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Calle Reforma 502 | Col. centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
12:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Despite saying repeatedly that we did not eat meat and could we make sure our dishes where vegetarian. Both arrived with meat These are dishes that traditionally do not contain any The food is not really Italian and is extremely overpriced and underwhelming By far the worst restaurant I visited in Oaxaca Avoid!!

Thank Katie C
Beamsville, Canada
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82 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We visited tonight and felt it was pricey for what we got. But first, the good things. The restaurant is attractive with good decor and a pleasant atmosphere. We were seated immediately, as it was not too buy. On the menu was a good selection of bruschetta - but in some other restaurants these are offered as an Amuse Bouche,... More 

Thank David L
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Finding all my favorite restaurants closed at 3:00 on Sunday afternoon, I decided to try Vieja Lira for lunch. What a delightful discovery! The pizza is delicious, the wine excellent and the atmosphere very pleasant. This goes right onto my favorites list! Next visit I plan to come in the evening and experience to roof terrace!

Thank Jan B
Denver, Colorado, United States
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Very accommodating. Customer friendly. We asked for good wine. Wanted a small plate of local cheeses, fruits and nuts. Presentation was beautiful.

Thank Sue M
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82 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016 via mobile

The place itself looks nice, especially the first part. I cannot comment on the salads or pasta's, but both the Temperanillo and Malbec are way to acid. Pizza bottom has a 'flowerish' taste, nothing close to an Italian pizza. Coverings ok, but rather neutral in flavour. Service ok.

Thank Giovanni G
Olds, Canada
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Overall, this is a great place to enjoy a fine Italian meal in Oaxaca. The bread plate and accompanying salsas start the meal with a strong first impression. The wine list is extensive and well rounded to suit all budgets. I had the gnocchi with an excellent quattro formaggio cream sauce. Balanced and smooth, it was a real treat. One... More 

Thank SpeakerTeacher
Brit Columbia-Canada
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

Ordered the primavera pizza, absolutely delicious. The best pizza we've had in Oaxaca. Excellent wine list, great decor and friendly fast service. Definitely going back.

Thank Tony-Tami
London, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2016

The potions are very generous and the food tasty. The service , though helpful, is rather unfocused and they could do with a maitre d .

Thank Pauline A
wilmington, nc
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Stopped in for light apps and some wine near the end of another day with one of those large Oaxacan lunches. We were immediately impressed by the extensive wine list with strong Italian and Chilean offerings. Ordered the pate and charcuterie (meat lovers) and again impressed by the size of the "apps." Seems like a theme in Oaxaca. Enjoyed a... More 

Thank ken123
Seattle, Washington, United States
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2015

This place is right across from the Ethnobotanical garden near the Templo Santo Domingo in Oaxaca. We went in to duck a 10 minute rain storm and stayed for a couple of hours. This is an Italian restaurant with excellent food and wonderful presentation. This place has an extensive wine selection for Mexican restaurants. They also sell plates of cheeses... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Highchairs Available
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Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Reforma 502 | Col. centro Oaxaca, Oaxaca 68000, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 5168676

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?