As the name suggests, this superb restaurant is located downtown near Oaxaca's cathedral (and zocalo). The sidewalk entrance hints at welcoming, understated luxury and the interior lives up to the promise.
We went for lunch on a sunny day and were seated in a charming courtyard, complete with fountain burbling subtly in the corner. The service was cheerful and impeccable. The food was simply marvelous: I had delectable, mildly picante shrimp tacos, followed, for dessert, by "borrachito de coco con mezcal, espuma de pina colada y sorbete de guayaba." Even if you don't know Spanish, you may be able to discern that this frothy dish contains coconut, mezcal, and sorbet of guayaba (guava). It might be the best dessert I've ever had that did not contain chocolate.
Although we had lunch, this place is likewise ideal for a romantic dinner, or an intimate gathering of friends or family. The cost was more than reasonable in light of the dining experience that was delivered.
Oaxaca has earned a reputation as a "foodie's" mecca. To my mind, Catedral is one prominent reason why.
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