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La Carta De Oaxaca

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Ballard, Seattle
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  • Crissy G.
    "Try the pozole or anything with the molè, they're all amazing!!!"(30 Tips)
    Meghan F.
    "The Entomatadas, Halibut Tacos, and El Pastor are fantastic."(4 Tips)
    Ryan P.
    "Best Mexican food in Seattle - hands down."(3 Tips)
    Taylor F.
    "... dishes: pork mole, entomatadas w/ green sauce, and halibut tacos. order a..."(3 Tips)
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  • Timothy H.
    Timothy HongDecember 23, 2015
    Enchilada was AMAZING. According to my sister, carne asada tacos were the best she's had in her life. Chips come with one free refill! Definitely recommend that for the complimentary the salsa bar.
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SiedlaczekDecember 10, 2015
    Chips and guac. Tacos carne asada 👌
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MartinsSeptember 23, 2015
    Servers are exceptionally unfriendly, but the food make the trip worth a try; it's very flavorful and the prices are very fair.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikJune 5, 2015
    Delicious fish tacos. Delicious.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezMay 17, 2015
    Beware of the mexican scam: the guacamole & chips are not free; 6 dollars for frozen guacamole. Tiny portions. One of the worst mex restaurants in Seattle.
  • Caroline T.
    Caroline ToffMarch 6, 2015
    Great lamb dish
  • Genki U.
    Genki U.February 25, 2015
    Fresh, quick and much tortillas.
  • Sherry R.
    Sherry RenFebruary 1, 2015
    fish soup so good!
  • Nathan C.
    Nathan ChaseJanuary 3, 2015
    The chicken mole is amazing
  • Katie Y.
    Katie YamadaDecember 24, 2014
    Carne asada plate, mole
  • Dillon
    DillonDecember 23, 2014
    The carne asada was one of the choicest pieces of skirt steak I've had. Delicious guacamole. The mole was given high marks as well.
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VNovember 6, 2014
    Legit good Mexican
  • Jim K.
    Jim KellyOctober 16, 2014
    Tacos al pastor is amazingg
  • Brian S.
    Brian SteggemanSeptember 6, 2014
    Great authentic Oaxacan Mexican food. Fresh salsa bar & no greasy orange cheese in sight!
  • John M.
    John MilnerAugust 9, 2014
    Everything is delicious. Coming from SoCal this was a much needed find.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 5, 2014
    Chester Gerl, chef of Hundred Acres, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tamales de mole' negro. Read more
  • Angelo D.
    Angelo De Ieso IIJuly 10, 2014
    Cesar is the best server here. He's always more than helpful and kind.
  • Angelo D.
    Angelo De Ieso IIJuly 10, 2014
    The portions could be bigger and some of the staff could be more personable (a few are excellent) but the food is top notch, consistent, and truly authentic. I love this place so much!
  • Leyla Z.
    Leyla ZamoraJuly 5, 2014
    Get the mole tamales and tacos de pastor
  • Leyla Z.
    Leyla ZamoraJuly 5, 2014
    Excellent mole tamales and outstanding tacos de pastor
  • Stefano G.
    Stefano GuidolinMay 7, 2014
    Everything looks delicious here! I've tried the Mole' Negro Oaxaqueno and it was super!! Also serve yourself at the salsa bar!!
  • Tim C.
    Tim CrookMarch 31, 2014
    Best Mexican restaurant in town. Always a queue.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChangDecember 30, 2013
    House molè is insanely delicious! Get it with pork and tortillas on the side. You won't regret it.
  • Lori B.
    Lori BestSeptember 10, 2013
    The tamales mole was delicious as was the house margarita! We went at lunch and did not have to wait for a table
  • E S.
    E SlodyJuly 25, 2013
    El pastor tacos are more awesome than awesome.
  • Sarah N.
    Sarah NelsonJuly 16, 2013
    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.
  • Laura N.
    Laura NeumannJuly 11, 2013
    Sit at the counter and watch the tortillas being made fresh to order.
  • Myriam A.
    Myriam AJuly 3, 2013
    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.
  • Asma K.
    Asma KhanJune 28, 2013
    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!"
  • Brian K.
    Brian K.March 30, 2013
    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!
  • Jason R.
    Jason RDecember 21, 2012
    Try the Chicken Mole - Surprisingly delicious!
  • Sophie C.
    Sophie CurtisDecember 18, 2012
    You can't go wrong here. Love their pozole, mole and guac. Yay.
  • Landon H.
    Landon HowellDecember 8, 2012
    Best guacamole I've ever had.
  • Taylor F.
    Taylor FlemingOctober 4, 2012
    three best dishes: pork mole, entomatadas w/ green sauce, and halibut tacos. order a side of guacamole. drink horchata (when they have it).
  • Travis R.
    Travis RoyAugust 22, 2012
    A must have if you are in Seattle and you like Mexican food
  • Crissy G.
    Crissy GonzalesJuly 19, 2012
    Everything is amazing. Try the pozole or anything with the molè, they're all amazing!!!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica McSparranJuly 14, 2012
    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!
  • Robby D.
    Robby DelawareJune 26, 2012
    Pretty good Mexican food. Tad bit noisy inside.
  • Gina K.
    Gina Kessler LeeMay 13, 2012
    "45-minute" wait on a Saturday night was actually 20 minutes. Don't stray far!
  • Joe M.
    Joe MandrinoMay 5, 2012
    I haven't even received my entree yet, but I feel compelled to tell you that this place has THE best guacamole I've ever had... Hands down.
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MabeeApril 19, 2012
    Mole, Mole and Mole.....
  • Kristie B.
    Kristie BrooksMarch 31, 2012
    Try the pozole. It's delicious!
  • Andrew D.
    Andrew DaubinJanuary 25, 2012
    Salsa bar is radtaz and the tacos al pastor are the best I've had in Seattle.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KimDecember 28, 2011
    Caldo de pescado (fish soup), piping hot fresh chips, guacamole, carne asada steak platter, everything was perfection. Among the best Mexican ever is to say the least! Coming back for the mole next.
  • Meghan D.
    Meghan DavisDecember 4, 2011
    Super good margaritas and a great place to stop for tequila shots
  • Owen S.
    Owen SmithNovember 13, 2011
    Sit at the bar and enjoy the classic tacos.
  • Seattle Met
    Seattle MetNovember 9, 2011
    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
  • Working Class F.
    Working Class FoodiesOctober 11, 2011
    Try the lamb birria - Melty-soft chunks of braised lamb in a citrusy mole-style sauce with beans, rice, and tortillas. Basically orgasmic.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PaulDecember 10, 2015
    Tamales de mole negro ❤️❤️
  • Jason M.
    Jason MarshallAugust 24, 2013
    Amazing carne asada tacos,
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