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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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Granada, Nicaragua
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145 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this place. We were able to sit at a pleasant table near the a window, and our waitress, the owner, was very helpful and nice. We had the Oaxacan mole negro enchilados and the red chile enchilados, and they were both very good, though we are partial to the mole negro. The menu and owner warned us that... More 

Thank Tracy G
Chanute, Kansas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

El Escapulario - they have two menus, with one explaining the food in English. Estelle did her best in trying to explain items to us,although our understanding of Spanish is very limited. So the menu helped immensely. This is a wonderful restaurant to be introduced to oaxacan moles. My wife ordered Pechuga reliena de quesa al Cuitlacoche. The meal presentation... More 

Thank Bill V
Golden, Colorado
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Just spent a week in Oaxaca and it is easy to see why it is considered the culinary capital of Mexico. The city is quickly developing a reputation for creative upscale cuisine however these restaurants could not exist if it were not for places like El Escapulario whose roots remain deeply embedded Oaxacan traditional cooking. The restaurant is on the... More 

Thank harrymcballs
Washington, DC
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Ester, the owner, cook, and waitress at El Escapulario, is divine, as are her Chile Rellenos with orange sauce. Not one to typically order dishes with oranges or orange juice, I was convinced by Ester to give this dish a shot. After the first bite I would have proposed to her if she weren't already married. The chiles had just... More 

Thank RovingMouth
Wellington, NZ
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Went here for dinner and shared the Oaxacan tasting platter. Good range of delicious food, but slightly overpriced at $300 pesos. Also ordered the mango juice which was warm and very watery. Still enjoyed our meal but expected more for the price.

Thank freddanz
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This pace has the most magical atmosphere, even better... they make the best food you can get. I went twice and felt that I should have gone more. The 5 moles were beyond delicious, but bring a friend!

Thank catalopezospina
Northampton, Massachusetts
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

I ate at El Escapulario with family and was immediately impressed with the excellent service, and homemade, authentic and savory dishes. The guacamole with thick chips was exquisite. The estofados rojos (chicken stew with red mole) was out of this world! Served with fresh tomatoes and carrots and aromatic rice. The chiles rellenos de aqua en salsa naranjada was a... More 

Thank rebekahyoga
Victoria, Canada
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224 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 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 

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San Francisco, California
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192 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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?