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La Condesa

Mexican Restaurant and Lounge$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • 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!!
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ray L.
    Ray LopesAugust 28
    One of the best mexican restaurants I've been. Delicious Hamachi Ceviche, Tostadas de Atun and Elote. Amazing signature cocktails, go for the El Cubico (with tobacco leaf infused Cazadores Reposado).
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kathryn A.
    Kathryn AndersonAugust 10, 2015
    Best margaritas! Also the Mexican street corn and a of the seafood. So much flavor.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Germaine W.
    Cauliflower steak is a surprisingly delicious and filling vegan option! More upscale than the average Mexican place 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The Tastes that Make the City
    The barside cocktails is the best happy hour in Austin, which is why it’s on our list of The Tastes That Make the City: Austin. Read more
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Whitney F.
    Some of the best non taco truck Mexican in Austin. Get the guac and for brunch the huevos!
  • Austin Fine Properties
    Rene Ortiz was nominated for the best chef in the Southwest. Plus, Laura Sawicki is a semifinalist for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
  • Tamera S.
    Tamera SturgisMay 15, 2014
    The "taquitos" are actually served like tacos (where I'm from, anyway) and some of the best I've ever had!
  • tif l.
    tif laceyAugust 8
    grab the guac with the seasonal toppings: the pomegranate + feta is to die for / great margaritas
  • 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.
  • Nom Nom PR
    Nom Nom PRSeptember 16, 2013
    Best happy hour for cocktails. El Cubico and Alma Blanca are two of our favorite cocktails in the city.
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