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La Condesa

Mexican Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Dell
    DellMarch 9
    This luxe Mexican beauty reflects the culinary trends of Mexico City's hip neighborhood Colonia Condesa. Try the 4-guac sampler and the chapulines, a Oaxacan specialty of fried grasshoppers.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AlvarezSeptember 4, 2015
    El Califa (NY Strip-tacos) topped with crusted Manchego. Complimentary elotes from the kitchen very nice of them...and tasty.
  • Kathryn A.
    Kathryn AndersonAugust 10, 2015
    Best margaritas! Also the Mexican street corn and a of the seafood. So much flavor.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 16, 2015
    Cubanita was 👌🏻 even if the service was slow (when it wasn't crowded...). Get the guac too!
  • Steve
    SteveJune 20, 2015
    Very disappointing. Apps were acceptable but not at the price point. Lunch entrees were barely passable. Cubanito was greasy and the side of kettle chips were greasy, overcooked and mushy.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaMay 11, 2015
    You have to try the Acapulco Ceviche and the surprisingly tasty cauliflower steak. The guacamole tasting app is also a must.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SaperiaJanuary 2, 2015
    We tried the Macarel ceviche (very good), street corn (very good), chicken (very good), carnitas (very good), and steak (meat was good but covered in manchego cheese, which wasn't our thing) tacos
  • Sofía A.
    Sofía AlumaDecember 8, 2014
    This place was awful as a vegan. After 4 years of being in austin, I've never had any trouble. Eclectic menu. I ended up going with a vegetarian option but the black bean puree tasted burned.
  • B W.
    B WNovember 23, 2014
    Awesome cocktails, great happy hour, killer vibe. Very trendy. Try the street corn. But, overpriced/overrated food and issues with service.
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine PetersenSeptember 26, 2014
    Everything!! Chipotle purée and slivered almond guac, steak and manchego taco, chicken taco, chicken molé, and flourless chocolate cake dessert. The cocktails are amazing too!!
  • Ajay W.
    Ajay WaghrayAugust 17, 2014
    The Carne Asada will change your life. The El Cubico is a personal favorite for a cocktail. It usually gets shared around the table, so buyer beware!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    One preparation you will never encounter anywhere else is costillas de puerco, pork ribs glazed with spicy guava and served with sweet plantains, pickled onions, fresh cheese, green salsa, & cilantro. Read more
  • Janice W.
    Janice WongApril 6, 2014
    Gorgeous decor but lackluster brunch. I got the eggs condesa and there was barely any meat and the Kale was oversalted
  • Eric M.
    Eric MunnFebruary 17, 2014
    The El Cubico is the best cocktail you'll have in Austin and the red wine braised octopus will make you cry (in a good way)
  • Linda M.
    Linda MickJuly 12, 2013
    Loved it! Service was fantastic as was the food (aguacate torta), and watermelon juice martini. I had them add just a smudge of mint and some lemongrass hibiscus (?) salt and it was beyond great !
  • Austin Fine Properties
    Rene Ortiz was nominated for the best chef in the Southwest. Plus, Laura Sawicki is a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
  • Kim M.
    Kim MartinJune 20, 2013
    The grilled Mexican corn on the cob was the best thing I've eaten in a long time. Really can't go wrong here. Make sure you try a cocktail
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    This luxe Tex-Mex spot's offering up five kinds of ceviche, guava-glazed pork ribs, and three-day mole duck breasts. Read more
  • Lewis W.
    Lewis WalkerMay 11, 2013
    Great place to eat, drink and socialize. Most of all, do yourself a favor and get their Mexican Corn on the cob. If you like corn, you'll fall in love.
  • Will
    WillMay 6, 2013
    Don't know where to begin. My fav eatery in Austin! Get the Alma Blanca cocktail! Also yellowfin tuna tostadas, the carne asada, and please try the Cafe con Leche dessert.. To die for!!
  • Samantha J.
    Samantha JimenezApril 3, 2013
    Slow and distracted service. Food wasn't great either as some dishes were not at their best. It's the details they're missing but when you add them up, you end up having a disappointing dinner.
  • Elizabeth M.
    Elizabeth MitchellApril 1, 2013
    All the food was wonderful but the service was a little strange. Maybe caught them on a weird night? Very accommodating of dietary restrictions and drinks were wonderful. Guac is awesome.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 7, 2013
    Each bite is packed with flavor and thoughtful textures. Make sure to try their tasty margaritas and the street corn covered in mountains of cotija cheese.
  • Christian B.
    Christian BorgesMarch 6, 2013
    Love great food, great atmosphere, and tequila (my fave) then put this top on your list of things to-do. Little known tidbit: rent out the basement for a private dinner that will blow your mind!
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleMarch 4, 2013
    Perennial fave La Condesa reflects the culinary trends of Mexico City's hip neighborhood Colonia Condesa. Feeling adventurous? Try the chapulines – a Oaxacan specialty of tiny fried grasshoppers. Read more
  • Karina V.
    Karina ValdovinosFebruary 18, 2013
    One of the best mexican restaurants you'll ever find outside of Mexico. You can't go wrong with the carne asada with chimichurri and the four salsas sampler!
  • Julia J.
    Julia JiaoJanuary 23, 2013
    Really good ginger ale, but you come for lunch on a week day it could take up to an hour + for entrees.
  • Perry N.
    Perry NelsonAugust 29, 2012
    Try their delicious cocktails: habanero margarita, watermelon elderflower martini and 'the corn one'. Highlights: atun tostada, Acapulco ceviche, steak & eggs for brunch and birthday cake ice cream.
  • Debra E.
    Debra EvansAugust 22, 2012
    Though the staff's attitudes can often be off-putting, and many of the items are quite over-priced, and the wait is sometimes frustrating, the gluten-free choices available here are 100% amazing.
  • Ruggero M.
    Ruggero MassettiApril 3, 2012
    Try the Zanahoria - Epazote grilled carrot, burrata, ash roasted beets, habanero carrot purée , grilled baby romaine , crispy garlic. Wow!!!!
  • Austin 360
    Austin 360March 29, 2012
    Forget well tequila shots and sugary margaritas. Hit this swanky restaurant and bar for modern drinks with Latin spirits. The Margarita La Condesa will change your perception of margaritas forever.
  • Valerie B.
    Valerie BrownMarch 13, 2012
    The best margarita in town - order the 'classic margarita' so smooth made with Cointreau and sit outside. Pair with the delish pork tacos and thank GOD for food
  • The Spoon & Trowel
    The Spoon & TrowelMarch 9, 2012
    Local food close to the convention center! Mexico City-inspired dishes with Texas ingredients. Try their four kinds of guacamole. Sodas are all cane sugar sweetened, sparkling water is free.
  • Naema S.
    Naema ShoweryMarch 8, 2012
    Favorite happy hour spot in Austin! If I had to recommend a drink I would suggest you try... all of them. Their guac is pretty tasty too :D (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Gauri M.
    Gauri ManglikMarch 8, 2012
    So good! big fan of the decor and service. Had the chile relleno and the hongas dish and both were delicious. They did take a long time to bring @orion's dessert..damn goats. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WestwoodMarch 6, 2012
    Excellent modern adaption of traditional recipes. Certainly not the cheapest Mexican restaurant you will ever eat at, but definitely worth checking out.
  • Eater
    EaterOctober 4, 2011
    Chef Rene Ortiz's take on modern Mexican cuisine. Not to miss: the riffs on guacamole, the wild tacos, the cocktails, and pastry chef Laura Sawicki's ice creams. [Eater 38 Member]
  • restlessnapkin.com
    restlessnapkin.comAugust 18, 2011
    Some may say a bit overpriced, but the ambiance and flavor of the dishes make it a worth while jaunt. Explore their drink menu liberally, it'll knock your sombrero off!
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BunchAugust 16, 2011
    Come for the guacamole and tequila selection, stay for a great selection of tacos, huaraches and other gourmet Mexican goodness.
  • Austin American-Statesman
    Try the Costillas de Puerco. Some of the best barbecued pork ribs in a city full of pedigreed pork ribs: three generous sections with a sweet, smoky glaze and meat that falls right off the bone Read more
  • Jenna O.
    Jenna OdettMarch 15, 2011
    Austin's single highest rated restaurant for food (29) according to Zagat. go for the cohinita pibil tacos and alma blanca cocktail.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 23, 2010
    Do a tequila taste test with more than 80 varieties, all offered by this eclectic Mexican restaurant. One unique & favorite dish is the costillas de Puerco: pork ribs with plaintains, onions, & cheese
  • Chris W.
    Chris WoosterJune 20, 2010
    Ask at the bar for "The Hummingbird," perfect summer drink... not on the menu, but they have recipe in a box behind the bar: st Germaine, vodka, soda, orange juice and cucucumber juice.
  • jesse h.
    jesse hermanApril 1, 2010
    This week's special 'Empanada de conejo' - Green chile-braised Countryside Farms rabbit empanada, golden raisins, toasted almonds, Animal Farm arugula.
  • naveen
    naveenMarch 19, 2010
    start with the alma blanca. maybe some of that corn too. then pick anything else from the menu -- you can't go wrong. (chef ortiz used to work at la esquina back in new york city!)
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingMarch 17, 2010
    the best mexican meal I had at SXSW 2010. The Chile Rellenos is excellent and the margaritas are some of the best in austin.
  • jesse h.
    jesse hermanMarch 3, 2010
    This week's special: Brazo de Rey 'The King's Arm'Kurobota pork belly stuffed with Lockhart, Texas quail, Animal Farm arugula and passionfruit-poached plums.
  • jesse h.
    jesse hermanFebruary 27, 2010
    This week's special: Callos con Chips: Thyme-roasted diver scallops, brown butter sunchokes, local beet chips, epazote and upland cress salad, lemon aioli.
  • Candace D.
    Candace DavisFebruary 20, 2010
    The chipotle & toasted almond guacamole is AMAZING... I recommend pairing with their fresh salsas and an ice cold Tecate.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AllenFebruary 13, 2010
    I had eaten here many times before discovering that they have a secret basement dinning room with a fuse-ball table. Awesome for party of 10 or more! Read more
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