba 76 Col. Roma Tel.: (5)533-6074
Boasting a tight repertoire of classic French cuisine, the restaurant's style actually fills out its content quite nicely. At the end of the night, our only complaint was the overly discreet and staid air of the place.
# % * $ 9 8 10 $20
SPECIA Amsterdam 241 Col. Hipodromo Condesa Tel.: (5)564-1367
Intimate without being stuffy, classy rather than pretentious, Specia is a distinguished place where business people, couples and friends will feel comfortable
# % * $ 8 8 9 $15
Thai Gardens Calderon de la Barca 72 Col. Polanco Tel.: (5)281-3850
Thai Gardens is a place where the discerning palate will rejoice, while those Hooked on exaggerated portions of blander eats migh feel disappointed.
# % * $ 9 10 8 $20
Gruta Edhen Lope de Vega Noun 1. Lope de Vega - prolific Spanish playwright (1562-1635)
Lope Felix de Vega Carpio, Vega 334 Col. Polanco Tel.: (5)545-0755
Be sure to arrive at this Lebanese spot with an appetite and a group of friends. The restaurant lends itself to worry-free feasting--and it's a good thing, because this is an eating experience you don't want to rush.
# % * $ 8 8 8 $15
Hunan Paseo de la Reforma Paseo de la Reforma (a Spanish-language name that roughly translates as "Promenade of the Reform") is a 12 km long grand avenue in Mexico City, Mexico. The name commemorates the liberal reforms of 19th century president Benito Juárez. 2210 Col. Lomas Virreyes Tel.: (5)596-5011
Hunan does serve up very good food, but nothing so extraordinary or so exotically unknown to the palate that a plate of food should cost four times as much as one in a Chinese cafe.
# % * $ 7 6 8 $20
Au Pied de Cochon Hotel Presidente Inter-Continental Campos Eliseos 218 Col. Polanco Tel.: (5)327-7766
The food at this 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week French bistro is excellent, service is better and dressing smart is not necessary but wise. The seafood is the joint's calling card, with fresh oysters and shellfish leading even the more stomach-conscious Mexico City visitor to take a chance.
# % * $ 9 7 9 $25