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“All I can say is "yum!" -- in espanol, "muy sabroso!"”

Restaurante Catedral
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Ranked #5 of 539 Restaurants in Oaxaca
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed 11 November 2013

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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Reviewed 4 November 2013

We celebrated a very special birthday by dining at Catedral. The food was wonderful as was the service. A perfect place for a romantic dinner....very soft lights and low music. Only negative was quite unusual for a Mexican restaurant....but we were some what rushed. If you want to "dine" I would suggest telling the staff that you are dining....and want to take it slow.

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Reviewed 4 November 2013

Had the stun, crusted in pepper and spices. The presentation was spectacular and the flavour amazing. My companion had the shrimp tacos (only 120 pesos), almost as good as the tuna. Prices very reasonable. Definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

A year ago we visited the Catedral restaurant on a Sunday for their buffet and enjoyed it greatly. This year, we chose to visit for our last dinner and had an unforgettable experience. We were seated in the inner dining area, right next to the subtle fountain. Lights were low key creating a very mellow atmosphere. Since this was our last meal, we decided to splurge and ordered everything from appetizers to desert, along with a bottle of wine.

The corn tamales with cream and queso fresco and the pulpo salad appetizers were simply delicious. Our entrees included short ribs and the roasted young pork plate, and were perfectly cooked, wonderfully presented, and delectable. The Chilean Merlot was a perfect accompaniment to the meal,

Halfway through our meal, the ceiling slowly rolled back, revealing the blue sky with billowing clouds reflecting the setting sun. After about 30 minutes, as dark storm clouds rolled in, the ceiling rolled shut and shortly thereafter we were treated to the sounds of a fierce tropical downpour.

Service was impeccable and the cost very reasonable for the total experience (under $100 US). It was a night we will treasure and remember for quite a while.

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Reviewed 22 September 2013

Highly recommended if it's within your budget. Not expensive by the standards of large cities in the US. Great meal, great setting, wonderful service.

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