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Carmela y Sal

This new restaurant from Gabriela Ruiz is stylish and upscale while still maintaining a warm and inviting atmosphere.

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Casa Virginia

Chef Mónica Patiño is often considered the Alice Waters of Mexico, and Casa Virginia is her flagship restaurant, showcasing elevated takes on traditional Mexican cuisine. Her signature dish is the roast lamb served in a pasilla chile sauce. The restaurant is open for dinner, but most CDMX locals take their biggest meal at lunchtime. To join that chic crowd, get a daytime reservation.

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Comida, which refers to lunch in Mexico, is the largest meal of the day and often a celebratory event that lasts for hours.
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El Cardenal

Set in a charming space with white tablecloths and a colorful wall mural depicting families dining outdoors, El Cardenal operates on Mexican traditions, serving authentic stews, tacos and more. The restaurant produces its own corn for tortillas as well as creams and cheeses at its ranch and also manufactures its own chocolate. Breakfast or brunch comprises authentic dishes like a spanish omelet and scrambled eggs smothered with fresh-made hot sauce.

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In the growing “Little Tokyo” area, Em is a high-design restaurant from chef Lucho Martinez serving seasonal dishes with a Japanese influence.

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Expendio de Maiz Sin Nombre

A restaurant for the open-minded, Expendio del Maiz sin Nombre has no set menu—the chef serves whatever they’re in the mood for, though diners can expect elevated Mexican street food style dishes. Line up early to snag a picnic table and come hungry; courses are served until you say no más.

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This cozy wine bar in a far corner of Roma Norte is a great spot for practically any occasion serving creative and comforting small plates.

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Located on the corner of a leafy street in Condesa, Lardo blends perfectly into its surroundings and is the sister restaurant to Rosetta.

Le Tachinomi Desu

Le Tachinomi Desu is a Japanese standing-room-only bar and restaurant with an impressive natural wine list in Mexico City, Mexico.
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The unpretentious restaurant is a farm-to-table paradise that is often referred to as the Chez Panisse of Mexico City.

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A culinary gem of Mexico City, Pujol consistently ranks in the top 25 of the world’s best restaurants by numerous publications. Chef Enrique Olivera’s magnum opus is a sleek dining room with just 13 tables, where guests enjoy an ever-changing, locally sourced tasting menu. The cuisine blends traditional Mexican flavors with modern techniques, and the whimsical dishes are both stunning and delicious. To add to the restaurant’s acclaim, the service is also top-notch.

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While Quintinol’s setting is simple (with an unassuming entrance and sleek dining room), the menu is anything but. Located in the trendy Polanco neighborhood, the restaurant boasts innovative cuisine created by Pujol alum Jorge Vallejo with an emphasis on seasonality and regional specialties. The experience at Quintonil imitates that of dining in a private home, with modern Mexican dishes that are both delicious and beautifully presented.

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Restaurante El Cardenal

Set in a charming brick home with sleek wooden tables and white tablecloths, El Cardenal operates on Mexican traditions, serving authentic stews, tacos and more. The restaurant produces its own corn for tortillas as well as creams and cheeses at its ranch and also manufactures its own chocolate.

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Restaurante Lorea

Lorea, from Mugaritz alum chef Oswaldo Oliva, is one of Mexico City’s best spots for Mexican haute cuisine. It takes up an entire townhouse in buzzy Roma Norte, and its contemporary-sleek interiors (light woods, dark slate) provide an elegant setting for Oliva's market-fresh tasting menus, which showcase his fine-dining spin on deep-rooted Mexican traditions.

Rocasal Restaurante

Chef Atala Olmos’s relaxed, fine-dining spot in the Jardines de Pedregal neighborhood is a local favorite for inventive international cuisine. Seasonal menus play up fresh, only-good-now ingredients, and dishes often take inspiration from the Mediterranean (don’t be surprised to see house-made pasta on offer). Cocktails, too, take their cues from what's in season.

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The creative Italian cuisine by chef Elena Reygadas makes for a wonderful contrast to the city’s local fare.
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Taking the former space of Pujol, Ticuchi creates a cozy atmosphere with culinary delights by renowned Mexican chef Enrique Olvera.

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