La Carta De Oaxaca

Mexican Restaurant · Ballard
5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Closed until 11:30 AM (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, Happy Hour
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 226 votes

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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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  • Mexican food
  • mole
  • tacos
  • entomatadas
  • margaritas
  • tamales
  • fish soup
  • authentic
  • quesadillas
  • spicy food
  • empanadas
  • great value
  • tequila
  • enchiladas
  • lamb
  • steak
  • good for a quick meal
  • pork
  • family-friendly
  • cocktails
  • Gustavo M.

    Servers are exceptionally unfriendly, but the food make the trip worth a try; it's very flavorful and the prices are very fair.

    Gustavo Martins · 2 weeks ago
  • Daniel T.

    Delicious fish tacos. Delicious.

    Daniel Tewfik · June 5
  • Ricardo H.

    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.

    Great lamb dish

    Caroline Toff · March 6
  • Genki U.

    Fresh, quick and much tortillas.

    Genki U. · February 25
  • Sherry R.

    fish soup so good!

    Sherry Ren · February 1
  • Nathan C.

    The chicken mole is amazing

    Nathan Chase · January 3
  • Katie Y.

    Carne asada plate, mole

    Katie Yamada · December 24, 2014
  • Dillon

    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.

    Dillon · December 23, 2014
  • Wesley V.

    Legit good Mexican

    Wesley V · November 6, 2014
  • Jim K.

    Tacos al pastor is amazingg

    Jim Kelly · October 16, 2014
  • Brian S.

    Great authentic Oaxacan Mexican food. Fresh salsa bar & no greasy orange cheese in sight!

    Brian Steggeman · September 6, 2014
  • John M.

    Everything is delicious. Coming from SoCal this was a much needed find.

    John Milner · August 9, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Chester Gerl, chef of Hundred Acres, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Tamales de mole' negro. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
  • Angelo D.

    Cesar is the best server here. He's always more than helpful and kind.

    Angelo De Ieso II · July 10, 2014
  • Angelo D.

    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!

    Angelo De Ieso II · July 10, 2014
  • Leyla Z.

    Get the mole tamales and tacos de pastor

    Leyla Zamora · July 5, 2014
  • Leyla Z.

    Excellent mole tamales and outstanding tacos de pastor

    Leyla Zamora · July 5, 2014
  • Stefano G.

    Everything looks delicious here! I've tried the Mole' Negro Oaxaqueno and it was super!! Also serve yourself at the salsa bar!!

    Stefano Guidolin · May 7, 2014
  • Tim C.

    Best Mexican restaurant in town. Always a queue.

    Tim Crook · March 31, 2014
  • Amy K.

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

    Amy Klausner · 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 Best · September 10, 2013
  • Jason M.

    Amazing carne asada tacos,

    Jason Marshall · August 24, 2013
  • E S.

    El pastor tacos are more awesome than awesome.

    E Slody · July 25, 2013
  • 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 Nelson · July 16, 2013
  • Laura N.

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

    Laura Neumann · 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 Khan · June 28, 2013
  • 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
  • Jason R.

    Try the Chicken Mole - Surprisingly delicious!

    Jason R · December 21, 2012
  • Sophie C.

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

    Sophie Curtis · December 18, 2012
  • Landon H.

    Best guacamole I've ever had.

    Landon Howell · 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 Fleming · October 4, 2012
  • Travis R.

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

    Travis Roy · August 22, 2012
  • Crissy G.

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

    Crissy Gonzales · 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 McSparran · July 14, 2012
  • Robby D.

    Pretty good Mexican food. Tad bit noisy inside.

    Robby Delaware · June 26, 2012
  • Gina K.

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

    Gina Kessler Lee · May 13, 2012
  • Joe M.

    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.

    Joe Mandrino · May 5, 2012
  • Cathy M.

    Mole, Mole and Mole.....

    Cathy Mabee · April 19, 2012
  • Kristie B.

    Try the pozole. It's delicious!

    Kristie Brooks · March 31, 2012
  • Andrew D.

    Salsa bar is radtaz and the tacos al pastor are the best I've had in Seattle.

    Andrew Daubin · January 25, 2012
  • Jane K.

    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.

    Jane Kim · December 28, 2011
  • Meghan D.

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

    Meghan Davis · December 4, 2011
  • Owen S.

    Sit at the bar and enjoy the classic tacos.

    Owen Smith · November 13, 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
  • Working Class F.

    Try the lamb birria - Melty-soft chunks of braised lamb in a citrusy mole-style sauce with beans, rice, and tortillas. Basically orgasmic.

    Working Class Foodies · October 11, 2011
  • SouthernBeets

    The margarita here > Matador.

    SouthernBeets · October 3, 2011
  • Quoc T.

    DO: Visit the salsa bar.

    Quoc Tang · September 28, 2011
  • Kristina B.

    This is probably the best mexican food I've ever had in my life. And I've had a lot of mexican food. Definitely try it.

    Kristina Brabec · September 24, 2011

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