Fathom Favorites : Mexico City Restaurants

1. The Hidden Kitchen

The Hidden Kitchen

Chef Gerardo Aguilar, who is known for throwing experimental pop-up dinners around the city, finally has his own space in Colonia Doctores. A meal here is a private experience, which means the menu is tailored to your party and you’re free to get up and ask the chefs questions while they cook. 

Humboldt 59, Colonia Centro
+52 55 5086 4706

2. La Barra de Fran

La Barra de Fran

An atmosphere of a foodie's dream: sidewalk seating, jamón hanging over the bar, a table spread of croquetas, chistorra (a Basque cured sausage akin to chorizo), much-need salads, salt-baked fish, and a tray of aged meats that you cook yourself on searing cast-iron skillets provided by the kitchen.

Emilio Castelar 185. Polanco 11560
+1 52 806 650

3. Lucerna Comedor

Lucerna Comedor

An of-the-moment food hall in Barrio Juárez with insane seafood tacos and a very Instagrammable ceiling filled with colorful paper umbrellas. 

Calle Lucerna 51, Barrio Juarèz
+52 55 5535 8665

4. Café Nin

Café Nin

A charming cafe from the venerable bread makers at Panaderia Rosetta. The menu is extensive, the space is beautiful, and you can't go wrong with a guava roll and scrambled eggs in spicy tomato sauce with the aromatic herb hoja santa. 

Havre 73, Juárez
+52 55 9155 4805

5. Esquina del Chilaquil

Brave the line at the popular stand for improvised tortas for breakfast or early lunch.

Alfonso Reyes 139, Colonia Hipódromo

6. Loup Bar

Loup Bar

This cozy new wine bar demonstrates food standards to live by: well-sourced ingredients, immediate flavors, and simple dishes. Though not all of the food offerings are traditionally Mexican, everything is made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. The cook, Joaquín Cardoso, is super talented and does a mean risotto and flank steak.

Tonalá 23, Colonia Roma Norte

7. Lorea


For five years, chef Oswaldo Oliva was the second on board at Mugaritz, one of the world's best restaurants in Spain. He has finally returned to his native city. Definitely a chef to watch, his tasting menu tells the story of Mexican ingredients throughout the seasons.

Sinaloa 141, Colonia Roma Norte

8. El Turix

Don’t underestimate this understated, street-side taqueria. Despite its hole-in-the-wall looks, it offers some of the best cochinita pibil tacos around.

Emilio Castelar 212, Colonia Polanco

9. Conchita

The best of Baja, California, in the city. Go for yummy aguachiles (shrimp ceviche) or the succulent roast pig lechón. Head upstairs to newish Departamento to dance off dinner.

Alvaro Obregón 154
Mexico City, 06700

10. Guzina Oaxaca

Oaxacan chef Alejandro Ruiz brings the region's rich moles and stewed meats to the D.F. Try the caldo de piedra shrimp soup cooked over hot river rocks, or the crispy chapulines (grasshoppers, yes, really) tostada.

Presidente Masaryk 513
Mexico City, 11560

11. Lardo

Go for breakfast: fresh juice and pastries and croque monsieurs with hoja santa. By night, chef Elena Reygada (best known for her Italian Rosetta restaurant and panaderias) whips up Mediterranean dishes made with the freshest ingredients and often served in shareable portions, a rarity in the city.

Agustín Melgar 6
Mexico City, 06700

12. La Docena

One of the city's newest and best raw bars. Chefs and fashion types sit shoulder to shoulder at the bar to slurp oysters and G and Ts, and at the sun-drenched tables by the floor-to-ceiling window to sample the rest of the eclectic menu, which includes plates like Peruvian ceviche, grilled seafood, oyster po-boys, and sweet potato fries.

Álvaro Obregón 31
Mexico City, 06700

13. Fonda Mayora

Chef Gerardo Vázquez Lugo's refined-but-accessible take on local and regional dishes continue to draw crowds to his Condesa restaurant. The tortillas, made from corn that is ground on site, are fantastic. As are the pacholas, the bone marrow soup, and the huevos encamisados. (For the curious and still hungry, see where it all started at Lugo's first spot, Nicos.)

Calle Campeche 322
Mexico City, 06100

14. MeroToro

Baja meets Mexican highlands. The team behind Contramar does intriguing small plates in Condesa.

Amsterdam 204
Mexico City, 06140

15. Nevería Roxy

For a taste of classic D.F., head to this throwback helado shop, complete with chrome bar, spinning stools, and ice creams referred to as snow and ice. Flavors include guava, tamarind, sapodilla, and cajeta (a mexican confection of caramelized milk).

Fernando Montes de Oca 809, esq. Mazatlán
Mexico City,

16. La Veracruzana – Fonda del Mariscos

After a nice stroll through a charming residential area, you'll hit upon this adorably sunny marisquería. Step inside the retro eatery for a laid-back lunch of garlicky shrimp and ceviche, then polish it off with a cold beer.

Medellín 198
Mexico City,

17. La Texcocana

This cult torteria next door to the Museo de Arte Popular has been slinging hearty sandwiches since 1936. Favorites like bacalao (cod) or carnitas (barbequed pork) are served with chili and fresh avocado.

Independencia 87A
Mexico City, 06050

18. El Cardenal

The newest location of this beloved breakfast and lunch spot is in a beautiful old house in San Angel. order escamoles and maguey worms with homemade tortillas. Bread is baked daily in-house, and the sweet breakfast rolls called conchae are to die for.

De La Paz 32‎
Mexico City, 01000

19. Corazón de Maguey

Oaxacan-style cooking meets forward-thinking design at the newish cantina from the makers of Los Danzantes, a premium mezcal people can't get enough of these days. (The drink of the moment also makes for a fine souvenir.)

Plaza Jardín Centenario 9A
Mexico City, 04000

20. Quintonil

This hidden spot is strictly for those in the know. Very good new Mexican cuisine is made with the best traditional ingredients. Try huauzontles and the perfect egg with rice.

Newton 55
Mexico City, 11560

21. Oscar Wilde 9

Hidden in plain sight, this sweet six-table cafe is where, between shopping stints, posh mujeres stop for flavorful Mediterranean lunch specials that change daily.

Oscar Wilde 9
Mexico City, 11560

22. Dulce Patria

Chef Martha Ortiz hits it out of the park at her high-energy cantina. The food is femme and festive — homemade breads are hot from the oven, sangritas are tangy and fresh, and traditional sweets are delivered tableside along with Mexican toys. It's pure culinary joy.

Anatole France 100
Mexico City, 11560

23. Azul Histórico

The newest restaurant of the Azul brand from chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita is located in the heart of downtown on the patio of a historic building. He serves special festival menus every few months from every region of Mexico. 

Isabel La Católica 30
Mexico City, 06000

24. Rosetta

This local favorite serves excellent Italian fare in a romantic restored belle epoque mansion. Can't get enough? During the day they operate a cute panaderia (bread shop and cafe) just down the block.

Colima 166
Mexico City, 06700

25. Pujol

Highly regarded chef Enrique Olvera reinvents traditional Mexican dishes with a sophisticated flare (sushi-grade ceviche, suckling pig in consomme) and a quirky flourish (for dessert: A "glass" pinata made of sugar, and filled with cocoa and candies).

Francisco Petrarca 254
Mexico City, 11570

26. Biko

Talk about making an entrance: Take an elevator up to the spacious dining room, get whisked to a table by a small army of staff, and proceed to be surprised and delighted by avant-garde Mexican-Basque cooking and whimsical plating techniques.

Presidente Masaryk 407
Mexico City, 11550

27. Fonda El Refugio

A traditional, two-story restaurant, where kindly grandpa waiters serve authentic Mexican cuisine like caldo tlalpeño (chicken soup with vegetables and avocado), romeritos con torta de camaron (dried shrimp and rosemary patties in a rich mole sauce), huachinango (red snapper), and a mountain of simple, perfect guacamole. It's too classic to be trendy, and perfect because of it.

Liverpool 166
Mexico City, 06600

28. Contramar

The lunching hot-spot is not to be missed. Go around 2 in the afternoon for the full experience. Order with abandon, double down on mini margaritas, and do not forget the tuna sashimi tostadas.

Durango 200
Mexico City, 06700