Casa Oaxaca "El Restaurante" $$$$
Constitución 104 (interior of Galería Quetzalli), Centro Histórico
Mon-Sat:1-11PM; Sun:1-9PM. Credit cards. Tel:516-8889
Casa Oaxaca's head chef Alejandro Ruíz was a pioneer in creating and promoting Oaxacan haut cuisine and the Casa Oaxaca Restaurant reflects his passion. For food and service, this continues to be Oaxaca's premier restaurant. Ruíz uses fresh, local ingredients to create flavorful, imaginative, modern Oaxacan fare that not only sounds and looks enticing, but is a joy to eat. The menu changes seasonally, but the food is consistently inventive, impeccably-prepared, and smartly presented. The simple, contemporary décor of the downstairs dining space puts the emphasis directly on the food. The upstairs rooftop terrace overlooking Santo Domingo is a sublime setting for lunch or dinner by day or night. Alejandro and Casa Oaxaca were honored in 2013 as among the top 50 best restaurants in Latin America - a recognition rightly and well deserved.