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Guelaguetza Restaurant

Guelaguetza Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Wilshire Center - Koreatown, Los Angeles
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    Justin N.
    "I really love the black mole with Oaxan string cheese"(54 Tips)
    "Great mezcal drinks"(11 Tips)
    Crystal J.
    "Enjoyed the Michelinas, Chapulines, and the live music"(3 Tips)
    Natalia C.
    "The Best Horchata that I ever had!"(7 Tips)
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  • mole
  • mezcal
  • chapulines
  • horchata
  • good for groups
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  • Lau U.heart icon on user image
    Lau UApril 16, 2018
    Without a doubt this is the best Mexican restaurant in LA; you feel like being in Mexico.The best is the mole, but I tried the Tamal oaxaqueño and is really good. Also horchata water and the nopales
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 28, 2014
    A small selection of Mexican groceries is sold here, including real deal Mexican chocolate tables and some of the best raw quesillo (melting cheese) that we've had.
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 30, 2013
    At the various LA soccer pubs, you're lucky to get scrambled eggs and limp bacon with your Cup match. But Guelaguetza is one of the best Oaxacan restaurants in the country! Try the botana platter! Read more
  • Annie H.
    Annie HungNovember 2, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Classic LA spot. Can't go wrong with the mole sampler platter (it doesn't look like very much quantity when they set it down, but it will fill you up!) paired with a tlayuda.
  • Paola D.heart icon on user image
    Paola DOctober 19, 2017
    The nachos and the sauce were delicious. We ordered the horchata and tamarind water. Wow, so delicious. The mole tamal was absolutely wonderful. Great vibes and courteous service!
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍August 2, 2015
    If you're looking for good authentic mole this is where you need to come. The bright colors in the restaurant give it just the right true Mexican ambience. Also, has live entertaining music after 7pm
  • Glafira Elena C.heart icon on user image
    Best micheladas I've ever tasted. Don't forget to augment your protein diet with chapulines, and get an empanada de hongos y queso!! :D
  • Lauren F.heart icon on user image
    Lauren FordDecember 27, 2017
    The mole negro was so rich and flavorful. I had the mole rojo and it was good too but if you want to try something you can never get anywhere else, bet on black.
  • Adolph R.heart icon on user image
    Adolph RuizJanuary 6, 2018
    Everything we tryed so far has been amazingly prepared.. I cant stop looking at all the other tables food as well hahaaha
  • Shinnawyheart icon on user image
    ShinnawyOctober 11, 2019
    Their mole negro is the best I’ve ever had, and the taco de barbacoa de chivo is a gamy sensation. Highly recommended, great atmosphere and live music!
  • Steve Scott S.
    Steve Scott SpringerFebruary 17, 2012
    For sure get the Mezcal flight. The bartender comes to your table and walks you through three handcrafted spirits. One of our had a scorpion in it!
  • Nick S.heart icon on user image
    Nick SaretzkyJanuary 22, 2019
    Highly recommend the mole sample platter. When you get to compare them it only deepens your appreciation for the complexity of flavor on your plate.
  • Ben K.heart icon on user image
    Ben K.December 29, 2016
    Super authentic Oaxacan food in Koreatown. Try the Festival de Moles, tamales, and enchiladas.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 4, 2017
    There are few better places to indulgent in complex moles than the massive restaurant that always manages to feel especially festive. Read more
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 9, 2013
    Don't let the Pagoda and Korea Town neighborhood fool you: the Oaxacan mole, when coupled with the fruit-laden horchata, is as authentic and delicious as it gets. Salud!
  • Robert D.heart icon on user image
    Robert DhondrupJune 30, 2012
    not being an expert in moles, they have four (black, red, green, and yellow) i went with the red spicy colorradito one w pork. horchata (i think pomegranite) which was a funny pink color too.
  • Mezcal El Silencio .heart icon on user image
    Mezcal El Silencio 🐇April 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    "Pasion de Oaxaca" & "Flor de Piña" with Mezcal El Silencio. Pairing beautifully with a Oaxacan Mole, the best!! Amazing experience!! #MexicanFood #Cocktails #LiveMusic #MezcalElSilencio
  • Natalie G.heart icon on user image
    Natalie GuerraMarch 28, 2018
    Not a huge fan of mole but this place is a must! I got the mole plate that was the same mole they put on the chips. Also best horchata I have ever tried.
  • Tobias K.
    Tobias KDecember 23, 2017
    The mole. I wish this restaurant were in every city in America and that they sent an emissary to every Mexican restaurant to show them how to make mole.
  • Rob H.heart icon on user image
    Rob HarolAugust 29, 2014
    Want to beat that summer heat? Ask the friendly bartenders for a La Frambuesita -- raspberries con tequila y Squirt -- and enjoy the chill.
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ColtonMay 6, 2015
    The mole here is the big draw, and rightly so. Big portions, fun vibe for a Mexican restaurant in the middle of K town
  • Pocket S.heart icon on user image
    Pocket SunAugust 17, 2014
    Awesome Mexican mole! Cocktails and drinks are exotic and pleasant. Mole chips and the mole sampler were very satisfying.
  • Carsten S.heart icon on user image
    Carsten SchmidtAugust 8, 2014
    Mole and mescal ... What more do you need? My favorite Mexican restaurant ... In LA. Oh and also try their horchata
  • ECava
    ECavaJanuary 28, 2012
    Food: Queso fundido, mole sampler, goat burrito, chile relleno. Drink: garra de Tigre & margarita guelaguetza Dessert: chocoflan & Mezcal flan. Do it!!
  • Alex T.
    Alex T.August 31, 2014
    If you like mexican food this will be definitely your favorite spot. Excellent food and staff ! I recommend.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 28, 2014
    Guelaguetza specializes in Oaxacan cuisine and is especially known for their moles.
  • Lupita D.heart icon on user image
    Lupita De La TorreApril 6, 2013
    Enjoyed the trio music while eating on a saturday morning. Food and fruit waters were tasty. First time there.
  • Crystal J.
    Crystal JohnsonOctober 8, 2012
    When they are good. They are very good. Have been there about 4 times. Micheladas, black beans, drinks made with mezcal. Read more
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 23, 2016
    I don't know if this place is worth the wait. I thought the mole was... just okay; the tamale was the best part of the meal. But I couldn't hear my dining companions over very loud music.
  • Mark M.heart icon on user image
    Mark MunroFebruary 22, 2018
    Outstanding mole with Oaxacan cheese.
  • Giovanna F.
    Giovanna FeuermanSeptember 22, 2013
    The live music is fun. The tylayudas are unique and the mole sampler is great!
  • Catalina S.
    Catalina SoriaJuly 20, 2011
    Don't leave w/out trying out the chocoflan! Moist chocolate cake on the bottom w/ a perfectly cooked flan on top. Yum!! Read more
  • Aldair H.heart icon on user image
    Aldair HidalgoDecember 31, 2014
    Great food, good people. I would recommend coming to enjoy and be with friends.
  • AMWheart icon on user image
    AMWNovember 28, 2015
    Expect great mole, lots of mezcal and nightly live music.
  • Steve B.
    Steve BellamyAugust 6, 2013
    All the mole is good - I went with the spicy red, but the black is more chocolatey
  • Tyler J.
    Tyler JacobFebruary 12, 2017
    The mole here... so good you could use it as a sauce for ANYTHING
  • Robert T.
    The chili relleno is worth a try.
  • Phillip C.heart icon on user image
    Phillip CalderaNovember 12, 2018
    Mole Chilaquiles! Must try!
  • Eric O.
    Eric OxenbergJune 5, 2012
    This Mexican restaurant in Koreatown has an amazing Mezcal bar. Get a 3-taste sampler!
  • Salvador
    SalvadorAugust 8, 2014
    The micheladas are great!
  • Dave A.heart icon on user image
    Dave AlarconJanuary 9, 2015
    Try "tlayudas" and "caldos" soooo good
  • Mucho C.
    Mucho Comida™August 19, 2013
    You've been fooled! This place actually sucks. (Don't worry, they got me too). Chug down your sweet mezcal marg and bounce down the street for some K-Town BBQ. Enjoy.
  • Natalia C.heart icon on user image
    Natalia CarterJuly 21, 2013
    The Best Horchata that I ever had!
  • Jessica B.heart icon on user image
    Jessica BrownJune 27, 2018
    mole chilaquiles, need I say more?
  • Diane V.heart icon on user image
    Diane VFebruary 27, 2016
    Black Molé (or any other variety) is the star
  • Ken Y.heart icon on user image
    Ken YamaguchiMay 26, 2018
    Authentic and delicious. The pozole was 😉
  • Justin N.
    Justin NOctober 28, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    I really love the black mole with Oaxan string cheese
  • Eater
    EaterDecember 1, 2010
    Traditional Oaxacan bites, all reasonably-priced, served in simple Mexican digs. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.November 29, 2013
    More expensive and formal than your typical mole joint. Coming here alone is really awkward.
  • Argelys O.heart icon on user image
    Argelys OriachMarch 27, 2017
    Amazing mole and 2 for 1 margaritas!
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