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Chichen Itza Restaurant

Chichen Itza Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
South LA, Los Angeles
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    Has a stamp of approval from Los Angeles Times and Serious Eats
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    Malcolm B.
    "cochinita pibil is like a wormhole to the Yucatan"(4 Tips)
    Laura C.
    "the poc chuc is my favorite, but you absolutely cannot..."(3 Tips)
    Robb H.
    "Pollo asado is fantastic."(4 Tips)
    Kevin S.
    "their amazing habanero hot sauce."(3 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon54 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • poc chuc
  • yucatan
  • horchata
  • Pollo Asado
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  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachJanuary 12, 2017
    A great spot for Yucatecan food tucked away in a cool mercado. Get the panuchos. They’re a Yucatecan specialty: fried tortillas stuffed with refried black beans, turkey, avocado, and lettuce. Read more
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    Kevin SanchezJuly 23, 2017
    Pollo Asado plate is fantastic, when accented with their amazing habanero hot sauce.
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    AMWFebruary 23, 2017
    Mexican market counter serving Yucatán style tacos and banana leaf tamales. Not far from USC's Coliseum and Exposition Park.
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    Donald BuleyJune 10, 2013
    My friends brought me here, and I had a great time. Wasn't terribly hungry but what I had tasted amazing. Will stop by this place if I see it anywhere near me. Definitely need to check out gift shop.
  • Malcolm B.
    Malcolm BedellMay 24, 2014
    The cochinita pibil is like a wormhole to the Yucatan, right here in South LA. It is exactly, 100% right. Don't forget a bottle of habanero hot sauce.
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 28, 2011
    A classy infusion of Yucatecan dining… Chef Gilberto Cetina has created an exciting menu from a wide array of cuisines…Try the Panuchos..they are warm and tasty center will have you asking for more!
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SandovalMay 15, 2011
    We tried 4/5 of the tacos as a way to sample their best stews and grilled meats, instead of filling up on sides. Take a bottle of their own habanero hot sauce home with you.
  • Rong N.
    Rong NguyenFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The taste and flavor of Yucatan. Panuchos here is amazing. It is a crispy corn tortilla filled with black bean with turkey, onion, tomato and avocado. Hot haberno sauce is awesome n spicy!
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 23, 2016
    I love this place so much that I bought their cookbook before I left LA to move to Austin. Now that I'm back, I try to visit as often as I can. Nothing is bad on the menu.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 7, 2013
    Chichen Itza serves Mayan and Yucatan-style Mexican food; opt for the cochinita pibil with a splash of habanero salsa.
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    Aaron NAugust 24, 2014
    Cochinita Pibil is phenomenal. Pair tacos with Chaya and you won't be disappointed.
  • Dora C.
    Dora CrespínOctober 4, 2013
    Cochinita pibil and Tacos de Pollo Asado are wonderful!! Ask for horchata, they say is the same taste as mexican original horchata.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LaneOctober 29, 2011
    One of the 3 best Peruvian places in L.A. (Mo-Chica) is also in the Mercado's food court, so you can hit 2 birds with one stone, if you're feeling especially gluttonous.
  • Laura C.heart icon on user image
    Laura ColvinSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the poc chuc is my favorite, but you absolutely cannot go wrong here. with anything. one of la's finest!
  • Chris A.heart icon on user image
    Chris AbneyDecember 30, 2014
    The tacos were fantastic! Chicharron Tacos are the best!
  • Graham K.heart icon on user image
    Graham KahrAugust 23, 2014
    The panuchos are incredible. I also really liked the cochinita pibil and the fish tacos.
  • Dahlia T.heart icon on user image
    Dahlia TurnbullApril 15, 2016
    The horchata was fantastic and the food I can't pronounce
  • Billy A.heart icon on user image
    Billy AmpJune 10, 2015
    Pollo con cream de chipotle just kills every dish!
  • Azad A.heart icon on user image
    Azad Amir-GhassemiJanuary 21, 2017
    yucatan food. tacos are big and delicious. plantanos are heaven
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    farley crawfordFebruary 23, 2014
    jicama citrus salad! spicy and delish and only $3!
  • Glarence Z.heart icon on user image
    Glarence ZhaoJanuary 17, 2016
    Chorizo, poc chuc, and turkey tacos were good, nice horchata as well
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    JTApril 3, 2016
    The cochinita pibil is soo good. Spicy habanero sauce fantastic
  • Teenie L.
    Teenie LiJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Cochinita Bibil, Pollo Asado and grilled fish tacos (rare special) are among my favorites. Every dish I've tried so far I have loved.
  • Yunea C.
    Yunea CruzOctober 14, 2012
    Very eggy papadzules are wonderful with my Mayan coffee
  • Marisa M.heart icon on user image
    Marisa MoranJuly 27, 2015
    Great food! Definitely not your typical Mexican food!
  • Les C.
    Les ChiennesJanuary 24, 2011
    The braza de reina is an amazing dish. Loved it, loved it! Goes great with their scorching hanerno sauce.
  • Emmisaur
    EmmisaurMay 31, 2014
    pollo pibil, ceviche and horchata were excellent.
  • Les C.
    Les ChiennesJanuary 24, 2011
    Thought the papadzules would make a good lunch choice but it is a heavily egged dish. Chichen would do well to change this item to their breakfast category.
  • N G.heart icon on user image
    N GameroSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best cochinita pibil!!
  • N G.heart icon on user image
    N GameroSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cochinita pibil
  • Simple F.heart icon on user image
    Simple FoodieJuly 30, 2017
    Panuchos, Pok Chuc, Cochinito Pibil
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsApril 28, 2011
    Don't miss the cochinita pibil or the poc chuc (sour-orange-marinated mesquite-grilled pork loin)! Read more
  • jod k.
    jod kaftanApril 27, 2013
    The panuchos are amazing
  • Stacey~Marie
    Stacey~MarieMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cochinita Pibil - amazing!!! Can't go wrong. Explosions in your mouth!!!
  • Ned W.
    Ned WardFebruary 19, 2012
    Buy their hot sauce - very good stuff. Both are different and good.
  • Robb H.heart icon on user image
    Robb HolmstromJuly 12, 2016
    Pollo asado is fantastic.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 13, 2015
    A vendor at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2015!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 31, 2011
    Come to sample Chichen Itza and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! Read more
  • Weezer M.
    Weezer MonkeySeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the chicharrones tacos if you don't see them on the specials chalkboard. Amazing.
  • Yunea C.
    Yunea CruzOctober 14, 2012
    Cochinita Pibil w/ my Chiya drink
  • Mamita Mala
    Mamita MalaOctober 28, 2012
    Cochinita pibil was delicious
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezNovember 1, 2016
    Nothing impressive. Cochinita Pibil was really salty. Portions are ok. Aguas frescas are expensive. Service is good, though.
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    Blair GrubbsJanuary 13, 2016
    The sea bass
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    AlecSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything to drink? Jamaica, por favor!
  • Teenie L.
    Teenie LiMay 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ceviche, it is so good!
  • Nicol C.heart icon on user image
    Nicol CabeMarch 24, 2015
    Such good food!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 29, 2010
    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • N G.heart icon on user image
    N GameroOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cochinita pibil kibis Salbutes
  • Rita D.
    Rita Del CidAugust 11, 2014
    Only my second time here.
  • Roxas F.
    Roxas FanAugust 3, 2018
    Tastes strange
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