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El Escapulario

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Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
08:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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Victoria, Canada
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211 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I must admit that I didn't actually stay here and have a meal. It is extremely rare for me to leave a restaurant after I've been seated but this was one of those times. I don't eat meat - just vegetarian and seafood dishes. So possibly I just didn't notice that this place had a menu based on meat dishes... More 

Thank sixtysix66_66_66
San Francisco, California
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187 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was very good - excellent mole. The restaurant is small and we had to wait a hour and a half to get our meal.

Thank baywanderer
London, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really liked the family feel but we didn't really get on with the mole which we found a bit one dimensional - lump of meat covered in thick sauce. After this we gave up on traditional Oaxacan cuisine. Another couple there had a giant salad which looked interesting. Not sure whether it was them or us but hard to... More 

Thank MelodiousMat
Vancouver, Canada
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541 reviews
267 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is located on the second floor of a house. It offers a large choices of starters, soups and moles. In the starters, the chile rellenos con requeson with salsa de naranja are great (two chiles filled with cheese in an orange sauce). Skip the Sopa de Don Luis however - a rather tasteless bean soup.

Thank MonkeysandWine
Polson, Montana
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was some of the best Mole Negro I've had in Oaxaca - but it's also at the higher end. The recipe for the Mole has been passed on through the family and it is really something special. I like to have rice to eat with the Mole and the owner had forgotten to make some so it arrived long... More 

Thank bodhiboo
zihuatanejo mexico
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Like having lunch in a family home. Delicious food in a very modest environment. A surprise when the restaurants nearby are for the most part very chic.

Thank zihuatraveller
Westlake Village
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best food we have had so far! Will probably be back at least one more time before we leave. My husband had the Mole Verde de Espinazo and was blown away! He is a very hard one to please! We shared the tortilla soup which was very good too. I had the chili rellenos.....EXCELLENT!!!! Ester is very nice. 5... More 

Thank Sara T
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

In any other city, I would give this 4 stars, but this is Oaxaca, and there are wonderful restaurants with great atmospheres for dining everywhere. The prices are good here, for the fare. We had to limit our diet to soft foods, so couldn't sample everything. We liked what we ate, but would not go back because we were not... More 

Thank Linda M
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312 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We went here last year and now twice this year. It is always great. I always order the guacamole. It comes with totopos, a thick corn tortilla, my favorite. The molè negro is incredible and my husband loved the chiles en agua. He took a group of people to lunch, some of them long time visitors who had never heard... More 

Thank ColoradoVirginia
Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

We headed for El Escapulario for 'lunch' (we seem to be lunching later and later in Mexico) - it was about 4pm, only to be told they were full up but we could come back in half an hour, which we did. The food was great - a platter for two of mixed Oaxacan specialties including grasshoppers, and as there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Garcia Vigil 617, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Southern Mexico  >  Oaxaca  >  Oaxaca
  • Phone Number: 516-4687

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