Restaurants, Mexican Koreatown
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Photograph: Courtesy Guelaguetza

The guelaguetza is an Oaxacan dance; its use as the name of this restaurant serves as a reminder that the food served here differs from classic Mexican. The speciality is meat (chicken, beef or pork) served with richly fragrant and spicy sauces called moles, which use fresh-ground herbs and chocolate to create a depth of flavor. Try the seafood stew or a tlayuda, a strange pizza-like corn-cake, with a fresh juice.


Venue name: Guelaguetza
Address: 3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 8am–11pm; Sun 8am–10pm
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I felt totally let down by following this review.  We ate there yesterday (6/6/2016) and instead of having the best Mexican food, or even good Mexican food, I can say without reservation it was the MOST underwhelming dining experience I have ever had. Vegetarians do not go there for lunch!  The best part was the free chips with mole and queso fresco, the worst was the cold pre-packaged avocado puree failing to pass as guacamole.  It was too expensive and tasteless to warrant praise, and since we were traveling from Brooklyn, we felt we wasted time and money going there for an authentic LA food experience.  Chevelas in Crown Heights reigns supreme in our estimation!

Cezara P

I love the atmosphere at this place! They have an amazing live band that play every night. They don't have too many vegetarian options but it's still worth going for the mole and terrific atmosphere!

Kate W

This cavernous restaurant is super packed and super loud (even when the live band isn’t playing, though they almost always are).It makes sense, since the service, music and food are all great—especially the food. This place is known for their mole, and even if you aren’t the biggest fan, try the red sauce that comes on your complimentary tortilla chips; then decide. Tip: Skip the fried crickets. They’re underwhelming, and you get a mountain of them that you’ll never finish—trust me.