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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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  • jodijodijodi
    jodijodijodiOctober 20
    Quesadillas fritas with a Negra Modelo = fabuloso.
  • Jim R.
    Jim RaySeptember 6
    Seattle's not exactly known for its Mexican food, but Oaxaca delivers something pretty special!
  • Jason S.
    Amazing, interesting micheladas.
  • Devin M.
    Happy hour menu is on 🔥
  • Erin M.
    Erin M.January 27
    Start it off with a basket of chips & guac and a trip to the salsa bar. For your entree, try the tacos al pastor - super tasty.
  • Craig V.
    Craig VodnikJanuary 6
    Reminded me of a long lost place in Chicago called the Twisted Lizard. Great atmosphere and quality food that foodies won't enjoy because there's not umbrellas for the margaritas.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BurlingtonNovember 9, 2016
    Everything is beyond authentic and delicious! Portions are a bit small and you pay a price, but it's worth it!
  • Hermann B.
    Hermann BrandiOctober 4, 2016
    Mole Negro is very good. Albóndigas is a must too. Cafe de holla is also very good.
  • Dylan C.
    Dylan ClissoldOctober 1, 2016
    CHICKEN MOLE!!!!!!!! Will make you moan and groan 😉😍😍😍
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanAugust 10, 2016
    Spicy margarita is divine!
  • Rohini J.
    Rohini JalanAugust 10, 2016
    Best tamales in Seattle!
  • Joey B.
    Joey BrantleyJuly 29, 2016
    Had the chorizo and eggs from the lunch menu. Super good. Love the vibe of the place.
  • Roz T.
    Roz ThomasJuly 1, 2016
    Excellent chips and guac.
  • 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 VerhoeveNovember 6, 2014
    Legit good Mexican
  • 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
    Been here 25+ times
    Cesar is the best server here. He's always more than helpful and kind.
  • Angelo D.
    Angelo De Ieso IIJuly 10, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsOctober 3, 2011
    The margarita here > Matador.
  • Quoc T.
    Quoc TangSeptember 28, 2011
    DO: Visit the salsa bar.
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BrabecSeptember 24, 2011
    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.
  • Buster B.
    Buster BensonAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Close your eyes and blindly choose something to eat. And a margarita.
  • Christina R.
    Christina RussoAugust 2, 2011
    Get the empanadas! Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 28, 2011
    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
  • Haley B.
    Haley BJune 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    DO NOT order the chile relleno. Worst I've ever had!
  • Talia F.
    Talia FisherMay 31, 2011
    Quesadillas fritas are the best!
  • D V.
    D VMay 30, 2011
    Try ANYTHING with mole in it!
  • Tammy M.
    Tammy MarxApril 29, 2011
    Best Black Mole eva, and I'm from AZ I know mole! Try every single one of the salas with the piping hot chips!
  • Meghan F.
    Meghan FinleyApril 3, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Entomatadas, Halibut Tacos, and El Pastor are fantastic.
  • Trevor L.
    Trevor LefflerFebruary 27, 2011
    Ask for the roasted grasshoppers!
  • Tom M.
    Tom McCannJanuary 18, 2011
    Best Mexican food in Seattle! The carne asado tacos are great and I really like the Black mole chicken. As someone who has had great Mexican food from living in LA, this place is great!
  • Brian L.
    Brian LevyJanuary 18, 2011
    Entomatadas with tomatillo sauce! Best Mexican food ever!
  • Ray L.
    Ray LJanuary 12, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The caldo de pescado (fish soup) is fantastic. spicy and flavorful.
  • Alicia P.
    Alicia PadovichJanuary 8, 2011
    The Albondigas is fantastic. And the early bartender makes a good spicy bloody.
  • Samir L.
    Samir LakhaniDecember 31, 2010
    Tamales de mole Negro is ridiculous
  • Nirmal G.
    Nirmal GhumanDecember 21, 2010
    If you're allergic to nuts beware of the red sauce they use on a lot of their dishes!
  • Bravo
    BravoDecember 2, 2010
    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
  • KC
    KCNovember 24, 2010
    Best mexican food in Seattle. My advice - sit at Damon's bar, drink his amazing margaritas and get the Halibut tacos!!
  • Max
    MaxAugust 22, 2010
    Holy Mole! Do yourself right and get antything with mole sauce.
  • Ryan S.
    Ryan StewartJuly 14, 2010
    Sit outside on the deck on a nice day. Decent view and good way to counter the crowds.
  • Will L.
    Will LarsonJune 22, 2010
    Get the pozole. Best soup in town.
  • Kier M.
    Kier MatthewsJune 19, 2010
    Everything is good! Best Mexican food EVER!
  • SouthernBeets
    SouthernBeetsMay 6, 2010
    If there's a crowd waiting outside for seating, it's for a good reason. The pork tamales with mole were amazing.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HoweApril 24, 2010
    Dom the bartender is a total lunatic!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LohmanApril 21, 2010
    Mole baby...enough said!
  • Dave C.
    Dave C.April 17, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Pork tamale, just do it.
  • Mike T.
    Mike TorresMarch 20, 2010
    Best Mexican food I've ever had. Ever. Seriously. Ever.
  • Dru S.
    Dru StaltmanMarch 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything on the menu is good. You aren't allowed to disagree. Its science.
  • sandra r.
    sandra rFebruary 21, 2010
    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
  • Chris G.
    Chris GeddesFebruary 7, 2010
    This place has the best mexican food around
  • Ryan P.
    Ryan PirkleDecember 29, 2009
    Best Mexican food in Seattle - hands down.
  • Ty C.
    Ty CaoDecember 1, 2009
    real, fresh, flavorful mexican food. So far, it's #1 on my mexican food category Read more
  • Molly Y.
    Molly Yoder-WilliamsSeptember 20, 2009
    get there before they open (6pm on Sat.) and stand in line to get a table right away
  • Ramiro B.
    Ramiro BerrellezaSeptember 16, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Mexican restaurant in Seattle. Next time you're there try the Chile Relleno, authentic home-style mexican food.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PaulDecember 10, 2015
    Tamales de mole negro ❤️❤️
  • Jason M.
    Jason MarshallAugust 24, 2013
    Amazing carne asada tacos,
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