La Carta De Oaxaca

5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Closed until 5:00pm tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Tue–Thu
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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  • "... and I really like the Black mole chicken. As someone who has had great..." (2 tips)
  • "Best mexican food in Seattle. My advice - sit at Damon's bar, drink his..." (3 tips)
  • "... w/ green sauce, and halibut tacos. order a side of guacamole. drink horchata..." (4 tips)
  • Bravo

    This little Mexican restaurant may appear too slick to be good, but it is. You’ve never seen an all-female line rock the kitchen the way they do. -Maria Hines, Top Chef

    Bravo · December 2, 2010
  • Eater

    The only thing better than the mole, the salsa bar and the damn delicious casual Oaxacan food is how cheap it is to eat yourself silly. Brace yourself for a crowd, but it's worth it. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · July 28, 2011
  • Seattle Met

    The brick walls of old Ballard meet the terra-cotta tiles of old Mexico in the single most teeming, table-turning, earsplitting, salsa-sloshing sensation in town. Read more

    Seattle Met · November 9, 2011
  • Buster B.

    Close your eyes and blindly choose something to eat. And a margarita.

    Buster B. · August 16, 2011
  • Seattle Met

    The brick walls of old Ballard meet the terra-cotta tiles of old Mexico in the single most teeming, table-turning, earsplitting, salsa-sloshing sensation in town. Read more

    Seattle Met · June 30, 2010
  • Mike T.

    Best Mexican food I've ever had. Ever. Seriously. Ever.

    Mike T. · March 20, 2010
  • Ramiro B.

    Best Mexican restaurant in Seattle. Next time you're there try the Chile Relleno, authentic home-style mexican food.

    Ramiro B. · September 16, 2009
  • Ryan P.

    Best Mexican food in Seattle - hands down.

    Ryan P. · December 29, 2009
  • Seattle Weekly

    The sausage and potato molotes ought to be required by law to be served 24 hours a day, seven days a week! Read more

    Seattle Weekly · April 6, 2011
  • sandra r.

    Chile Relleno, incredible. As is the guacamole. My friend got the carne asada which looked amazing... I think next time I'm getting the Mole- it's the House Special. Bustling at dinner time. Read more

    sandra r. · February 21, 2010
  • Dru S.

    Everything on the menu is good. You aren't allowed to disagree. Its science.

    Dru S. · March 11, 2010
  • Cathy M.

    Mole, Mole and Mole.....

    Cathy M. · April 19, 2012
  • Quoc T.

    DO: Visit the salsa bar.

    Quoc T. · September 28, 2011
  • Seattle Weekly

    Voted Best Posole in Best of Seattle 2010! Posole, a highly traditional Mexican soup is one of the greatest gifts of the Latino canon. A hearty mix of pork and hominy in a rich broth. So incredible!

    Seattle Weekly · December 14, 2010
  • Chris G.

    This place has the best mexican food around

    Chris G. · February 7, 2010
  • Ty C.

    real, fresh, flavorful mexican food. So far, it's #1 on my mexican food category Read more

    Ty C. · December 1, 2009
  • Samir L.

    Tamales de mole Negro is ridiculous

    Samir L. · December 31, 2010
  • Molly Y.

    get there before they open (6pm on Sat.) and stand in line to get a table right away

    Molly Y. · September 20, 2009
  • Brian K.

    Of course the food is amazing, salsa bar is great and the margaritas are lethal. But little known is how damn good the Lemonade is too!

    Brian K. · March 30, 2013
  • Meghan F.

    The Entomatadas, Halibut Tacos, and El Pastor are fantastic.

    Meghan F. · April 3, 2011
  • Max

    Holy Mole! Do yourself right and get antything with mole sauce.

    Max · August 22, 2010
  • Chris L.

    Mole baby...enough said!

    Chris L. · April 21, 2010
  • Dave C.

    Pork tamale, just do it.

    Dave C. · April 17, 2010
  • Sarah N.

    No matter how few days I'm home, I make plans to eat here. Best Mexican in the PNW. The Mole will have you licking the plate. Halibut tacos are a must-have as well.

    Sarah N. · July 16, 2013
  • Sophie C.

    You can't go wrong here. Love their pozole, mole and guac. Yay.

    Sophie C. · December 18, 2012
  • Meghan D.

    Super good margaritas and a great place to stop for tequila shots

    Meghan D. · December 4, 2011
  • Seattle Weekly

    Seattle Weekly's Readers Choice for Best Mexican Food in 2011! Find more winners with our Best Of App! Read more

    Seattle Weekly · August 5, 2011
  • Christina R.

    Get the empanadas! Read more

    Christina R. · August 2, 2011
  • Haley B.

    DO NOT order the chile relleno. Worst I've ever had!

    Haley B. · June 17, 2011
  • Tammy M.

    Best Black Mole eva, and I'm from AZ I know mole! Try every single one of the salas with the piping hot chips!

    Tammy M. · April 29, 2011
  • Trevor L.

    Ask for the roasted grasshoppers!

    Trevor L. · February 27, 2011
  • KC

    Best mexican food in Seattle. My advice - sit at Damon's bar, drink his amazing margaritas and get the Halibut tacos!!

    KC · November 24, 2010
  • Will L.

    Get the pozole. Best soup in town.

    Will L. · June 22, 2010
  • Kier M.

    Everything is good! Best Mexican food EVER!

    Kier M. · June 19, 2010
  • Tim C.

    Best Mexican restaurant in town. Always a queue.

    Tim C. · 2 weeks ago
  • Amy K.

    House molè is insanely delicious! Get it with pork and tortillas on the side. You won't regret it.

    Amy K. · December 30, 2013
  • Lori B.

    The tamales mole was delicious as was the house margarita! We went at lunch and did not have to wait for a table

    Lori B. · September 10, 2013
  • Jason M.

    Amazing carne asada tacos,

    Jason M. · August 24, 2013
  • E S.

    El pastor tacos are more awesome than awesome.

    E S. · July 25, 2013
  • Laura N.

    Sit at the counter and watch the tortillas being made fresh to order.

    Laura N. · July 11, 2013
  • Myriam A.

    Service was slow and condescending , order a lot of food or you will be hungry, chips will be charged by the basket, beware of the $6 charge, they are not bottomless. Overrated to say the least.

    Myriam A. · July 3, 2013
  • Asma K.

    It's referred to as simply La Carta by a lot of folks,because, well who wants to tackle that last word? It's pronounced as in, "Let's take a leisurely down Ballard Avenue for some tasty Mexican food!"

    Asma K. · June 28, 2013
  • Jason R.

    Try the Chicken Mole - Surprisingly delicious! (via @Foodspotting)

    Jason R. · December 21, 2012
  • Landon H.

    Best guacamole I've ever had.

    Landon H. · December 8, 2012
  • Taylor F.

    three best dishes: pork mole, entomatadas w/ green sauce, and halibut tacos. order a side of guacamole. drink horchata (when they have it).

    Taylor F. · October 4, 2012
  • Travis R.

    A must have if you are in Seattle and you like Mexican food

    Travis R. · August 22, 2012
  • Crissy G.

    Everything is amazing. Try the pozole or anything with the molè, they're all amazing!!!

    Crissy G. · July 19, 2012
  • Jessica M.

    Hear ye, hear ye. It's official: finally, good Mexican food has made it to Seattle. Better yet, it may be the best Mexican I've ever had anywhere. The lamb is melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

    Jessica M. · July 14, 2012
  • Robby D.

    Pretty good Mexican food. Tad bit noisy inside.

    Robby D. · June 26, 2012
  • Gina K.

    "45-minute" wait on a Saturday night was actually 20 minutes. Don't stray far!

    Gina K. · May 13, 2012

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