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Bar Amá

Mexican Restaurant, Taco Restaurant, and Bar$$$$
Gallery Row, Los Angeles
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    The experts at Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly recommend this place
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    • LA Weekly
  • Tips
    "Shrimp and ground beef puffy tacos were delicious."(21 Tips)
    Fodor's Travel
    "Bar Ama's Super Nacho Hour, Saturdays from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, is cheap..."(4 Tips)
    Kristen R.
    "Order the puffy tacos from the secret menu!"(6 Tips)
    Karl H.
    "Queso with chorizo, grilled octopus and molé enchiladas!"(12 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon107 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • off-menu items
  • good for dates
  • happy hour
  • trendy
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  • Doug d.heart icon on user image
    Doug de WetAugust 1, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Super Nacho Hour happy hour is outstanding. Vegan nachos kickass even for omnivores. Off menu puffy tacos are also awesome. Check their site for daily happy hour times.
  • Cameron D.heart icon on user image
    Cameron DupuyFebruary 28, 2018
    The best Tex-mex in Los Angeles. The puffy tacos are the best tacos I’ve had in California and the guacamole is the best I’ve ever had. The spicy margaritas are bomb (though a bit pricy).
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    Chef Jose Centeno's Bar Ama is two restaurants in one: one serving decadent Mexican-American food and one striving that serves next-generation riffs on Mexican ingredients and California produce Read more
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsDecember 22, 2015
    Guacamole, chicken & shrimp puffy tacos with braised Brussels sprouts in chipotle sauce is a perfect meal for sitting at the bar. Recommend enjoying a mezcal (or tequila) margarita or two.
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelAugust 24, 2015
    Bar Ama's Super Nacho Hour, Saturdays from 3 pm to 5:30 pm, is cheap and delish, offering chorizo nachos, guacamole, and fish tacos, along with the restaurant's full cocktail menu.
  • Ben K.
    Ben K.July 6, 2013
    Great Tex-Mex small plates by the chef behind Baco Mercat. We loved the Brussels, cauliflower, pig ears, enchiladas, and fried chicken. The real gem are the off-menu puffy tacos.
  • Michelle S.
    Michelle ShermanMarch 2, 2014
    Everything looks amazing. My first time - I tried the pesto cauliflower, sweet potato with sea salt and butter, and the puffy taco. Make a reservation though because it was packed
  • Jody T.
    Jody ThomasMay 2, 2013
    Good God...dinner was fantastic! We shared and chowed on the Tex-Mex queso with chorizo (served w/ homemade chips, ask for flour tortillas too). I had Mom's Green Enchilada's - super yum!
  • Lauren B.
    Lauren BalsonNovember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best food in LA other than his other restaurants! LOVED the potato puffy taco, cauliflower, and mole enchiladas. Ceviche was to die for. El bramble and the margaritas were great drinks!
  • Michelle
    MichelleFebruary 17, 2018
    (2/16/2018) FYI, the Broccolini has walnuts. I’m allergic so I wish I would have known in advance before eating it 😖. Manager was very apologetic and took it off our bill.
  • Andy L.heart icon on user image
    Andy LeeAugust 7, 2018
    The green enchiladas and the puffy tacos are the standouts here...literally the best I’ve ever had. Don’t skip the dessert cocktail, it will pleasantly surprise you.
  • Andrew S.heart icon on user image
    Andrew SDecember 23, 2013
    Order the off menu shrimp and cheesy potato puffy tacos. Pig ears are amazing. Also, never thought these words would come from my mouth, but the cauliflower is INSANE.
  • DTELS LAheart icon on user image
    DTELS LAFebruary 12, 2013
    Quite possibly the best Mexican food with a modern twist we have ever tasted. If you love traditional Mexican food then the puffy tacos and the rice are a good place to start. Read more
  • Vivi M.heart icon on user image
    Vivi MoralesJune 14, 2013
    The bartender, Brian is amazing. So friendly and talented. Made me an off the menu Bourbon drink that is absolutely perfect.
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    Do not miss the perfectly caramelized sweet potatoes, the fried brussels sprouts, and the guacomole, which just might be the best in the city. Read more
  • Fidel S.heart icon on user image
    Fidel SemperOctober 1, 2013
    Definitely will be in my top List in LA. These guys have the ambition, seems like they aim to be the best Mexican around. Slow roasted Cabrito! A must.
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    Puffy tacos, frito pie, queso, and other evolved Tex-Mex dishes are mainstays at chef Josef Centeno's latest operation. Read more
  • Miguel M.
    Miguel MtzMay 18, 2015
    If you are like the many ppl I overheard asking the bartender what a michelada is, then order one here. Kielbasa taco was more delicious than I anticipated.
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin McGeeMay 18, 2016
    The drinks were great, and so was the seared lengua, but everything else I tried was okay. I'm afraid Tex-Mex just can't be dressed up, no matter how good a chef you are.
  • Starry K.
    Starry KitchenJanuary 31, 2013
    Holy SHIT! #1 -we're originally from TX and miss Tex-Mex! #2 -some of the best headcheese (aka 'jamon de cabeza') we've had in a while.. #3 -fucking Leche Quesada/Burnt Milk Pudding FTMFW!!
  • DTELS LAheart icon on user image
    DTELS LAFebruary 12, 2013
    The daily ceviche appetizer is a must. Perfect for sharing but could be a light meal all by itself. A great alternative if you're bored with sushi. Read more
  • Simple F.heart icon on user image
    Simple FoodieFebruary 18, 2015
    Puffy Tacos are a must. Chile Shrimp Ceviche, Nana's Fritos Pie, Guacamole, Pineapple Shortcake
  • Alex S.
    Alex StrausApril 7, 2015
    The Atlantico rum is great in a daiquiri! The tequila Ocho here is divine. Try the Ancho Reyes for spicy goodness.
  • Lisa E.
    Lisa EAugust 19, 2018
    Late Night Happy Hour: $8 margaritas and nachos, $5 tacos and queso, and more. Monday-Thursday 10-11pm, Friday 11pm-midnight, Saturday-Sunday 9-10pm.
  • Chris
    ChrisAugust 23, 2014
    Shrimp and ground beef puffy tacos were delicious. Special sauce is top notch.
  • Glarence Z.heart icon on user image
    Glarence ZhaoOctober 27, 2014
    Fried pork belly fajitas, Tex Mex queso, cauliflower cilantro pesto
  • Jeremy L.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy LucidoSeptember 14, 2014
    Good is great but often I'm satisfied with just their amazing salsa and chips and craft cocktail.
  • C. P. B.heart icon on user image
    C. P. BisgaardAugust 25, 2015
    Everything was quite delicious. The ceviche and octopus were highlights. Tomatillo enchiladas were also top notch.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel L.January 15, 2013
    Tex-Mex cuisine with fluffy tacos that mimic a roti-like flare. Go for the grilled shrimp with smoked jalapeño crema.
  • Alison B.heart icon on user image
    Alison Byrne FieldsNovember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great guacamole - including generous portion. Good tortilla soup. Good cocktail selection.
  • @popglossheart icon on user image
    @popglossMay 25, 2018
    Their Bus Driver sauce is sooo delish! I want to pour it on everything! :)
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeSeptember 17, 2013
    Great for brunch! Order some migas and breakfast tacos (which come 2 to an order), and share!
  • Aysu O.heart icon on user image
    Aysu OzgurApril 1, 2019
    Food was delicious (green enchiladas), portions perfect, and great margaritas!
  • Miney F.heart icon on user image
    Miney FelixMay 11, 2015
    I could seriously eat their cauliflower with the pesto sauce and cashew nut cheese all day, errrrrdayyy. #sofuckinggood
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon SouthardJuly 11, 2013
    Perfect guacamole, defiantly worth coming back for...also the Zapatista (spicy) has it going on!!!
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneAugust 13, 2014
    The Cashew Queso is unbelievably creamy. As in my family literally didn't believe it was vegan...
  • Justin M.heart icon on user image
    Justin MiyagiJanuary 25, 2015
    Spectacular plates. Order several and share! Drinks come out garnished fancier than you'd think.
  • Brian L.heart icon on user image
    Brian LongtinNovember 29, 2019
    The beef chalupa was awesome. Like tender stew on a crispy platter.
  • Kayla T.heart icon on user image
    Kayla TafoyaFebruary 29, 2016
    La lengua and Chicken Molè FTW. Great tapas.
  • Bobby S.heart icon on user image
    Bobby SolomonJuly 17, 2015
    Amazing queso, giant tacos, great drinks, always lovely service.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LedermullerSeptember 6, 2015
    Snake Blood is a sweet cocktail made of rye, St. Germain, hibiscus and lemon.
  • Nicoleheart icon on user image
    NicoleFebruary 16, 2016
    Mushroom and leek enchilada rock! Carnitas fajita were excellent too
  • Lydia B.heart icon on user image
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 27, 2015
    The food is a pure pleasure! The guacamole is perfect! Great service.
  • Will B.heart icon on user image
    Will BertelsenApril 21, 2014
    Agave spirit based cocktail list and super tasty food. Go here. Be happy.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PerryAugust 17, 2014
    The puffy tacos are not on the menu, but if you ask your server you can get them.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeJanuary 5, 2018
    The nacho drink (spicy margarita) is bomb
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneAugust 13, 2014
    The Mole Eggplant is not to be missed!
  • Guillo ..heart icon on user image
    Guillo ...March 13, 2016
    Albondigas. Best I've ever had.
  • Natalie G.heart icon on user image
    Natalie GuerraJune 10, 2016
    I have finally found it! The BEST Mexican food I have had in LA to date. Literally everything we ordered (and we ordered a lot) was so fire. Ask for their suggestions and ask for their spicy margarita
  • Jussi H.heart icon on user image
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    It's good for guacamole, tacos and enchiladas. Service is nice too!
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