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La Condesa

Restaurants, Mexican Downtown
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4 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)
La Condesa (Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa)
Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa
La Condesa (Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa)
Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa
La Condesa (Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa)
Photograph: Courtesy La Condesa

Named after one of Mexico City's trendiest neighborhoods, La Condesa serves a hip take on traditional Mexican fare served out of one of the city's most dazzling spaces. An explosive over-sized mural frames a dining room where trendy Austinites and visiting hipsters dig into three-day mole chicken breasts, and the patio overlooking Guadalupe Street is one of the city's few truly urban-feeling happy-hour destinations. Speaking of happy hour, it's the best time to visit thanks to half-priced bar snacks like their signature elotes and a sampler of four guacamoles, featuring seasonal ingredients like pomegranate.

By: Dan Gentile


Venue name: La Condesa
Address: 400 W 2nd St
Cross street: at Guadalupe St
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5-10pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 5-11pm; Sun 11am-3pm, 5-10pm
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Was in town and heard that this restaurant has delicious margaritas and guac. All very true! The vibe in the restaurant is very hip as you would expect for Austin and the service is terrific!

La Condesa isn't groundbreaking, but the bar serves solid margeritas and the menu is filled with interesting spins on traditional Mexican dishes. The guacamole sampler allows you to try several different variations of avocado dip, while taco choices include meats like venison. Save room for dessert—post-meal portions are larger than you expect.

Staff Writer

One word: margaritas! The margaritas here are absolutely fantastic and while this sounds weird, the salt on the rim was really special. Come for happy hour and enjoy a few rounds of cocktails and the crab guacamole is out of this world. The atmosphere and service here are also top-notch.


In a town like Austin, I'd expect to find the best food in the tucked away reaches off the beaten path. I'm standing corrected after the pork tacos and jumbo lump crab infused guacamole. The guac was to die for. Definitely an interesting take on the Mexican staple that I hadn't expected after not being there when it was initially ordered. The braised pork shoulder tacos are topped with pickled red onion and a habanero sauce that required a warning from our server. It was the perfect spice without being overwhelming. I'm inches away from giving this five stars, but after coming in from the hot Texas sun, my two cans of Tecate was lukewarm. Only bad thing I can say.